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AHJF to Host Two Major Events in Washington DC & Maryland

Monarch International Show Circuit Pro WCHR Finals at Capital Challenge

AHJF Nations Cup Hunter Challenge at Washington International Horse Show

September 27, 2006 – Washington, DC -- The American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF) continues to expand its innovative hunter competitions as it joins forces with the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) to present the AHJF Nations Cup Hunter Challenge and the Capital Challenge Horse Show to showcase the Monarch International Show Circuit Magazine Professional World Championship Hunter Rider Finals. The Pro Finals will take place at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center indoor arena on October 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Nations Cup Hunter Challenge will take place at WIHS at the Verizon Center in the heart of Washington DC on Saturday afternoon, October 28th as part of the weeklong WIHS.

Both events attract some of the nation’s finest hunter and jumper riders including show jumping Olympic veterans from across the world.

Monarch International Show Circuit Magazine Professional World Championship Hunter Rider Finals

The Monarch International Show Circuit Magazine Professional World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) title is one that is sought all year by top professional hunter riders throughout the country. The four riders who amass the most points at their top four WCHR shows, plus at the final WCHR event, the Capital Challenge Horse Show, then compete head-to-head in an unparalleled ride-off.

As Professional WCHR, the winner not only earns the most prestigious title available to a hunter rider, but he/she also receives a year-long publicity sponsorship and $2,500 cash reward from Monarch International’s Show Circuit Magazine.

“This class is like a World Cup for hunter riders,” explains Michele Perla, Executive Director of the AHJF.

$15,000 AHJF Nations Cup Hunter Challenge

The $15,000 AHJF Nations Cup Hunter Challenge will be a two round team hunter competition, pairing five riders from five countries from the WIHS International & Open Jumper division with five top American junior hunter riders. The ten riders will be matched to create five teams composed of one international jumper rider and one junior hunter rider.

There will be no entry fee and the first place team will receive $7,500 from the total $15,000 purse, with $5,000 going to the second place team and $2,500 to third.

“This is such a great opportunity for our top junior riders to compete side-by-side with the best show jumping riders in the world,” commented AHJF President, Geoff Teall.

WIHS Executive Director Susie Webb commented, “As part of our Saturday afternoon performance, we are looking forward to showcasing our best international riders and WIHS equitation riders in a very interesting twist to a similar Hunter Challenge held at the 2005 World Cup in Las Vegas.”

The AHJF is a non-profit member and sponsor supported organization that strives to promote the sport of hunter-jumper competition and address the needs of the sport’s participants.

PHOTO: Louise Serio won the 2005 Monarch International's Show Circuit

Magazine Professional World Championship Hunter Rider Finals,. This year’s Finals take place October 6th at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. She is being presented her award by Show Circuit representatives Joe Thorpe and Nicoletta Heidigger.

©Diana De Rosa Photo


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