Save the Date! The 2022 Capital Challenge Horse Show Entries Open on August 3

July 26, 2022 - Upper Marlboro, MD

The 2022 Capital Challenge Horse Show prize list cover art by artist Sharon Lynn Campbell depicts Geoffrey Hesslink and Small Occasion.

Entries will open for the 29th edition of the Capital Challenge Horse Show on August 3, 2022, at 10 a.m, EDT. The prize list for the 2022 Capital Challenge Horse Show, which will take place September 29 through October 9, will be available online at on August 2.

The Capital Challenge Horse Show will be held at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, and will include an extra day of competition. Equitation Weekend, presented by BIGEQ.COM, will take place Thursday, September 29 through Sunday, October 2. On Monday, October 3, through Sunday, October 9, the country’s top professional, junior, amateur, and pony hunter riders will compete for coveted titles. Jumper riders will also compete during the week with the Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic as well as the North American League (NAL) Finals for the Adult Jumpers, Children’s Jumpers, and Low Junior/Amateur Jumpers.

About the Cover Artist Sharon Lynn Campbell

America’s premier equestrian portrait artist, Sharon Lynn Campbell, is best known for her beautiful, life-like oil paintings of the world's top hunters, jumpers, and ponies. Campbell’s sought-after work has graced the covers of the country’s most renowned hunter/jumper prize lists and programs and appeared on the covers of many top equine publications. Her ability to capture the personality of the horse or pony in great detail on the canvas comes from a lifetime of her being a true horsewoman, riding, training, teaching, and showing.

The 2022 Capital Challenge Horse Show prize list cover art is a captivating painting of Geoffrey Hesslink and the stunning mare Small Occasion, owned by Shadowfax Equestrian LLC.

Campbell explained the origin of the painting saying, “Throughout the 2021 show, I kept hearing Small Occasion’s name as she was winning with Geoffrey (Hesslink) and Raina (Swani). The management at Capital Challenge gives me the freedom to paint something artsy for the prize list. I knew I wanted to paint the mare for the cover art. I looked at over a thousand photos then came across one taken by Shawn McMillen Photography and knew it was perfect for the composition I had envisioned. Small Occasion’s form, expression, and soft eye are just so sweet and stunning.”

Campbell’s subjects range from Olympic horses to family pets. She said, “After all these years of painting I still look forward to each painting. I paint year-round and there is never a slow time, so I always have several paintings in the works.” Campbell’s exquisite artwork hangs in hundreds of private collections domestically and abroad.

To contact the artist, please call (mobile) 434-825-6800, (studio) 540-948-6800, visit her website, or email her at

Find the artist on Facebook and Instagram at “Sharon Lynn Campbell Equestrian Portrait Artist.”

About the Capital Challenge Horse Show

The Capital Challenge Horse Show, an official USEF Heritage Competition, has a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter and equitation competition. The 2022 edition of the Capital Challenge Horse Show will take place from September 29-October 9. The 11 days of competition will include prestigious equitation events, jumper divisions, the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Finals, the $25,000 3’ and 3’3” Green Hunter North American Championships, and more, with many of the country’s best horses and riders competing in junior, amateur, and professional divisions.