Zone 3 Takes 3 Golds; Zone 4, the Adult Individual Gold at the 2015 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper South Regional Championships
After three full days of tough team and individual competition, Zone 3 riders claimed both of the Team gold medals and the Children's Individual gold, while Zone 4 claimed the Adult Amateur Individual gold at the 2015 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper South Regional Championships, July 1-5, 2015, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC.
|Zone 3 Team 1 captures Children's Team Gold at the 2015 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper South Regional Championships. |
Photo Credit: Barry Kost Photography
The race for Adult Amateur Team gold was close with Zone 3 Team 2 (Whitney Lind, Lindsay Simmons, Jennie Edwards and Caroline Williamson) squeaking out a win over Zone 4's team (Christina Couper, Maxine Star Schatten, Madison Akins and Sydney Crenshaw). Zone 3 Team 1 (Nicole Wood, Carly Hundley, Erica Caslin and Wendy Libert) encountered a few unlucky rails and ended up with the bronze.
USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper West Regional Deadline Approaching July 27
In Zones 9, 10, 11 or 12? There's still time to apply but the deadline is fast approaching on July 27 for the West Regional Championships, which take place during the Blenheim Fall Tournament (September 9-13, 2015) in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Riders participating in the Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper classes across the country are encouraged to apply so their points (accumulated between September 29, 2014, and July 27, 2015) can be counted toward qualifying in this exciting event. Only riders that apply can qualify to compete in the Championships! See where you stand by checking the appropriate qualifying list!For more information about the Championships including specifications, competition format, qualifying lists or to apply, visit: www.ushja.org/chaajumper.
Riders Receive High Praise as 2015 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Kicks Off
|Junior Individual Gold Medalist Vivian Yowan aboard Vornado Van den Hoendrik. Photo Credit: Susan J. Stickle Photography|
The final day of individual competition at the 2015 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Show Jumping Championships, presented by the United States Hunter Jumper Association, was tense as riders headed into the last round. Junior rider Vivian Yowan secured the Junior individual gold medal with a near faultless score, and Lucy Deslauriers came from behind to claim the Young Rider individual gold medal.
| Team Zone 4 Rules Junior Division, Team Zone 3/5 Earn Young Rider Division Gold at the 2015 NAJYRC|
Leading the entire Junior team competition, Team Zone 4 took the gold, while the Young Rider team competition came down to the wire with the combined team of Zone 3/5 claiming gold at the 2015 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Show Jumping Championships, presented by the United States Hunter Jumper Association.
Young Rider Team Zone 3/5 Gold Medalists (left to right): Abby Blankenship, chef d'equipe; Kalvin Dobbs; Meredith Darst; Noel Fauntleroy; Jacob Pope; Sandra Ruiz, chef d'equipe. Photo Credit: Louise Bowden/USHJA Archives
After a first individual qualifying round on Wednesday, Thursday's competition focused on teams with a Nation's Cup-style format over a challenging course, designed by Alan Wade. With a total of 68 athletes from across North America, the competition has been tough.
Split Rock Jumping Tour Returns in October with The Bourbon International CSI 3*
After its successful debut in May, the Split Rock Jumping Tour is installing new footing in time for this fall's CSI 3* horse show, October 9-11, at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, KY.
The Split Rock Jumping Tour's May debut succeeded in creating an "unparalleled show jumping experience" for riders, owners, sponsors and spectators, but there was one area that required an adjustment.
"Our vision had been to hold our featured classes in a grass Grand Prix field," explained Split Rock founder Derek Braun, "but it was clear that our footing was less than perfect. We are installing new footing so that riders can count on that being world-class as well."
Installing the new footing is Equestrian Services International (ESI), which has installed footing at some of the nation's leading horse shows including Devon, Hampton Classic, Harrisburg, Lake Placid and the Winter Equestrian Festival. ESI has also provided footing for many leading international horse shows in Europe, South America and Asia including the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.
|USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal: Look for This New Class at a Show Near You|
New to the 2015 competition year is the USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal. This new and exciting class gives Junior riders the opportunity to develop their equitation skills over a Jumper-style course and can be offered at any USEF Licensed Competition.
Check the competition calendar to see what show near you is featuring this exciting new class at www.ushja.org/JumpSeatMedal.