Pritchard Hill, 2020 USEF National Horse of the Year, added another accolade to his lengthy resume, jumping to the Overall Grand Hunter Championship at the 2021 Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Upperville, VA.
Ridden by Evan Coluccio, Pritchard Hill, a 9-year-old Warmblood gelding, earned his points by way of a Championship performance in the High Performance Conformation Hunter division, winning five of the six classes in the division, with a single runner-up effort. The pair received the Sallie J. Sexton Challenge Trophy for their performance.
Coluccio, who runs Hidden Ridge International alongside his mother Allyson, has been partnered with Balmoral’s Pritchard Hill since just before the winter season, and the pair earned championships at the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Keswick Horse Show prior to debuting at Upperville. The bay also competes in the Small Junior Hunter division with Coluccio’s student, Alexa Lignelli.
“He came in and got an 87 right off the back,” Coluccio said. “He makes my job easy. I’ve grown up showing here, and this year I was fortunate enough to have a really great group of horses. Pritchard Hill being Overall Grand [Champion] made it awesome.”