July 19, 2013 -- The best junior riders from across the country prepare to compete for top honors in the 2013 US Junior Hunter National Championships. The championships will take place on both the east and west coasts with the riders separated into 15 & Under and 16-17 divisions, 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 divisions as well as overall winners being named at the end of the competition. Finally, a Grand Champion and Reserve Champion will be crowned for both coasts.
The festivities kick off with the US Junior Hunter National Championships - West held at Showpark Facility in Del Mar, Calif., July 22-23. Riders will compete over courses designed by Skip Bailey in front of judges William Ellis (Ocala, Fla.), Irving Evans (Fremont, N.H.), and Walter Timmy Kees (Nowalk, Conn.). The competition then moves east to HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, N.Y., July 29-31. Jeff Ayers (Sellersville, Pa.), Scott Fitton (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), and Hap Hansen (Encinitas, Calif.) will judge the east coast's riders throughout the competition, with courses designed by Rian Beals (Saugerties, N.Y.). The 2013 USHJA/Essex Classics Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will also be held during the US Junior National Hunter Championships - East.
To find out more information about the US Junior Hunter National Championships, visit http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allhunter/JuniorChampionships.aspx.