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  2012 WCHR National Standings

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  WCHR Champions Crowned at 2012 Capital Challenge Horse
  Show

When the 19th Annual Capital Challenge Horse Show concluded October 7, 2012, nine new World Championship Hunter Rider National Champions had been named as well as 10 WCHR Challenge and Finals Winners.

A highlight of the show, held September 29-October 7 at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, was the $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals, where Scott Stewart claimed the title, narrowly beating out last year’s returning champ John French of San Juan Bautista, CA

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  2013 World Championship Hunter Rider Schedule of Member
  Events Announced

The votes have been tallied and the 2013 WCHR Calendar has been finalized. Congratulations to the 56 competitions selected to host a WCHR Member Event in 2013. In response to increased interest and membership in the program, each of the eight regions will host seven Member Events next year. With this decision, USHJA and the WCHR Committee hope to see even more growth of and participation in the program. If you haven’t renewed your WCHR membership for 2013 you can sign up online on the WCHR Membership Page.

  WCHR Committee Holds Annual Retreat

Each year following the WCHR Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, the USHJA WCHR Committee gathers to evaluate the WCHR program, including member feedback, and to discuss the program’s future direction. A very productive meeting held October 8-9 in Baltimore, MD, resulted in some clarifications to the current specifications, as well as development of exciting new program aspects. The committee is excited to share these updates with you and will be sending out an informational email to all 2012 and 2013 WCHR members in the coming weeks highlighting the 2013 WCHR Program. Keep an eye on your inbox!

  Attention Competition Managers – Last Chance to Apply to
  Host a USHJA International Hunter Derby in the 2013-14
  Series

The Hunter Derby Program has enjoyed tremendous success due to the support and dedication that host competitions have demonstrated toward both the program’s mission and the integrity of the class.

The application phase for hosting a USHJA International Hunter Derby will close on November 1, 2012, for AA-rated competitions and for those competitions with Special Competition status that are interested in hosting a Derby between June 2, 2013-November 30, 2014. This time period defines the 18-month 2013-14 Derby Series. Competitions held June 2, 2013 through November 30, 2014 that plan to host a Derby in both 2013 and 2014, must apply for both the 2013 and 2014 classes during this current application period.

Applications are available here and further questions can be directed to Kelley Mallery at 859.225.6717

  USHJA National Hunter Derby Standings

At the conclusion of each competition year USHJA recognizes the top 10 horses on the National Horse Standings list. In 2012, the overall national winner will receive an awards package from World Equestrian Brands, the awards sponsor of the USHJA National Hunter Derby. 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.

As of October 23, 2012, Without Question, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables LLC, is leading the country in National Hunter Derby money won with $13,450, while Peter Pletcher is the rider having earned the most money; $22,600 so far. Congratulations also go out to the Adult Amateur riders currently leading their zones:

  • Zone 2 – Tasha Plunket, Lancaster, PA
  • Zone 3 – Chiara Parlagreco, Warrenton, VA
  • Zone 4 – Sarah Morris, Memphis, TN
  • Zone 5 – Anna Moersdorf, Dublin, OH
  • Zone 7 – Sue Takata, Athens, TX
  • Zone 8 – Caitlin Burns, Longmont, CO
  • Zone 10 – Jessica Singer, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Read more about the USHJA National Hunter Derby or contact Kelley Mallery at 859.225.6717.

  Pre Green Hunter Incentive Program – Competition Calendar
  Now Available

The USHJA Pre-Green Hunter Incentive Program will be unveiled in early December as the first of several participating competitions will offer the Pre-Green Stake classes. As the 2013 competitions publish their schedules, the PGIP Calendar will grow as well. Competition managers should keep in mind that the earlier you submit your prize list including the Pre-Green Stake classes, the earlier your competition will be listed on the USHJA website!

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  Horse Enrollment for New Pre Green Hunter Incentive
  Program Opens November 15th

On November 15, 2012, USHJA will open the online enrollment feature of the Pre-Green Incentive Program. Enrolled horses will be eligible to compete in the PGIP Stake classes and be included in the National Standings in various categories. Program tracking lists honor horses by age and gender, as well as the top Thoroughbred and American-bred horses, based in total monies won. Rider recognition will also be based on overall money won. This program includes a championship held in conjunction with the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in August of 2013.

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  Promote Your Clinic via USHJA Directory

The USHJA Directory of Clinics is dedicated to promoting both riding and non-riding clinics throughout the country to the members of USHJA. USHJA encourages hosts to offer a variety of educational clinics – from riding and horsemanship to legal advice for owners, trainers, managers and parents

Riding clinics hosted or conducted by an Olympian or USHJA Certified Trainer, and non-riding educational clinics receive their directory listing for free! Clinics listed on the USHJA Directory reach the USHJA membership of 43,000 twice a month through the USHJA E-Update and daily on the USHJA website.

For more information please visit the USHJA Directory of Clinics or contact Carrie Vaught at 859.225.6703.

  Upcoming USHJA International Hunter Derbies

  • October 28 – Fleur de lis Farms, Bartonville, TX
  • November 2 – Dallas Harvest - Tyler, TX
  • November 9 – Atlanta Fall Classic I - Conyers, GA
  • November 17 – The Final Chase - Katy, TX
  • December 2 – Holiday and Horses - Wellington, FL
  • December 14 – Lake St Louis Hunter/Jumper - Lake St. Louis, MO

For a complete list of USHJA International Hunter Derby classes for the 2011-12 Qualifying Series Click Here

  Hunter Programs Sponsors and Partners

The USHJA would like to thank the following presenting sponsors and partners for their support of our Hunter programs and association endeavors. For more information, click the sponsor logo(s) below.