Monday, August 22, 2011

2011 USHJA Hunter Derby Finals Recap and Results

What an amazing event that was to watch!  Fabulous riding, gorgeous horses, challenging courses.  Such a thrill.  In case you missed it, all the rounds are now available on the USEF Network.  

The courses were beautiful, designed to look like an actual farm, with a little barn (yes, a barn in the ring), a pond, a bridge, a driveway, hedges, etc.  It was so creative, and presented some real challenges!  Here are the course designs (from the IHD facebook page):


Classic Round


Handy Round

Full Results:
1   C COAST Z  LILLIE KEENAN  765.5
2   DECLARATION  SCOTT STEWART  758 
3   CARLSON  TAMMY PROVOST 725.5 
4   SIENNA  PATRICIA GRIFFITH  725
5   CARLOS-BOY  SCOTT STEWART  724
6   VALIANT  TAMMY PROVOST  716
7   HAVANA  VICTORIA COLVIN  714
8   SAILOR'S VALENTINE  HOLLY ORLANDO  708.5
9   TAKEN  KELLEY FARMER  705
10 GARFIELD  SCOTT STEWART  668.5
11 CROWN AFFAIR  JOHN FRENCH  545.5
12 PRAISE  KELLEY FARMER  334
13 YES INDEED  SARAH MECHLIN  308
14 TELL ALL  SUSAN BAKER  303 
15 EMPIRE  SCOTT STEWART  298
16 TIMBER RIDGE  ERYNN. BALLARD  286
17 FRANCESCA  MAGGIE JAYNE  267
18 INCLUSIVE  VICTORIA COLVIN  252.5
19 MADISON  LILLIE KEENAN  231
20 BASES LOADED  KELLEY FARMER  206
21 CLEARLY  KELLEY FARMER  176
22 CR HARIBO  HOPE GLYNN  146
23 BRUNELLO  ELIZABETH BOYD  0
24 POETIC  MAGGIE BOYLAN  0
25 POSSE  COLLEEN ACOSTA  0

Jersey Boy, whose name is pretty much synonymous with the hunter derbies at this point, was the 2011 Series Champion, piloted by Jen Alfano.  I didn't see their Day 1 round, but something must have gone uncharacteristically wrong because they didn't make it to the top 25.  Just goes to show you never know with horses!

Lillie Keenan was awarded Top Junior Rider, and Susan Baker was awarded Top Amateur Rider.  Susan did a great job in the Classic with her horse Tell All - it was an awesome round, but unfortunately just missed the cut off for the handy round.  I was rooting for her as the amateur in the bunch though, and she did not disappoint! 

Lillie's round was outstanding - she was the clear winner - and she is only 14!  What an amazing rider.  Soft, gutsy, effective, smooth, cool and confident.  And she really let him rip in the Victory Gallop - I got a little teary eyed seeing that gorgeous horse covered in tri-colors gallop around the ring!  You can see the awards presentation and the victory gallop at the end of this video, at 4:08:26.  It'll make you smile, guaranteed!

Some lovely, lovely horses and beautiful rounds.  The course was tough though, and presented some really significant challenges for a lot of horses and riders, which is how it should be in the finals.  It was truly a joy to watch.  Love this sport!

2 comments:

  1. I caught some of the coverage, and it was great. Hunters aren't my "thing" but I do love the derbies, and I love being able to watch them online! Yay USEF Network!

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