California Riding Magazine • July, 2012

Derby Days
Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby slated for September.

The third annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby is set for Sept. 1-3 in Carson City, NV as a part of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Series. The weekend affair will include the Select Hunter Horse Sale, $2,500 National Hunter Derby and the celebrated $25,000 Franktown Meadows International Hunter Derby. Continuing with tradition, the formal derby will work in collaboration with Water and Rails, Inc. in supporting ALS of Nevada, which serves people and their families living with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The 2012 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby will once again bring forward the finest hunters in front of judges Shane George, Hap Hansen, Jack Towell and Scott Williamson. The uniqueness of this location and the quality that has been showcased each year has attracted some of the finest riders including John French, Jessie Lang and Jenny Karazissis.

Course designer and show manager Phil DeVita is excited to return and develop a great course and hunter derby. "When I arrived at Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility I was more than impressed," he comments. "To have a spectacular hunter event in this big grass field underneath the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range was a momentous occasion."

The Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility is located just minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe. With such a unique location, the derby has become more than just an event but a destination vacation for equestrians from California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and many East Coast riders. "With the inclusion of the three-foot National Hunter Derby, more riders and trainers will want to attend this amazing derby and make an entire weekend out of it.," Phil continues. "There are so many talented equestrians on the West Coast that I know would enjoy stepping away from the generic horse show and attending Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby."

For more information about the 2012 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby please visit For questions related to competition, e-mail or call 407-619-0891. For questions regarding sponsorship, becoming a vendor, or purchasing tickets please call Lynne Garnett at 775-722-4261 or e-mail