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Lexington, KY – May 6, 2021 — Vanessa Hood of Wellington, FL has been selected as Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for April. Hood competes in the East Confer-

Vanessa Hood Named Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for April Hunter Derbies & Finals;

ence, Amateur Division of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. She earned the award by riding Lou Lou VLS to first place over a field of 51 entries in the final Series class held 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 specifica- tions. 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 opportu- nity 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 was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends

of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is lo- cated at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with in- duction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport’s history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper As- sociation (USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park. 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 Associ- ation 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


Whitethorne Equitation Challenge, Medal Finals, and so much more. For further information, please visit their website at The Hampton Classic is the presti-

Vanessa Hood and Lou Lou VLS (c) Kaitlyn Karssen

Qualifier; the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series & Final, Interactive Mort- gage “Ticket to Ride” High Performance Jumper Series & Adult Jumper Series; USHJA International, National, & Pony

North American Belgian Championship 9 Cancelled

The NABC 9 Commit-

tee has made the difficult de- cision to cancel the North American Belgian Champi- onship 9 show (NABC 9). This decision has been made due to on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and lack of clarity on what will be al- lowed by September for large gatherings, as well as travel and vaccination is- sues. Regrettably, we do not see way in which we would be able to host an interna- tional show of the caliber of past North American Bel- gian Championships due to border and quarantine re-

strictions. The committee has had

many discussions around postponing the show and rescheduling to 2022 or out- right canceling the show. With the need to conclude the Breeders Challenge this year and with planning now underway for NABC 10 in 2024, we felt that the best decision is to cancel. This is not a decision that was taken lightly; however, the feeling is that the prospect of hold- ing NABC’s only 2 years apart does not do the event justice. To everyone who has

been involved in the plan- ning of NABC 9 over the past 5 years, we thank you for volunteering and giving of your time so freely. Your dedication to the promotion of the diversity of the Bel- gian breed is appreciated. To those who chose to

be an NABC Show Sponsor or a class sponsor, we will be in contact with regard to the refund of your sponsor- ship dollars. Stay safe during these

difficult times and we look forward to seeing everyone at NABC 10!

gious culminating event of the Hamp- tons’ 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 op- tions and a Farmer’s Market, all on its 60-acre show grounds. More details are available at 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 Ken- tucky Three-Day Event, Kentucky Sum- mer Horse Show and BreyerFest. For more information, visit www.kyhorsep- The National Horse Show is a


championship event featuring “AA”- rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/am- ateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. It is held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Further information is available at The United States Hunter Jumper as


hunter/jumper affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, is a com- petition-based sport organization that serves our members through educational programs, awards and recognition, com- munication 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 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

PA Farm Show Complex Reopens

PA Farm Show News Release We’re thrilled to share that the

home to our horse show, the Penn- sylvania Farm Show Complex, is re-opening its doors and resuming hosting indoor events in June! While being closed to events

due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA Farm Show Complex facility was not sitting untouched. Since the spring of 2020, the

complex has been undergoing sig- nificant renovations, with $21 mil- lion from the state budget allocated for capital improvements to the fa- cility.

With Pennsylvania Governor

Tom Wolf also announcing earlier this week that all indoor capacity re- strictions across the state will be lifted on May 31, we are optimisti- cally looking forward to welcoming both exhibitors and spectators to the freshly improved PA Farm Show Complex this October!

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Photo by

Visit Hershey & Harrisburg

Breaking News!


For the past year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex has been undergoing significant capital improvements. Photos courtesy of the PA Farm Show Complex.



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