The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association announced June 2 that the west coast Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships will have a new location.
Originally set to be held at the Del Mar Horse Park in Del Mar, California, the West Coast Sallie B. Wheeler/USEF/USHJA Hunter Breeding National Championships will now be held at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, California, on Aug. 26. This change comes after Blenheim EquiSports chose to move all shows on the 2020 schedule to the San Juan Capistrano facility in order to concentrate resources to best implement COVID-19 protocols. The East Coast Championship remains at The Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, on Aug. 22.
The championships are open to yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds that have a current USEF horse recording and are registered with the USHJA. Classes include an amateur/junior handler class, 3-year-old and 4-year-hunter under saddle, 3-year-old hunter hack classes and 4-year-old conformation over fences classes.
Both the owner and the handler must be members in good standing with USEF and USHJA on or before the first day of the championships. Classes are judged on athleticism, conformation, way of moving, quality, substance and suitability to become hunters. The same judges will officiate at both championships and an overall champion will be named following the West Coast Championship on Aug. 26.