Parker, CO - The Colorado Horse Park's Summer in the Rockies V hosted a fantastic day of hunter competition Friday. The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby saw twenty-four competitors compete over two rounds with a one-two finish for Kelley Farmer. The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby took place with a victory for Paul Rohrbach. The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby was held in the Derby Field, which included unique obstacles such as a bank, a jump made of hay bales, and heavily filled brush obstacles, which many patrons enjoyed from the view of the VIP pavilion.
The challenging handy hunter round included a number of high and low options, and only a few competitors were brave enough to take the inside turns and high options. Kelley Farmer on Kensel, LLC's Mindful claimed victory with a total score of 183, and also finished second aboard Kensel, LLC's Symbolic with a total score of 176. Farmer, of Lexington, KY, celebrated her 55th derby win Friday as both of her Hanoverian mounts proved to be successful in the derby ring.
"Mindful is a little more experienced than Symbolic. This is Mindful's twelfth win, and Symbolic is only a seven-year-old first-year horse," said Farmer. "I can count on Mindful. Mindful is...Mindful. He is an 11-year-old." "I rode before I could walk, and I have been very fortunate that my mother did everything within her power for me to be able to do this [as a career]," said Farmer. "I have been leading derby rider now five years in a row, and it has been great. I cannot speak enough about my horses [and] my group. It takes a village and I am fortunate enough to have a good one; without them I could not do it."
What's next for Kelley Farmer? "Symbolic will do another horse show in the first years, and Mindful has two more classes before the Derby Finals, which we are gearing up for," Farmer explained. Larry Glefke, added, "We are headed to Traverse City for the $25,000 [Hunter Derby}, and then we will go to Chicago five days later to compete at Equifest."
$50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Results:
1. 1640 - MINDFUL - OWNED BY KENSEL LLC - KELLEY FARMER 88/89/6 = 183
2. 1642 - SYMBOLIC - OWNED BY KENSEL LLC - KELLEY FARMER 86.5/85.5/4 = 176
3. 1473 - ANY GIVEN SUNDAY - OWNED BY HAYS INVESTMENT CORP - HUNTER HOLLOWAY 85.5/86.5/2 = 174
4. 886 - MONTERREY - OWNED BY KELLY CRUCIOTTI - KELLI CRUCIOTTI 86/86 = 172
5. 1350 - GREETINGS - OWNED BY MARK ROTHWELL - MORGAN ERBSTOESSER 85/87 = 172
6. 1465 - THE GOVERNOR - OWNED BY HAYS INVESTMENT CORP - HUNTER HOLLOWAY 87/79 = 166
7. 1009 - ALL IN - OWNED BY NICOLE LYVERE - NICOLE LYVERE 76/86 = 162
8. 1487 - SEAMLESS - OWNED BY CONNOR HINCKLEY - CONNOR HINCKLEY 84/77 = 161
9. 1129 - LA ROXX - OWNED BY LORIN MARIE HOWARD - JESSICA HARRIES 75/84 = 159
10. 1395 - ZION - OWNED BY AMY GALLAGHER - JANINE WEATHERBY 77/80 = 157
11. 1466 - MTM RETRO - OWNED BY HAYS INVESTMENT CORP - 74/83 = 157
12. 888 - EXTRAORDINAIRE - OWNED BY STEPHEN BORDERS - TOMMI CLARK 6/73.5/75 = 154.5
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