The Alltech National Horse Show, scheduled for the Alltech Arena in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 29 through Nov. 3, is pleased to announce that the performance working hunters at the 3'3" and 3'6" levels will be added to this year's line-up.
The hunter community welcomed the Performance Working Hunter divisions at the 3'3 and 3'6" heights with open arms in 2011. The Alltech National Horse Show is very pleased to be offering the two new sections at this year's competition. Throughout the year, the top horse and riders will vie for valuable points in the division and the opportunity to compete at this year's horse show.
"I think it's a really important division for older horses and younger horses to get experience. A lot of junior hunters and amateur hunters don't want to do the 4' or even the 3'9", so it's a really nice division where the professionals can ride the horses and train them," said Louise Serio, who currently leads the USEF standings with Bryan Baldwin's Castle Rock.
This division has become very popular since its inception, bringing out some of the top professionals. Throughout the year, riders will be competing for points to qualify for the Alltech National Horse Show, making these divisions competitive at a high level.
The 3'3" and 3'6" divisions have also provided additional opportunities for riders, trainers and owners to show their horses. Horses that normally would not have moved past 3'3" would have been passed on to a junior, but now they have the chance to further their careers.
"I think it's great and very forward-thinking and we should all congratulate the Alltech National Horse Show on their forward thinking in having this section so quickly show up at a championship competition. They have realized the importance of this section to the owners," said Bill Moroney, president of the USHJA. "They're embracing a direction that the hunter discipline chose to go in the sport. I think in a few years we've seen how very important this section has become to all the constituents. It has breathed light back into many competitions."