SONOMA, CA – June 5, 2014 – Sonoma Horse Park is pleased to announce the $5,000 Crown Affair/Yellow Dog Farm USHJA National Hunter Derby, taking place Friday, June 13th at HMI June Classic. The CWD VIP will be open for all spectators to enjoy a complimentary food and wine reception throughout the Derby.

The USHJA National Hunter Derbies are an important steppingstone for up-and-coming horses and riders. The Program started in 2010 following the success of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Program. It allows both horses and riders to gain experience in the Derby competition at a lower height and difficulty level. The USHJA National Hunter Derby is set at 3′ in height and up to 3’6″ wide. There’s a qualifying first round and the top twelve will return for a handy round. Sonoma Horse Park is proud to host this USHJA National Derby and two International Hunter Derbies every season.

“The USHJA National and International Hunter Derbies are a nod to great horsemanship, traditional natural obstacles and basic riding principals. The USHJA Derby Programs are also about developing top hunters and so it’s fitting that Yellow Dog Farm has sponsored this competition to honor one of the most successful International Hunter Derby competitors and top breeding stallion, Crown Affair,” said Ashley Herman, owner of Sonoma Horse Park.

Crown Affair is a unique combination of a Cor de la Bryere son out of a Capitol 1 mare. He experienced a long and successful career as a conformation, open working and amateur owner hunter. However, his forte was the hunter derbies and he earned a top ten finish in the 2011 International Hunter Derby finals in Lexington, KY.

Crown Affair now stands full time at Wild Turkey Farm where his many decorated foals continue on his legacy of beauty, athleticism, movement and temperament.