Custom Romance Named Platinum Performance/USHJA 3’/3’3” Green Hunter Incentive Regional Champion 

Nick Haness & Custom Romance. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Edited Press Release

Leading the walk to the winner’s circle in the $10,000 3’/3’3″ section of the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championships, Nick Haness of Temecula, CA, and Custom Romance, owned by Romance Sport Horses, took home the top tricolor.

The pair conquered the championship with a combined score of 175 after earning a spot in the final round of competition in the 3’ Green Hunter division. Haness swept the podium by also earning the reserve champion title riding Versace for owner Debbie Smith on a final score of 174, and claiming third with Designer Romance, owned by Romance Sport Horses, with a final score of 172. 

“Custom Romance is a super nice horse that I have imported and developed since he was a baby so this is a really exciting win for us and for his team,” said California native Haness of the eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Hochadel. “He’s a unique horse and quite talented. He’s been a horse we’ve developed slowly and let him mature in his own time. This is the second season of showing in the pre-greens, so he’s now at this point really dialed in.” 

Custom Romance has exceeded all expectations during the Spring Series so far, earning champion during opening week and again this week in the 3’ Green Hunter Division. With three champion ribbons under his belt in just two weeks, Custom Romance is prepped for a good showing at the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships at Kentucky Horse Park in August. 

Nick Haness & Custom Romance presented as winners of the $10,000 Platinum Performance/USHJA 3’/3’3” Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championship. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

“We’re obviously from the West Coast, so we’re excited to be here in Traverse City and competing in the regionals here,” said Haness, who has been spending his spring and summer seasons in Traverse City for several years. “Our goal is to continue on and do the incentive finals in Kentucky later this summer, so this is a great setup and we’re feeling super confident going forward into that event after winning today.” 

In addition to the $25,000 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby North Central Regional Championship on Saturday in the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring, the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby will take place on Sunday. 

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