Upper Marlboro, Md.—Oct. 4, 2018—As the competition year for the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program culminates this week with WCHR Finals at The Capital Challenge Horse Show, the USHJA is pleased to recognize the 2018 WCHR Regional Champions.
On Wednesday evening prior to the final rounds of the WCHR Professional and Developing Professional Challenge classes, Regional Champions were recognized for the Professional, Developing Professional, Amateur Owner, Adult Amateur and Handy sections. Friday evening prior to the Professional Finals playoffs and final four rounds, Junior, Pony and Children's Regional Champions will be recognized as well.
WCHR members compete in eight geographic regions across 10 membership categories throughout the competition year. USHJA congratulates the following members for earning WCHR Regional Champion titles:
Central Mountain Region (Ariz., Colo., N.M., Okla., Utah):
Pro: Ashley Stannard, Tucson, Ariz.
Developing Pro: Tarah Wolf, Glenwood Springs, Colo.
A/A: Amy Brubaker, Salt Lake City, Utah
A/O 3'6: Amanda Atkins, Edmond, Okla.
A/O 3'3: Becky Newmon, Corrales, N.M.
Handy: Lucy Butler, Castle Rock, Colo.
Junior 3'6": Lanie Walkenbach, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Junior 3'3": Lauren Bloss, El Paso, Texas
Pony: Lucy Bulter, Castle Rock, Colo.
Children's: Taylor McLelland, Carbondale, Colo.
Northwest Region (Alaska, B.C., Idaho, Ore., Mont., Wash., Wyo.):
Pro: Dustin Goodwin, Portland, Ore.
Developing Pro: Rachel Spears, Wilsonville, Ore.
A/A: Samantha Cristy, Sammamish, Wash.
A/O 3'6: Emily Hutson, Bellevue, Wash.
A/O 3'3: Allison Talbot, Bellevue, Wash.
Handy: Dustin Goodwin, Portland, Ore.
Junior 3'6": Olivia Brandon, Seattle, Wash.
Junior 3'3": Marielle Fries, Kirkland, Wash.
Pony: Anna Kotler, Sammamish, Wash.
Children's: Nicole Lamp, Bellevue, Wash.
Mid Atlantic Region (Del., District of Columbia, Md., Pa., Va., W.V.):
Pro: Maria Shannon, Charlottesville, Va.
Developing Pro: Sarah Tyndall, Acton, Mass.
A/A: Alex Johnson, Portsmouth, Va.
A/O 3'6: Krysia Nelson, Keswick, Va.
A/O 3'3: Jane Gaston, The Plains, Va.
Handy: Jordan Toering, Waterford, Va.
Junior 3'6": Jordan Toering, Waterford, Va.
Junior 3'3": Bridget Scalia, McLean, Va.
Pony: Vivian Golden, Wyomissing, Pa.
Children's: Amelia Rewis, McLean, Va.
South Central Region (Ark., La., Texas):
Pro: Natalee Haggan, Bartonville, Texas
Developing Pro: Natalee Haggan, Bartonville, Texas
A/A: Dana Brawley, Double Oak, Texas
A/O 3'6: Jef Lauwers, Magnolia, Texas
A/O 3'3: Courtney Baggett, Houston, Texas
Handy: Carolyn Colter, Houston, Texas
Junior 3'6": Jordan Cobb, Austin, Texas
Junior 3'3": Ainslee Greg, Houston, Texas
Pony: Carolyn Colter, Houston, Texas
Children's: Sloane Wallace, Houston, Texas
Midwest Region (Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kan., Ky., Mich., Minn. Mo., Neb., N.D., Ohio, S.D., Tenn., Wisc.,):
Pro: Kelley Farmer, Wellington, Fla.
Developing Pro: Geoffrey Hesslink, Katonah, N.Y.
A/A: Gardlan Alban, Lutherville, Md.
A/O 3'6": John Ingram, Nashville, Tenn.
A/O 3'3": Brad Wolf, Memphis, Tenn.
Handy: Emma Wujek, Gosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Junior 3'6": Emma Wujek, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Junior 3'3": Henry Healy, Cincinnati, Ohio
Pony: Olivia Sweetnam, Wellington, Fla.
Children's: Claire Healy, Cincinnati, Ohio
Southeast Region (Ala., Fla., Ga., Miss., N.C., S.C.):
Pro: Hunt Tosh, Alpharetta, Ga.
Developing Pro: Caroline Willard, Oak Ridge, N.C.
A/A: Tricia Barr, Wellington, Fla.
A/O 3'6": Kara Jones, Cornelius, N.C.
A/O 3'3": Anna Wells-Sharp, Bluffton, S.C.
Handy: Elizabeth Boyd, Camden, S.C.
Junior 3'6": Maggie Hill, Jackson, Wyo.
Junior 3'3": Emilee Arrington, Montgomery, Ala.
Pony: Maddie Tosh, Milton, Ga.
Children's: Carly Rein, Raleigh, N.C.
Northeast Region (Conn., Maine, Mass., N.H., N.J., N.Y., R.I., Vt.):
Pro: Holly Orlando, Wellington, Fla.
Developing Pro: Hannah Isop, Pawling, N.Y.
A/A: Alexandra Beyrer, Setauket, N.Y.
A/O 3'6": Callie Seaman, Greenwich, Conn.
A/O 3'3": Jean Sheptoff, Littleton, Mass.
Handy: Caroline Blake, Westport, Conn.
Junior 3'6": Ellie Ferringo, Newtown, Conn.
Junior 3'3": Gigi Moynihan, Oldwick, N.J.
Pony: Avery Schauder, Greenwich, Conn.
Children's: Cady Ryan, New York, N.Y.
Southwest Region (Calif., Nev.):
Pro: Jenny Karazissis, Calabasas, Calif.
Developing Pro: Karli Postel, North Hollywood, Calif.
A/A: Cathy Morris-Schmitt, Greenwood Village, Colo.
A/O 3'6": Laura Wasserman, Los Angeles, Calif.
A/O 3'3": Chelsea Samuels, La Canada, Calif.
Handy: Jenny Karazissis, Calabasas, Calif.
Junior 3'6": Stella Wasserman, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Junior 3'3": Gabrielle Sokolow, Westlake Village, Calif.
Pony: Shiloh Roseboom, Corona, Calif.
Children's: Zoe Wolf, Santa Barbara, Calif.
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 10 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.
The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., runs through Sunday, October 7. Watch the competition live on USEF Network at https://www.usef.org/network/coverage/2018capitalchallenge/?cl=t.
Membership applications for the 2019 season are currently being accepted. To join or renew your WCHR membership, visit https://www.ushja.org/competition/hunter/world-championship-hunter-rider-program/membership.
For more information about the World Championship Hunter Rider Program, visit https://www.ushja.org/competition/hunter/world-championship-hunter-rider-program.
USHJA extends special thanks to sponsors: Charles Owen, Inc., CWD, FITS Riding, Parlanti, Professional's Choice, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, and Shapley's.