Articles: Press Release
National Horse Show, Presented By Budweiser,
To Feature $100,000 Hunter Championship
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, NY-August 29, 2001-The National Horse Show, presented by
Budweiser, will feature a $100,000 Hunter Championship when it hosts its
118th edition at New York City's Madison Square Garden, the world's most
famous arena, on November 2-4.
The National Horse Show Hunter Championship, which begins on Friday
afternoon, November 2, and culminates on Saturday evening, November 3, is an
Invitational open to horses currently recorded with USA Equestrian (formerly
the American Horse Shows Association) in the following hunter sections:
- Green Conformation Hunter
- Green Working Hunter
- Regular Conformation Hunter
- Regular Working Hunter
- Small Junior Working Hunter
- Large Junior Working Hunter
- Amateur Owner Working Hunter, 18-35
- Amateur Owner Working Hunter, 36 & Over.
A rider may ride only one (1) horse in each section. The Championship will
be run in two phases. Phase one will consist of two rounds over fences and
an Under Saddle Class. A Model Class will be held for the Green
Conformation Hunter and the Regular Conformation Hunter Sections. All
horses will compete in Phase One in their respective sections. Phase Two
will consist of two rounds over fences. The sixteen horses from Phase One
with the highest combined average numerical scores will compete in Phase
The National Horse Show Hunter Championship will be judged under the open
numerical scoring system. In all rounds, the under saddle classes and the
model classes, each team of judges will give each horse a numerical score
which will be announced and then averaged for an average numerical score.
The sixteen horses with the highest combined average numerical scores from
Phase One (Rounds 1, Rounds 2, and the under saddle classes) will advance to
Phase Two, Round 3. The combined average numerical scores from Phase One of
these 16 horses will be carried forward to Phase Two, Round 3. In case of a
tie in determining the sixteen horses to compete in Phase Two, Round 3, all
tied horses will qualify.
The ten horses with the highest combined average numerical score from Phase
One and Round 3 of Phase Two will advance to Round 4. All combined average
numerical scores from Phase One and Round 3 of Phase Two will be carried
forward to Round 4. In the case of a tie in determining the ten horses to
compete in Round 4 all tied horses will qualify.
The National Horse Show Hunter Champion will be the horse with the highest
overall combined average numerical score.
"Hunters have long been the backbone of our sport," said National Horse Show
Chairman Eugene R. Mische. "The National Horse Show is excited to give the
nation's leading hunters this chance to ride for $100,000 in prize money in
the world's most famous arena."
The National Horse Show has enlisted some of the nation's leading hunter
judges to judge the $100,000 National Horse Show Hunter Championship. The
list includes Ralph Caristo of Hauppauge, NY; Philip J. DeVita of Apopka,
FL; Susan S. Humes of Peconic, NY; Mrs. Ernest M. Oare of Warrenton, VA and
James Zulia of Altoona, FL.
The National Horse Show will also host jumping and equitation championships.
The featured event of the National Horse Show is the $150,000 Budweiser
Grand Prix of New York on Sunday, November 4. The Grand Prix is the final
event of the $235,000 Jumper Division, which also includes the $50,000
Welcome Grand Prix on Friday evening, November 2.
The $15,000 BET On Jazz Junior Jumper section kicks off on Saturday evening
with the $5,000 BET On Jazz Junior Jumper class and then continues on Sunday
with the $10,0000 BET On Jazz Junior Jumper Grand Prix and the awarding of
the BET On Jazz Junior Jumper High Point Award winner.
Amateur-Owner jumpers will be featured in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of
Fame Amateur-Owner Jumper Grand Prix. The culmination of the year-long
National Horse Sports Foundation Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic
Series, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner Grand Prix will be
followed by year-end series awards which will be given to East and Central
Conference champions. The West Conference championship award is given at
the Los Angeles National Horse Show later in November.
The prestigious Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Horsemanship
classes, open to riders under the age of 18, is a showcase of future show
jumping champions. Past winners of the Maclay trophy include such top riders
as Olympic veterans William Steinkraus, George Morris, Frank and Mary
Chapot, and Leslie Burr. The Maclay Championship begins on Saturday morning
and concludes with its traditional final on Sunday afternoon. The National
Horse Show Saddle Seat "Good Hands" Championship will also be a featured
equitation championship at this year's National Horse Show, taking place on
Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse
Show is America's oldest indoor horse show, and a traditional fixture on the
national and international sports and social event calendars. The National
is America's most prestigious year-end championship show, offering the
country's top horses and riders a chance to decide the ultimate champions.
To purchase tickets, please call 212-307-7171 or visit
www.ticketmaster.com. For more
information, please visit www.nhs.org.