World Championship Hunter Rider Program Gears up to Celebrate 15th “Spectacular” Year in Wellington


February 3, 2011

Lexington, KY-The World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Spectacular will be held for the 15th straight year at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL beginning on February 18th. The Spectacular first debuted in 1997 as an expansion of the popular World Championship Hunter Rider program. The Spectacular was created as a premier Hunter Classic, and part of the member event series for the WCHR program, which culminates with the WCHR Finals at The Capital Challenge Horse Show in October. This special anniversary brings a few changes to the Spectacular which are sure to enhance and showcase the talented riders of the WCHR.

On February 18th, the WCHR Professional Spectacular will be held in the International Arena beginning at 7:00 pm. February 20th will feature the WCHR Junior/Amateur Spectacular, following the Peggy Cone Adult Hunter Classic, which begins at 8:00 am in the Grand Hunter Ring. Spectators will have the chance to watch the classes in “Spectacular” style by purchasing tables of six for dinner during Friday’s class in the famous International Club and tickets for brunch on Sunday overlooking the Grand Hunter ring.

Table and ticket sales benefit the USHJA Foundation, which provides funding for equestrians in need of urgent financial relief due to injury or illness through the Horseman’s Assistance Fund, educational scholarships, and programs of the USHJA which include the WCHR, Emerging Athletes, Trainer Certification and Zone Programs.

Click here for table reservations or ticket purchases, or contact Keeley Gogul at 440.289.4514 or or Whitney Allen at 859.225.6707 or

For media accreditation for the WCHR Spectacular please contact Jennifer Wood at

About the WCHR: In 1995, the inaugural World Championship Hunter Rider Pro Finals were held as the culmination of an awards program of the American Hunter Jumper Foundation to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. WCHR program participants qualify at member competitions held throughout the year to compete in these finals. In 1997, the WCHR Spectacular was added to the qualifying menu and quickly became one of the premier events which exemplifies the high standards set for the WCHR program. In 2010 the American Hunter Jumper Foundation transferred its assets and programs to the USHJA in an effort to further their vision for our sport. The USHJA is excited to showcase the WCHR program to its members as it continues to grow in popularity.

Membership to the WCHR: In order to participate in the WCHR Awards Programs and the exciting classes offered during the Finals, USHJA members are required to join WCHR separately for this program. Your USHJA membership does not include your WCHR dues. Click Here to download a 2011 WCHR membership application or to renew online.

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