Class Highlight: $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dr. Daryl K, Hoffman
Hunters Take the Stage on Day Three of the Menlo Charity Horse Show
Hunters took center stage this evening at the Menlo Charity Horse Show on the beautiful Grass Hunter Field for a chance to win the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dr. Daryl K, Hoffman. Festivities kicked off before the class, with a nod to the tradition of the International Hunter Derby and the Hunter discipline. Celebrations included a parade of the Red Rock Hounds of Reno, Nevada, and Color Guard made up of members from the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County.
The Derby kicked off with top Hunters and riders exhibiting breathtaking efforts through both rounds. The fences spanned from 3’6″ to 4 feet, with high-option fences up to 4’3″. The first round was a classic Hunter round, where horses showcased their quality, pace, and scope to the panel of judges. Riders picked up the pace in the handy round, opening their horse’s stride and galloping to the fences, and taking tighter turns to showcase the horse’s boldness. One mare and rider stood out in both rounds, and the pair came home winners with a score of 377; Tangled Up In Blue, ridden by Lisa Wall. The Dutch Warmblood exhibited a lovely expression and stayed on rhythm beautifully through the classic round. The crowd quieted down in the handy round, watching as they galloped to victory.