AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular Has A Record Of Champions
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with Clara Lindner aboard, was the 1999 winner. In 2000, the Hanoverianchestnut gelding Most Wanted carried the youngest rider, 13-year-oldCody Baird (CT) to the win.
For Cody Baird winning the event in 2000 was a surprise. "I wasn'tplanning on winning a ribbon. The victory for me was just gettinghere." Baird's trainer, Scott Stewart, 1999 Chronicle of the HorseProfessional World Championship Hunter Rider, wasn't surprised. "Weknew she could do it." Most Wanted placed eighth in the 2001 Classicand was fourth in 2002. Baird also placed ninth in 2002 on Allstar.
While all the horses compete over the same course of fences, the heightis changed according to the level they qualified at. Junior (such asMost Wanted), Amateur-Owner, and the Green Professional Hunters competeover a height of 3' 6". There is no entry fee and riders have toqualify in order to compete by winning Championships in a variety ofhunter classes held during the February 11-15 Winter EquestrianFestival. The class is unique in that it is run in the evening underthe lights and attracts an unusually large audience for a huntercompetition. And there is no charge to come through the gates.
Also featured is a sponsored dinner which is the major fundraiser forthe American Hunter Jumper Foundation and its programs. The AHJF wasformed to further the development of the sport of show hunting byproviding a national office to organize, coordinate and support hunterrider and show jumping equestrian competition. Programs of the AHJFinclude the World Championship Hunter Rider Awards, the AHJF EmergencyRelief Fund, AHJF Educational Programs, the AHJF BSA Inc. 401k andProfit Sharing Plan and the Legacy Cup.
For information about purchasing tables for the fundraising dinner callthe Winter Equestrian Festival Special Events Office: 561-753-3389, Fax561-753-3386 or emailSJIpressoffice@aol.com.For information about theHunter Classic contact the AHJF at 335 Lancaster Street, West Boylston,MA 01583-0369, call 508-835-8813, fax 508-835-6124 or emailAHJF@aol.com. For WCHR point standings:www.ryegate.com/AHJF/2002/stand/standing.htm.v