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