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Hunter Derby

March 29, 2014

Come Monday Kicks Off The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby In Style

Wellington, Fla.—March 29

Most riders consider the handy round of the USHJA International Hunter Derbies the more stressful part of the class. That’s especially true at the two-day $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, when the second round is held on one of the most impressive venues of the derby tour, the grass derby field of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium.

March 21, 2014

Wylde And Smoking Gun Shoot To The Top At The Ridge

Wellington, Fla.—March 21

Most riders without hunter derby experience wouldn’t stand much of a chance in a international derby with a serious start list, especially if they only have one hunter in the barn. But most riders aren’t Peter Wylde.

The team gold medalist from the Athens Olympic Games topped the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at The Ridge at Wellington aboard Smoking Gun. It was the first hunter derby of his career.

March 7, 2014

Eloise Rules At Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic V

Gulfport, Miss.—March 7

Most hunter riders worry about making sure their horse will be relaxed and comfortable in the environment when it’s time to show, but Tim Maddrix has the opposite plan with Eloise. With her, the spookier the venue, the better she is.

January 6, 2014

Liza Boyd Pregnant

Reigning USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion Liza Boyd will be sitting out the first half of the 2014 show season as she’s pregnant with her second child. She and husband Blake Boyd are expecting another girl to join their 4-year-old daughter Elle in early June.

August 18, 2013

Brunello and Boyd Finally Have Their Day At USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 17
Heading into the Tier I Handy Round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, Liza Boyd knew she had some ground to make up as she trailed Scott Stewart and Garfield by 10 points.

But when she was warming up for the class her father and trainer Jack Towell tried to get her to put that out of her head.

“He said, it’s a jumping contest—don’t go out there and try to get a 100,” said Boyd. “That’s a little hard for me to do.”

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