John French and Rumba made their presence known at the inaugural $100,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals today, Aug. 22. After scoring a perfect 400 points from the panel of judges and claiming the classic round victory earlier this evening, French and Rumba returned to post a beautiful handy performance that clinched the victory in Lexington, Ky.
Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy placed a close second, while junior Laura Pfeiffer and Foreign Encounter were an impressive third.
The 25 finalists in this evening's ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals jogged for soundness today, Aug. 22. Led by one of this evening's judges, Julie Winkel, the ground jury accepted all the horses, though several were asked to represent.
This evening's classic round kicks off at 6:30 p.m. over Bobby Murphy and Patrick Rodes' course. Twelve finalists will be invited back for a handy trip, which should start around 8:00.
John French brought Rumba to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington just to compete in the $100,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals on Aug. 21-22. The California-based professional chose not to show the fancy gray early in the week but instead save him for the Derby Finals.
She and the elegant Angelo add another hunter accolade to their résumé.
Katie Dinan hadn’t been having a good week at HITS-On-The-Hudson VI.
She’d started the week competing in the USEF Junior Hunter Championships-East. “It was terrible!” Dinan said. “We had a rail in each class. Angelo isn’t really the type of horse that has rails—he never does that. It was upsetting, because he was great otherwise.”
Patricia Griffith hops on the junior hunter to win.
Patricia Griffith is usually standing by the in-gate as North Country canters around a course, but during the first week of the Horse Shows By The Bay series, in Traverse City, Mich., she got to take center stage with him.
Student Lillie Keenan normally rides North Country in the junior hunter divisions, but last year Griffith scored a victory in the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby on the elegant bay, and she thought it’d be fun to try again on July 11.
The talented chestnut logs his third consecutive derby win at Chagrin.
Before he even set foot in the ring, Jersey Boy might have been the best-known horse at the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic. After winning last year’s ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby, the chestnut’s photo was plastered on posters, show programs and the ubiquitous T-shirts worn by volunteers and staff during the horse show, held July 7-12.