Photo by Don Stine
The Super Series Group, established in 2012, is owned by partners Colleen McQuay, Patrick Rodes, Pauline Cook, and Peter Pletcher. Joining forces to accomplish their common goal of growing the Texas Hunter industry, the group's first project was the Texas Pre-Green Super Stake Series (now called the Texas Super Series Green Hunter Stakes), launched in 2012 and a major success since that time. The series served as a pilot for the USHJA National Pre-Green Incentive, which was launched in 2013. Enrollees in the Texas Super Series Green Hunter Stakes have earned an impressive $902,000, and payout from the series increases annually.
Launched in March of 2015, the Texas Hunter Breeding Series was added, designed to feed into the Texas Pre-Green Program. While the series phased out after paying out $50,000 in three years, the wildly popular $7,500 Freestyle Performance Class continues to be held annually in the fall. Sire nominators in the Texas Hunter Sire program have been paid bonuses based on their highest placing offspring in the Texas Hunter Breeding and Texas Pre-Green Final Championships since 2015 as well.
Added in 2016, the Tier Rider Ranking System was added to the Texas Pre-Green Championship and offers an additional purse of $2,500 plus 20% add back to riders outside of the top 20 lifetime earners in the Super Series Group's programs through the end of 2015. With this addition, the annual payout at the Final Championship will cross the $30,000 mark. Also introduced in 2016 was the Non Pro bonus, payable to the highest placing Amateur in the Texas Pre-Green Final Championship.
2018 brought the addition of a full enrollment program, a season of Stake classes, and a $10,000 Championship for 3’6”/3’9” Green Hunters. Participation in the program’s first year has been excellent, and is expected to climb in future years.
Stakes were opened up to be held by show managers nationwide in 2017, and the addition of online enrollment has continued to increase participation. The Super Series Group partners express their sincerest gratitude to the multitude of people who have participated in and contributed to their successes!
The mission of the Super Series Group is to promote and grow the Hunter industry in Texas and throughout the United States through programs designed to increase interest, profitability, and participation.
A LOOK AT THE PARTNERS
Colleen McQuay is a Hunter and Jumper trainer, owner of McQuay Stables, co-owner of top Reining events and nomination programs, and has significant experience as a member of multiple association boards and committees. Her cross-industry experience and years of participation as a successful rider and showman and in policy and event creation offer unparalleled resources to the group and their programs.
Peter Pletcher is an accomplished Hunter rider, owner of PJP Farm, and co-owner of PJCP Horse Shows. Pletcher offers the ever-important perspective of a person directly involved in the Hunter industry as an owner, rider, and show manager. As one of Texas' highest volume riders and a successful rider nation-wide, Pletcher is an excellent advocate for the exhibitor and the show manager alike.
Patrick Rodes, owner of Southbound Show Management, breeder of Hunters and Jumpers, owner and rider, and popular Hunter/Jumper course designer and judge, is very familiar with the many aspects of the Hunter industry. His experience with shows as an exhibitor, manager, and owner combine with his upbeat management style to create a valuable asset to the group. Rodes owns and manages a significant number of shows in Texas and New Mexico.
Pauline Cook, owner of Brittania Farm and co-owner of PJCP Horse Shows, spends countless hours per year managing horse shows and putting the exhibitor first. Her close relationship with the horse show facilities and exhibitors and years of wisdom in the Hunter and Jumper industries make her an expert at providing both for the Super Series Group and for the participants in their programs.