Las Vegas, Nev.—Nov. 23, 2021—The Marshall & Sterling Insurance/USHJA National Championships at The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, wrapped up after a week of exciting competition. More than 40 champion ribbons were awarded from November 15-21 in South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa’s Arena and Equestrian Center.
USHJA Small Junior Hunter 3'3" Championship
Grace Miller, of Rancho Santa Fe, California, was Champion riding Swagger, and Paige Walkenbach, of Paradise Valley, Arizona, earned Reserve Champion aboard Classic. Miller won the $500 Small Junior Hunter 3'3" Handy, $1,000 Small Junior Hunter 3'3" Stake and the $2,500 Small Junior Hunter 3'3" Classic. Swagger also collected the Grand Champion Junior Hunter honors with the For Fun Perpetual Trophy, donated by Bridgeport Farm.
USHJA Large Junior Hunter 3'3" Championship
Champion was Walkenbach riding Princeton and Sienna Faidi, of Belvedere, California, earned Reserve Champion riding Esteban. Walkenbach won three of the classes in the division including the $2,500 Large Junior Hunter 3'3" Classic. Faidi won the $1,000 Large Junior Hunter 3'3" Stake class.
USHJA Junior Hunter 3'6" Championship
Violet Tatum, of Pacific Palisades, California, took home the tricolor and the Junior Hunter Division Perpetual Trophy, donated by Balmoral Farm, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Brooks, riding Fiorucci. Grace Gallagher, of Scottsdale, Arizona, collected the reserve honors with Zion.
High Score Junior Rider was Emme Tangen, of Rolling Hills, California, with an 88 aboard Uno Mas.
USHJA Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Championship
Alisha Goto, of Oceano, California, rode Theo For You to the Championship win, topping the $500 Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Welcome, $500 Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Handy and $2,500 Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Classic. Hannah Bolland, of Fountain Hills, Arizona, and Berlin took Reserve.
USHJA Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 Championship
Taking both 36-50 tricolors was Glenda Monkarsh, of Las Vegas, Nevada. She collected Champion and Reserve with Speechless and Monaco, respectively. Speechless was also awarded the Grand Champion Adult Amateur honor with the Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Riesling Perpetual Trophy, donated by Cheryl and Michael Rubenstein.
USHJA Adult Amateur Hunter 51 and Over Championship
Cindy Fox, of Claremont, California, also took the top two spots in her division with Chelestina and Halston. Chelestina won the $500 Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Over Welcome and $2,500 Adult Amateur Hunter 51/Over Classic, and Halston won the $500 Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Over Handy. Fox tied with Nicole Lean for the High Score Adult Amateur honors, both earning an 85.
USHJA Small Pony Championship
Lauren Padilla, of Palos Verdes Estates, California, swept the division earning Champion and Reserve Champion honors aboard Buzzworthy and So Enchanted, respectively. Padilla won the $500 Small Pony Hunter Welcome, $1,000 Small Pony Hunter Stake and $2,500 Small Pony Hunter Classic on Buzzworthy, and on So Enchanted Padilla won the $500 Small Pony Hunter Handy and and $500 Small Pony Hunter Under Saddle.
USHJA Medium Pony Championship
Lauren Padilla, of Palos Verdes Estates, California, and Smallwood Mystic were Champions after winning four of the classes in the division, including the $2,500 Medium Pony Hunter Classic. They also received The Oaks Medium Pony Champion Perpetual Trophy, sponsored by the Meadows/Smith Family; the Grand Champion Pony Unforgettable Perpetual Trophy, sponsored by the Oaks; and was named High Score Pony Rider. Chimay Buyalos, of Santa Ynez, California, won the $1,000 Medium Pony Hunter Stake and earned the Reserve Champion title on IApprove.
USHJA Large Pony Championship
Sophia Donald received the Champion ribbon riding Memphis Blues. The pair won the $500 Large Pony Hunter Welcome and the $2,500 Large Pony Hunter Classic. They also received the Among the Stars Perpetual Trophy, donated by Knightsbridge Farm. Kalea Iuliano and So Dapper were Reserve Champions after winning the $1,000 Large Pony Hunter Stake.
USHJA Children's Hunter 14 & Under Championship
Greenley Achuck, of Tiburon, California, earned the Championship honor with Mighty Quen after they won the $500 Children's Hunter 14/Under Under Saddle and $1,000 Children's Hunter 14/Under Stake. She was named Grand Children's Hunter Rider and High Score Children's Hunter Rider with an 86. Selma Eriksen, of Los Angeles, California, and Luisant took Reserve.
USHJA Children's Hunter 15-17 Championship
Libby Smith, of Waunakee, Wisconsin, and Bonafide were Champions. The pair won the $1,000 Children's Hunter Stake and were second in the $2,500 Children's Hunter Classic Second Round. The Reserve Champion was Addison Rolie, of Blaine, Washington, riding Le Charmier.
USHJA Affiliate .90m Children's Jumper Championship
Hadley Lieberman, of Driggs, Idaho, and Montana Hunter Jumper Association, was Champion riding Eruba after getting second in the Welcome and Speed classes. Riley Gilbreth, of Parker, Colorado, and Colorado Hunter Jumper Association, was Reserve Champion on Victor de la Lauze. The pair won the Grand Prix.
USHJA Affiliate .90m Adult Jumper Championship
Emily Anderson, of Slinger, Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Hunter Jumper Association, and Panda Express were Champions after winning the Speed class and the Grand Prix. Alexandra Rush, of Reno, Nevada, and Sierra Nevada Horse Show Association, was Reserve Champion aboard Leo van de Voltaire after winning the Welcome.
USEF/USHJA 1.00m Low Children's Jumper National Championship
Nicole Buie, of Rancho Santa Fe, California, took Champion with Diavisto, earning Fairbanks Valley Farms, LLC the honor of 1.00m Children's Leading Owner and Jason McArdle that of 1.00m Children's Leading Trainer. Reserve went to Alpine Griffin, of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Cedric.
USEF/USHJA 1.00m Low Adult Amateur Jumper National Championship
Kym Smith, of Middleburg, Virginia, rode Konnichiwa to top the $1,000 1.00m Low Adult Jumper Speed and $5,000 1.00m Low Adult Jumper Grand Prix. As owner of her mount, Smith was recognized as the 1.00m Adult Leading Owner and her trainer, Tiffany Cambria, as the 1.00m Adult Leading Trainer. Devynn Sibley, of Upland, California, took reserve with Abraxos.
EMO Insurance/USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal
Walkenbach, winner of the 2021 EMO Insurance/USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal - West, topped the class at the National Championships with Quadro D'ag after two phases. She was awarded with the USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Perpetual Trophy, donated by Ledges Sporting Horses and Clay and Donna Struve, and was named the Showplace Productions Overall Top Equitation Rider with the Showplace Productions Overall Top Equitation Rider Trophy, donated by Patrick and Nicole Boyle. Lillian Muzzy, of Coto de Caza, California, rode $25,000 USHJA Junior/Amateur National Hunter Derby Champion Baldeur to second.
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The USHJA extends special thanks to Title Sponsor Marshall & Sterling Insurance; Official Equine Supplement of the Championships, LifeForce by Alltech; USHJA Official Sponsors CWD, Nutrena, Parlanti and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital; Championship Sponsors Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks, Charles Owen, Essex Classics, Impeccable Equerry, Prize Possessions, SmartPak and Straight Arrow; Championship competition managers Pat Boyle and Stephanie Lightner; and the entire Las Vegas National and Blenheim EquiSports team.
For more information about the Marshall & Sterling Insurance/USHJA National Championships, visit ushja.org/NationalChampionships.