Dreams Accomplished And Snappy Knees: Scenes From USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

Aug 17, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 17

Seventy-five pairs tried their hand over the classic round track of the 2019 Platinum Performance USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship on Aug. 16. For 36 of those, they’ll have another shot at adding their name to the record books as either the overall winner or champion of the Section B standings.

(You can read all about how the first-round leaders prepared for the Super Bowl of hunter events here.)

It’s one of the prettiest courses you’ll see throughout the year, so we’re bringing you some of our favorite images from the classic round.

19DFUnbelievableJacobPopeGHI_7130
Jacob Pope and the stunning gray mare Unbelievable got things started in the classic round. Kimberly Loushin Photos
19DFClareArcherRimpocheGHI_7278
Rimpoche looked beautiful in the morning light with Claire Archer.
19DFBerlinRachelLindseyGHI_7507
Berlin jumped his heart out for Rachel Lindsey.
19DFDiadoraKristinBumpusGHI_7916
A few last-minute touch-ups for Diadora and Kristen Bumpus.
19DFKristyHerreraNobelPrizeGHI_7411
Nobel Prize made easy work of the course with Kristy Herrera in the irons.
19DFMindyCoretzGHI_7740
Mindy Coretz had a good laugh before going in the ring with Happy Hour.
19DFResoluteRobertLeeGHI_7446
Who doesn’t love a bay with a blaze and four white socks? Robert Lee’s Resolute was positively eye-catching.
19DFMTMDoRightGHI_7206
Didi Mackenzie’s adorable MTM Do Right.
19DFLafitteDeMuzeAmandaSteegeGHI_7622
A rail kept them out of the handy, but Lafitte De Muze jumped his heart out for Amanda Steege.
19DFKimBuzbyCasimirGHI_7545
Kim Buzby had lots to smile about after her round with Casimir.
19DFgroomsGHI_8033
Grooms tried to keep the horses in front of fans and out of the sun as they waited for their turn.
19DFMonterreyKelliCruciottiGHI_7578
Kelli Cruciotti brought her 18-year-old former equitation mount Monterrey.
19DFSamSchaeferGHI_7157
Got to tie that stock tie just right.
19DFStateHillSallyThayerGHI_7871
Amateur rider Sally Thayer thanked State Hill for his efforts.
Aster De La Cense produced spectacular jumping efforts for Keirstin Johnsen.
19DFReallyGHI_8030
Jenny Karazissis and Really jumped to third.
19DFAnthemisZJordanLubowGHI_8441
Jordan Lubow’s Anthemis Z earned many new fans after he showed off his incredible jumping style.
19DFAbigailGraceKelleyCaymanALGHI_8652
Abigail Grace Kelley couldn’t stop smiling after her round with Cayman A.L.
19DFBestRegardsGHI_8486
Well hello there Best Regards.
19DFHollyShepherdHighSocietyGHI_8807
Holly Shepherd and High Society sight in on the next jump.
19DFTimesSquareMeganRosenthalGHI_7494
Megan Rosenthal gave first-time contender Times Square plenty of love.
19DFKaraJonesChelloGHI_8561
Kara Jones brought her own Chello to Kentucky.
19DFInTheKnowSamSchaeferGHI_9055
Samantha Schaefer’s In The Know was feeling a little hungry during the awards presentation.
19DFMTMExceptionalDorothyDouglasGHI_8755
MTM Exceptional and Dorothy Douglas had no trouble with the high options.
19DFQuarterNoteJamieSailorGHI_8783
Jamie Sailor gave Quarter Note plenty of praise following their round.
19DFSamanthaCooperNandinoGHI_8284
Samantha Cooper’s mount Nandino shone as he galloped around the ring.
19DFWistfulMariaShannonGHI_8849
Wistful looked eager as he jumped around with Maria Shannon.
19DFLevlandChristinaFisherGHI_8959
Amateur Christina Fisher and Levland were the last to compete in the classic round.

The Chronicle will be on-site bringing you gorgeous photos, great interviews and behind-the-scenes stories. Make sure to follow along at www.coth.com, as well as on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @Chronofhorse

For more in-depth coverage, check out the Sept. 2 issue of the Chronicle.

Full results can be found here.

Markel peace of mind commercial SPORT HORSE FINAL HD from Linda Lee on Vimeo.

HORSE FINAL HD from Linda Lee on Vimeo.

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