Official Order of Go Posted for Hunter Derby Finals

August 21, 2009

The top 25 riders, owners and trainers gathered for the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Draw Party this evening. USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsors were on hand for the event to encourage the select group of horsemen that will advance to the final two rounds of competition for the prestigious title of International Hunter Derby Champion. Sponsors present at the party included: Lee Ann Pepper representing title sponsor ASG Software Solutions, Shawna Dietrich representing presenting sponsor Dietrich Insurance, Katrina Coldren representing award sponsor The Clothes Horse and Amy MacDonald representing award sponsor Essex Classics.

Before the official draw was held, High Performance Hunter Committee Chairman, Ron Danta, thanked committee members and other key individuals who contributed their time and insight to the development of the derby series. “It’s been an amazing journey chairing this committee. I appreciate your dedication to the development, implementation and success of the Hunter Derby Series,” Danta said to the group, and handed out gifts as a token of his appreciation.

Peter Pletcher was the first rider to draw his order of go for Alta Basaldua’s Argentum. He’ll be the fifth in the ring on the grey gelding. Based in Magnolia, Texas, Pletcher made the top 25 cut with all four of his original mounts. Jack Hardin Towell on Roger Smith’s Castello will start the second round, which is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Arena. Current leader, John French and Mountain Home Stables’ Rumba, will ride 14th. The official order of go for tomorrow evening’s second round can be found on the USHJA website.

Free, live streaming of both the second round classic course and the third and final handy round can be viewed on Equestrian Life’s website All of the latest ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals news can be found on USHJA’s Twitter page as well as where you will be able to find the latest information and follow our Derby Blog.

The 2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals is supported by the following sponsors: ASG Software Solutions – Title Sponsor; Dietrich Insurance-Presenting Sponsor; Charles Owen & Co.-Major Sponsor; Dover Saddlery-Major Sponsor; Essex Classics-Award Sponsor; The Clothes Horse-Award Sponsor; Grand Prix – Award Sponsor; Personalized Products – Award Sponsor; McGuinn Farms – Award Sponsor.

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