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2015 Sallie B. Wheeler / US National Hunter Breeding Championships

Tentative 2016 Hunter Breeding Championship dates

East Coast

  • August 27, 2016
    Virginia Young Horse Festival, Lexington, VA

West Coast

  • August 31, 2016
    Showpark All Seasons Summer Tournament, Del Mar, CA

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2014 Results

2013 Results

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About Event

The Sallie B. Wheeler/US Hunter Breeding Championship was created in 2002 to increase awareness of the Hunter Breeding section and provide an arena for handlers, owners, and breeders to showcase their talented young horses. Beginning in 2005 the US Hunter Breeding Championship was expanded to offer two championships, East and West. The same judges officiate at both championships, so an Overall Champion can be determined following the East Coast Phase. The US Hunter Breeding Championships are open to yearlings, two-year olds, and three-year olds that have a current USEF Horse Recording and are registered with USHJA. Both the owner and the handler must be members in good standing with USEF and USHJA on or before the first day of the Championship. Classes are judged on conformation, way of moving, quality, substance, and suitability to become hunters.

In recent years the Hunter Breeding National Championship has seen a desirable growth in the variety of classes offered. The Amateur Handler class, judged 100% on the presentation of the horse and handler, was added in 2013. It is open to handlers who are no longer eligible to compete as junior exhibitors, and possess current amateur certification issued by USEF. Also, beginning in 2015 the championship plans to hold two Three Year Old performance classes – Under Saddle and Hunter Hack to be judged 100% on performance.

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