Articles: Press Release
AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular
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WHAT: The American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Classic Spectacular.
This is a qualifying event featuring the top national amateur, junior
and professional show hunter riders. This premier equine event offers
the top money in the nation. It is the one event hunter riders aspire to
compete in. There is no entry fee for the competitors. Riders qualify
through preliminary competitions held during the Winter Equestrian
Festival, February 12-16, 2003.
WHEN: February 15th – 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
WHERE: Winter Equestrian Festival, 14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL.
Event will take place in the International Arena, a large grassy field
in a beautiful tropical setting, surrounded by spectator and sponsor
tents. The arena is lower than the surrounding tents offering viewers a
great chance to see the competition.
WHY: This is a major fundraiser for the American Hunter-Jumper
Foundation, Inc. (AHJF) and its programs. The AHJF was formed 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. Programs of the AHJF include the World Championship Hunter
Rider Awards, the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund, AHJF Educational Programs,
the AHJF BSA Inc. 401k and Profit Sharing Plan and the Legacy Cup.
HOW: Riders who have earned the title of champion and reserve champion
in the preliminary competition in the junior, amateur and professional
divisions and are current members of the AHJF qualify to compete in this
no entry fee class.
WHAT THE JUDGE IS LOOKING FOR: Show hunters are judged on the style of
the horse. The horse should look as if it could carry a rider smoothly,
comfortably and safely over a course of natural style jumps. The horses
should be both elegant and agile as they negotiate obstacles similar to
those encountered on a foxhunt.
THE JUDGING SYSTEM: Eight judges are paired in teams of two and
positioned in four places around the arena. Each team presents a single
numerical score (0-100) and the four scores are averaged for a single
round score. After the second round, the two scores are averaged for a
final two round score. Roughly, twenty-five horses compete in the first
round and the top eight highest performers come back for a second round.
The height of the fences varies from 3’6” to 4’. The winner of the
class is the horse with the highest two-round score.
JUDGES: Ann Braswell, Robert Braswell, Karen Healey, Randy Henry, Mark
Jungherr, Randy Mullens, Tammy Provost, Steve Wall.
COURSE DESIGNER: Michael Rheinheimer
ANNOUNCERS: Kenny Kraus, Brian Lookabill
PURCHASING A TABLE: To purchase a table for the sponsor reception and
dinner, please call the Winter Equestrian Festival Special Event Office
SPONSORS: Tad Coffin Performance Saddles and The American Hunter-Jumper
CONTACT: Press Link, 631-773-6155 or E-mail:
335 Lancaster Street
West Boylston, MA 01583-0369