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.
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."
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.
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
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.