Scott Stewart and Dedication couldn’t have had a much better start to the Wellington edition of the USHJA International Hunter Derby series. Together the pair jumped to the top of the classic round in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week 12 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, heading into tomorrow’s handy round with a 4-point buffer over two-time class winners Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy.
The classic round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby kicks off at 2 p.m. this afternoon, with 56 horses to jump. The top horses will advance to tomorrow's handy round, taking place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center's grass field next to the new dressage facility.
The weather was constantly changing during the morning of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Gulf Coast Magnolia Classic IV—clouds rolled by, winds were gusty, but between patches of sunshine and a few drops of rain, Holly Shepherd and Triompf remained strong. Their steadfast performances earned them the blue in the classic round as well as the overall title. Bob Brawley and Diane DeMatteo's Amadeo took second in the handy round, and third overall. Christian Rogge and Promise Me won overall reserve honors.
The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has re-opened applications for USHJA International Hunter Derbies in the 2012-2013 season. Applications to host classes between June 2, 2012 and June 1, 2013 are now due Nov. 1 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The USHJA has also removed the limit on the number of competitions allowed to host qualifying competitions.