John French Earns Third place honors with Crown Affair, owned by Yellow Dog Farm in the 2011 $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby

Excerpts from Phelps Media Ground Press Release by: Heather Blellock
Release Date: 2011-09-07

Carson City, NV – September 5, 2011 – The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range was the perfect backdrop for the second annual $25,000 USHJA International Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby on September 5, 2011. Labor Day’s derby events included 250 plus spectators in attendance who were treated to a spectacular display of hunter riding when Jessie Lang captured the hunter derby win with C Quito, owned by Margot Snowdon. Last year’s winner John French took home reserve honors aboard CR Haribo, owned by Emma Townsend and earned third place honors with Crown Affair, owned by Yellow Dog Farm.

French returned to the ring aboard the famous 16-year-old stallion Crown Affair, owned by Yellow Dog Farm with a first round score of 196. The pair received scores of 88 and 88 for their efforts in the handy round. The duo earned a total of four bonus points for their handiness and jumped all of the higher options earning the third place honors.

“I was the most happy with Crown Affair,” smiled French. “We were the best in the handy and it was special for me and the owner because it was his last class before he was retired. It was nice that he won that and was third overall. I think he really can turn very well and I know him so I can take tighter turns and everything comes up flowing.”

“I thought the courses were great, and the handy was terrific,” French continued. “The jumps here are beautiful and they do a great job. There is no other hunter derby like this on the west coast and I like that it is stand alone and I hope more people start to come. I have been to ones on the east coast and this course is better then all the derby courses I have seen this year.”

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