About WCHR

The USHJA 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.


Press Releases:

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

February 2015 | Open Hearts on Valentine's Day Raise Record Funds To Help Horsemen in Need

February 2015 | Victoria Colvin Makes History in $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

February 2015 | WCHR Spectacular Week Kicks Off at WEF Featuring the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

February 2015 | Mindful Named 2014 WCHR Hunter of the Year, Awarded Peter Wetherill Cup

October 2014 | Kelley Farmer Lands the WCHR Professional Finals Title

October 2014 | Tara Metzner Captures the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge

April 2014 | Hope Glynn and King's Peak Crowned Champions in USHJA WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular

March 2014 | WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular Returns for 2014

February 2014 | Victoria Colvin Dominates in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

January 2014 | Small Affair Selected as the 2013 WCHR Hunter of the Year

November 2013 | In Stride: 2013 WCHR Finals Coverage

October 5, 2013 | Liza Boyd Breaks Through To Take Her First WCHR Professional Finals

October 4, 2013 | John French Steps Up To Win the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge

October 1, 2013 | Spectacular Prize Money to be Offered at the 2014 WCHR Wellington Event

April 21, 2013 | Hope Glynn & Woodstock Victorious in Debut USHJA WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular

March 13, 2013 | 2013 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular Set to Debut

February 23, 2013 | Victoria Colvin Defends Her Title in $50,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

February 20, 2013 | 2013 WCHR-Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Live Web Feed

February 11, 2013 | Gramercy Park, Owned by Lynn Rice, Selected as the 2012 WCHR Hunter of the Year

January 30, 2013 | 2013 WCHR Palm Beach Event Expected to be Spectacular

October 9, 2012 | WCHR Champions Crowned at 2012 Capital Challenge Horse Show

October 5, 2012 | Scott Stewart Takes Record Fifth Victory In The WCHR Professional Finals

October 5, 2012 | Charles Owen Returns as Sponsor of the Exhibitors' Hospitality Lounge at the Capital Challenge

October 4, 2012 | Three Grand Champion Awards Presented in Amateur and Adult Hunters at Capital Challenge

October 4, 2012 | Peter Pletcher Returns to the Top with Sambalino in $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge, Melissa Feller and Serafino Win $5,000 Developing Professional Challenge

February 20, 2012 | Victoria Colvin and Way Cool Are Best In The WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular

February 8, 2012 | WCHR Celebrates 16th Annual Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

December 2011 | French Has Fantastic Finish at Capital Challenge - In Stride

October 27, 2011 | USHJA's WCHR Program Establishes Prestigious Peter Wetherill Cup

October 3, 2011 | WCHR Week Begins At The Capital Challenge

June 14, 2011 | USHJA Welcomes Blue Ribbon Blankets by Royal Riders as Newest WCHR Sponsor

May 31, 2011 | Serio Loves Her Tack (Arc de Triomphe)

April 11, 2011 | WCHR Gets Spectacular

March 19, 2011 | 2012 WCHR Hunter Classic Spectacular Returns to Original Format - Equestrian Sport

February 20, 2011 | Olivia Esse And Small Affair Top The WCHR Junior/Amateur-Owner Palm Beach Spectacular

February 19, 2011 | Louise Serio And Castle Rock Are Victorious In The WCHR Palm Beach Spectacular

February 15, 2011 | WCHR Palm Beach Spectacular

February 3, 2011 | WCHR Gears up to Celebrate 15th “Spectacular" Year in Wellington

February 2, 2011 | 2011 WCHR Membership Renewal Notice Renew Online Today!

October 8, 2010 | To The Nines Jumps To The Top In $5,000 WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge

October 8, 2010 | Stewart Stars In The $7,500 WCHR Professional Finals

October 7, 2010 | Gaston Grabs More Than The Blue In The $2,500 WCHR Amateur-Owner Challenge

October 6, 2010 | French Stakes Claim To $15,000 WCHR Professional Challenge

September 29, 2010 | World Championship Hunter Rider Awards and Finals Held at 2010 Capital Challenge Horse Show

May 20, 2010 | AHJF Embraces USHJA

WCHR Program Sponsors

CCHS Official Cooler Sponsor

Championship Awards Sponsor

Member Events

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.

Medallion Program

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.

Sponsorship Disclaimer: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the USHJA. The services, missions, or relations of sponsors do not necessarily state or reflect those of the USHJA, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

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