Lexington, Kentucky – November 10, 2021 – Vanessa Hood (USA) of Wellington, FL has been selected as Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for October. This marks the second consecutive month, and third time this year, that Hood has won this honor!
Hood (USA) competes in the East Conference, Amateur Division of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. After her outstanding month of September, when she won the award with her mount, Lou Lou VLS, she earned the October honor by winning the Show Jumping Hall of Fame class at the Washington International Horse Show on Santauer. She also placed sixth in the class on Lou Lou VLS, the mount on whom she wound up winning the Series’ East Conference, Amateur Division championship. She also won the Rider of the Month for April when she and Lou Lou won the final Hall of Fame class at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducts the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. The Series hosts separate divisions for junior and amateur riders in two Conferences and follows Grand Prix rules and specifications. Each month the Series honors the one rider who earns the most points on one horse in Series competition that month. The Series provides an opportunity for amateur and junior riders to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many who aspire to ride in international competition
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored by Blenheim EquiSports, The Hampton Classic Horse Show, Kentucky Horse Park, The National Horse Show Association of America and United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA).
Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces horse shows in San Juan Capistrano, CA and Las Vegas, NV. These competitions include USEF “Premier” rated hunter-jumper shows; a Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League Qualifier; the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series & Final, Interactive Mortgage “Ticket to Ride” High Performance Jumper Series & Adult Jumper Series; USHJA International, National, & Pony Hunter Derbies & Finals; the Whitethorne Equitation Challenge, Medal Finals, and so much more. For further information, please visit their website at www.showpark.com.
The Hampton Classic is the prestigious culminating event of the Hamptons’ famed summer season. Top jumper and hunter riders from around the world compete for some of the richest prize money in the nation. The Classic hosts more than 100 classes of competition in six rings for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. The Classic also features a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, a wide selection of dining options and a Farmer’s Market, all on its 60-acre show grounds. More details are available at www.HamptonClassic.com.
The Kentucky Horse Park is the leading tourist attraction for all things “horse” and one of the world’s best equine competition facilities and only park open to the public. The Kentucky Horse Park hosts a handful of events each year such as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Kentucky Summer Horse Show and BreyerFest. For more information, visit www.kyhorsepark.com.
The National Horse Show is a championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. It is held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. This year’s National Horse Show, October 27-November 7, is offering over $350,000 in prize money and is an FEI CSI4*-W designated event. Further information is available online at www.NHS.org.
The United States Hunter Jumper Association, as the official hunter/jumper affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, is a competition-based sport organization that serves our members through educational programs, awards and recognition, communication and rules. They provide a wide array of programs for all hunter/jumper levels and are mindful of the well-being of our equine partners. Additional information is available at www.ushja.org.
For more information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, including the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame website at www.ShowJumpingHallofFame.net.
Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman for Show Jumping Hall of Fame
Photos: © Shawn McMillen