Hunter and Equitation Judges Announced for 2018 National Horse Show

Lexington, KY – June 25, 2018 – The National Horse Show, scheduled for October 27 – November 4, 2018, has announced the judges for the prestigious ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Championship as well as its other important hunter and equitation divisions. Each year the country’s top hunter and jumper riders come to Lexington, KY to compete in some of the most difficult classes they will do all year, including the ASPCA Maclay Championships.

This year, the ASPCA Maclay Championships will take place on November 4. This year, the judge’s booth will be occupied by esteemed horsemen Walter T. Kees and Chance Arakelian at the helm. Both men have an incredible history of success in Equitation and will be charged with determining which rider will take home the 2018 title.

Chance Arakelian

Arakelian, originally of Rancho Santa Fe, California, is a long-time horseman and trainer. He was a student of the legendary Hap Hansen for 12-years before he began his own training business, and he shares his knowledge and equestrian experience through training clinics he presents throughout the year. Additionally, Arakelian has produced some of the top hunters in the equestrian sport through his import and sales business, and has officiated at some of the country’s top equestrian events as a USEF ‘R’ licensed judge, including the Devon Horse Show. Currently Arakelian is the Head Trainer and Director of Riding for the Ox Ridge Hunt Club.

With over 40 years’ experience on the “A” horse show circuit, W.T. (“Timmy”) Kees is one of the country’s most prominent hunter / equitation trainers. His riders have won the ASPCA Maclay, USEF Medal and USET equitation finals a total of seven times. Kees has also trained hunters such as Holy Smoke, Watership Down, So No Wonder, Castaway and Double Cinco to championships at Devon, Harrisburg, Washington and the National Horse Show. He is a USEF “R” judge and conducts clinics throughout the country.

W. T. Kees

In 2010, Kees was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame and in 2013, he won the USHJA’s Jane Marshall Dillon Award for his teaching and mentoring of young riders. In 2014 he was awarded the NEEC Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently a member of the National Horse Show Equitation Committee as well as the USEF Equitation Committee. Kees is based in Norwalk, Connecticut and Wellington, Florida where he trains horses and riders for the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions.

The format of the Maclay Championships requires riders from eight separate regions to compete in a preliminary round to be shown over a special course of jumps, with a minimum of fifteen riders asked to come back for the flat phase. After the flat phase, a minimum of fifteen riders will be asked to return for a final round over a second course of fences. The final phase will include a test of up to six riders, which will decide who will take home the championship title.

Earlier in the week, Daniel Robertshaw and James Clapperton will occupy the judges booth for the hunter divisions at the 2018 National Horse Show. A combination of their perspectives will determine the champions in the prestigious junior, amateur, and professional hunter divisions where some of the top hunters in the country will compete for the championship title.

Robertshaw, of Camden, South Carolina, is a long-time horseman who has earned the name as an all-star judge throughout his equestrian career. He has judged multiple hunter and breeding divisions at some of the most prestigious equestrian events in the country.

Clapperton, based in Morrison, Florida, is also a prominent name in the equestrian sport with a long history judging the hunter division. Clapperton has officiated some of the top equestrian events in the country as a USEF ‘R’ rated judge, including hunter divisions at the Devon Horse Show and the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship.

This year the National Horse Show will kick off with two days of equitation competition, which will feature the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship, the Taylor Harris Insurance Services NHS Adult Equitation Championship and the Boggs Hill Farm KHJA NHS Equitation Championship. The equitation competition will be judged by Rachel Kennedy and Tamara Provost. Qualifiers for the Championships will compete in a preliminary round shown over a special course of jumps, a flat phase, a final round, and a testing phase. Together, Kennedy and Provost will honor one rider with the prestigious championship title.

Kennedy has served as a USEF ‘R’ rated judge since 1995, and has officiated some of the top equestrian events in the country, including the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Kentucky Horse Shows, the Legacy Cup, and more. She has also won multiple championships as a professional rider, winning eight AHSA Horse of the Year titles among other prestigious titles.

Provost, of Westfield, IN, has also judged at some of the top equitation championships in the country, including the Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show among other top equestrian events. Provost also showcases her talent as a top hunter ride, earning titles at the top equestrian events in the country.

Founded in 1833, the National Horse Show is the culmination of the summer equestrian season. With $845,000 in prize money offered, the National Horse Show has been designated a CSI4*-W event by the FEI. This year, the National Horse Show will offer new Equitation Championships, including the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Eq. Championship, the Taylor Harris Insurance Services NHS 3′ Adult Eq. Championships, the Boggs Hill NHS KHJA Eq. Championships, and a day of age group equitation classes for young athletes. In addition, the National Horse Show is excited to announce the new National Horse Show $50,000 Hunter Classic, joining a prestigious line up of classes including the ASPCA Maclay Finals presented by Chansonette Farm, the Hollow Brook Wealth Management SJHOF Series Championship, and the world-renown $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington.

