Las Vegas, Nev.—Nov. 19, 2021—Division champions were crowned, ribbons and prizes were awarded, and fun was had at the 2021 Marshall & Sterling Insurance/USHJA National Championships at The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, on Thursday, November 18.
USEF/USHJA 1.20m Open Jumper National Championship
Kristen Franz, of Ocala, Florida, earned the Champion title riding Numero Dos. Franz won the $1,000 1.20m Speed and was second in the $10,000 1.20m Grand Prix. Amelie Louise Bittar, of Los Angeles, California, earned Reserve Champion on Dublin B after a win in the Grand Prix.
USEF/USHJA 1.30m Open Jumper National Championship
Conor Swail, of Wellington, Florida, earned the Champion title in the 1.30m Jumpers with Errol. Swail won the $1,000 1.30m Welcome and the $20,000 1.30m Grand Prix, sponsored by LifeForce by Alltech. Paige Jardine, of Wellington, Florida, was Reserve Champion on Chaccara Blue. Jardine won the $1,000 1.30m Speed and was third in the Welcome.
At the conclusion of both USEF/USHJA Open Jumper National Championships, Stephen Foran, of Morton Grove, Illinois, was recognized as the Leading Open Jumper Rider.
USEF/USHJA 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper National Championship
Danielle Vahdat, of Los Altos Hills, California, riding her own Gernice Van De Postbaan earned the Champion title and the Leading Owner award. The pair won the $10,000 1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper Grand Prix and took third in the $1,000 1.30m Junior/Amateur Jumper Speed. Jake Endicott, of Rancho Santa Fe, California, was Reserve Champion on Carisma. Endicott also won the Speed class. Vahdat's trainer, Guy Thomas, took home the Leading Trainer recognition.
USHJA Green Hunter 3' Championship
Skylar Wireman, of Bonsall, California, was the Champion riding Bonne Starlight after winning the $500 Green Hunter 3' Welcome and the $1,000 Green Hunter 3' Stake. The pair was awarded the Green Hunter 3' Division Perpetual Trophy donated by Tapestry Farm and the Struve Family. Nick Haness, of Temecula, California, earned Reserve Champion on Marilyn after winning the $500 Green Hunter 3' Handy and the $500 Green Hunter 3' Under Saddle.
USHJA Green Hunter 3'3" Championship
Impressionist, with Kylee Arbuckle of Petaluma, California, in the irons, earned the Champion title and the Green Hunter 3'3" Division Puissance R' Perpetual Trophy donated by Steve and Lisa Hankin. The pair won the $500 Green Hunter 3'3" Welcome, $500 Green Hunter 3'3' Handy and the $1,000 Green Hunter 3'/3'3" Incentive Stake. Gabriela Pattinson, of San Juan Capistrano, was Reserve Champion riding Lost Emerald after winning the $500 Green Hunter 3'3' Under Saddle.
USHJA Green Hunter 3'6" Championship
Arbuckle and Esteban were Champion, winning the $500 Green Hunter 3'6" Handy and $500 Green Hunter 3'6" Under Saddle. Katie Taylor, of Tarzana, California, and Princeton earned Reserve. The duo won the $500 Green Hunter 3'6" Welcome, $1,000 Green Hunter 3'6 Stake and $1,000 Green Hunter 3'6/3'9" Incentive Stake. Arbuckle and Taylor both tied as the High Score Green Hunter Riders, each earning a score of 88 with their respective mounts.
USHJA Green Hunter 3'9" Championship
Pattinson and Grateful were unbeatable in the Green Hunter 3'9" division, earning the Champion title and the Grand Champion Green Hunter honor. They also took second in the $1,000 Green Hunter 3'6/3'9" Incentive Stake. Fresh off their $25,000 USHJA National Professional Hunter Derby second place win, Haness and Reese's earned Reserve Champion after earning second place in the Welcome, Stake and Under Saddle classes.
USHJA Affiliate Adult Equitation Championship
Lisa Baller, of Bozeman, Montana, and Montana Hunter Jumper Association, rode Crown Sterling to the Champion title after topping an Over Fences and the Flat. Sierra Nevada Horse Show Association's Julia Hansen, of Reno, Nevada, and McDreamy won the Reserve Champion honor and an Over Fences class.
USHJA Affiliate Equitation 15-17 Championship
Sabine Close, of LEGIS League and San Carlos, California, and Cintas equitated their way to the Champion ribbon with wins in two Over Fences classes. Grace Naclerio, of Alameda, California, rode Dirk to Reserve as a representative of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association.
USHJA Affiliate Equitation 14 & Under Championship
Laura Jun, from Sierra Nevada Horse Show Association and Menlo Park, California, won the Under Saddle, an Over Fences, and the division Champion title with Lord Royale DS. Honor Coulter, of Hailey, Idaho, and Poppings Pavarotti took Reserve, representing Montana Hunter Jumper Association.
Free Educational Opportunities
In addition to competitive opportunities, free educational sessions with various experts kicked off with the first of Tonya Johnston's Mental Skills Coaching sessions. Johnston returns for another session on Friday, plus there will be Judge with the Judge sessions on Friday as well as National Hunter Derby and Grand Prix course walks on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The educational session schedule can be found online here. All sessions are free and open to exhibitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
USEF Network is hosting wall-to-wall coverage of the Marshall & Sterling Insurance/USHJA National Championships. Check out all the details here:
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.