WCHR Finals & Hunter Spectaculars


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 2014 Capital Challenge Horse show was held September 29 through October 5, 2014.

For more information visit www.CapitalChallenge.org.

Kelley Farmer Lands the WCHR Professional Finals Title

Upper Marlboro, MD - After Kelley Farmer dismounted from Mindful following the Handy Hunter Round of the $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals, she had just one thing to say: "Well, I finally got that monkey off my back."

Her score of 93 had just taken over the lead during the third and final round, and, as it turned out, the remaining riders ahead of her couldn't quite match the scores. So, after her sixth appearance in one of the featured events at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Farmer led the victory gallop. Read More

Tara Metzner Captures the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge
Brian Feigus Takes the $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge

Upper Marlboro, MD - October 2, 2014 - Tara Metzner's two major goals for 2014 were qualifying for and competing in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship and the WCHR Professional Challenge.

After some bad luck at the Derby Championship, Metzner traveled to the Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by the Gochman Family, looking for some redemption. And, it came in spades.

Metzner, 37, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, guided Davlyn Farms' Come Monday to top honors over a star-studded field of 26 riders in the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge, held on Wednesday evening in The Show Place Arena. Read More

Hope Glynn and King's Peak Crowned Champions in USHJA WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular

Under a starry California sky Hope Glynn and King's Peak claimed victory in the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular at the Flintridge Spring Classic in La Canada Flintridge, CA.

This marked the second year for the West Coast Hunter Spectacular and a second win for Glynn who won the inaugural class in 2013 with mount Woodstock. The pair returned ready to defend their champion title, but the night belonged to the King.

The Penngrove, CA based Glynn, partnered with Emma Waldfogel's 12-year-old Warmblood gelding King's Peak added a beautiful second-round performance that pushed her total to 174.12 points to win the $30,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular. Glynn also claimed another top 12 position finishing in third place aboard Woodstock, owned by Sabrina Hellman, with 171.75.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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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