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Maxwell Place to Feature Shopping, Hospitality and Riders' Lounge at 2018 National Horse Show

Lexington, KY. – Jun 11, 2018 – The National Horse Show is proud to announce Maxwell Place, a new twist on the traditional riders lounge and shopping experience at the 2018 event. Sponsored by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, Maxwell Place will offer Riders’ Lounge hospitality with exciting food options, as well as a select number of premier boutique vendors.

Maxwell Place is open to the public for shopping and dining throughout the 2018 National Horse Show, with the Riders’ Lounge hospitality open during show hours. The National Horse Show invites you to join us from October 27 – November 4 to see everything that Maxwell Place has to offer.


The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund was founded by Lindsay Maxwell in 2016 as a means to formalize her commitment to charitable giving. The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund supports meaningful organizations and programs that align with Ms. Maxwell’s philanthropic priorities and values: Improving the lives of children with special needs; enabling access to educational opportunities; and providing care, compassion, and protection to animals. As a rider herself, Ms. Maxwell especially appreciates the difference a satisfying meal and relaxed atmosphere can make when competing during the long days at a horse show. The National Horse Show greatly appreciates the support that the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Foundation has provided to them for the past two seasons.

“Our relationship with Lindsay Maxwell and her foundation has been nothing short of incredible for the National Horse Show,” remarked Jennifer Burger, President of the National Horse Show. “We are looking forward to hosting this year’s competitors in this new space and helping to improve their experience of our iconic event.”


Founded in 1833, the National Horse Show is the culmination of the east coast summer equestrian season. With $810,000 in prize money offered, the National Horse Show has been designated a CSI4*-W event by the FEI. This year, the National Horse Show will offer new Equitation Championships, including the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Eq. Championship, the Taylor Harris Insurance Services NHS 3′ Adult Eq. Championships, the Boggs Hill NHS KHJA Eq. Championships, and a day of age group equitation classes for young athletes. In addition, the National Horse Show is excited to announce the new Cismont Manor $50,000 Hunter Classic sponsored by The Wheeler Family, joining a prestigious line up of classes including the ASPCA Maclay Finals presented by Chansonette Farm, the Hollow Brook Wealth Management SJHOF Series Championship, and the world-renown $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington.

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2018 National Horse Show Offers Unprecedented Hunter and Jumper Awards

Lexington, KY - May 16, 2018 - The 2018 rendition of the National Horse Show will feature world-class hunter and jumper competition including the $250,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup of Lexington and the Cismont Manor $50,000 Hunter Classic sponsored by The Wheeler Family. Professional riders in each discipline will also have the opportunity to compete for Leading Rider Bonus’s as well as the chance to take home an Audi from longtime sponsor, Audi of Lexington.

The National Horse Show has long been recognized as the premier indoor horse show event on the East Coast circuit. This year will be no exception!

Scott Stewart Winning Leader Hunter Rider Award at the 2017 National Horse Show

 

With $810,000 in prize money offered, the National Horse Show has been designated a CSI4*-W event by the FEI where International Open Jumpers will compete for almost half a million dollars in prize money. New to the FEI level jumping competition in 2018 will be an additional $10,000 Leading International Jumper Rider Bonus. The rider that accumulates the most points in FEI competition will receive a cash bonus as well as a one-year lease of a luxury car from Audi of Lexington. This award will be generously donated by Samuel A. B. Boone, a longtime supporter of the prestigious event.

Professional Hunter riders will not be excluded from the increased prize money. In addition to the existing total purse of $195,000, 2018 will mark the inaugural year for the Cismont Manor $50,000 Hunter Classic sponsored by The Wheeler Family. The winner of this class will take home a sizable cash prize as well as their own one-year lease of an Audi courtesy of Audi of Lexington.

 

Denis Lynch is Awarded the top prize in the $250,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup of Lexington

 

The top hunter riders accumulating the highest number of points in the Green Hunter (3’6" and 3’9"), Green Conformation Hunter, High Performance Conformation Hunter, and High Performance Hunter will be also vying for the new Leading Hunter Rider Bonus. The top three riders will split the $10,000 cash prize that is unique to the National Horse Show, voted Horse Show of the Year for six consecutive years by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame.

 

The increased prize money is just one of the many ways that National Horse Show is working to elevate their presence among the best horse shows in the United States. Scheduled for October 27 - November 4 this year's event will offer the first ever weekend of equitation championships that includes the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Eq. Championship, the Taylor Harris Insurance Services NHS 3' Adult Equitation Championships, the NHS KHJA Eq. Championships, as well as, a day of age group equitation classes for young athletes all competitors.

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