"The USHJA Hunterdon Cup offers riders an opportunity to showcase exceptional equitation in the Hunter ring," said Kevin Price, USHJA executive director. "We look forward to watching young riders from across the country compete for top honors in this exciting class."
|2016 USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic-West Champion Kayla Lott aboard Citadel, owned by Pam Stewart. Photo credit: Captured Moments Photography.
For its 13th year, more than 450 riders from 44 states including Alaska and Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Canada have qualified for the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic. Named in honor of George Morris and his farm, Hunterdon, the
USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic
is open to any rider that is an Active USHJA junior member, at the time of the competition, and has won a USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, or Overall WIHS Equitation Classic during the qualifying year.
Qualified riders, regardless of location, may choose to enter either the West or East coast class. Entries close July 12 for Hunterdon Cup/USEF Junior Hunter National Championship-East in Saugerties, N.Y., and entries close July 14 for Hunterdon Cup/USEF Junior Hunter National Championship-West in Del Mar, Calif.
to view a complete list of qualified riders for the 2017 USHJA Hunterdon Cup.
|2016 USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic-East Champion Maya Nayyar aboard her own Connaro. Photo credit: Cathrin Cammett Photography
The USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic is a three-round class that combines the precision of equitation and handiness of hunters over a course set at 3'6". In Round 1 riders complete a Classic Hunter Round. The top 20 riders from Round 1 will return for Round 2 and complete a Handy Hunter Round. Based on combined scores from Rounds 1 and 2, the top four to 10 riders will be asked to switch horses and jump a third course, designed by the judges, for the third and final round.
Previous winners include: Kayla Lott (West), Maya Nayyar (East), Victoria Colvin, Caitlin Boyle, Lillie Keenan, Genevieve Zock, Sarah Milliren, Catherine Tyree, Taylor Ann Adams, Katherine Newman, Maggie McAlary, Addison Philips, and Lexy Reed. Riders may only win the USHJA Hunterdon Cup once, and the year's prior winner is invited to present awards for the following year.