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Victoria Colvin Dominates in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular 
The 16-year-old claims her third consecutive victory and scores a one-two finish.

Victoria Colvin laid down the gauntlet as the first to go in the $100,000 WCHR Peter  Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, held Saturday evening, February 15, under the lights of the International Arena at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.


And after 27 other competitors tackled the Steve Stephens-designed course, none could catch the 16-year-old defending champion aboard Betsee Parker's Ovation in the one-round competition.


It turned out that Colvin's closest competitor was herself-she guided Parker's Way Cool to a close second place.


"I picked horses that are unpredictable, and I didn't really know how they were going to go when they walked in, but I was very happy with how both of them went," said Colvin. "Way Cool, I wasn't sure when I trotted in what he was going to do, but he went right around."


The 18th annual WCHR Spectacular drew 28 of the country's top professional, amateur and junior riders who went head-to-head over their respective heights of 3'6", 3'9" or 4'.  


Riders earning championships or reserve championships in the 3'6" and higher rated hunter sections qualified for the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, with additional riders qualifying based on points if the champion and reserve riders chose not to compete or were pre-qualified. In addition, riders also qualified based on their 2013 performance in the WCHR national awards program.



Small Affair Selected as the 2013 WCHR Hunter of the Year

Named after a great horseman, the Peter Wetherill Cup was created in 2011 to celebrate a current equine athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of a top-class show hunter. The classic silver cup perpetual trophy is presented annually at the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular in Wellington, FL, to the owner of the World Championship Hunter Rider Program's Hunter of the Year.


This year's recipient is an athletic 10 year-old bay Selle Francais gelding named Small Affair - Poker to his family and friends, whose prominent record of over 35 Champion and Reserve Champion titles in the Performance Working and Large Junior Hunter sections makes him well-deserving of the title, 2013 WCHR Hunter of the Year.



Best Turned Out Horse Award at USHJA Hunter Championships Sponsored by Shapley's

The 2014 USHJA Hunter Championships, including the World Championship Hunter Rider,  International Hunter Derby, and Pre-Green Incentive, will offer a best turned out horse award sponsored by Shapley's. The groom of the best turned out horse will be presented a Shapley's award bucket of products, cash award of $100 and a commemorative ball cap.


"Shapley's is thrilled to be a new sponsor of the USHJA" Sally Stith-Burdette, Director of Marketing for Shapley's, states "Combined with our sponsorship of competitions, riders and special groom's classes, this partnership will give us great exposure in the hunter/jumper industry to which we are so committed."


The Countdown to the WCHR West Coast Spectacular is on!

The Flintridge Spring Classic will once again host the West Coast Spectacular on Friday April 18, 2014,* during WCHR week (April 15-19). Along with the excitement of the Spectacular there will be an accompanying dinner party with table sales benefiting the USHJA Foundation and the Horseman's Assistance Fund.


*Note date change


Please contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for questions about the WCHR Program.

2014 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic 

The 2014 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will be held July 7,  2014, during the USEF Junior Hunter Championships East Coast held July 7-8, 2014, at Brandywine Valley Summer Series 

in Devon, PA.  


Named in honor of George Morris and his farm, Hunterdon, the USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic ("Hunterdon Cup") is open to any rider that is an Active USHJA junior member and has won a USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search or Overall WIHS Equitation Classic at a competition starting between July 2 and July 1 of the qualifying year.


The complete list of 2014 qualified riders is available on the USHJA Hunterdon Cup page. For more information on the classic contact: Melanie Fransen (859) 225-6705.

2014 Pre-Green Incentive Series Going Strong

To date there have been 202 owners who enrolled their horses in the 2014 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program for the new season. Standings are available in all 10 categories, including these current leaders:


Horse Money Won: Callington owned by Jane Pittman - $740


Rider Money Won: Jeffrey Ayers of PA - $1,160


Thoroughbred Money Won: Diamond Jubilee owned by Parker Peterson Stables, LLC  - $355


Full standings can be found on the PGIP Standings page and upcoming PGIP Stake classes can be found on the PGIP Competition Calendar.


It's not too late to Enroll your horse.  


Annual Enrollment Fee:

* Opening Date of Enrollment - February 1 of each series - $350
* February 2 - June 1 of each series- $550
* June 2 - November 30 of each series - $750  


Enrolled horses will be eligible to compete in the PGIP Stake classes, qualify for the 2014 Championship and be included in the National Standings. Money won program tracking lists honor horses by age and gender, as well as the top Thoroughbred and American-Bred horses. Rider recognition will be based on overall total money won.


Please contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for questions about the Pre-Green Incentive Program.

USHJA National Hunter Derby High Point Adult Amateurs - 2014 Standings

The 2014 competition year is underway and once again the National Hunter Derby remains a big draw. Current results for the High Point Adult Amateurs are:

Zone Earned
Tasha Plunket
Cary Braun
Morgan Connely
Fallon Bock
City, State
Lancaster, PA
Norfolk, VA
Buford, GA
Dallas, TX 
Zone Bonus Points


Full standings, including standings by zone can be found on the NHD Standings page and upcoming National Hunter Derbies can be found on the NHD Competition Calendar. 


Please contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for questions about the National Hunter Derby Program.  

USHJA International Hunter Derby  

2013-14 Championship and Enrollment

The USHJA International Hunter Derby Program is going strong with 228 horses already enrolled and accumulating money won toward the National and Regional tracking lists, as well as the Championship Qualifying list.


Every horse enrolled in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Program that earns a minimum of $500 in USHJA International Hunter Derby classes, while enrolled, at competitions starting between June 2, 2013, and June 1, 2014, is eligible to compete in the 2014 International Hunter Derby Championship.


Enroll before you compete to become eligible for regional and national awards AND to qualify to compete in the 2014 International Hunter Derby Championship!  


Annual Enrollment Fee: $200 for the 2013-14 Derby Series which includes competitions starting June 2, 2013, through November 30, 2014. 

A minimum of 60% of all enrollment fees collected in each region will be paid out to the top six horses on each regional Horse Money Won list at the conclusion of the 2013-14 series in November 2014.


Visit the IHD Enrollment Page or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for more details.  

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Lexington, KY 40511
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