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Kentucky Horse Shows Join Forces with World Equestrian Center for National Derby Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Walton   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 19:12
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Lexington, Ky. – March 21, 2017 – Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is pleased to announce that they will be joining forces with Ohio’s World Equestrian Center (WEC) to create an 11-part USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. In addition to the 10 USHJA National Hunter Derby events held at the Kentucky Horse Park and the World Equestrian Center, there will be a $30,000 Series Finale and $30,000 in leading rider bonuses.

 

The USHJA National Hunter Derby program will be in its eighth year in 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park. As it has grown in prestige and popularity, the Kentucky Horse Shows and the World Equestrian Center have work
Kentucky Spring Horse Show: May 10-14, 2017ed together to create a series where amateurs, juniors and professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. The dates of the shows are as follows:
  • Kentucky Spring Classic: May 17-21, 2017
  • WEC Summer Series I: May 24-28, 2017
  • WEC Summer Series II: May 31-June 4, 2017
  • Kentucky Summer Horse Show: July 26-30, 2017
  • Kentucky Summer Classic: August 1-6, 2017
  • WEC Summer Series III: August 9-13, 2017
  • Bluegrass Festival Horse Show: August 15-20, 2017
  • KHJA: August 23-27, 2017
  • Kentucky National: September 20-24, 2017
  • WEC Invitational: October 24-29, 2017
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Kristy Herrera and Miss Lucy Form Fast Partnership to Capture 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lauren Baker   
Sunday, 21 August 2016 10:50
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A hush fell over the Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium as the final two riders prepared to take the stage in the 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship. As Jennifer Alfano and the SBS Farms team looked on anxiously from the sidelines, Kristy Herrera entered the ring with Miss Lucy and laid down the trip of a lifetime to secure the sweetest victory, bringing a true fairytale ending to life for the SBS Farms team during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.

“I still can’t believe it,” Herrera said, fighting back tears of joy. “This is obviously a dream come true, and of course I have to first thank Jen for letting me ride Miss Lucy. I can’t believe it. Miss Lucy loves being in that ring, and I just steered, really. She just rose to the occasion. It’s unbelievable. I was in there riding, and I knew Jen was riding from the side for me. Every jump felt unbelievable, especially the last one.”

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Sophie Michaels and Wallenberg Race to Victory in High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Nickolaus   
Sunday, 21 August 2016 10:49
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Sophie Michaels was aboard Serenity Equestrian Ventures’ Wallenberg to capture the win in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show out of 15 entries. Michaels currently trains with Andre Dignelli and Patricia Griffith at Heritage Farm in Katonah, New York.

The 18-year-old rider, of New York, New York, sped to victory in an impressive time of 59.69 seconds that no one else could top. Despite the rain in the Rolex Stadium, Michaels was able to keep her composure and come out on top. Her mount, a 13-year-old Hanoverian by Stakkato, has also seen success in the jumper ring with another accomplished young rider, Kelli Cruciotti.

“I’ve had Wally since Florida. I leased him from Kelli,” Michaels said. “He’s been really great. He is really conventional and he’s really broke so he’s fun to do speed classes on. I can feel like I have a shot because he’s on his game to do neat turns and go fast.”

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Aaron Vale and Finou 4 Win $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lauren Baker   
Saturday, 20 August 2016 11:46
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After winning the 1.40m Open Jumpers on Thursday, Aaron Vale was looking to continue his winning streak under the lights on Friday night. The Ocala-based professional and Finou 4 did just that, stealing the win from Shane Sweetnam and Cobolt in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.

“This was a great class,” Vale said. “It was good fun, and I’m glad I came out on the long end of the stick. It ended up being an entertaining class. You get a little flavor this week with the jumps for [USHJA International Hunter] Derby Finals. The horses are so used to jumping stripes, so tonight we got more of a natural tone to some of the obstacles, so that was a fun thing.”

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Kelley Farmer Dominates During First Day of USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Nickolaus   
Saturday, 20 August 2016 11:45
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Out of 66 entries in the first classic round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, Kelley Farmer had four of the rides. Not only did the hunter derby veteran qualify two of her mounts, Baltimore and Kodachrome, for Saturday’s handy round, but she also took first and second place honors for Lane Change Farm.

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