Children’s, Adult, Amateur and Junior competitors earn titles at AON/USHJA National Championships


Las Vegas—November 16, 2018—Today, Juniors and Amateurs took center stage at the AON/USHJA National Championships, with Champion, Grand Hunter Champion, Leading Owner and Leading Trainer titles awarded across eight sections in both the Hunter and USEF/USHJA Jumper Championships:

USEF/USHJA 1.10/1.15m Children’s Jumper Championship
Tied for Champion of the USEF/USHJA 1.10/1.15m Children’s Jumper section was Amelie Bittar riding Georges Bittar’s Why Not B and Elisa Broz riding Constance Broz’s Colorado. Grace Belmont riding Cody Mahoney’s Colt 45 earned Reserve. Elisa Broz and Colorado were also winners of the $10,000 Children’s Jumper Grand Prix.

USEF/USHJA 1.10/1.15m Adult Amateur Jumper Championship
Adeline Cordin-Blitstein riding her own Vince earned the Champion title for the Adult Amateur section, and Emily Straw, riding Manor Bridge Farm’s Cigale De La Vie Z, and Mollie Hartung, riding her own Drago, tied for Reserve Champion.

Winning the $10,000 USEF/USHJA 1.15m Adult Amateur Jumper Grand Prix was Mollie Hartung riding her own Drago.

USEF/USHJA 1.20/1.25 Junior Jumper Championship
Fresh off the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, Genevieve Munson earned the 1.20/1.25m Champion title riding Mark Holden’s Stillwater. Tanna Seltzer earned Reserve Champion riding Deaconhill LLC’s Zaira LS, as well as the $10,000 USEF/USHJA 1.25m Junior Jumper Grand Prix.

USEF/USHJA 1.20/1.25m Amateur Jumper Championship
Caroline Spogli riding Cavallo Farms, LLC’s Nakano RB took the Champion title in the USEF/USHJA 1.20/1.25m Amatuer Jumper section. Tied for reserve was Danielle Bogardus riding Haven Farm’s BB Orphan Andy and Sabine Cooper riding her own Supersonic. Cooper and Supersonic also earned top honors and the blue ribbon in the $10,000 USEF/USHJA 1.25m Amateur Jumper Grand Prix.

USEF/USHJA 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper Championship
Champion of the 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper section was Natalie Dean riding her own Mary Poppins. Amelie Bittar riding Geroges Bittar’s Lara Croft B were Reserve Champions as well as winners of the $10,000 USEF/USHJA 1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper Grand Prix.

Leading Trainer and Owner Awards were distributed across the USEF/USHJA Jumper sections for the trainers and owners of each section Champion. Earning the Leading Children’s Jumper Trainer Award was Cassie Belmont, trainer to Elisa Broz, and Georges Bittar, father and trainer of Amelie Bittar. Leading Trainer of the Adult Amateur Jumper section was Janet Sassmannshausen, trainer of Adeline Cordin-Blitstein.

Linda Allen, trainer of Genevieve Munson, was leading 1.20/1.25m Junior Jumper Trainer, and Mark Holden, owner of Munson’s mount Stillwater, was named Leading 1.20/1.25m Junior Jumper Owner.

David Bustillos, trainer of Caroline Spogli, earned Leading Trainer Award for the 1.20/1.25m Amateur Jumper section. Spogli and Cavallo Farms, LLC were also Leading Amateur Jumper Owners, as owners of Nakano RB.

Leading Trainer in the 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper section was Guy Thomas, trainer of Natalie Dean. Dean was also the Leading Owner of the section, riding her own Mary Poppins.

In the Priefert Pavilion, Children’s and Amateur Hunters shined as two more Grand Hunter Champions were crowned.

3’3” Junior Hunters
Riding away with the Champion title in the 3’3” Junior Hunters 15 & Under was Ariana Marnell aboard her own Imagination. Reserve Champion was Lindsey Hurley riding her own Catanova.

Dulcie Lou Morris riding Don Stewart’s Cymplify earned the Champion title in the 16-17 3’3” Junior Hunters. Reserve Champion was Taylor Wohler riding her own Hat’s Off.

