October 25, 2012
By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Huntfield AQHA Derby winner at the 2012 Prairie Classic – AQHA Professional Horseman Jerry Erickson and Skippers Moondance. (Journal photo)
The much-anticipated Huntfield AQHA Derby Series finals will be November 10 during the AQHA World Championship Show at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The jumping begins at 8 a.m. in the Performance Arena.
The competition features a $20,000 open and a $5,000 non-pro class with two jumping rounds, the classic hunter-style round and the riskier “handy” hunter round. Each jump offers high and low options, and riders can earn bonus points by jumping the high side clean. “Pace and brilliance are to be rewarded,” promising a treat for spectators.
AQHA hunters across the country have enjoyed the growth of the Huntfield AQHA Derby Series as it has traveled from circuit to circuit. Founded by AQHA Professional Horsemen Lainie DeBoer of Forest Lake, Minnesota, and David Warner of Frankfort, Kentucky, the series debuted at the 2012 Fox Lea Farms Circuit in January and has gained momentum since in exhibitor, fan and sponsor support.
Huntfield AQHA Derbies have been held at the Prairie Classic, Virginia Classic, Redbud Spectacular, Bluegrass Classic, National Snaffle Bit Association World Championship Show, and more, in a buildup for the finals.
The order of go will be drawn at the Huntfield reception at the Oklahoma Historic Center 6:30-9 p.m. on November 9.
Judges for the finals are restricted AQHA judge Steve Wall of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Dawn Casey of Oklahoma City. Horses will jog for soundness at 6:30 a.m. in Barn 7.
In addition to the purse money, the winners of the open and non-pro each receive a custom Butet saddle.