Lexington, Va. – Jan. 9, 2017 – The Stonewall Country Horse Show, benefitting the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, is proud to offer two hunter/jumper shows at the Virginia Horse Center Jan. 19-22 and Feb. 3-5. This year, the Stonewall Country series will also feature one day of USHJA Outreach classes during each show for exhibitors to participate in and earn points towards the national recognition.
The addition of the USHJA Outreach classes this year will directly benefit horses and riders who are not as experienced in the show ring. The USHJA Outreach program offers a discount for classes, stabling and office fees – making it even easier to help students and young horses prepare for the spring and summer show seasons. USHJA Outreach classes are available for competitors showing in hunter and jumper divisions.
Any rider may compete in Outreach hunter and jumper classes, but riders wishing to earn points and national recognition must be USHJA members. USHJA offers an Outreach Membership for $35. Riders are also required to be members of USHJA (Outreach level or higher) in order to compete in the USHJA Outreach medal classes. Horses are not required to be registered with USHJA to compete in Outreach classes.
“We’re delighted that the Stonewall Country Horse Show is offering USHJA Outreach sections,” said Katie Patrick, USHJA director of sport programs. “These sections provide more members with an exciting opportunity to gain national recognition at varying levels, and we look forward to seeing riders excel and achieve their goals throughout their equestrian pursuits.”
The Stonewall Country Horse Show series first day of Outreach classes will be on Thursday, January 19, 2017, with the second happening on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The complete list of USHJA Outreach classes is as follows:
- USHJA Outreach Hunter 2’0″
- USHJA Outreach Hunter 2’6″
- USHJA Outreach Jumpers 2’3″ (.70m)
- USHJA Outreach Jumpers 2’6″ (.75m)
- USHJA Outreach Jumpers 2’9″ (.85m)
- USHJA Outreach Jumpers 3’0′ (.90m)
The National rated Stonewall Series will feature professional and amateur divisions for both hunters and jumpers. Competitors who are trying to earn valuable equitation qualifying points will also have the opportunity to do so in the WIHS, ARIAT, and THIS National Children’s Medal classes. Many of these same classes are also qualifiers for the Amy Ylvisaker Reistrup Equitation Challenge, which is held annually at the Lexington National Horse Show in August.
To learn more about the USHJA Outreach program and classes, click here.
To learn more about the Virginia Horse Center Foundation and their upcoming events, click here.