Family Affaire and Jacob Pope Claim Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championship

Jacob Pope & Family Affaire. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Edited Press Release

Hunter action kicked up a notch during the second week of the Traverse City Spring Series, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, with the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championships coming to Flintfields Horse Park. With two crownings of overall champions at their respective heights (3’/3’3” and 3’6”/3’9”), anticipation grew for the 2024 Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships taking place in Lexington, KY, this August. 

Jacob Pope & Family Affaire. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Earning top call in the $10,000 3’6”/3’9” section, Jacob Pope of Columbia, MD, and Family Affaire, owned by Judgement Farms, LLC, collected a combined score of 176 and qualification for the overall championships. 

The Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championships in Traverse City are one of six regional offerings throughout the U.S. The Green Hunter Incentive Program as a whole was developed to encourage the development of green horses in the hunter ring, a mission that is shared by Traverse City Horse Shows.

With qualification now in the bag, Pope not only has his eye on the 2024 Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships, but also on preparing Family Affaire for the upcoming Adequan/USEF Junior Hunter National Championships with rider Claire Mullally.

“He came to me as a jumper sale horse from my friend Marissa Metzger,” said Pope. “As soon as I got on him, I knew he would be a really good hunter. I put Claire on him and they matched perfectly. She’s been looking for a small junior for a while, so she ended up buying him and it’s honestly been like a dream come true to keep him in the barn.” 

Mullally will compete the aptly named Family Affaire at the Junior Hunter National Championships—also being help at Traverse City Horse Shows—at the end of June. 

As for Pope himself, he is making the most of the season in Traverse City, a horse show he considered to be just like home. He will compete in Saturday’s $25,000 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby North Central Regional Championship and continue to split his focus with the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring aboard his string of jumpers. 

“I love it up here,” said Pope of Northern Michigan and the Traverse City Horse Shows. “We’ve been here for a few years now and the weather’s unbeatable, the rings are wonderful, and the show overall feels new every year. The horses get up here and are refreshed after they’re long winter circuits, so it’s a great place to be and the horses love it.” 

Claiming the reserve title for the day in the 3’6”/3’9” Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championship, Kyle Muckler of Ocala, FL, pocketed a score of 170 riding MTM Idolized, owned by Lynn Parker. The third spot went to Nick Haness of Temecula, CA, and his own Ponté on a score of 164.5.  

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