In an exciting Classic Round at USHJA International Derby Finals, 76 horses competed for 30 spots in the Handy Round tomorrow night and the chance to become Champion.
Notably absent was this year’s many Derby powerhouse Kelley Farmer, who is out due to an injury. Jimmy Torano took the reins and guided her eight (yes, eight!) horses in the first round. Despite bad luck early on, Torano guided Mindful (owned by Glefke & Kensel) to scores in the 90s and second place going into the Handy Round (behind Tori Colvin and Inclusive).
While Inclusive has not done a Derby since USHJA international Hunter Derby Finals in 2013, Colvin showed him this spring in the Junior Hunters and was not at all worried and the seasoned team impressed three pairs of judges with scores of 90 to 94 plus all four bonus points for high options.
2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship: Classic Hunter Round
by the numbers
Horses competed: 67
Horses qualified: 159 (75 entered)
Most horses per rider: Jimmy Torano, 8
Jumps: (3’6” to 4′ at the low options)
High Options: 4 (up to 4’3”, two pairs in lines)
People Awarded 3 high option bonus points: 1 (John French making a bending line)
Combinations: 2 (both two strides)
Other Lines: 3
Most problematic jump: Fence 8
Prize Money: Over $175,000
Classic Hunter Round course designed by Steve Stephens.
The Top 12 line up for awards.
Morgan Ward and Comissario won the Junior Owner/Rider Award in the Classic Round.
Jimmy Torano and Mindful, 2nd in the Classic Round.
Jennifer Bliss and Poker Face.
Hope Glynn and Rococco.
Sandy Ferrell and Mayfair.
Peter Pletcher and Luxe.
2013- Brunello and Liza Boyd
2012- Jersey Boy and Jen Alfano
2011- C Coast Z and Lillie Keenan
2010- Lonestar and Hunt Tosh
2009- Rumba and John French