Las Vegas—November 13, 2018—Today, kicked off the inaugural AON/USHJA National Championships at The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, amidst the beautifully decorated South Point Arena & Equestrian Center. With nearly every USHJA Zone represented across Hunter, Jumper and Equitation sections offered, the Championships began today with Green Hunters in the Preifert Pavilion and the 1.20m USEF/USHJA Open Jumper Welcome in the South Point Arena.
In the South Point Arena, Welcome classes for the USEF/USHJA Open Jumper Championships started the ring. Angel Karolyi rode Silver Raven Farms' April Moon to the top placing in the 1.20m Welcome class. Jamie Sailor and Penny Lane Farm's Boomerang led the 1.30m Welcome class, and Karianne Boyce-Lockhart rode her own Hopscotch to the win in the 1.40m Welcome class.
Meanwhile in the Preifert Arena, Green Hunters and top professionals from California frequented the winner's circle, in both the over fences and handy rounds. Karli Postel and Meredith Mateo's Vanessa earned the top call in both of the Green Hunter 3' classes offered today.
Jamie Taylor collected blue ribbons for both her 3'3" and 3'6" mounts, owned by Iwaskai & Reilly. Taylor and Small Statement earned the win in both the 3'3" classes, and she rode Small Occasion to the top call in the 3'6" Over Fences. Nick Haness and Atellia No. 5, owned by West Coast Equine Partners, LLC, won the 3'6" Handy Hunter round.
Jenny Karazissis rode Lisa Hankin's Puissance R to the top placing in the 3'9" Green Hunter Over Fences, while Brent Balisky and Class Act, owned by Wendy Valdes, earned the blue ribbon in the 3'9" Handy Hunter Round.
Tomorrow the action continues as Green Hunter Champions, an overall Green Hunter Grand Champion, and Green Hunter High-Score Rider Award are presented. Rider bag pick up will be available beginning at 12 p.m. tomorrow at the USHJA Office, located upstairs on the South Point Arena concourse, first office past the VIP Saloon.
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