West Coast Hunter Spectacular Returns for 2014
Lexington, KY- After a highly successful debut in 2013, the World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Spectacular will return to the Flintridge Spring Classic in La Canada Flintridge, CA, on April 18 as part of the WCHR Week. This feature event will showcase the very best of the show hunters in the two-round Hunter Spectacular where professionals, juniors and amateurs compete head to head.
The West Coast Spectacular, which became an instant success for the WCHR Program, once again, will have competitors vying for the title of Champion and a share of the $30,000 in prize monies.
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.
Wellington, Florida - February 16 - 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.
Small Affair Selected as the 2013 WCHR Hunter of the Year
January 29, 2014, Lexington, KY- 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.
Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show
Each year the top 10 nationally ranked riders in each WCHR category, as well as the top 6
riders from each region are invited to compete in their respective WCHR Challenge at the Capital
Challenge Horse Show. Challenge classes are run in either a one or two round hunter classic format.
The points earned from the Challenge classes are then added to points previously earned at WCHR
Member Events and the Capital Challenge Horse Show, to crown a WCHR National Champion in each category.
The 2013 Capital Challenge Horse show was held September 30 through October 6, 2013.
For more information visit www.CapitalChallenge.org.
Liza Boyd Breaks Through To Take Her First WCHR Professional Finals
Upper Marlboro, MD -When Liza Boyd heard about the new format for the $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals, she had a premonition that this might be her year. The six top riders in the WCHR Professional National standings qualified to compete over two rounds on unfamiliar horses and then rode their own horses for the third and final Handy Round.
"I brought Quatrain here specifically for this class and the Pro Challenge," she said of the 9-year-old Westphalian gelding she owns with her parents and Janet Peterson. "I'm so fortunate to have him, and I know him so well and trust him."
That familiarity turned out to make all the difference in the Handy Round, as Boyd earned the night's highest scores of 95, 95 and 95 to clinch the victory with an overall score of 274.66. Her solid performances aboard the borrowed horses Crack On and Corduroy in Rounds 1 and 2 had put her third going into the Handy Round, just within striking distance...read press release.
John French Steps Up To Win the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge
Upper Marlboro, MD - October 3, 2013 - John French didn't have the best year of his life in 2013. Between a broken foot in January and shoulder surgery in June, he spent more time riding in a golf cart than riding his horses.
But when the fall indoor show season rolled around, French, of Woodside, CA, decided he would take a few of his favorite horses and venture to the East Coast for a few shows, including the Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by the Gochman Family.
His decision turned out to be richly rewarded, as he and Iwasaki & Reilly's Small Affair jumped to victory for the third time together in the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge, sponsored by Pony Lane Farm, held on Wednesday evening...read press release
The USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1995 to recognize and celebrate the
hunter rider. Since the inaugural World Championship Hunter Rider Professional Finals in 1995
the WCHR program has expanded to include coveted year-end awards for Professionals, Developing
Professionals, Amateur Owners, Adult Amateurs, Juniors, Children and Pony riders. WCHR Program
Members qualify for National and Regional Awards by earning points at Member Events held across the
country throughout the qualifying year. In 1997 the inaugural WCHR Spectacular was such a success
that it became one of the feature events of the WCHR Program drawing top competition from across the
country. The USHJA WCHR Program continues growing in size and popularity from year to year.