The Capital Challenge Horse Show
In 1994, Billy Glass and Oliver Kennedy created The Capital Challenge Horse Show at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Maryland. For the last 22 years, the Capital Challenge has been a big part of the Fall show circuit. At this show the THIS medal finals, the Ariat Medal finals, and the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals are held.
The Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Children’s Medal was created in 1994. To be eligible to qualify for the Final, junior riders have to accumulate points in the THIS equitation classes held throughout the year. Michael Taylor, THIS President, is committed to supporting the young, up-and-coming riders. “We feel that it is very important to cultivate and develop the talent of these young riders,” Taylor stated with Elite Equestrian Magazine. “The kids’ hard work and focus is so impressive and it is important to help them advance in their riding and feel confident.”
In 1995, the Ariat National Adult Medal was established. This medal gives adult riders the chance to compete in 3' equitation classes. Similar to the THIS medal, riders compete in designated equitation classes at shows throughout the year, to collect points to qualify. Typically, the top 30 riders are invited to compete at the Final.
Lastly, the USHJA World Champion Hunter Rider Final is also held at the Capital Challenge. Since the first Final in 1992, the WCHR has expanded to include Professionals, Developing Professionals, Amateur Owners, Adult Amateurs, Juniors, Children, and Pony riders. Each year the top ten nationally ranked riders and top six regionally ranked riders in each category, come to compete in the WCHR Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show.
The Capital Challenge Horse Show is an exciting part of the Fall circuit. It is made possible to its many sponsors such as Ariat, Charles Owen, Devoucoux, and Equis.