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Patricia Griffith Rides Sonder to USHJA National Hunter Derby Victory PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Monday, 20 August 2018 14:58
Pat
The USHJA National Hunter Derby bookended a competitive week of hunter competition Sunday at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Hot off a win earlier in the week in the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship, Griffith continued to prove her prowess in the hunter ring by adding another accolade to her growing collection. Lexi Maounis’ Sonder carried Griffith to two high scores inside the Alltech Arena to lead the final victory gallop ahead of an original field of 37 entries.
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Kady Abrahamson and Charline 28 Chase Timers to Finish First in the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Monday, 20 August 2018 14:53
Kady
The final day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park saw 32 athletes and their mounts vying for the top prize in the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. At the end of the competition, it was Kady Abrahamson and her mount, Charline 28, who finished strong with a clean and clear round to take home the blue ribbon. Additionally, Abrahamson walked away with the Envisian Leading Rider of the Week award thanks to accumulating the most points in the jumper divisions throughout the week.
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Private Practice Carries Victoria Colvin to Repeat USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Sunday, 19 August 2018 11:39
Tory
Living up to her reputation, 2017 champion Victoria Colvin once again reigned supreme in the 2018 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, defending her title this time aboard Brad Wolf’s Private Practice. Hunter superstar Colvin and Private Practice were accompanied Saturday evening by 33 of the nation’s top hunter horses and athletes, ultimately jumping into a league all their own with a 16.5-point victory over the next closest competitor to easily secure the lead spot in the victory gallop and the greatest share of the nearly $300,000 purse. No stranger to finishing within the top of the rankings, Liza Boyd stylishly piloted both of her mounts to a podium finish, claiming the runner-up honors with Clemens and the third place slot with Tradition.
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Holly Shepherd and Tybee Lead Classic Phase of 2018 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Saturday, 18 August 2018 11:35
Tybee
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 2018 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship returned Friday to the Kentucky Horse Park for the first of two days of competition, bringing along with it 83 of the country’s top hunter horses and athletes. Since 2012, the program finale has steadily increased in prize money, and this year is no exception, with the overall purse nearing $300,000, a welcome incentive for the collection of skilled entries. With only 40 slots in Saturday evening’s championship handy round up for the taking, competitors needed to showcase themselves well enough to earn a place in the top half of the scorecard to retain a shot at the title. Rising to the challenge in the face of an onslaught of rain, Tybee carried Holly Shepherd to the highest marks of the day to emerge as the early front-runners ahead of a field comprised of both veterans and newcomers.
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Jimmy Torano and Glasgow De Muze Lead $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix Victory Gallop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Wessel   
Saturday, 18 August 2018 11:31
JImmy
The first of two grand prix classes of the week at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show brought a lofty field of 50 entrants to the Rolex Stadium on Thursday, each pair hoping to lead the victory gallop as the quickest double clear of the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix. As the fifth jewel of seven in the Hagyard Challenge Series, the evening class offered competitors a chance to not only earn a share of the day’s prize money, but also to accrue points toward the season-ending $50,000 Leading Rider Award. On a recent hot streak, Jimmy Torano maneuvered Glasgow De Muze to the fastest of only two double clear rides of the evening, nabbing the tricolor as well as the largest share of the purse.
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