Hunter Classic Spectacular
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.
February 15th 8:00 PM 10:00 PM
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.
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
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.
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.
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 36
to 4. The winner of the class is the horse with the highest
Ann Braswell, Robert Braswell, Karen Healey, Randy Henry, Mark Jungherr,
Randy Mullens, Tammy Provost, Steve Wall.
DESIGNER: Michael Rheinheimer
Kenny Kraus, Brian Lookabill
A TABLE: To purchase a table for the sponsor reception and dinner,
please call the Winter Equestrian Festival Special Event Office
Tad Coffin Performance Saddles and The American Hunter-Jumper Foundation,
Diana De Rosa
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