WCHR Finals & Hunter Spectaculars


The $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular returns to Week 6 at WEF in 2017

For the 21st year, riders will compete all week to qualify for a spot in the coveted Saturday night class under the lights during Week 6 of the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

Spectators of the event may again enjoy and give back at the Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Gala, featuring a farm to table dinner with the best seats in the house, benefiting the WCHR Program and in part the USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund.

Tables and tickets are available online at www.ushja.org/wchrspectacular or by phone at (859) 225-6721.

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It's a Wire-to-Wire Finish For John French in the WCHR Professional Finals

Upper Marlboro, Md.—October 7, 2016—John French punctuated his week at the Capital Challenge, presented by World Equestrian Center, with an exclamation point when he topped a star-studded field in the $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals. French led from start to finish to win his fourth WCHR Pro Finals title. He also concluded the year as the WCHR Professional National Champion.

Defending champion Scott Stewart, competing in his 17th WCHR Pro Finals, finished second, while newcomer Katie Gardner impressed with third place. Read More

Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Photography



West Coast Riders Dominate USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program National Rider Rankings

Lexington, Ky. — October 21, 2016 — West Coast riders won more National Championships in the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program than any other region in the country. The WCHR National titles were finalized after classes at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by World Equestrian Center, held Oct. 3-9 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

"Since 1992, the WCHR Program has been recognizing exceptional hunter riders competing across the country nationally and regionally," said Caroline Weeden, chair of the WCHR Task Force. "We would like to extend our congratulations to this year's National and Regional champions; the culmination of hard work all year and performances in the WCHR Challenge classes at Capital Challenge have earned them top honors within our sport." Read More



John French and Small Gesture Win Big in the 2016 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular

San Juan Capistrano, Calif.—June 12, 2016—On a field of green grass decorated with a beautiful Hunter course and an audience spectating from a hilltop gala, John French and Iwasaki & Reilly's Small Gesture earned the top call in the 2016 $25,000 USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular at the Blenheim June Classic I.

Danny Moore designed the courses, which allowed the hunters to take advantage of the gorgeous Oaks International Grand Prix Field, with flowing long lines and long gallops in-between jumps.Read More

Photo credit: McCool Photography



Photo Gallery from the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Gala

The Fairytale Continues for Catch Me in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

Scott Stewart clinches his first victory in this prestigious class during its 20th year

Wellington, FL - February 21, 2016 - Although they gave it their best shot, no other competitors could catch the gray Holsteiner Catch Me during the $100,000 World Championship Hunter Rider Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. Piloted by Scott Stewart, Catch Me soared to a well-earned victory under the lights of the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on February 20. Read More



Catch Me Honored as 2015 WCHR Hunter of the Year and Peter Wetherill Cup Winner

Award to be presented at 20th Annual $100,000 2016 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

Lexington, KY - February 15, 2016 - Despite facing a life-threatening illness at the beginning of the summer, Catch Me couldn't be caught as he made an incredible come back to be named the 2015 USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Hunter of the Year and recipient of the WCHR Peter Wetherill Cup. The award will be ceremoniously presented during the 20th Annual $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular this Saturday, February 20, 2016.

"We're so lucky to even have him back," said Becky Gochman, owner of Catch Me. "We are just honored that Catch Me was named Hunter of the Year. We are so proud of him and proud that our sport honors true horsemen and fantastic horses." Read More



A Sweet 16 for Scott Stewart in the WCHR Professional Finals

Upper Marlboro, MD – October 3, 2015 – A lthough Scott Stewart has now won the $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals six times, even this, his 16 th appearance in the class, doesn't diminish the special feeling of leading the victory gallop at the Capital Challenge.

"I think this horse show is the most competitive of the year, with all of these great riders, and it's always an honor to be in this group and to try to maintain that," he said. "At this point it's a really fun class, and I think we all encourage each other. It's just a fun evening." Read More



John Bragg and Social Hour Claim Top Honors at 2015 World Champion Hunter Rider West Coast Spectacular

San Juan Capistrano, CA – June 7, 2015 – On a sunny Saturday afternoon with a spectacular backdrop, John Bragg bested a field of 28 to take top honors in the 2015 $25,000 USHJA World Champion Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular, presented by Valencia Saddlery, at the Blenheim June Classic I in San Juan Capistrano, CA, aboard Laura Strasburg's Social Hour.

"The footing was quite nice and the length of the course; my horse actually got more relaxed as he went, so I liked that it was a nice long course and there were long lines," said Bragg of the flowing hunter course. Read More



Victoria Colvin Makes History in $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

Wellington, Florida — February 15, 2015 — For the fourth consecutive year, Victoria Colvin starred under the lights of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center's International Ring and claimed top honors in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. She's the first rider in the event's 19-year history to claim victory four times.

Colvin guided Betsee Parker's Ovation to an impressive third straight victory with 179.41 points, earning the top scores in each of the two rounds.
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Open Hearts on Valentine's Day Raise Record Funds To Help Horsemen in Need
Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Gala supports WCHR Program and Horseman's Assistance Fund

Lexington, KY — February 25, 2015 — As top professionals, amateurs and juniors faced off in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, more than 460 spectators gathered in the International Club to watch the competition, enjoy great food and drink and raise funds for a worthy cause. The annual gala raised more than $185,000 in net proceeds, topping the event's record-breaking fundraising from last year, to support the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program, a program that in part benefits the USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund.

"We are honored by the scale of this year's event and humbled by the generosity of those who love this sport," said WCHR Task Force Chair Caroline Weeden. "Each year a portion of the funds raised to support the WCHR Program goes back to aid equestrians in times of need through the USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund. We thank all of the donors and coordinators of this year's gala for their support."
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Mindful Named 2014 WCHR Hunter of the Year, Awarded Peter Wetherill Cup

LEXINGTON, KY — February 5, 2015 — Mindful, shown throughout the 2014 competition year under dual ownership of Kensel LLC and Larry Glefke, is named the 2014 World Championship Hunter Rider Hunter of the Year and recipient of the WCHR Peter Wetherill Cup. The award will be ceremoniously presented during the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular on February 14, 2015, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

"He is truly one of the finest athletes I have ever seen and one of the easiest horses to prepare because he always wants to win," said Selma Garber of Kensel LLC. "To be in the company of the past [Peter Wetherill Cup Award] winners, it's quite an honor. I am without words; I am so thrilled." Read More.






The USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1992 to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural World Championship Hunter Rider Professional Finals in 1992 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.

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