The National Show Hunter Hall Of Fame has announced the 2020 inductees, who will be officially welcomed into the Hall of Fame June 1, 2021, during a ceremony at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
Five horsemen and two horses were voted into the NSHHOF. Additionally the Devon Horse Show (Pennsylvania) was selected as the horse show of the year, and the USHJA International Hunter Derby at Deeridge Farms (Florida) was selected as the derby of the year. The historical committee also selected Alice Stuart to join the NSHHOF.
One of the top hunter riders in the nation, John French hails from Maryland, but he has been based on the West Coast for many years, where he is consistently one of the leading riders. French always continues his winning ways when he comes back east for the major shows, including Devon and the fall indoor circuit.
Judy Kelley rode many top hunters during her career, including Boyne Valley for the Cottrelle family in Canada. She rode Vital Victory to many championships, including at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, for Mrs. A.E. Cunningham. She also rode many top hunters for Max Bonham for years with major wins at the tops shows in the Midwest and indoors.
A dominant rider and trainer of horses in all hunter divisions, Scott Stewart has won championships across the divisions at the major horse shows. He’s earned the leading hunter rider title at Devon an unprecedented 15 times.
For many years Lu Thomas has been a top professional rider of great hunters, winning in every division with numerous horses, both Thoroughbreds and warmbloods. For many years she has dominated the hunter classes on the West Coast.
An outstanding trainer of hunters and hunter ponies for many great owners, including the Lindner and Ingram families, Tom Wright has a talent for matching riders and horses. He has always cultivated a great team of horses and riders, which has resulted in many championships on all the major horse show circuits throughout the country. He was awarded the prestigious USHJA Old Springhouse Trophy for his commitment to the sport.
Alice Stuart was an outstanding rider in the ladies and amateur classes for the top show stables of the 1920s and ’30s. She rode for the Alvin Untermyer Stable and the Bernard Gimbel Stable, as well as several others, piloting many great hunters of that time.
Purchased and trained by Hall of Famer Bucky Reynolds for his Hall of Fame sister, Betty Oare, and her husband, Ernie Oare, Estrella was a dominant winner in the regular working and amateur-owner hunter divisions throughout Virginia, all over the East Coast and at the fall indoor circuit.
Henry The Hawk was a Thoroughbred hunter trained and owned by multiple Hall of Famers, including Bucky Reynolds, Jane Gaston, and Sallie and Kenny Wheeler. He won at the very best horse shows in the regular working and regular conformation divisions. He was also a major force in the amateur-owner divisions for several owners, including Gaston and Jean McKinney.