FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Skillman, N.J. --- --August 23, 2018 --- - The 2018 USHJA Zones 1 & 2 Zone Jumper Team Championships kick off tomorrow at Princeton Show Jumping August at Hunter Farms North in Skillman, New Jersey.
The competition for qualified Children's and Adult Amateur (1.10/1.15m), 1.20/1.25m Junior and Amateur and 1.30/1.35m Junior and Amateur jumper riders begins Friday, August 24, with the Official Jog followed by the First Individual Qualifier, and will feature three days of team and individual competition.
The USHJA congratulates the following members who are competing at the Championships:
Zone 1 Children
Jessie Goodwin , Stowe , Vt.
Cecilia Van Paasschen , Greenwich , Conn.
Zone 2 Children
Matthew Acevedo, Landing, N.J.
Dakota Champey, Far Hills, N.J.
Hunter Champey, Far Hills, N.J.
Claudia Citrin, Bedford Hills, N.Y.
Carly Eakin, Shamong, N.J.
David Eakin, Shamong, N.J.
Jordan Ferrier, Cream Ridge, N.J.
Isabelle Gochtovtt, Downingtown, Pa.
Ava Kavulich, Pennington, N.J.
Kelly McInerney, Randolph, N.J.
Ellen Mollerus, Larchmont, N.Y.
Devon Owen, Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Julia Popczyk, Kennett Square, Pa.
Zone 1 Adult Amateurs
Haley Anderson, New Boston, N.H.
Anna Lerch, Wilton, Conn.
Zone 2 Adult Amateurs
Claudia Dollinger, Pottstown, Pa.
Jessica Lampe, Phoenixville, Pa.
Layla Law-Gisiko, New York, N.Y.
Stacey Mahoney, New York, N.Y.
Nicole Palmer, Smithtown, N.Y.
Barbara Rochford, Ringoes, N.J.
Kristen Rohr, Cranberry Township, Pa.
Sheila Ann Sadighi, Essex Fells, N.J.
Leslie Schillat, Malvern, Pa.
Joy Slater, Unionville, Pa.
Darian Smith, Villanova, Pa.
Kendra Sue Walmer, Reinholds, Pa.
Katherine Willekes, Hackettstown, N.J.
Zone 2 Juniors
Morgan Champey, Far Hills, N.J.
Kathleen Full Baudeneau, Scarsdale, N.Y.
Samantha Johnson, Skillman, N.J.
Devon Shaw, Columbus, N.J.Jake Parker Wymard, Glen Rock, Pa.
Zone 1 Amateur
Haley Cassidy, Mystic, Conn.
Zone 2 Amateurs
Stephanie Dixon, Ringoes, N.J.
Cameron Tague, Cream Ridge, N.J.Sarah Wood, Locust, N.J.
Zone 1 AmateurSydney Smith, Madison, Conn.
Zone 2 Juniors
Prima Rose Bonaventura, Swedesboro, N.J.Jillian Rosenwasser, New York, N.Y.
Special thanks to Zone 1 Chef d'Equipe Kristi Smith and Zone 2 Chef d'Equipe James Benedetto, who will lead the teams at the Championships.
Championship competitors will also be recognized as 2018 USHJA Emerging Jumper Riders. During a special orientation session during the riders meeting, riders, trainers and parents will receive comprehensive information about how riders can advance through the sport to its highest levels. The session will specifically discuss the Show Jumping Athlete Pathway, a joint USHJA-US Equestrian effort that identifies and nurtures Jumping athletes as they advance through the sport to enhance future success for Olympic and international teams representing the United States.
At the conclusion of each Zone Jumper Team Championship, USHJA will recognize all individual medalists as 2018 Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders by awarding them an exclusive 2018 Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider pin that can be worn at future competitions to distinguish them. At the same time, trainers of these riders will be recognized as 2018 Gold Star Jumper Coaches and will receive specialized pins that denote their title. Riders and trainers who receive the designation are also invited to attend one of the Gold Star Clinics, which will be held on the East Coast at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dec. 26-30, 2018, on the West Coast at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, Calif., Jan. 16-20, 2019, and new this year, a centrally located Gold Star Clinic at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, April 16-20, 2019.