There are nit-picky requirements for the grand championship, including the fact that points accrued in the model don’t count toward the grand championship or leading hunter rider award. So it's not always straightforward to compare points across divisions.
-Believe it or not, both hunter gurus Peter Pletcher and Jen Bauersachs attended Pennsylvania National for the first time on on jumpers as juniors.
Pletcher was on a Prix de States team for Zone 7. “We won!” said Pletcher, Magnolia, Texas. “It was a good team—I think it was ’77 or ‘78. Back then it was pretty much the craziest group.”
Bauersachs came in the late 1980s with her jumper. She rode jumpers with a local trainer as a junior, and didn’t even start riding hunters seriously until much later. She bought her junior jumper that took her to Harrisburg from her future husband, Rolf Bauersachs. While they always said hello at a few shows after that, they didn’t know each other well. Years later he asked her to ride a horse and they hit it off.
-Lugano, owned by Susan Moriconi, earned the reserve green conformation hunter title with Chris Payne by a very close margin. The Dutch Warmblood of unknown breeding moved up the line while standing for conformation three out of four times, and topped the model at Harrisburg.
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