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2008 AHJF Junior Hunter Challenge Fast Facts at the Capital Challenge Horse Show

WHAT IS IT?: The Junior Hunter Challenge is a hunter program created by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Inc. (AHJF) in which junior riders competing at the grass roots level are introduced to a hunter type competition that will emphasize and reward their ability to present their horse or pony. The riders from each region (one from the East and one from the West) accumulating the most points from their top three shows will be named regional Champions. Regional Champions will be invited to come, accompanied by an adult, as the guests of the AHJF to the Capital Challenge Horse Show to meet the sport's top professionals, participate in a behind the scene tour and watch show hunters compete at a world level. (To learn about the weekend go to http://www.ahjf.org/dover-sample-weekend.shtml). The winner will also meet and get photographed with the AHJF WCHR Professional Rider winner, which takes place Friday evening, October 3, 2008.

THIS YEAR'S WINNERS: Western Region Winner Is Lauren Wood from Rochester, MN and the Eastern Region Winner is Tiffany Pelton from Galesburg, MI. Also invited to attend is Delany Shanahan, Lantana, TX, who placed 2nd in the Western Region. For the Eastern Region the following riders have been invited: 2nd-Emily Kinney, Traverse City, MI; 3rd-Sarah Brumbaugh, Astatula, FL; 4th-Elizabeth Dautel, Gainesville, FL

WHEN & WHERE: At the Capital Challenge Horse Show the weekend of October 3-5, 2008.

CLASS SPECIFICATIONS: The American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Junior Hunter Challenge will be judged on hunter showmanship and will be run as a two-phase event. The first phase is to be shown over a course of eight hunter type fences 2'6" in height (in & outs excluded) and include two changes of direction. Open numerical scoring (using the Hunter Challenge scoring system) will be used. The top scoring six riders will be invited into the ring for Phase II. Phase II must consist of six elements or fences and each rider will be scored for the second round. The first and second round score will be added for a total class score. The rider with the highest score is the class winner.

HUNTER CHALLENGE SCORING SYSTEM: The AHJF Junior Hunter Challenge will be judged using the open numerical scoring system (each rider will be assigned a score from 100-1 to reflect the result of their ride). The AHJF has sought the advice of many of the sport's top and respected judges in order to create a unique judges card specifically designed for this class. With this judging system, the judge will score the jumps individually (rating the horses' movement, way of going and jumping style), using mandatory deductions (for major and minor faults). Once the judge has scored the jumps, she/he will add points based on Rider Influence (the rider's decision-making skills and ability to present his/her horse) and Turnout (both horse and riders overall turnout and presentation). A score will be assigned to each round. Scores from phase I and phase II will be added together to determine the class placing.


∑Open to Junior riders (riders under 18 years of age at December 1 of the current competition year)

∑Past AHJF Junior Hunter Challenge Regional winners are not eligible to compete in this class.

∑To be eligible for a regional award, a rider may never have competed over fences exceeding 2í9 in height. In addition, riders may not show in a division recognized by the USEF (at a USEF recognized horse show) at the zone or national level after December 1 of the current competition year.

∑Rider's may show in as many AHJF Junior Hunter Challenge classes as they wish. However, only the points from their top three shows will count toward regional awards.

WHAT ARE THE REGIONS? The Eastern division will include all states east of the Mississippi River and the Western region will include states West of the Mississippi. The riderís home address will be used for their region.

PHOTO IS OF PETER PLETCHER ON THE HORSE. He was the 2007 WCHR Professional Rider and he is joined by last year's winners of the Junior Hunter Challenge Ursula Wise and Kathryn Miller (AHJF Board Member Amanda Steege in between). Holding the trophy is AHJF President Geoff Teall. The Ringmaster Is on the left.


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