by | Sep 30, 2020 | Equitation, Press Release | 0 comments

For Immediate Release:

THERMAL, Calif. – Sep. 29, 2020 – Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) is proud to host the San Fernando Hunter Jumper Association (SFHJA)’s 2020 Parker Equine Insurance Challenge Medal Final.  This medal will be held during the National Sunshine Series – Week 1, from Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2020 in Hunter Ring 1.

This prestigious medal final has been hosted for many years by West Palms Events at the Flintridge Riding Club.  We are proud to be able to assist SFHJA and to invite existing and new members to participate.

This year there will be no prior qualifying and the final is open to all who meet the below specifications:

Challenge Medal Specifications:

  • Open to Junior and Amateur riders
  • Course height set at 3’3 with Hunter type fences
  • Riders must have not won a 3’6 medal final
  • Two Rounds set over two days
  • Work off with a minimum of two riders after round 2
  • Rider and Trainers must be a member of SFHJA
  • New memberships must be received by Thursday October 29, 2020 at 2pm in the horse show office

SFHJA welcomes all 3’3 riders to challenge themselves to compete in this year’s finals, held in Hunter Ring 1. We would like to thank Joe and Donna Parker and Parker Equine Insurance for their continued sponsorship and support for over two decades of this medal challenge.

This year, exhibitors and their trainers will be eligible to win ribbons and saddle pads to 10th Place and coolers to 3rd.  Reserve Champion and their trainer will win a $600 travel voucher each. Champion and their trainer will win a $1,200 travel voucher each.

Past Medal Final Winners and Trainers include:

2019 Naomi Wegner, Nancy Frost

2018 Alison Raich, Lesley Bulechek

2017 Jamie Krupnick Geffen, Foxfield Riding Club

2016 Gracie Marlowe, Debi Marlowe

2015 Renee Rodda, Rainbow Canyon Ranch

2014 Belle Calkin, Joe Thorpe

2013 Hadley Boyd, Far West Farms

2012 Clara Plestis, Ginny Planke

2011 Jessie White Zehnder, Foxfield Riding Club

2010 Ashlyn Matheus, Stephanie Haney


To become eligible to compete in this year’s 3’3” Challenge Final and join SFHJA, visit: https://www.sfhja.org/join.html and complete the required information and pay online. For more information contact Allison Baxter, SFHJA Executive Director,  info@sfhja.org 805-422-4312.

To learn more about the horse park, and view the calendar of shows, go to www.deserthorsepark.com and receive updates on social media at @deserthorsepark.



About Desert International Horse Park (DIHP)

With nearly 1.3 million square feet of competition and riding space, the Desert International Horse Park is one of the largest equestrian facilities in North America. Offering 17 weeks of world-class competition from October through March, the facility is a destination location for thousands of equestrians, their horses, family and friends for several months annually.