2021 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Top 24 in Photos

Cannon Creek & Hunt Tosh. Photo © Heather N. Photography

Breathtaking efforts. Perfect trips. Top hunters and riders. We sure were glad to be back at the Kentucky Horse Park this year.

Even though this was only Cannon Creek’s fourth hunter show in the US, he was able to come out on top with rider Hunt Tosh. The horse gives Tosh a familiar feeling, reminding him a lot of his previous derby star, Lone Star, in both appearance and special character.

Champion, Cannon Creek and Hunt Tosh. Photo © Heather N. Photography

Following closely behind in 2nd was Samantha Schaefer with Caristo with Liza Boyd and Cassico in third. Both of these derby stars are actually amateur horses, with the pros taking over the ride roughly a month out from derby finals to prep. Though they maybe could have used some more practice racing… since Schaefer and Boyd raced around the ring, laughing, even though they never quite caught up with champion Tosh.

Photo © Heather N. Photography

We’re celebrating all the handy riders, who have accomplished something to be proud of. Here is your 2021 Top 24:

1st – Cannon Creek & Hunt Tosh. Photo © Heather N. Photography
2nd – Caristo & Samantha Schaefer. Photo © Heather N. Photography
3rd – Cassico & Liza Boyd. Photo © Heather N. Photography
4th – Red Ryder & Hannah Isop. Photo © Heather N. Photography
5th – Uptown & Laena Romond. Photo © Heather N. Photography
6th – MTM Lolah Lol & Dorothy Douglas. Photo © Heather N. Photography
7th – Ipso Facto & Tori Colvin. Photo © Heather N. Photography
8th – S & L Exxon Hedonist & Patricia Griffith. Photo © Heather N. Photography
9th – Quimby & Grace Debny. Photo © Heather N. Photography
10th – Lafitte de Muze & Amanda Steege. Photo © Heather N. Photography
11th – Private I & Michael Brit-Leone. Photo © Heather N. Photography
12th – Lulavani & Sami Milo. Photo © Heather N. Photography
13th – Small Social & Augusta Iwasaki. Photo © Heather N. Photography
14th – Translation Please & Jen Alfano. Photo © Heather N. Photography
15th – Small Kingdom & Augusta Iwasaki. Photo © Heather N. Photography
16th – Walk Off & Liza Boyd. Photo © Heather N. Photography
17th – Cassario 8 & Shawn Cassidy
18th – Queen Celeste & John French. Photo © Heather N. Photography
19th – Believe & Hannah Isop. Photo © Heather N. Photography
20th – No Doubt & Jeff Gogul. Photo © Heather N. Photography
21st – Chappy & Greg Crolick. Photo © Heather N. Photography
22nd – Testify & Greg Crolick. Photo © Heather N. Photography
23rd – Hudson & Scott Stewart. Photo © Heather N. Photography
24th – Big Shot & Jenny Karazissis. Photo © Heather N. Photography
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