Capital Challenge Horse Show Kicks off with Equitation Weekend
by Stacey Wells
The 25th Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) began Friday, September 28 at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro. The show runs through this Sunday, October 7. CCHS began in 1994 and has since established itself as a top year-end horse show for competitors throughout North America. The World Equestrian Center (WEC) returns as the top sponsor of the show for the third consecutive year. CCHS kicked off with the BigEq.com Equitation Weekend and continues this week with various hunter and jumper classes, including the esteemed World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Professional Challenge on October 3rd.
The first championships of 2018 was claimed by Adam Edgar of Leesburg, VA aboard Magnolia in Section A of Adult Amateur Equitation and by Lily Walton of Shelbyville, KY aboard Callahan in Section B. The North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championship was clinched by Martha Ingram of Nashville, TN, who topped the 26 entries in the class.
Equitation Weekend continued on Saturday (September 29) with Jessica Stone of Bloomfield, MI winning the second annual United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East. Stone won the title after three phases of competition, including a flat phase and a gymnastic phase, and scored an 89 in her final jumping round to top the 121 entries.
BigEq.com’s Equitation Weekend concluded on Sunday (September 30) with wins by Grady Lyman of San Diego, CA aboard Everdi in the Palm Beach International Academy (PBIA) North American Junior Equitation Championships and by Avery Glynn of Petaluma, CA in the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children’s Medal Finals. Lyman bested 138 riders in the North American Junior Equitation Championships, earning an average score of 94.66 in her second jumping round to secure the win.
To watch this year’s Capital Challenge Horse Show live, click here: http://www.capitalchallenge.org/live-stream.html