Chato Lou Wins March’s Show Jumping Hall of Fame Horse of the Month Award Sponsored by Markel
Chato Lou has been named winner of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Horse of the Month Award Sponsored by Markel for March.
Piloted by owner Hilary McNerney of Wellington, FL, the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding competes in the Amateur Division of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series’ East Conference Presented by ROOD & RIDDLE. The duo was highly successful at Wellington International (WEF) throughout the month, bringing home the blue ribbons in the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classics at both WEF 9 and 10. Their strong showings across the High Amateur Jumpers also earned them the division’s Reserve Championship at WEF 9 and the Hall of Fame’s Horse of the Month Award for March.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducts the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series with classes at approximately 80 horse shows each year. The Series hosts separate divisions for junior and amateur riders in two Conferences – the East Conference presented by Rood & Riddle and the West Conference presented by LAURACEA. The Series culminates in a West Conference Championship Final at Blenheim EquiSports’ International Jumping Festival in San Juan Capistrano, California, and the overall Series Final at the Washington International Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The riders who top the year-long Series standings receive an engraved Tiffany crystal trophy and the winners of the Series’ two Finals receive one of LAURACEA’s best-selling Convertible Backpack Totes.
Each month the Series honors one horse that earns the most points in Series competition that month. The Series follows Grand Prix rules and specifications is designed to give amateur and junior riders the opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many riders who aspire to represent the United States in international competition.
The 2023 winners of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Horse of the Month Award Sponsored by Markel are:
- January – Twist Studio LLC’s Deleyn
- February – HS Sportpferde GMBH’s Servus Z
- March – Hilary McNerney’s Chato Lou