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.