Medals Awarded in Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships for Zones 1 and 2

MK_R_GG(CMYK)Saugerties, N.Y.—Aug. 1, 2022—The Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships took to HITS-on-the-Hudson, July 28-31, with over 40 riders vying for medals in the 1.10/1.15m and 1.20/1.25m sections. Chefs d’Equipe Annie Dotoli from Zone 1 and James Benedetto from Zone 2 led the competition. 

“I love the program,” Benedetto said. “I think it’s a great stepping stone for the young riders, and to help the riders learn how to be on a team in a Nations Cup atmosphere. Our sport is so individually oriented that is fun for them to cheer for their teammates."

Team Medalists

1.10/1.15m Children's Zone Jumper

GOLD: Eagles - Zone 2
Eva Froio - Imago
Elizabeth Lile - Just Kevin
Ella Fischer - Sir Stakkato

SILVER: Bobcats - Zone 1
Aiva Gamelin - Mr. Lopez
Jordan Rich - Ginacolada
Eva Mackenzie - Capall

BRONZE: Cardinals - Zone 2
Faith Rivello - Down to the Wire
Cayla Mackey - Escalon Z
Katrina Pugni - C'est Cool

1.10/1.15m Adult Amateur Zone Jumper

GOLD: Bobcats - Zone 2
Elizabeth Rodgers - Carello 9
Maya Schneider - Noble
Arianne De Kwiatkowski - Checkmoon Ask

SILVER: Tigers - Zone 1
Kayla Walker - Freya 
Anna Rose Klingenstein - Normandy 
Barrett Yates-Mack - Forland D.F.

BRONZE: Bears - Zone 2
Macenzie Ingenito - Bad & Bougee
Wendy Chapot-Nunn - Cashe'
Jamie Ricciardi - Voyou De Tiji Z

1.20/1.25m Junior/Amateur Zone Jumper

GOLD: Pythons - Zone 2
Julie Chang - Caliente ISF
Brooke Triechler - Cheeky Monkey 2
Sarah Wood - Corozana

SILVER: Vipers - Zone 1
Aidan Kennedy - Highlight Van Molga
Grace Taylor - Keops Van De Begijnakker
Spencer Walsh - Honour
Eleanor Peters - Tibri's Franzie 95

BRONZE: Rattlesnakes - Zone 2
Casey Van Nostrand - Leonardo Van't Heuvelland
Jenna Bach - Calvados
Olivia Roellke - C2C Candorra R

Individual Medalists

1.10/1.15m Children's Zone Jumper

GOLD: Ella Fischer – Sir Stakkato – Zone 2
SILVER: Gianna Gitterman – Cantuccini D – Zone 2
BRONZE: Eva Froio – Imago – Zone 2

1.10/1.15m Adult Amateur Zone Jumper

GOLD: Julia Wiley – Yahtzee – Zone 1
SILVER: Wendy Chapot-Nunn – Cashe’ – Zone 2
BRONZE: Kayla Walker – Freya – Zone 1 

1.20/1.25m Junior/Amateur Zone Jumper

GOLD: Eleanor Peters – Tibri’s Franzie 95 – Zone 1
SILVER: Kenna Labaeu – Ingleton Quasimodo Van Heist – Zone 1
BRONZE: Aidan Kennedy – Highlight Van Molga – Zone 1

Medals and ribbons were awarded to the top three teams, with the gold medal teams receiving embroidered coolers and products from Exhibitor’s. Individual gold medalists received a variety of awards from CWD, Essex Classics and Exhibitor’s; a pair of Parlanti paddock boots; a medal; a ribbon; and a cooler.

The USHJA extends special thanks to the team at HITS for hosting these Championships. The USHJA also thanks official sponsors CWD, Exhibitor's, Nutrena, Parlanti and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital; title sponsor Markel Insurance; and award sponsor Essex Classics.

The Zone Jumper Team Championships are part of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, which rewards competitive achievement with education to advance athletes in the sport. The Program serves as the entry point for 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.

The Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships provide Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper (1.10/1.15m) and 1.20/1.25m Junior and Amateur consist of both team and individual competition. All competitors are recognized as USHJA Emerging Jumper Riders and individual medalists are recognized as Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders. Riders and trainers who receive the designation are also invited to attend one of the upcoming USHJA Gold Star Clinics.

For more information about the Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, visit

Photos by ESI Photography and HITS.
Press release in collaboration with HITS.