Wayne, Ill. – August 1, 2018 – The second day of World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Week concluded at Equifest II Wednesday, crowning champions during many of the hunter divisions. In the High Performance 3’6’’ Hunter division, it was Jason Schnelle and Capisce, owned by Cheryl Rubenstein LLC, that rode away with the championship title.
During Tuesday’s portion of the division, Schnelle and Capisce earned a second and a first place, setting themselves up nicely for the second day of the division Wednesday. They returned to the hunter ring to earn a second place on the flat, as well as two third place ribbons over fences, including the handy round.
Schnelle has been with the 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding for almost five years. He started Capisce in the Baby Green Hunter division when the two were matched together. Schnelle comes to the Lamplight Equestrian Center from Autumn Chase Farm in Memphis, Tennessee.
Reserve champion in the High Performance 3’6’’ Hunter division was awarded to Ashleen Lee riding Blackcomb, owned by Alina Zappone. Lee and Blackcomb earned a first place, two thirds, and a fourth place to secure the reserve championship in the division.
The Green 3’9’’ Hunter division also concluded Wednesday with Tracy Fenney and MTM Outbid holding their lead from Tuesday to secure the championship. Fenney and MTM Farm’s MTM Outbid earned a first and second places over fences, enough to keep the lead and receive the championship tricolor. Caroline Weeden and With Honors, owned by Corporate Way LLC, ultimately took home the reserve championship ribbon after riding to a third and fourth place over fences during Wednesday’s portion of the division.
Competition in the hunter ring at Equifest II continues Thursday, August 2, at 8:00 a.m. This week’s highlight event, the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Bull Run Equestrian Center, will take place Sunday, August 5 in the Grand Prix Arena.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Jason Schnelle – High Performance 3’6” Hunter champion
“This is a horse that I’ve shown on and off for the last four years or so. I showed him first in the Baby Green about four or five years ago. He’s a lot of fun to ride, although sometimes he can be a little on the lazy side. He’s a blast to ride, probably one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden.”
On his rounds:
“I thought the course was really nice. My horse was a little tired today so the handy was a little bit of a challenge for us, but I had a really good time riding these courses all day long.”
On the Lamplight Equestrian Center:
“I love it here. It’s a long drive from Memphis for us, but they are beautiful grounds and I like all the landscaping. It’s a pretty place to be all day!”