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Sunrise Junior Horse Hunter Challenge Introduced

“We are in desperate need of a way to promote the cultivation of hunters and I feel this would be an exciting concept to get young hunters and professionals in the ring to market them and bring more value to our hunt division,” said Melissa Moore.

To that situation, Moore created and is introducing the Sunrise Junior Horse Hunter Challenge. Classes would be held at shows throughout the calendar year. The class will be called the Sunrise Junior Horse Hunter Challenge and it is open to horses 4 and under, shown by an amateur or professional. Each class throughout the year will be a $350 class with the entry fee for each class being $50, which will be added back to the class payout. Sunrise Stables will provide the class sponsorship, ribbons and trophies for each class. If outside sponsorship can also be obtained for these classes it is encouraged. Each show will be responsible for paying out the prize money. Payouts will be 40%, 20%, 15%, 10%, 10%, and 5% for each class. If less than six horses are in the class, money not paid out will be divided evenly amongst the ribbon winners.

Class points will be tabulated throughout the year using the Saddle Horse Report high point system. The final show of the year will be the Ocala International Horse Show. The High Point winners will be announced after that class is completed. If the winners are in attendance they will be recognized. The payouts and awards will be sent to all not in attendance. Sunrise Stables will provide the sponsorship of $5,000 with additional prize money and prizes being added from sponsors. Freedman Harness will award the High Point winner a Freedman Hunt Bridle and Saddle Horse Report will award the High Point Champion and Reserve Champion with a full-page ad each.

In addition, each High Point winner of their Region will receive awards and recognition. The Regions are as follows:
REGION 1/2: Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Alberta British Columbia
REGION 3: Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
REGION 4: Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi
REGION 5/6: Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Ontario (London)
REGION 7: Kentucky
REGION 8: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee
REGION 9/10: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
REGION 11/12: Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maryland, Delaware, Ontario (Toronto)

Class Specs and procedure: open to four-year-olds and under. May be shown by a professional or amateur. To be shown at a walk, trot, extended trot, canter and extended canter both ways of the ring. Entries must be asked both ways of the ring to halt and stand quietly on the rail. To be judged on suitability as a Hunter, manners, performance, conformation, and quality. In the lineup, horses must stand quietly with all four legs perpendicular to the ground. Horses shall be required to back readily.

For more information contact Melissa Moore at 859-533-6225.

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