Gary Young and Colorado Claim First Derby Win

May 4, 2009

Lexington, KY – May 4, 2009 – Gary Young and Colorado brought home first place honors in the Texas Shoot-Out ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas. Held Friday, May 1, the class attracted 23 entries from around the country.

Young of Camden, South Carolina has partnered with Colorado on two other occasions to compete in the popular hunter class. The pair had previously placed third in both the 2008 and 2009 Aiken Spring Classic Derby held in Aiken, South Carolina. The Texas Shoot-Out Derby comes as their first win and left owner, Nancy Jones, of Little Rock, Arkansas ecstatic. The Amateur Owner rider bought the 10-year-old German Warmblood in November 2007 as a replacement for her aging show horse. “I knew he was it the moment I sat on him,” Jones says of Colorado. “He’s got a great rhythm and never looks back.”

Friday’s class tested riders over two courses – a classic round and a handy round. “For the most part, the first round rode like a classic hunter course,” course designer, Patrick Rodes, says. “In the second course the handy options worked out well.” Four option jumps were set on the handy course with two logs that required horses to walk over the first and trot over the second. Young and Colorado finished the classic round in third place behind Shannon Reid’s Curtain Call ridden by Courtney Calcagnini and the Skara Glen Stables’ entry Skara Glen’s Corsani ridden by Peter Pletcher. In the handy course, Young and Colorado put in an exhilarating performance to win the class.

“We were so excited to enter him in the Derby,” Jones says of Colorado. “The derbies are such a fabulous venue for hunters and everything about Colorado indicated he was what the class required. He has a big stride, he’s powerful and very handy.”

Pletcher guided Skara Glen’s Corsani to a second place finish overall and was followed by Calcagnini and Curtain Call.

“Patrick Rodes and Southbound Show Management put on a wonderful show and had a really nice awards ceremony,” Jones complimented the show management. “Sponsorship is fantastic and the class is bringing a renewed sense of excitement to the sport.”

The 18 month derby series will culminate at the 2008/2009 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals on August 21-22, 2009 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The top 75 money earning horses will be invited to compete for international recognition. For up to date standings, click here.

Visit for a complete schedule and more information. Questions concerning the Derby can be directed to Melanie Fransen, USHJA’s Director of Programs and Education, at or 859-225-6960.

The 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Series is supported by the following sponsors: ASG Software Solutions-Title Sponsor; Dietrich Insurance-Presenting Sponsor; Walsh Harness & Saddlery-Featuring Sponsor; Charles Owen & Co.-Major Sponsor; Dover Saddlery-Major Sponsor; Essex Classics-Award Sponsor


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