Thermal, Calif.—November 7, 2018—The final USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships of the year will kick off tomorrow for Zones 9 & 10 at AON HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California, with more than 100 riders participating.
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 Thursday, November 8, with the jog and riders meeting.
The USHJA congratulates the following members who will be competing at the Championships:
Zone 9 Competitors:
1.10/1.15m Adult Amateurs
Zone 10 Competitors:
1.10/1.15m Adult Amateurs
|1.20/1.25m Juniors continued
The competition will kick off with the First Individual Qualifier on Friday, November, 9. The Team Championships will be Saturday, November 10, and Individual Championships will conclude on Sunday, November 11.
Special thanks to the many talented Chefs d'Equipe that will be leading riders at the Championships. For Zone 9, Katherine Wade-Easley, Lindsey Garner and Julie Winkel will serve as Chefs d'Equipe. For Zone 10 Cassie Belmont, Denize Borges, Rebecca Bruce, Kaitlin Campbell, Michael Endicott, Katie Gardner, Ned Glynn, Everardo Hegewisch, Meredith Herman, Amy Hess, Elizabeth Kilham, Gry McFarlane, Mary Beth Molt, Hillary Ridland, Erin Rorabaugh, Lucie Wharton, and Alex Wilson will serve as Chefs d'Equipe.
Individual gold medalists will receive a pair of Professional's Choice Pro Performance Boots in addition to a medal, a ribbon and a cooler, and the Adult Amateur individual gold medalist will also receive a pair of Parlanti paddock boots.
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.