All WCHR members are eligible to participate in this class with fence height options set at 3'6", 3'9" or 4'0". Both rounds are judged by at least two judging panels consisting of two judges each, and the top 12 horses will be called back for a second round from low to high score within their respective heights.
Spectators are invited to the WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular Breakfast at Tiffany's Brunch Gala in the Hilltop VIP tent, where they can watch the class unfold. Table sales support the WCHR Program, which in part benefits the USHJA Foundation Horseman's Assistance Fund, and they can be purchased online at
Additionally, spectators can be a part of the class by participating in the USHJA Foundation's High-Score Challenge. The challenge is simple: spectators choose a dollar amount to pledge for every high score earned in the class to make a charitable donation to the USHJA Foundation. Anyone who wants to participate can do so by texting the word HUNTER to 91999, clicking the link that is texted back and completing the form on their phone.
During the WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular, every score of 85 will constitute a "High Score." Following the event, all donors will receive receipts directly to their phones with the tax deductible amount of their donation.
Every donation will go to support the work of the USHJA Foundation, a supporting organization to the USHJA. The USHJA Foundation's vision is that the hunter/jumper community embraces, supports, and protects the people and horses who give their hearts to this sport. To achieve this vision, the Foundation: supports the basic needs of the USHJA members who do not have the financial means to do so themselves following an accident, catastrophe or illness; inspires USHJA members facing adversity through exceptional experiences; empowers USHJA members to further their education; and preserves and protects the history and tradition of the hunter/jumper sport.
The World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1992 to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural WCHR Professional Finals in 1992, the WCHR program has expanded to include coveted year-end awards for Professionals, Developing Professionals, Amateur Owners, Adult Amateurs, Juniors, Children's and Pony riders. Each year the top 10 nationally ranked riders in each WCHR category, as well as the top six riders from each region are invited to compete in their respective WCHR Challenge, except the Handy category, at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. For more information about the WCHR Program, visit
About Blenheim EquiSports
Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, California, produces events in three locations: San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas, Nevada. The events include USEF "Premier" rated hunter-jumper shows featuring multiple grand prix events, a Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League event, USHJA International Hunter Derbies, Pony Finals, Medal Finals and more. More at