WCHR Finals & Hunter Spectaculars

A sensational finish in the $25,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular

Jamie Taylor and Bravado, LLC's L'Con Reyes earned the top check of $7,500 along with numerous prizes. Credit: McCool Photography

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. — June 10, 2018 — On a gorgeous Southern California morning, the $25,000 World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular showcased 34 fabulous Hunters. With varied heights of 3'6", 3'9" and 4'0", horse and rider pairs showed at a height comparable to the division in which they typically compete.

This year's spectacular was one for the books, with a number of breathtaking rides from Juniors, Amateurs and Professionals alike; and two horses finishing with a final score of 170.875. The first panel of judges broke the tie and since they had scored the second round for Jamie Taylor and Bravado, LLC's L'Con Reyes higher than that of Karli Postel and Grace Russo's Banksy, Taylor took the top call, and Postel finished second. With a score of 170.5, only .3 off the leading scores, Amateur rider Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont rounded out the the top three riding her mount Spotlight. Read more

WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular returns to Blenheim EquiSports in June

Jenny Karazissis aboard Hope Town Farms' Undeniable. Credit: McCool Photography

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. — May 18, 2018 — The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the $25,000 World Championship Hunter Rider West Coast Hunter Spectacular will take place Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the Blenheim EquiSports June Classic 1 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano, California.

All WCHR members are eligible to participate in this two-round class with fence height options set at 3'6", 3'9" or 4'0". Both rounds are judged by at least two judging panels consisting of two judges each, and the top 12 horses will be called back for the second round from low to high score within their respective heights. Riders will compete over courses designed by Thomas Hern and will be judged by Sue Ashe, Timmy Kees, Cathy Robinson and Diane Grod.

Last year, Jenny Karazissis rode Hope Town Farms' Undeniable to top honors, earning $7,500 in prize money. She was followed by two other riders who have earned the Spectacular title in the past-John French and Hope Glynn. This year's winner will again take home a $7,500 check along with a custom engraved commemorative frame, embroidered jackets for the rider, owner, trainer and groom, embroidered cooler, FITS Gift Certificate, and CWD halter. Valencia Sport Saddlery also presents the winner with the "Horseplay Encouraged" Perpetual Trophy to the winner. Read more

Rock Harbor and Louise Serio Sail to Victory in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

Louise Serio and Jennifer Burger's Rock Harbor in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. Credit: Tricia Booker/USHJA

Wellington, Florida. — Feb. 18, 2018 — For Louise Serio, contesting the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular is always special. And this year it was particularly rewarding when she piloted Jennifer Burger's Rock Harbor to victory, earning her third title in a class that she was instrumental in establishing back in 1997.

"You never know when you're going to get back here again," she said with a smile. "It's very rewarding. Jennifer Burger, who owns Rock Harbor, has been a wonderful client for a long time and she's been a big supporter, so to win on her horse is really nice."

Serio, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and the 11-year-old, warmblood gelding led after the first round with a score of 89.50. She returned for the second round to post an 86.75 and 176.25, a total no one else could catch. Read more

Join us at the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

For the 22nd year, riders will compete all week to qualify for a spot in the coveted Saturday night class under the lights during Week 6 of the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

Spectators of the event are invited to enjoy the best seats in the house at the Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Gala, which celebrates the history of the WCHR Program.

Tables and tickets are available online at www.ushja.org/wchrspectacular.

Liza Boyd Claims WCHR Pro Finals Victory at Capital Challenge

Liza Boyd and Stella Styslinger's O'Ryan. Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Photography

Upper Marlboro, Md.–Oct. 6, 2017–Professional hunter competition concluded on Friday, October 6, at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by World Equestrian Center, with the heralded $5,000 World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Professional Finals. The top six professional hunter riders in the country went head-to-head over three rounds, before Liza Boyd of Camden, S.C., emerged victorious.

Liza Boyd, Victoria Colvin, Tracy Fenney, John French, Scott Stewart, and Hunt Tosh each contested the first two rounds on a borrowed horse donated for the class before bringing a horse of their own into the ring for the third and final handy round. Read more

Tracy Fenney and MTM Outbid Are Tops in $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge at Capital Challenge Horse Show

Tracy Fenney and MTM Outbid. Credit: Jump Media LLC/USHJA Archives

Upper Marlboro, Md.–Oct. 4, 2017–Professional hunter riders highlighted the schedule on Wednesday at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by World Equestrian Center. Tracy Fenney and MTM Outbid were victorious in the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge, sponsored by The Gochman Family. In the $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge, sponsored by the John R. Ingram Fund, Dominique Damico and Rockette took the top spot.

The $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge had 31 entries in the first round, which ran on Wednesday afternoon. Twelve returned for the second round in the evening session.

Fenney, of Flower Mound, Texas, and MTM Outbid went tenth in the order and had a fantastic opening round. With an average score of 90, they sat in second place going into the night class. Fenney was happy that she did not have to go at the end of the class. Read more

The USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1992 to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural World Championship Hunter Rider 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 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. In 1997 the inaugural WCHR Spectacular was such a success that it became one of the feature events of the WCHR Program drawing top competition from across the country. The USHJA WCHR Program continues growing in size and popularity from year to year.

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