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Aces and Eights Earns USHJA National Hunter Derby Title with Patricia Griffith PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Monday, 21 August 2017 12:01

Closing out a competitive week of hunter competition at the Kentucky Horse Park, the USHJA National Hunter Derby title presented one final chance for hunter riders to earn the championship honors before week’s end. Nearly 50 pairs made their way to the Alltech Arena Sunday afternoon to tackle designer Joseph Carnicorn’s classic round course, each hoping to garner enough points to qualify for the handy round as one of the top 12 contenders. Rewarded with the highest score in each of the two rounds was Patricia Griffith and Aces and Eights, owned by Double Down Farm, LLC, to earn the lead spot in the victory gallop as the USHJA National Hunter Derby champions.

Conor O'Regan and Rivage De Lormay Ride Only Double-Clear in $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Monday, 21 August 2017 11:56

Though Sunday was the last day of competition at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, nearly 30 horses and riders weren’t yet ready to call it quits and took to the Rolex Stadium one final time for their chance to top the leaderboard in the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge’s track proved tricky for a number of competitors, with only four entries riding a clean and clear first round to qualify for the jump-off. Conor O’Regan and Rivage De Lormay ended up as the only duo that did not fall victim to a rail, riding to the only double-clear of the afternoon to claim the grand prix victory.

Victoria Colvin and Cuba Capture 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Honors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Sunday, 20 August 2017 11:28

The country’s best hunter horses and riders returned to the Rolex Stadium Saturday evening for the second and final phase of competition in the 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship. Competitors returned with their classic round scores in tow, and had one last chance to show off their horses and their skills around designers Allan Lohman and Danny Moore’s skillfully-planned course. John French, the 2009 champion, sat in the prime position with the one-two lead after day one, trailed by Victoria Colvin and rookie Geoffrey Hesslink in the next two spots. As the early leaders, these three were targets for their counterparts, with Colvin and Cuba ultimately pulling away from the pack with a standout round to secure the 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Honors.

Sharn Wordley and Famoso D Ive Z Retain Hagyard Challenge Series Lead with Grand Prix Win PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:11

More than 40 pairs took to the Rolex Stadium under the lights Friday evening, each hoping to produce the quickest clear round to claim the top prize in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix, the fifth jewel in the series of seven. Sharn Wordley held the lead in the Hagyard Challenge Series standings with the most cumulative points entering the night’s competition, and fought to keep it that way, riding Famoso D Ive Z, owned by Sky Group, to a blazing time in the jump-off ahead of the eight other pairs that made it to the final portion of the grand prix.

John French Rides to One-Two Lead in 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:10

Now in its ninth year, the eagerly-awaited 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship brought many of the nation’s most talented horses and riders to Kentucky to compete for the most prestigious hunter title of the year. The International Hunter Derby Program recently hit a milestone, having awarded more than $10 million in less than 10 years to competitors, and this year’s championship significantly added to that total, offering one of the highest payouts in the program’s history. With the total purse topping $268,000, each of the 84 competing pairs were motivated to lay down brilliant performances Friday in the classic round in order to earn their places in Saturday’s championship handy round. John French, the inaugural 2009 champion, ultimately stole the show ahead of the field, riding to both first and second place aboard Skyhawk and Center Court, respectively.

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