Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (schooling)
Saturday - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
To give quarter horse hunters the opportunity to develop and grow, by providing quality conditions, challenging courses, and offering a platform for exhibitors to advance their horsemanship skills, while maintaining an enjoyable and rewarding environment.
The Huntfield Derby series was established in January 2012, by David Warner and Lainie DeBoer. The goal was to offer more choices and opportunities for the quarter horse hunter, but still remain in an AQHA setting. Based off the USHJA model, Warner and DeBoer set out to mimic the program, and integrate it into the AQHA schedule at all the top shows around the country. Venues were specifically chosen based on their quality of jumps, proper footing, and competent judging.
The first derby, at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, Florida, was a huge success and immediately there was enthusiasm that spread throughout the industry. Exhibitors specifically found horse shows that were holding the Huntfield derbies so they could add more ch opportunities for their hunters. Horse shows called inquiring about hosting derbies, to help attract exhibitors in the hunter category. Sponsorship grew within the quarter horse community to make sure that it kept the series going. When word spread that the derby series was so successful, Huntfield was contacted by many different organizations looking to promote their products. It allowed Huntfield to expand the prize money offered and give quality products and prizes to our winners.
In mid 2012 the AQHA Executive Committee voted to have the Huntfield derby finals at the AQHA World Championship show, the first of it’s kind in the history of the AQHA. The derby final was a huge success, offering over $40,000 in cash and prizes. Here is a link to a RFD TV special that featured our finals.
In 2013 we have expanded the Huntfield brand by holding our own show in Lexington, KY June 26th-30th at the Kentucky Horse Park. We are offering a wide variety of classes including: pairs classes, equitation classics, hunter classics, an open 3'0" derby, a 2'6" novice/select derby, and our Non pro derby 3'0" finals, all in Rolex Stadium home of the World Equestrian Games.
We are excited about the future of Huntfield and all that it has to offer the quarter horse hunter. Since our inception we have seen memberships grow, more USEF participation at AQHA events, increased horse sales, and improved horsemanship skills. The Huntfield derby series has directly benefited our discipline and we look forward to encouraging growth for our industry.