After riding to victory in the 3’/3’3″ section of the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships aboard Ceil Wheeler’s Twain, Hunt Tosh continued his strong form Friday in Lexington, KY, riding away with the lead after the first round of the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships with The Wheeler Family’s Cannon Creek.
Tosh and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding received a score of 291 from the judging panels over the Classic Hunter course. The defending champions of 2019, Victoria Colvin and El Primero sit second on a score of 284, while Scott Stewart and Hudson sit in third place (279.5)
“It was a nice course and fun,” Tosh said. “My horse went beautifully. I did one class earlier in the week just to kind of check where he was and he jumped spectacularly both times. Tori put in a beautiful trip and I got lucky to beat her, so it was a good day.”
Watch >> Meet the Podium: Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, Round One
Watch >> Winning Round: Hunt Tosh & Cannon Creek
All qualified and entered horses compete in the first round of competition over a Classic Hunter course featuring International Hunter Derby style fences, including height options. The top 20 overall horse-and-rider combinations from the Classic Hunter round will be invited to compete in the Handy Hunter Round as part of Section A, and will be eligible for 80 percent of the prize money and the title of USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion. The top 20 horses ridden by a Tier II rider from the Classic Hunter round, including those invited as part of Section A, will compete in the Handy Hunter Round as part of Section B and will be eligible to win 20 percent of the total prize money. The remaining combinations are invited to compete in the Derby Challenge.
The final championship round of the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Derby Championship will take place on Saturday afternoon beginning at 3:00 pm in the Rolex Arena with the Tier II riders. If you are interested in streaming the Platinum Performance USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship or the International Hunter Derby, visit horseandcountry.tv. Use code USHJA15 for 15% off a year’s subscription.