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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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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Scott Stewart Rides to Three-peat Victory in Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Friday, 18 August 2017 11:17
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Already a two-time Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Champion with titles from 2014 and 2016, the defending winner Scott Stewart can now add another accolade to his name as the 2017 Champion aboard Fashion Farm's Playbook. Stewart and Playbook consistently laid down superb trips over all three phases of competition, never placing below third position or scoring less than 86.50 points to ultimately ride away with the Bye For Now Perpetual Trophy as well as the greatest share of the prize money ahead of more than 140 other competitors.

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Veteran Scott Stewart and Playbook On Top in the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:48
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The Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships returned to the Walnut Ring for the second phase of competition Wednesday, allowing horses and riders one further chance to ride to a top 30 overall score, thus earning a place in Thursday’s finale. Entering the day, Scott Stewart and Playbook sat 9 points behind the day one leaders, Victoria Colvin and Flint, but the steady duo managed to surpass them with another top round over Patrick Rodes’ hunter course to climb to the top of the overall leaderboard.

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