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Thursday, February 09, 2023

John French won the WEF Hunter Derby

WELLINGTON, Fla.--John French on Milagro won the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday, Jan.6 during opening week of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.

John French on Milagro SportfotJohn French on Milagro (Photo by Sportfot)Thirty professional, amateur and junior hunter riders competed in the Derby.

Michael Britt-Leon on Bacchus placed second, and Greg Crolick on Zanziebar R Z was third.

French rode Milagro, the coming eight-year-old gelding owned by Kent Farrington, LLC, to win in front of two panels of judges, scoring a first-round combined score of 186.

“The course was different; it wasn’t your typical turns, so you had to really pay attention to where you were going," said French. "There were times you thought you’d be going left, but really you were turning a little sharper to the right. Sometimes you do that in the handy, but there were a lot more turns today. It was definitely a true derby course and not your normal hunter course.”

French posted a second-round score of 193 to win easily.

“I practiced the slice for the handy in the warm-up area and he was a little green so I wasn’t sure when we went in the ring, but he actually jumped it really well,” said French. “He’s so nice that he jumps slow in the air and then lands slow so it’s easy to make pretty tight turns in the handy.”

Milagro will also carry Zoe Wolf in the junior hunter division this season.

 

ARGENTINA'S Tomas Yofre won the 1.40m Speed Challenge on Eliante Z over a starting field of 62 that competed over a course designed by Eric Hasbrouck.

Tomas Yofre on Eliante SportfotTomas Yofre on Eliante (Photo by Sportfot)“I am so thankful to Olivia Broder and her family for trusting me with this special mare,” said Yofre of Eliante, who he's been riding since the end of the 2022 season. “She gets better and better. She is super careful and competitive, and I think she can win any class she wants.”

Ireland’s Darragh Kenny placed both second on California Pie and third on Cicomein VDL.

Yofre riding Eliante Z also won a 1.40m win on opening day of WEF on Wednesday.

“I have a lot of expectations for the mare this season.," said Yofre. "I am super happy to have her as part of my string of horses because you always can count on her.”

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