A New Derby Star Is Born

Meet the new gold standard in ideal starts to a career!

Private Practice, a recently appointed hunter, made his derby debut in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Deeridge Farms last weekend in Wellington, FL with his rider of two weeks, Victoria Colvin. The former jumper didn’t just win—he swept the division with scores averaging in the 90s.

The stellar week started on Friday with a victory in the Welcome Stake, pictured here:

On Saturday, the promising pair went on to score a 194 in the first round of the International Derby, the highest score given by Judges R. Scot Evans, Robert Crandall, Sissy Wickes and Linda Andrisani.

They then bested their performance in Sunday’s Handy round, taking an efficient track and all the high options to earn a score of 213 points—again, the highest point total of the day—to take the win. By 19 points.

Said Colvin after the class: “Private Practice is the perfect amount of careful. I think he was pretty amazing here. I could not be happier with his performance.”

While it is difficult for any horse-and-rider combination to top a near perfect score, there is room for improvement, said Colvin:

“There is nothing I would change right now about his jump. All I would change is his bridlepath, it is at least a foot long!”

Hannah Isop and Red Ryder finished second with a score of 388. Amy Momrow and Aeroplane, third on a 380.5 points.