Talented Juniors Prepare for 2015 US Junior Hunter National Championships

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The best junior riders from across the country prepare to compete for top honors in the 2015 US Junior Hunter National Championships. The championships will take place on both the East and West Coasts for the 3’6” and 3’3” Junior Hunter, with the riders separated into 15 & Under and 16-17 sections, as well as Small Junior Hunter and Large Junior Hunter. The riders will compete in three phases: Classic Round, Under Saddle, and Handy Hunter. The Under Saddle phase counts for 20% of the rider's overall score, while both the Classic Round and Handy Hunter count for 40%. Ribbons will be awarded after each phase in the various sections, and overall winners will be named at the end of the competition. Finally, a Grand Champion and Reserve Champion will be crowned for both coasts.

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The festivities begin with the US Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast in Devon, Pa., July 6-7. Riders will compete over courses designed by Skip Bailey (Wellington, Fla.) in front of judges Hope Glynn (Penngrove, Calif.), Marylisa Leffler (Brookeville, Md.), and Ken Smith (Wellington, Fla.). The 2015 USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College will also be held during the US Junior National Hunter Championship East Coast. The competition then moves west to the Del Mar Horsepark in Del Mar, Calif., July 20-21. Bucky Reynolds (Warrenton, Va.), Scott Williamson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), and Chris Wynne (Virginia Beach, Va.) will judge the West Coast's riders throughout the US Junior Hunter National Championship West Coast, with courses designed by Joe Lombardo (Temecula, Calif.).

Support for this event is provided by Magnolia Farms/The Stuart Family, the USHJA Zone III Hunter Committee, and the USHJA Junior Hunter Task Force.

USEF Network will be live streaming the US Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast July 6-7. Check out the schedule and watch live at usefnetwork.com.

To find out more information about the US Junior Hunter National Championships, visit usef.org.