WCHR Finals & Hunter Spectaculars
Hope Glynn & Woodstock Victorious in Debut USHJA WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular
It was a perfect California evening for the debut of the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider program's latest addition, the West Coast Hunter Spectacular. And in a nail-biting finish, Hope Glynn clinched an impressive victory over all challengers at the Flintridge Spring Classic in La Canada Flintridge, CA.
"I had a lot of excitement about the class because we've never had a championship hunter classic, we've done several USHJA Derbies here now and so I've gotten to jump in some night classes, but rarely have we ever had a hunter classic where we actually get to jump under the lights." Glynn said.
With the calm of experience on her side, Penngrove, CA based Glynn, guided Sabrina Hellman's 10-year-old Warmblood gelding Woodstock to a beautiful second-round performance that pushed her total to 175.50 points to win the inaugural $30,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular. As icing on the cake, Glynn also claimed another top 12 position finishing in eighth place aboard Emma Waldfogel's King's Peak with 164.75...
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Victoria Colvin Defends Her Title in $50,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular
Wellington, FL, February 23 - For the second consecutive year, Victoria Colvin starred under the lights of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center's International Arena claimed top honors in the $50,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.
This year she guided Betsee Parker's Ovation to an impressive victory with 181.87 points over Liza Boyd and Brunello with (178 points) and Louise Serio with Castle Rock (177.68 points).
In an interesting déjà vu, this year's top three finishers were the same as last year, with the one difference being that Colvin swapped her 2012 winner Way Cool for Ovation.
"This was maybe his first or second time under the lights, so I wasn't sure how he'd go," said Colvin of Ovation. "He felt stronger in the second round. My second round was flowing, and I don't think I touched the reins."
The 17th annual $50,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular was a featured event of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival circuit Week 7 and drew 32 entries that qualified to compete after showing in the week's junior, amateur and open hunter sections...read press release.
Gramercy Park, Owned by Lynn Rice, Selected as the 2012 WCHR Hunter of the Year
February 11, 2013, Lexington, KY- In 2011, the Peter Wetherill Cup debuted as an award to celebrate a current equine athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of a top-class show hunter. This prestigious perpetual trophy is presented annually at the Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular in Wellington, FL, to the owner of the World Championship Hunter Rider Program’s Hunter of the Year. The elegant silver cup was donated by the USHJA Foundation in honor of late horseman Peter Wetherill.
The 2012 recipient is a brilliant nine year-old bay gelding named Gramercy Park – Charlie to his friends, whose standout record of nearly 20 Champion and Reserve Champion titles in the green working sections assured his nomination and ultimately his selection as the WCHR Hunter of the Year ...read press release.
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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 will be held September 30 through October 6, 2013.
For more information visit www.CapitalChallenge.org.
Scott Stewart Takes Record Fifth Victory In The WCHR Professional Finals
Upper Marlboro, MD — Scott Stewart took the lead in the first round of the $5,000 World Championship Hunter Rider Professional Finals and never looked back. Although Peter Pletcher and John French remained within striking distance throughout the four-round competition, they just couldn't quite match Stewart's smooth and effortless rides...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.