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Raleigh Hiler Wins Show Jumping Hall of Fame Year-end Championship
Rides Cassina 64 to the Win at the National Horse Show
Lexington, KY - November 2, 2020 - Raleigh Hiler rode Cassina 64 to victory in the 2020 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHF) Year-end Championship, held on October 31 at the National Horse Show in Lexington, KY. Hiler topped a field of 24 entries in the National's $25,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur Grand Prix which served as the Series' year-end Final.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducts the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series to provide an opportunity for amateur, amateur-owner and junior riders to compete at higher levels. The Series hosts separate divisions for amateur/amateur-owners and juniors in two Conferences - East and West - and follows Grand Prix rules and specifications. The Series serves as a proving ground for many who aspire to represent the United States in international competition. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored by SmartPak, Blenheim EquiSports, the Hampton Classic, Kentucky Horse Park, National Horse Show Association of America and United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA).
In the Championship, six of the 24 entries reached the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the first-round course designed by 2016 Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge. Hiler was then the only entry to finish clean over the jump-off course with each of the other five scoring four faults. Placing second with the fastest four-fault time of 32.41 seconds was Grace Debney on Zarina De Vidau with third place going to Dominic Gibbs who finished with four faults in 32.65 seconds on Delia B.
Raleigh Hiler and Cassina 64 riding to the win (c) Elaine Wessel/Phelps Media Group
"I felt really confident on her," Hiler said of Cassina 64. "She jumped great the first day and then the second day she jumped even better. The Speed class yesterday was really technical; she is a type-y horse and great at turning, so I was really happy that I had her here for this.
"I was planning on doing six strides for the jump-off from the one-stride to the orange oxer, but then my trainer and I decided to do seven because there were no clears. She will jump great if you give her that little bit of room. I was trying to be quick, but also careful and clear.
"Cassina is great. I love her so much. I have had her for about two years now. I've done a lot of the High classes and some CSI2* classes on her, so she is one of my best horses that I feel most comfortable on. She is also great at indoors. She just gave me her all. I couldn't have asked for more. I'm in college and for me to fly back and forth is hard. To end on this kind of note, while coming from school, is truly amazing!"
Raleigh Hiler receiving her awards from National Horse Show President Jennifer Burger
(c) Georgie Hammond/Phelps Media Group
Earlier this fall, Zume Gallaher rode Edita to victory in the 2020 Show Jumping Hall of Fame West Conference Championship at the Blenheim EquiSports' International Jumping Festival in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
About the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park's Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport's history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.
Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces events in three locations: San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas, NV. The events include 19 USEF "Premier" rated hunter-jumper shows featuring five FEI CSI events, including a Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League event; the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series & Final, Developing Jumper Qualifiers & Championships, USHJA International & National Hunter Derbies, Pony Finals, the Whitethorne Equitation Challenge, Medal Finals and more. See details at www.showpark.com.
Founded in 1999, SmartPak Equine is the country's largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly. Learn more at www.SmartPak.com.
The Hampton Classic is the prestigious culminating event of the Hamptons' famed summer season. Top jumper and hunter riders from around the world compete for some of the richest prize money in the nation. The Classic hosts more than 100 classes of competition in six rings for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. The Classic also features a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, a wide selection of dining options and a Farmer's Market, all on its 60-acre show grounds. More details are available at www.HamptonClassic.com.
The Kentucky Horse Park is the leading tourist attraction for all things "horse" and one of the world's best equine competition facilities and only park open to the public. The Kentucky Horse Park hosts a handful of events each year such as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Kentucky Summer Horse Show and BreyerFest. For more information, visit www.kyhorsepark.com.
The National Horse Show is a championship event featuring "AA"-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. It is held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Further information is available at www.NHS.org
The United States Hunter Jumper Association, as the official hunter/jumper affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, is a competition-based sport organization that serves our members through educational programs, awards and recognition, communication and rules. They provide a wide array of programs for all hunter/jumper levels, and are mindful of the well-being of our equine partners. Additional information is available at www.ushja.org.
For more information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame website at www.ShowJumpingHallofFame.net.