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August 16, 2011

Hunt Tosh And Lone Star Reunited

Hunt Tosh and Lone Star are together at USHJA Derby Finals this year, but they'll be watching rather than competing. Mollie Bailey photo

Hunt Tosh has a new addition at his barn aisle in the form of a very familiar face: Lone Star.

The pair won the 2010 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals (Ky.), the 2009 Protocol Trophy and back-to-back regular working hunter and grand hunter championships at the Pennsylvania National in 2009 and 2010.

Owner Betsee Parker purchased the warmblood of unknown breeding in spring of 2010, and opted to keep him in his program with Tosh out of Cumming, Ga., through the end of the year. The 2010 Chronicle of the Horse Overall and Hunter Horse of the Year then went to Parker’s Huntland farm in Middleburg, Va., for Rob Coluccio to take over the ride.

Lone Star stayed in work during the year but didn’t show. When Coluccio was diagnosed with severe inflammation of the brain in mid-July, Parker opted to send Lone Star and Rosalynn to Tosh to keep the horses legged up.

Tosh campaigned Rosalynn (Lanciano—Hauptstutbuch Rendite) on and off in 2009 for then-owner Betty Oare, riding her to the second year green championship at Washington (D.C.) International. The Oldenburg also earned the Protocol Trophy and regular working hunter championships at Capital Challenge (Md.) and Washington (D.C.) International in 2010 with Kelley Farmer up. Parker bought her this spring from Larry Glefke.

Lone Star and Rosalynn are at the Kentucky Horse Park along with their Hunt Tosh Inc. barnmates for the Kentucky Bluegrass Festival, but they're hacking in the fields rather than showing. Tosh will be watching this year's USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals from the sidelines rather than riding.

“I’m thrilled to have them in the barn, and hoping for a speedy recovery for Rob,” said Tosh. “I’m happy to ride them as long as Betsee would like me to.”