World Championship Hunter Rider Program was
founded in 1995
to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural
WCHR Professional Finals in
1995 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.
The 2013 Capital Challenge Horse show will be held September 30 through October 6, 2013.
For more information visit
WCHR Program Sponsors
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. 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. The 2013 Capital Challenge Horse show will be held September 30 through October 6, 2013.
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.
WCHR is pleased to recognize riders for continued success at the top level of the hunter sport through the newly established Medallion Program. Beginning with the 2013 competition year, WCHR members will be rewarded for consistent success at World Championship Hunter Rider competitions. Starting with the Blue Medallion, progressing through Champion, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and culminating with the Platinum Medallion, WCHR riders will earn these keepsake medallions annually, based on benchmarks of success identified by the WCHR Committee.
More detailed information available soon!
Handy Hunter Challenge
The WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge is a one round handy-style class judged and numerically scored on quality, movement, jumping style, manners and way of going, where pace and brilliance are rewarded. Each WCHR Member Event that would like to host a WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge must contact
For each Handy Hunter Challenge, USHJA will provide
- Keeper Trophy for Winner
- Ribbons for 1st-10th
- Notice on the USHJA website and in any print publications of the Handy Hunter Challenge.
Required Handy Hunter Challenge Specifications
- There is no minimum prize money required.
- Riders may compete on any horse.
- Points earned in this class will count toward the rider's national and regional standings in the Handy Hunter Category.
- Riders competing on more than one horse will only accrue points earned by their highest placing horse.
- Fence heights must be a minimum of 3'6". Management may run class at additional fence heights if desired.
- Class format is one round using the open numerical system for scoring.
Junior Hunter Challenge
Visit the Outreach Junior Hunter Challenge page for more information.
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