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Welcome to the USHJA Hunter Newsletter. This newsletter is sent monthly 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.

 

Liza Boyd Breaks Through to take Her First WCHR Professional Finals 

When Liza Boyd heard about the new format for the $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals, she had a premonition that this might be her year. The six top riders in the WCHR Professional National standings qualified to compete over two rounds on unfamiliar horses and then rode their own horses for the third and final Handy Round.

 

"I brought Quatrain here specifically for this class and the Pro Challenge," she said of the 9-year-old Westphalian gelding she owns with her parents and Janet Peterson. "I'm so fortunate to have him, and I know him so well and trust him."

 

That familiarity turned out to make all the difference in the Handy Round, as Boyd earned the night's highest scores of 95, 95 and 95 to clinch the victory with an overall score of 274.66. Her solid performances aboard the borrowed horses Crack On and Corduroy in Rounds 1 and 2 had put her third going into the Handy Round, just within striking distance.

 

John French Steps Up to Win the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge
 Greg Crolick Takes the $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge

John French didn't have the best year of his life in 2013. Between a broken foot in January and shoulder surgery in June, he spent more time riding in a golf cart than riding his horses.

 

But when the fall indoor show season rolled around, French, of Woodside, CA, decided he would take a few of his favorite horses and venture to the East Coast for a few shows, including the Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by the Gochman Family.

 

His decision turned out to be richly rewarded, as he and Iwasaki & Reilly's Small Affair jumped to victory for the third time together in the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge, sponsored by Pony Lane Farm, held on Wednesday evening.

 

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2013 World Championship Hunter Rider Season Concludes

Congratulations to all of the World Championship Hunter Rider Program members who qualified for and competed in the 2013 WCHR Finals September 30-October 6 in Upper Marlboro, MD. WCHR members competed all year in hopes of earning one of the coveted spots in the WCHR Challenge classes and earning bonus points toward the nine National Championships crowned during the week. Final national standings are available on the Standings webpage and results of all Challenge classes are available on the Capital Challenge Horse Show website.

 

The WCHR Program experienced a record-setting year in 2013 with the highest membership totals since the inception of the program.

 

The 2014 Schedule of Member Events will be available soon and memberships are now being accepted. Be part of the fun in 2014!

2014 WCHR Membership Available Online

Visit the WCHR Membership page to join WCHR or renew your membership for 2014. The program will feature 10 categories in the coming year with the addition of Junior 3'3".

 

New Junior 3'3" Category For 2014  

The Junior 3'3" category was created to recognize and reward WCHR members participating in the Junior Hunter 3'3" section, that is debuting as a new USEF and USHJA HOTY point section in the 2014 competition year. Members in the new category can earn points in any A-rated, 3'3" Junior Hunter Section held at WCHR Member Events.

 

Developing Professional Specifications

Developing Professionals be sure to review the 2014 Developing Professional specifications before renewing your membership! If you have placed 1st-12th in the Professional Challenge during the WCHR Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, you are automatically considered part of the Professional Category.

 

Please direct any questions to Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717.

World Championship Hunter Rider

Medallion Program Unveiled

Be recognized for your achievements while supporting a great cause!

 

The WCHR is pleased to recognize its members for consistent success at the highest level of competition in the hunter sport.   Members' accolades at WCHR Events will be honored with the corresponding medallion status based on benchmarks of success that have been identified by the WCHR Task Force. Starting with the Blue Ribbon Medallion, progressing through Reserve Champion, Champion, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and culminating with the Platinum Medallion, WCHR riders will earn these honors annually.

  

Award winners will be listed on the Medallion Award Winners webpage but they can also purchase a commemorative medallion to highlight their annual accomplishments and display on stall fronts or in the tack room. For each $65 donation for medallions, over 50% will go to the Horseman's Assistance Fund. Declarations are accepted at any time but the deadline to order medallions each year is October 15.

  

Visit the WCHR Medallion webpage to view the seven levels of medallions and to place your order!

2013 Pre-Green Series Continues

The 2013 Championship may be over but the year-end awards for the 2013 Pre-Green Incentive Program are still up for grabs. Money won is tracked in 10 different categories through November 30. There are PGIP Stake classes on the calendar during September and November; all money won counts toward the series awards and participation in each Stake class counts as a qualifying class for the 2014 Championship.

 

For more information visit our Pre-Green Incentive page or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717.

USHJA International Hunter Derby 2013-14 Series Standings Available

The standings are now available online for the 2013-14 International Hunter Derby Series and they include several of the 31 classes that have taken place thus far. The standings include only those horses enrolled in the program, and the riders of enrolled horses. Leading the National Horse Money Won standings is Mythical, owned by Larry Glefke and Kenneth Garber with $51,756, while Mythical's rider Kelley Farmer tops the National Rider Money Won standings with $105,948.

 

Enroll before you compete to become eligible for regional and national awards AND to qualify to compete in the 2014 International Hunter Derby Championship!

 

A horse may compete in any International Hunter Derby without being enrolled in the International Hunter Derby Program, but a horse must be enrolled in the program before competing to be eligible for inclusion on the regional and national money won tracking lists, and to participate in the 2014 Derby Championship. Only money earned by riders on enrolled horses will count toward the regional and national rider money won tracking lists and money won prior to enrollment is not retroactive.

 

Annual Enrollment Fee: $200 for the 2013-14 Derby Series which
includes competitions starting June 2, 2013, through November 30, 2014.

A minimum of 60% of all enrollment fees collected in each region will be paid out to the top six horses on each regional Horse Money Won list at the conclusion of the 2013-14 series in November 2014.
 

 

Enrollment is now open! Visit the IHD Enrollment Page or contact Kelley Douglas at (859) 225-6717 for more details.

USHJA National Hunter Derby Updates 

Charles OwenThe USHJA National Hunter Derby just keeps growing as exhibitors nationwide enjoy a fun and educational venue in which to experience the excitement of Derby competition. Originally modeled after the International Hunter Derby, the National Derbies have become a coveted goal in their own right. It is not uncommon to watch between 30 and 50 horses in a single class at a competition!

 

As of October 11, 2013, the top of the leader board includes:

 

Leading Horse: Luck, owned by Johnnie Martin-Carey, with earnings of $8,200.

Leading Rider: Peter Pletcher, with earnings of $15,375.

 

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

 

Lifetime National Hunter Derby Standing

Lifetime Money Won by Horse: Stars Go Blue, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC with earnings of $14,075.

Lifetime Money Won by Rider: Peter Pletcher, of Magnolia, TX, with earnings of $61,400.

  

USHJA also recognizes the top adult amateur rider in each of the 12 zones, with a helmet provided by Charles Owen, the Official Helmet of the USHJA.   

 

USHJA National Hunter Derby High Point Adult Amateurs - 2013 Standings

Zone
Rider
City, State
Zone Bonus Pts Earned
1
Morgan Taniwha
Longmeadow, MA
38
2
Stephanie Dixon
Hamilton, NH
138
3
Makena Cummings
Wake Forest, NC
23
4
Millie Russell
Elkton, FL
105
5
Michaella Gerlacher
New Albany, OH
45
6
Kelsey Donahoe
Medina, MN
3
7
Mindy Coretz
Tulsa, OK
222
8
Cindy Gibbs
Erie, CO
5
9 (tie)
Andrea Schroeder
Gwen McCaw
Renton, WA
Seattle, WA
10
10
Laura Owens
San Francisco, CA
83

As of 10.11.13

 

Find a National Hunter Derby in your area by checking out the 2013 calendar today!

 

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

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