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Boyd, Just a Cobbler jump past field in $50,000 Hunter Derby

Posted: April 9, 2018 2:13 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2018 1:00 a.m.

 Camden’s Liza Boyd closed the final week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Fla., by riding S&L Just a Cobbler to victory in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Stadium Derby Field.

On Easter Sunday, Boyd and 24 other riders were brought back from Saturday’s classic round to try their hand with the handy phase. It would be Boyd and Just a Cobbler who would rule the final day

The 10-obstacle track offered four high options reaching up to four feet, three inches in height along with a number of natural-looking fences. Boyd and S&L Just A Cobbler came back in the sixth place spot and completed their round smoothly scoring a 92 and 93 with four high option points and nine handy points awarded from both judges panels for a total of 391.75, which was enough to shoot them to the top of the leaderboard.  

Boyd took over the ride on the 8-year-old gelding in December and they have already proven to be an unstoppable force within the derby ranks. The pair placed second in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby “Hunt-and-Go” format during week four of the WEF. She plans to continue competing with the young horse in derby competitions in preparation for the USHJA Hunter Derby Finals later this year. Boyd is a three-time USHJA Hunter Derby Finals champion; winning with Brunello in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“This horse is very different from Brunello,” Boyd said of her current mount. “He’s more like the Thoroughbred type that we used to see. It’s a different feel than most of us are used to these days. You can just chuck the reins and if he starts pulling, just ease up and he slows down on his own. But I love it.

“It reminds me of my childhood days. He got better and better each day. It was really nice to have the Hunt-And-Go format earlier this week. Today, I noticed they were really rewarding galloping. There weren’t a lot of places to go inside or be too handy. My strategy was just to galloping everywhere I could and make sure the jump held him off.”


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