World Championship Hunter Rider Program was
founded in 1992
to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural
WCHR 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's 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. Points from
a rider's top four WCHR Member Events will be used to
determine the National and Regional standings.
Each year the top ten nationally ranked riders and top six regionally
ranked riders in each category, come together to compete in the WCHR Finals
at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD.
The country will be divided geographically into eight regions
and there will be a maximum number of Member Event Competitions during
the qualifying year with some measure of geographic balance, variance
of dates and constituency opportunity.
Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show
Each year the top 10 nationally ranked riders in each WCHR category, as well as the top six riders from each region are invited to compete in their respective WCHR Challenge at the Capital Challenge Horse Show (exception Handy). 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. For more information visit www.capitalchallenge.org.
Who is Eligible to Participate?
All WCHR members are eligible for WCHR Awards on both a National and a Regional level in the category of their choice.
WCHR is pleased to recognize and reward its members for consistent success at the top level of the hunter sport through the recently established Medallion Program. Accolades achieved through participation at World Championship Hunter Rider Member Events earn members the matching medallion status. Starting with the Blue Ribbon Medallion and progressing through Reserve Champion, Champion, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and culminating with the Platinum Medallion, WCHR members earn these honors annually, based on the benchmarks of success identified by the WCHR Task Force.
Junior Hunter Challenge
Visit the Outreach Junior Hunter Challenge page for more information.