Articles: Press Release
Capitol Hill Named Overall Champion in the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National
Hunter Breeding Championship
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September 7, 2007
It was like deje vu this year at the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter
Breeding Championship presented by Vita-Flex as Kenneth Wheeler, Sr.,
handled a colt that would become the overall champion. With last year's win
with Spanish Spear still in Wheeler's memory, it was another of his
two-year-olds that would capture the title again for his Cismont Manor
Farm. This year's Best Young Horse in the Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National
Hunter Breeding Championship presented by Vita-Flex-Eastern Phase and
Overall Champion was Capitol Hill. Capitol Hill (Nob Hill x Pardon Me
Mister, by Mr. Inspector) is an American Warmblood colt bred by Diana
Dodge. This newly crowned USEF national champion also won the Hunter
Breeding Two-Year-Old Colts/Geldings division. This year's Eastern Phase
took place at the Warrenton Horse Show in Warrenton, VA, on September 2.
The Overall Reserve Champion was the Best Young Horse from the Western
Phase. The Oldenburg gelding C'czar, owned by Helen McEvoy and handled by
Hope Glynn, was also the winner in the Hunter Breeding Three-Year-Old
Colts/Geldings division. C'czar (Alla' Czar x Bazalgreg, by Gregorian) was
bred by South Point Farms. The Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF National Hunter
Breeding Championship presented by Vita-Flex-Western Phase took place on
August 29 at the Showpark All Seasons Summer Tournament in Del Mar, CA.
Reserve Best Young Horses were also named on each coast. On the East Coast,
this included another Wheeler-handled horse. Rio Rosita (Rio Grande x George
Eliot, by Absolut), is a yearling Thoroughbred/Hanoverian-cross owned by Old
Woodland Farms, Inc., and Harriot Faucette and bred by Mardie Faucette.
In the Western phase, the yearling Thoroughbred/Warmblood-cross filly WOW
came in behind C'czar. WOW (Popeye K x Holy Cow, by Fire Jade) is owned and
was bred by Leslie Nelson-Pinkerton, and was handled by Diane Yeager.
This was the third year that the officials judged the West Coast phase and
then flew to Virginia to judge the East Coast phase. Categories judged
included Yearling Colts/Geldings, Yearling Fillies, Two-year-old
Colts/Geldings, Two-year-old Fillies, Three-year-old Colts/Geldings, and
Three-year-old Fillies. Judges named a Best Young Horse and Reserve Best
Young Horse in each of the two phases. At the conclusion of both events,
judges selected the Overall Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Best Young
The Overall Grand Hunter Breeding Champion was awarded the Dave Kelley
Perpetual Trophy, and the breeder was awarded the J. Arthur Reynolds
ONE WITH THE HORSE.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation is to provide leadership for
equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of
excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games. This is based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of horses. Embracing
this vision, the USEF strives to be the best national equestrian
federation in the world.