Nick Haness and Circa Lead Day One of The Platinum Performance USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show
he brisk Kentucky morning welcomed equestrians back to the Kentucky Horse Park for the 2022 Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Hunter action kicked off in the picturesque Walnut arena Tuesday morning with the first of three rounds in the Platinum Performance USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship. The Nation’s top green hunter horse and athlete combinations jumped in top form in hopes of winning round one and setting them up for success in the following two days of competition and overall standings. Upon completion of 133 rounds, it was Circa piloted by Nick Haness who took home the blue ribbon, Advent and John French with the red, and Kingston and Christopher Payne to round out the top three.
The Green Hunter Incentive Program is open to horses eligible to compete in the Green Hunters 3’0″, 3’3″, 3’6″, and 3’9″ divisions. The program is designed to encourage the development of green horses and is multifaceted to include the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships, regional championships, and stake classes throughout the year and across the country.
The Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship brings forth some of the top hunter athletes across the country who compete over three days at their respective height. All horses compete in the first two rounds, in which they receive numerical scores. The top 30 horses, including those tied for 30th, with the highest combined scores from the first two rounds, advance to the third round, where they start with a clean slate.