Luke Rinehart Rides Cavalli to NAL Children’s Hunter Final Win

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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Wilmington, Ohio – Luke Rinehart of Westfield, IN, rode Cavalli to the win in the North American League (NAL) Children’s Hunter Final, on Monday, September 28, at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, OH.

Rinehart was one of 29 young riders to contest the class after qualifying for the year-end final by accumulating points in NAL Children’s Hunter competition throughout the year. The 13-year-old led the class from beginning to end after earning a score of 86.50 in the first round and an 86.00 in the second round, for a 172.50 total.

Photo - Luke Rinehart and Cavalli led the victory gallop for the NAL Children's Hunter Final. (Shawn McMillen Photography)

Second place with scores of 80.00 and 82.50 for a 162.50 total went to Ava Tzioufas of Inverness, IL, riding Expecto Patronum. Olivia Galley of Barrington, IL, finished in third with scores of 80.50, 81.50, and a 162.00 total.

“I did not think coming in that I would be first!” said Rinehart, who trains with his parents, Richard and Catherine of Rinehart Farm. “I thought I’d get more like the top 12 – maybe sixth or seventh – so I was very excited how it turned out. It feels fantastic.

Luke Rinehart
Luke Rinehart was joined for the presentation by (from left to right) his mother, Catherine Rinehart; Annette Longenecker representing the NAL; Kendall Meijer of Copper Fox LLC; and his father, Richard Rinehart. (Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography)

“I thought my first round was probably the better of the two rounds,” continued Luke Rinehart of his performances over the courses designed by Ken Krome. “It was a good, solid round, and I was a lot more nervous coming into the second round.”

Rinehart earned his victory aboard Cavalli, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Taylor Johnson.

“Cavalli’s a great horse,” said Rinehart of the horse that he’s leased from Johnson for the past few years. “I started him out in the 2’6”. He’s a great horse. He has a lot of professional training and experience, and I’m so lucky to have him. I’m very thankful for him, for my family – who are my trainers – and just everyone who helped out – the Johnson family, Taylor, my horse show friends." 

This year marked the middle school student’s first appearance at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, but Rinehart hopes it's not his last.

“It’s a perfect show,” said Rinehart. “I spent a lot of my time riding at home practicing for CCHS; I was pretty nervous too, but I was very excited when I came here. I got here, and it turned out great!”
Click here for full results of the NAL Children’s Hunter Final.