The 2017 CP National Horse Show kicked off on October 29 with an exciting new event: the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship. Jaden Porter
became the first name to be inscribed on the commemorative trophy, which will be proudly displayed at the Kentucky Horse Park Museum.
Sunday's National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship included a preliminary over fences round, which saw 47 horses and riders come forward to contest
the course designed by Bobby Murphy. Judges Robin Rost and Walter T. Kees invited the top 20 riders to return to the Alltech Arena for a flat phase
and a final over fences round. After all three rounds were complete, the judges opted to test the top four riders: Jada Fuleky, Molly Canfield, Caroline
Blake and Porter.
Porter, 14 years old from St. Louis, Missouri, and Wellington, Florida, was first in the order-of-go in Sunday's first over fences round. With the help
of trainer Stephanie Peterson of Dragonfly Farms, she and Dragonfly's Corleone B remained consistent throughout all four rounds to come out on top
as the first-ever winner of the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship.
Finishing in reserve was Blake, trained by Cynthia Williams of New England Farm, aboard Larry, while Canfield, trained by Lorrie Canady of Galway Farm,
and Caprioso 2 rounded out the top three.
For 84 years, the National Horse Show has hosted the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, the most highly sought-after prize in equitation for the country's
top junior athletes. With the addition of the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship, riders who have dreams of becoming the next winner
of the ASPCA Maclay National Championship have the opportunity to hone their skills in the same ring as their 3'6" counterparts.
The National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship will be held annually the weekend before the National Horse Show in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky
Horse Park using the same format as the ASPCA Maclay National Championship with fences set at 3'3" in height.