Samantha Schaefer and Bishonen Take First Victory Gallop of Inaugural $5,000 American Hunter-Jumper Foundation World Champion Hunter Rider Handy Hunter Classic
RELEASE: April 12, 2010
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Diana DeRosa
The inaugural $5,000 American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF) World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Handy Hunter Classic was well received and was a highlight event on April 3rd at the Tampa Bay Classic held at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Samantha Schaefer and Bishonen, owned by Mariana Wade, led the field from start to finish winning out of a field of the top professional, emerging professional, amateur-owner, and junior hunter riders with her two-round total of 171.
In her first round Schaefer finished with a score of 86 for a course that she focused on being "smooth and calm" with a goal of letting “the horse jump well,” she explained. The second round was “where we had to be handy." She opted to be more aggressive in her final round by skillfully negotiating two pretty tight turns. Their second round score of 85 clinched the victory.
Schaefer now has a chance to be one of the top 30 riders invited to compete in the WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge Class, which will be held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in October. Points will be based on scores from each rider’s top four handy hunter results.
“The WCHR Handy Hunter Classics are a great way for pro, junior and amateur riders to compete head-to-head and really showcase their horses,” commented Keeley Gogul, AHJF President. “They offer course designers and show managers an opportunity to bring some sparkle to the hunter ring. We're pleased to be able to offer these classes as part of the WCHR awards program.”
The Handy Hunter Classic series was developed by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation to add some spice to the hunters. It includes both a national and regional awards series. Both the obstacles the horses jump and the tests asked throughout the course create a challenge for both horse and rider where skill, handiness and bold riding come into play. Courses can include such tests as a hand gallop, trot fence, rollback turn and more, emphasizing the goal of keeping both horse and rider alert and challenged.
The Handy Hunter Classic is part of the World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR), an awards program started by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation. The awards are presented on a national and regional level to pony, junior, amateur, professional, adult and children's hunter riders who accumulate the most points at WCHR designated horse shows throughout the year.About the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation
The AHJF was formed in 1992 to further the development of the equestrian sport of show hunter rider and show jumping competition by providing a national office to organize, coordinate and support hunter rider and show jumping equestrian competition. Other programs of the AHJF include the AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular, World Championship Hunter Rider Awards, WCHR Professional Finals (October 8 in Upper Marlboro, MD), Bowling for Equestrians, which is a fundraiser to benefit the benevolent arm of the AHJF (the Emergency Relief Fund) and the AHJF Junior Hunter Challenge.
For information about the WCHR Handy Hunter Classic, the AHJF or its programs, contact the AHJF at PO Box 369, West Boylston, MA 01583-0369, (508) 835-8813, fax (508) 835-6125, email email@example.com
or visit www.ahjf.org