Marnell and Imagination also took home the blue ribbon in the 3’3” combined Junior Hunter Classic.

3’6” Junior Hunters
Iwasaki and Reilly’s Small Occasion returned to the Junior Hunter arena with Augusta Iwasaki to claim the Champion title in the 3’6” Large Junior Hunters. Gabrielle Sokolov and Ramble On Farm’s Rockette earned Reserve and the blue ribbon in the Classic round. Sokolov also earned the win in the Classic.

Also taking the Champion title in the 3’6” Small Junior Hunters was Augusta Iwasaki on Jbls-M LLC’s Caruso, while Bianca Jenkins rode her own Queen’s Darling to a Reserve Champion finish.

3’3” Amateur Owner Hunters
The 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunters were run under a California split, awarding titles to two sections. Earning the tri color in in Section A was Chelsea Samuels riding Woodvale’s Adele. Lauren Burke riding Mary Burke’s Basic Instinct earned Champion of Section B. Wendy Valdes and her own Chembertino were Reserve Champions of Section A and Lindsey Schiefelbein on her own Game On were Reserve Champions of Section B.

Samuels and Woodvale’s Adele also took home top honors in the 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter Classic.

3’6” Amateur Owner Hunters
Lindsey Schiefelbein returned to compete on Verdict in the 3’6” Amateur Owner Hunter section where she earned Champion and the blue ribbon in the 3’6” Amateur Owner Hunter Classic. Wendy Valdes and Cool Charm earned the Reserve Champion title.

Grand Champions and High Point Riders

Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Champion title was awarded to Lindsey Schiefelbein on her 3’6” mount, Verdict.

Augusta Iwasaki and Jbls-M LLC’s Caruso rode to the Grand Junior Hunter Champion title. Iwasaki also earned the High Point Junior Hunter Rider Award on Small Occasion, owned by Iwasaki and Reilly.

Emily Goldberg earned High Point Amateur Owner Hunter Rider on Lasorda Holding’s Sinatra.

Education Continues

Today, Sharon Classen held another session this time covering physical therapy for horses. Saturday will feature a variety of sessions, which are free and open to attendees. Beginning at 9 a.m., Diane Carney, who has judged many of the country’s top shows, will conduct a Judge with the Judge session in the Saloon/VIP Club, where participants will get a firsthand look at how a judge pins a class. At 11 a.m., horse show farrier Trent Sebring will conduct a session on hoof health at the farrier stations in the barns, and at 4:30 p.m., Dr. Darla Moser will talk about basic horse health at the Vet Clinic in the barns. Visit the USHJA Office for more information.

Where To Watch

The inaugural Championships continue through Sunday, and USEF Network is hosting wall-to-wall coverage of the AON/USHJA National Championships. Check out all the details here:

As the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services, AON is the title sponsor for the USHJA National Championships for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

USHJA extends thanks to AON, as well as Championship awards sponsors Essex Classics, Prize Possessions, FITS, Shapley's, SmartPak, C4, and Savannah School of Art and Design, and USHJA Official sponsors: Charles Owen, Official Helmet; CWD, Official Saddle; Parlanti, Official Riding Boot; Professional's Choice, Official Horse Boot; and Rood and Riddle, Official Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy.

USHJA also thanks the following perpetual trophy donors: Balmoral Farm & Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Brooks (Large Junior Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy), Tapestry Farm and the Struve Family (Green Hunter 3' Championship Perpetual Trophy), Steve and Lisa Hankin (Green Hunter 3'3" Championship Puissance R Perpetual Trophy), Cheryl and Michael Rubenstein (Grand Adult Amateur Riesling Perpetual Trophy), Showplace Productions & Patrick and Nicole Boyle (Equitation 14 & Under Leading Rider Perpetual Trophy and the Equitation 15-17 Leading Rider Perpetual Trophy), Patrick and Nicole Boyle (Showplace Productions Overall Top Equitation Rider Perpetual Trophy donor).

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