The inaugural National Hunter/Jumper Council National Finals concluded at the Capital Challenge Horse Show today, with the presentation of five titles. The NHJC National Finals have been well received and has brought the Council more visibility. Organizers of the Capital Challenge were honored to host the NHJC National Finals.
Kendle Handtmann and her family of Carpenteria, CA purchased Remember Me from Europe, they were buying the handsome chestnut mare as a Grand Prix prospect. "In 1999 Susie (Hutchison) started showing her in the hunters," explained 14 year old Handtmann. "She did really well, and last year she did the Regulars with Susie and I did her in the Juniors."
The pair qualified as the Zone 10 representative for the NHJC National Finals at the Capital Challenge. "I was happy to be able to represent Zone 10," said Handtmann, and she was very excited when she learned she was the NHJC National Finals champion.
Action Z (Zone 4) was one of two dual NHJC National Finals winners. Jenny Jones rode him to the reserve champion 2nd Year Hunter title, and Courtney McKay rode him to the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under win for owner Kristine Shoemaker. "I have had a lot of fun riding him," said McKay. "He is so big that he is easy to find the jumps on." "These awards are fantastic," added trainer Keith Powell. "I think it is a great thing and another incentive for people who are showing."
In the Children's Hunter division, the turnout was so large that the NHJC offered awards in both the 14 and Under section and 15-17 section. Kacey McKee Jenkins of Potomac Falls, VA (Zone 3) rode Jahari to the win in the younger division. "He was reserve champion for the NHJC in the First Year Hunters," said Jenkins, "and I was thrilled when I heard we won for the Children's!" Jenkins has been showing for just over a year, and credits trainer Katie Huber for her accomplishments.
Amy Avitabile of Norfolk, MA earned the right to represent Zone 1 with Blue Whisper in the older section, and the 17 year old rider clinched the NHJC National title. "This is the first time I have come to this show and I am really excited," said Avitabile. Blue Whisper is an eleven year old Thoroughbred, and the pair have enjoyed considerable success throughout the year.
The NHJC presented 24 different championships throughout the Capital Challenge. For a complete list of results and more detailed stories, please contact the NHJC or visit the website at www.nhjc.org. Sunday's results are listed below:
Small Junior Hunter
15 & Under
Large Junior Hunter
15 & Under
- Horse 15-17
Zone Team Competition
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Equestrian. As such, the NHJC seeks to represent the interests of all
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