The First Hunter Champions of the 140th National Horse Show

It was a parade of tricolors, Wednesday, November 1, as the 140th National Horse Show crowned Professional and Amateur champions in their respective divisions. In addition to naming nearly a dozen new champions, horses, riders, and owners were presented with some of the National Horse Show’s historic trophies and awards. 

The Goshen Hill Green Hunter 3’6″ Champion, presented by Caroline Moran was Kalvarie, a 12-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding. Holly Orlando was the rider for The Kalvarie Group out of Wellington, Florida. 

The Selma Garber Green Conformation Hunter Champion was the 2015 Holsteiner gelding, California Love, owned by Rivers Edge and ridden by Scott Stewart. Stewart also received The Rockstar Leading Hunter Rider Award, presented by Jennifer Burger and was presented with The Leading Hunter Rider Challenge Trophy.

Green Hunter 3’9″ Championship honors went to Drumroll, the nine-year old Holsteiner gelding owned by Meridian Farm LLC and ridden by Geoffrey Hesslink.

The High Performance Conformation Hunter Champion title went to the 2010 gelding, Can Can owned by Stephanie Ring, and piloted by Christopher Payne. Can Can was also awarded The Rockstar Grand Champion Professional Hunter Award presented by Jennifer Burger, receiving The “Baroness of Locheil” Perpetual Trophy which was presented by Dr. Betsee Parker, Baroness of Locheil in Scotland.  

The Judith C. Murch High Performance Working Hunter Champion, presented by Winner’s Circle Trailer Sales and the Corrigan Family was the 2013 Holsteiner stallion, Reign, owned by Provence LLC and ridden by Christopher Payne. Reign also received the The “Judith C. Murch” Memorial Trophy.

Suzanne Thoben Marquard Amateur Owner Hunter over 35 Champion, presented by Suzanne Thoben Marquard was Diatendro, a 2011 Hanoverian stallion owned and ridden by Kelley Corrigan. They were also presented with the The “William & Margaret Marquard” Memorial Trophy.

The Amateur Owner Hunter 35 and Under Champion was Bright Side, a 2010 Dutch Warmblood Gelding owned and ridden by Stepanie Danhakl. They were also presented with The “Concerto” Challenge Trophy. The pair also won the Best of Amateur Owner Hunter Over Fences and was presented with The “Automation-Model Cadet” Memorial Perpetual Trophy. 

Small Love–a 2013 Hanoverian mare (Chacco Blue x Wisilvia) owned by Iwasaki and Reilly– and Augusta Iwasaki claimed the Best of Amateur Owner Hunter Stake Classes, hoisting The “In Dutch” Memorial Perpetual Trophy. The honors of Grand Champion Amateur Owner Hunter went to Brightside and Stepanie Danhakl who claimed The “Ruxton & Scot To Do” Challenge Trophy.

The Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Oare Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3” over 35 Champion, presented by Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Oare was Waverly, a 2013 Hanoverian mare (Cabardino x Viva’s Haya), owned by R & R Hunter Horses, LLC and ridden by Meghan Rohrbaugh Bear.

The Rencourt Foundation Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3” 35 and under Champion, presented by Clementina Brown went to Moonshine, a 2012 Selle Francais gelding owned by Hallowell Lane Farm LLC and ridden by Callie Seaman.

The specialty awards for the division included: The Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3” Grand Champion Waverly, ridden by Meghan Rohrbaugh Bear, who hoisted The “Susanne Stroh” Perpetual Trophy; and The Summerhouse Farm Sportsmanship Award, presented by Abigail Steller went to Jean Sheptoff, and is presented to the Amateur rider displaying the best sense of horsemanship and sportsmanship in and out of the competition ring each year.

Specialty Awards
The “Baroness of Lochiel” Perpetual Cup- Can Can, owned by Stephanie Ring and ridden by, Christopher Payne.
The “Cold Harbor” Perpetual Cup- Worthy, owned by Sunset View Farm LLC and ridden by Maria Rasmussen.
The “Ackergill Castle” Perpetual Cup- Jagerbomb, owned by Donald Stewart and ridden by Jacob Pope.
The “Henry The Hawk” Memorial Trophy- Can Can, owned by Stephanie Ring and ridden by Christopher Payne.
The “Ken Berkley” Perpetual Cup- Can Can, owned by Stephanie Ring and ridden by Christopher Payne.
The “A Million Reasons” Perpetual Cup- Reign, owned by Provence LLC and ridden by Christopher Payne.
The “Captain Flash” Challenge Trophy- Private I, owned by Kelly Sims and ridden by Michael Britt-Leon.
The “Edyth B. Lindner” Challenge Trophy- Chappy, owned by Caroline Chase and ridden by Greg Crolick.
The “S. Craig Lindner Family” Challenge Trophy- Reign, owned by Provence LLC and ridden by Christopher Payne.
The “Concerto” Challenge Trophy- Bright Side, owned and ridden by Stephanie Danhakl.

The champion and reserve champions from all hunter sections 3’3” or higher will be invited back to compete in the $50,000 National Horse Show Hunter Classic on Friday, Novmeber 3.

Longines FEI jumping competition kicks off on Thursday, November 2nd with not one but two feature classes, the $38,700 1.45m International Two Phase and the $77,300 International Welcome Stake, presented by North Star. As a proud host of one of the qualifying legs of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ – North American League 2023/2024, National Horse Show welcomes the world’s top international riders to compete in the $226,000 Longines FEI World Cup ™ Jumping Lexington. For more information on Longines FEI competition this week click here.