FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Parker, Colo. – June 28, 2018 – The Colorado Horse Park will play host this week to the USHJA Zones 7 & 8 Jumper Team Championships at the Summer in the Rockies IV competition, June 28-July 1, in Parker, Colorado.
The Championships will kick off on Thursday, June 28, with a mandatory rider meeting followed by the Official Jog, and will feature three days of team and individual 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.
The USHJA congratulates the following members who will be competing at the Championships:
Zone 7 Children's
Issabella Davis, Rogers, Ark.
Zone 8 Children's
Nicole Davis, Erie, Colo.
Zone 7 Adult Amateur
Cailin Caldwell, Amarillo, Texas
Zone 8 Adult Amateur
Antonie De Faria E Castro, Phoenix, Ariz.
1.20/1.25m Zone 7 Junior
1.20/1.25m Zone 7 AmateurMackenzie Krieg, Richardson, Texas
Emma Roberts, Houston, Texas
Haylie Smith, Baton Rouge, La.
Stephanie Van Dreumel, Baton Rouge, La.
Keyea Webster, Dallas, Texas
Madeleine Wilson, Austin, Texas
1.20/1.25m Zone 8 Amateur
Elle Campbell, Tempe, Ariz.
1.30/1.35m Zone 8 JuniorSydney Luzicka, Albuquerque, N.M.
Spencer McKee, Phoenix, Ariz.
Diana Russell, Chandler, Ariz.
1.30/1.35m Zone 7 Junior
Olivia Parr, Marshall, Texas
1.30/1.35m Zone 7 Amateur
Samantha Cheung, Dallas, Texas
Special thanks to Zone 7 Chef d'Equipe Matt Cyphert and Zone 8 Chef d'Equipe Laurie Grayson, who will lead the teams at the Championships.
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.
For more information about the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships visit www.ushja.org/zonejumper. For more information about the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program visit www.ushja.org/emergingjumper.