Nick Haness aboard McQueen Score Hat Trick in $100,000 USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Central Spectacular

Nick Haness & McQueen. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

The Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring took on a unique form on Sunday evening as hunters elegantly soaked up the spotlight of the $100,000 USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Central Spectacular, presented by Debbie Smith, Ltd. Coming off WCHR Spectacular wins from coast to coast in Florida and California during the winter season, Nick Haness of Temecula, CA, made USHJA history with a hat trick victory. 

“I feel completely spectacular at the moment, to be honest,” Haness enthused after he led the victory gallop aboard McQueen. “It’s an amazing feeling. I try not to think about those statistics before a class this big and exciting, but now that it’s all said and done and the results are in, the fact that I’ve won all three coasts this year is an incredible feeling. I think you really just can’t even fathom how amazing it is and how much you hope, and you dream this moment could come true someday.”

Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography

A perfect exclamation mark on the Traverse City Spring Series, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, Haness and McQueen, owned by Walkenbach Equestrian, combined averaged scores of 87.12 from the first round and a high-score of 92 in the second to the win on a final 89.56. Together, Haness and McQueen won the $100,000 USHJA WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular earlier in the season before Haness followed by a victory in the $100,000 USHJA WCHR Hunter West Coast Spectacular riding Golden Road.

Rick Cram of Aiken, SC, designed Sunday’s two-round class that allowed the field of 43 to show off their horses over a classic first round and then a handy track. The panel one judges consisted of Rob Bielefled and Jeremy Green, panel two was Bob Crandall and Tyler Smith.