This year marks the fifth incarnation of the UHSJA International Derby Finals, and by now we’re establishing a routine on Classic Day. Three of the last five years, Scott Stewart, Liza Boyd and Jen Alfano have jostled around in the top three spots.
If you’re a Chronicle fan, you already know who the top contenders are for this year’s USHJA International Derby Championships, and you’ve probably already picked your favorite among the regular winners. You don’t need me or anyone else to argue why you should join Team Brunello, root for Jersey Boy for a second consecutive win, or cheer on Inclusive.
On Aug. 10 at the Traders Point Hunt horse show, Kelley Farmer became the first rider to claim $1 million in lifetime hunter earnings, thanks largely to money earned in the USHJA International Hunter Derby series. At Traders Point, she topped the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Mythical for Ken and Selma Garber and Larry Glefke. She also earned second on On Q and seventh on Skorekeeper for Larry Glefke and Quail Run Partners. As of Aug. 13, her lifetime earnings total $1,011,456.
The future looks bright for Kelley Farmer. While she might have nabbed the blue ribbon in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Lake St. Louis Hunter/Jumper show on her derby veteran Taken, he’s got competition in her new rides.
Farmer guided three young horses to ribbons in the derby as well, claiming third on Mythical, sixth on Act Of Valor, and ninth on Beyond Words. All three are first-year green horses.