USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program

The World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1992 to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural WCHR Professional Finals in 1992, 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, Maryland.  

Due to COVID-19 Impacts the following adjustments have been made to the program for 2020 only:

A members top two member events will count towards their standings.
A member may request one region change up until August 31st. (Regional points are not retroactive. No requests will be accepted once a members originally declared regions final member event has begun).
The top ten (10) riders in each category from the regional standings will be invited to compete in their respective challenge class.

Capital Challenge Horse Show will accept the top 4-6 riders from the regular divisions that are not pre-qualified through the Regional or National standings for the challenge classes. 

The Challenge Class Point Scale will be doubled. 

 

Member Events

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 (exception Handy). 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. For more information, visit capitalchallenge.org.

2020 Capital Challenge Horse Show Program

Who is Eligible to Participate?

All WCHR members are eligible for WCHR Awards on both a National and Regional level in the category of their choice.

WCHR Category Descriptions

Specifications for USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program

CURRENT
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HUNTER RIDER PROGRAM
(Effective 12/1/2019  through 11/20/2020)

2021
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HUNTER RIDER PROGRAM
(Effective 12/1/2020  through 11/20/2021)

Specifications for USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Spectaculars & Capital Challenge

CURRENT
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HUNTER RIDER
PALM BEACH SPECTACULAR

CURRENT
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HUNTER RIDER
WEST COAST SPECTACULAR

CURRENT
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HUNTER RIDER
CAPITAL CHALLENGE

2021
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HUNTER RIDER
PALM BEACH SPECTACULAR

2021
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HUNTER RIDER
WEST COAST SPECTACULAR

2021
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HUNTER RIDER
CAPITAL CHALLENGE

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