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Boyd hits the exacta in $20K Hunter Derby
Camden rider goes 1-2 with Brunello, Quatrain
QUATRAIN CARRIES LIZA TOWELL BOYD over a fence en route to their second place finish in Friday nights $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by The Tack Room at the South Carolina Equine Park. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
On her way into the Bonham Oval show ring atop her trusted mount, Brunello, in the second and final round of Friday night’s $20,000 International Hunter Derby presented by the Tack Room, Liza Towell Boyd hopped off one of her horses, and then got aboard another before making her way into the ring.As the last pairing in the event, the delay was akin to a prize fighter letting the anticipation build before making his way into the ring.Like the champions they are, Boyd and Brunello did not disappoint as they followed up a clear first round performance --- which landed them in first place in the field of 11 --- with a second mistake-free go-through to win the feature event of the two-week Camden Spring Classic which closes Sunday at the South Carolina Equine Park.Winner of the high performance hunter title at the 128th Alltech National Horse Show in Kentucky last November, the 14-year-old Brunello and his rider added more hardware for the Finally Farm trophy case with another win at their home course. Two years ago, the duo jumped off with the $10,000 International Hunter Derby at the show which was then called the Camden Spring Fling.While winning never gets old for Boyd, a championship won in front of family and friends in her hometown made it even more special. A large crowd gathered on a chilly night on the hill overlooking the ring, which makes for a natural amphitheater at the Cleveland School Road facility, to take in the two rounds of jumping.“I think it’s special to win in Camden with your family and friends there and being in your hometown,” she said.