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Welcome to the USHJA Hunter Newsletter. This newsletter is sent weekly to USHJA Hunter members and is designed to provide you with news and updates relevant to the hunters, as well helpful tips and advice from our sponsors. We hope you enjoy it and encourage feedback. Tell us what you would like to see in upcoming issues! Send any comments or questions to myushja@gmail.com.

WCHR Debuts West Coast Hunter Spectacular

For 2013 the World Championship Hunter Rider Task Force has enhanced its prestigious program with the addition of the West Coast Hunter Spectacular. This Spectacular will be held April 20 during the Flintridge Spring Classic in La Canada Flintridge, CA. This highlight event will showcase the very best of the show hunters as they take center stage in a two-round Hunter Spectacular where professionals, juniors and amateurs compete head to head.

Created to mirror the excitement of the Palm Beach Spectacular, the West Coast Spectacular will no doubt become a distinctive part of the Member Event Series for the WCHR program as professionals, junior and amateur riders vie for the coveted title of Champion and a share of the guaranteed $30,000 in prize monies.

In addition to providing an evening packed with top-notch competition, the 2013 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular includes the following hospitality opportunity for your enjoyment:

• Don't miss a single round of the exciting class from comfortable ringside tables for four in the historic Jimmy A. Williams Oval
• Enjoy wine and dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. while you watch the evening's festivities and championship hunter class under the lights

Table and individual ticket reservations are now being accepted and can be purchased here. Please contact Leslie Mangan by e-mail or by phoning (859) 225-6704 to find out more.

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Click here to catch up on the 2013 WCHR- Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular and here for the 2013 WCHR Peter Wetherill Cup winner!

World Championship Hunter Rider Standings

The sixth WCHR Member Event of the 2013 series starts March 13 at the Scottsdale Spring Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona. Standings are current on the WCHR website through WEF 7. WCHR is proud to unveil a new user friendly and interactive results format designed from member feedback. As with any new system, it will be monitored closely for accuracy, and we ask that all members help us identify any issues by checking your points thoroughly after each new posting. In an effort to maintain fairness, points in the Performance Working Hunter 3'6” section may incur a recalculation related to the implementation of the 2013 WCHR increment system. Points lock 30 days after posting so please email any discrepancies to Kelley Douglas within 30 days. Thank you for your patience and assistance.

USHJA Pre-Green Hunter Incentive Program Keeps Growing

The USHJA Pre-Green Hunter Incentive Program debuted in late 2012, however by the first quarter of the New Year the number of horse shows offering the Pre-Green Stake classes has more than doubled. Membership into the program grows on a daily basis, as of this posting there are nearly 200 horses enrolled, and the money won tracking lists honor horses by age and gender, as well as the top Thoroughbred and American bred horses. Rider recognition will be based on overall money won.

Check out the Pre-Green Incentive Program Facebook page for photos and more information about the program!

Recent winners of 2013 Pre-Green Incentive Stake classes include:

Great Southwest Winter Series IV, Katy, TX, February 20, 2013
MTM Sundance, owned by Chris Guthrie, ridden by Kelly Lorek

WEF 8, Wellington, FL, February 27, 2013
Pearl Street, owned by Kathryn Haefner and ridden by Jimmy Torano

March Madness I, Aiken, SC, February 27, 2013
Ava, owned by Kathryn Jarriel, ridden by Daniel Geitner

March Madness II, Aiken, SC March 6,2013
Rainbow Row, owned by Madison Golinski, ridden by Julie Curtin

Chagrin Valley Farms, Chagrin Falls, OH, March 7-10, 2013
Marvel, owned by Sara O'Brien, ridden by Cari Gleeson

This exciting program is off to a great start, if you're not familiar with the details be sure to visit the Pre-Green Incentive page on our site to learn more or to enroll your horse.

Contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 with questions.

Coming Soon -2013 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic

Named in honor of George Morris and his farm, Hunterdon, the Hunterdon Cup is open to any rider that is an Active USHJA junior member and has won a USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search or WIHS Equitation Classic at a competition starting between July 2, 2012, and July 1, 2013.

This year's Hunterdon Cup takes place on July 30 at the HITS facilities in Saugerties, NY during the USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals.

For more information contact: Melanie Fransen (859) 225-6705.

USHJA National Hunter Derby

The USHJA National Hunter Derby continues to be a show staple, with 40 classes held to date in the 2013 competition year. As of March 13, the early leaders in the running to win top honors nationally at year's end include:

Leading Horse: Christabel, owned by Rebecca Odom, with earnings of $3,100.

Leading Rider: Julie Curtin, with earnings of $3,925.

Money won by horses and riders from each of the USHJA Zones is also being tracked.

Read more about the USHJA National Hunter Derby or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717.

Upcoming Events

Standings (as of March 18, 2013)

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