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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."

Kelley Farmer and Mindful. Photo Credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives


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.


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

Upper Marlboro, MD - 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. 

Tara Metzner wins the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge aboard Come Monday, owned by Davlyn Farms. Photo Credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA Archives


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. 


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WCHR National Champions


Congratulations to the WCHR National Champions:


Adult Amateur                                    Brooke Cole of Rockville, VA

Amateur Owner 3'3"                           Stephanie Danhakl of Pacific Palisades, CA

Amateur Owner 3'6"                           Becky Gochman of New York, NY

Children's                                           Savanah Stuart of Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Developing Professional                     Jennifer Bliss of South Salem, NY

Handy (tie)                                          Emma Kurtz of Hudson, OH and

Tara Metzner of West Hollywood, CA

Junior 3'3"                                           Lexie Looker of San Dimas, CA

Junior 3'6"                                           Vivian Yowan of Lexington, KY

Pony                                                   Emma Kurtz of Hudson, OH

Professional                                       Scott Stewart of Flemington, NJ

Developing Professional Owner         Harris Hill Farm, LLC of South Salem, NY

Professional Owner                            Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA


USHJA Rule Change Proposals
Now Available Online for Viewing and Member Input

Active Rule Change Proposals are now available for viewing on All of the rule change proposals are currently being reviewed by USHJA Task Forces and Committees, which will provide their feedback and actions by the start of the 2014 Annual Meeting in December.


USHJA welcomes member input on proposed rule changes. If you would like to provide input on a specific rule, please send an e-mail with the tracking number and rule number to The deadline for USHJA member input is November 1, 2014


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Pony Measurement Rule Change Proposal
The USHJA Pony Hunter Task Force is proposing a reorganization of the Pony sections. Currently, the Pony sections are divided by the height of the pony and age of the child.

The new proposal only requires the animal to be a pony. Now the animal's measurement card would not state a height but merely say "Pony."


For more background information on the proposed rule change and to see the proposed factors, please read the most recent USHJA Member Notice. 


We strongly encourage you to express your opinion on both the spot-check measurements and the proposed changes to the Pony Hunter section. Please email us with your questions, suggestions or comments at

Pre-Green Challenge Class Added for 2015

The USHJA Pre-Green Challenge is an exciting addition to the USHJA Hunter Programs, designed to showcase Pre-Green Hunters as they develop through the early stages of their careers. Horses will be able to earn Pre-Green Zone HOTY bonus points based on their placing in the class and the competition format. The program debuts December 1, 2014 for the 2015 competition year.


A USHJA Pre-Green Challenge may be offered at USEF Licensed PremierNational, Regional Iand Regional II  rated competitions or competitions that have been approved for a Special Competition status.


Competing in a Pre-Green Challenge does not qualify a horse for the Pre-Green Incentive Championship.


For more questions about the new Pre-Green Challenge, please contact Sarah Fishback at (859) 225-6720.

New Regional Hunter Championship to be Introduced for 2016
The Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships is an exciting new hunter program designed to showcase the skills of riders who compete in the Children's and Adult hunter sections across the country. The Championships provide riders with a competitive team experience and an opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year bonus points in their respective Children's or Adult hunter section.

Qualifying for the Championships will begin in 2015 with the first set of Regional Championships slated for 2016 between June 1 and November 30. 


For more information on this new hunter program, please visit the Children's and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championship page of the website. 

"The Kentucky Experience" is Pleased to Welcome the Kentucky Horse Council and Zoetis Animal Health as Sponsors!

Partners Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, Phelps Media Group, the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Zoetis Animal Health and the Kentucky Horse Council are pleased to offer an exciting way to experience the National Horse Show, and Central Kentucky. This experience includes free tours of famous Bluegrass area horse farms, a free tour of the world-renowned Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, free admission to all sessions of the National Horse Show (October 28-November 2, 2014), and a free reception at the renowned Gracie Street Garden where attendees will have an opportunity to meet some of the star riders of the hunter jumper world before the ring events on the evening of Friday, October 31.


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