Scott Stewart entered the Eugene R. Mische Ring six times during today’s first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and by the end of the day he’d ended up with two of the top 12 ribbons.
While the ring crew raised the fences for horses jumping 4’ in the first round of tonight's World Champion Hunter Rider Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular, commentator Geoff Teall noted that hopefully these would be the most seasoned and impressive horses the spectators would see all night.
Rosalynn and Kelley Farmer added another long ribbon to their collection tonight when they topped the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Jacksonville National. They moved up to the top from third with lovely jumping and tight turns in the handy round.
“It was always my plan to go inside and jump the higher fences—she does those so easily,” said Farmer, Keswick, Va. “After I saw Liza [Boyd] and Jen [Alfano] go, I knew what I had to do. Their horses both jumped beautifully, and those two never back down.”
The U.S Hunter Jumper Association announced that the third annual $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 19-20. The finals will relocate to the outdoor Johnson Arena, after being held in the park’s new indoor arena in 2010.