Zones 7 and 8 Top Team Competition at USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships

Santa Fe, N.M.—July 27, 2019—The USHJA Zones 7 and 8 Jumper Team Championships kicked off day two at HIPICO Santa Fe with Team Competition. The 1.10/1.15m Children's/Adult Amateur Championships saw Team Sapphire from Zone 7 claim gold, while Zone 7's Team Big Ben topped the 1.20/1.30m Junior/Amateur

The Team Competition is a two round modified Nation’s Cup format, which also serves as the second and third individual qualifying classes for Saturday's Individual Final. Leading the teams at the Championships were Zone 7 Chef d'Equipe Matt Cyphert and Zone 8 Chefs d'Equipe Jenny Paisley and Laurie Grayson. 

1.10/1.15m Children's/Adult Amateur Zone Jumper Team Results

GOLD: Team Sapphire

Rider / Horse / Hometown / Zone

Bailey Robinson / OHF Cordani / Bowie, Texas / Zone 7

Samantha Reynoso / Atomic / Cypress, Texas / Zone 7

Emma Scott / Vidam De Courcel / Conroe, Texas / Zone 7


SILVER: Team Touch of Class

Rider / Horse / Hometown / Zone

Betsy Checchia / Czhivago / Tuscon, Ariz. / Zone 8

Andrea Russell / Banjer / Parker, Colo. / Zone 8

Emma Rymarcsuk / Vinio Du Grandchemin / Scottsdale, Ariz. / Zone 8


BRONZE: Team Snowbound

Rider / Horse / Hometown / Zone

Hannah Beall / Cantuccini D / Corpus Christi, Texas / Zone 7

Megan Cleland / Cascai 2 / Double Oak, Texas / Zone 7

Brianna Thomas / Qisini 2 / Farmerville, La.  / Zone 7

Robinson: The team was great. I love these people, they're amazing and super sweet. I was very happy with my first round, but I got a little nervous for the second round because I was like "Oh man, here we go!" My team was the best backup team ever.

Reynoso: The team experience was nothing like I thought it was going to be. I was a little nervous for that, but then they ended up being the best teammates ever. We had a bunch of fun. My horse was really consistent. We had an unlucky rail in the first round but he came back for the second round and just really put it together for me.

Scott: I've never done a team event before, so this was a great experience for me. I loved our group chat pep talks.

1.20/1.30m Junior/Amateur Zone Jumper Team Results

GOLD: Team Big Ben

Rider / Horse / Hometown / Zone

Abigail Bergin / Cumlaude / Baton Rouge, La. / Zone 7

Katherine Huffstutler / Quicksilver / Austin, Texas / Zone 7

Ava Le / Cypre’s RC / Flower Mound, Texas / Zone 7

Laurel Walker / Biaggi / Dallas, Texas / Zone 7


SILVER: Team Fleet Apple

Rider / Horse / Hometown / Zone

Samantha Cheung / Mr. Manhattan / Dallas, Texas / Zone 7

Lilly Hackbarth / Maestro Z / Scottsdale, Ariz.  / Zone 8

Kiley McCullough / Collin / San Tan Valley, Ariz. / Zone 8


BRONZE: Team Fit for Fun

Rider / Horse / Hometown / Zone

Owen McWilliams / Tour Eiffel Du Mesnil / Austin, Texas / Zone 7

Heidi Simmons / Leonidas / Youngsville, La. / Zone 7

Sydney Stephenson / Oliver With a Twist / Youngsville, La. / Zone 7

Huffstutler: Riding on a team was really fun. I think my team really carried me at the end!

Walker: I really loved being on a team. All my teammates are awesome, I couldn't have done it without them! I was really happy with my first round. There were ups and downs but it was really fun.

Bergin: Riding on a team was so much fun. It was neat to have to work together and work as a team. It was different than anything else you do. My round was really great the first round. The second round I was really tired, my horse was tired, but he pulled his weight and he was awesome. It was just a great experience.

Medals and ribbons were awarded to the top three teams, with the gold medal team receiving embroidered coolers. Saturday will conclude the USHJA Zones 7 and 8 Jumper Team Championships with the Individual Final.

Also taking place this week at HIPICO Santa Fe from Zones 7 and 8 are the USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships.

The USHJA extends special thanks to Queenie Productions and the entire HIPICO Santa Fe team for hosting the Championships.

For more information about the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, visit For more information about the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, visit

USHJA extends its gratitude to our official sponsors Charles OwenCWDParlanti and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and our award sponsors Essex Classics and FITS Riding, for making these programs possible.