A USHJA Tribute to Innovator Louise Serio
The Kavar Kerr Perpetual Trophy is awarded annually by the WCHR Task Force to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership, and commitment to the World Championship Hunter Rider Program’s philanthropic efforts.
Nearly three decades ago, one of the most decorated hunter riders in the country had a vision for changing the sport.
Enlisting a new friend and fellow horseman Geoff Teal the two embarked on a journey to create a new showcase for the hunter discipline.
Louise Serio’s innovative ideas evolved a new way to qualify hunters contesting the top of the sport and the WCHR became one of the most successful modern show Hunter programs.
Today’s WCHR Peter Weatherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular began in 1997 as a fundraiser for the newly formed American Hunter-Jumper Foundation and stands today as a cornerstone for the flourishing Hunter sport.
Louise Serio has numerous accolades in the Hunter ring and is one of the top Hunter riders and trainers in the country.
- She has won the WCHR Peter Weatherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular three times.
- She has won the WCHR Professional Finals at Capital Challenge twice and the WCHR Professional Challenge once.
- In 2009 she was awarded the Old Springhouse Perpetual Trophy as the winner of the WCHR Lifetime Achievement Award
Louise Serio’s passion and dedication to the sport has spanned decades and her contributions through the WCHR Program seem immeasurable. She continues to bring new ideas to the sport and remains a leader in the Hunter industry.
The USHJA is the United States national equestrian organization for hunters and jumpers. USHJA is the United States Equestrian Federation recognized FEI discipline affiliate for show jumping and the USEF recognized national affiliate for hunters.