SACRAMENTO, Calif. — West Palms Events is kicking off its year in Northern California with two back-to-back weeks of competition at the beautiful Murieta Equestrian Center with the Sacramento Spring Classic 1, March 27-30 and the Sacramento Spring Classic 2, April 3-7 (WCHR).

The first week runs Thursday through Saturday, leading up to Easter Sunday and featuring fun-themed classes such as our “Egg & Spoon” Equitation. The following week is USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Week and highlights a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Balius Insurance as well as a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby for Juniors and Amateurs.

“We are looking forward to a fabulous start to our season at Murieta Equestrian Center,” commented Show Manager Caroline Jones. “It’s such a special venue with the Murieta Inn & Spa just across from the showgrounds. Carol Anderson Ward and her team at MEC always work hard to make sure every detail is perfect at the facility.”

 One FeatureWeeks:

  • $15,000 Sacramento “Hop To It” Easter Prix & Easter Breakfast
  • $2,500 USHJA National Hunt & Go Derby presented by Balius Insurance
  • $1,000 GGT Footing 1.30m
  • Egg & Spoon Equitation
  • “Eggcellent” Hunter Derby 2’6″ Ch/Ad
  • West Palms Hippity Hop 2′ Derby
  • Open Equitation Challenge – In Loving Memory of Colin

Week Two Features:

  • $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by
  • Balius Insurance
  • $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby Jr/Am
  • $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby presented by Balius Insurance
  • $15,000 Sacramento Grand Prix
  • $1,500 GGT Footing 1.35m

Entries are now open on, and the prize list and schedule are available on our homepage.

Best of luck this season!

About the WCHR Program

The USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Program was founded in 1995 to recognize and celebrate the hunter rider. Since the inaugural World Championship Hunter Rider Professional Finals in 1995, the WCHR program has expanded to include coveted year-end awards for Professionals, Developing Professionals, Amateur Owners, Amateur Adults, Juniors, Children’s and Pony riders.

An Important Reminder from the USEF

USEF thanks you for participating in this competition and your support of USEF’s continuous efforts to provide the safest environment possible for our athletes and other participants. Strategies for safeguarding athletes continue to evolve, and we are fully committed to keeping pace with best practices.

The purpose of this letter is to remind you that you are bound by the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code, USEF Safe Sport Policy, and Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies, also known as the MAAPP. This includes the SafeSport Training requirement for adult members and participants who have regular contact with minor athletes. Additionally, please be reminded about reporting obligations. Any concerns that are non-sexual in nature, please use the USEF Safe Sport Incident Reporting Form available on the USEF website. Concerns or suspicions regarding sexual misconduct must be reported to and the authorities if a minor is involved. All of this information can be found in the USEF Safe Sport Policy.

Please take a moment to review the new USEF Safe Sport web pages on the USEF website to find comprehensive resources regarding USEF Safe Sport efforts. You can also contact Sarah Gilbert, USEF Safe Sport Program Coordinator, at [email protected] for any questions or concerns relating to the USEF Safe Sport program.

Thank you for your support and for helping us bring the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible!