Madeline Backus and Reflektion’s Rio, Area IX Training Champions. Real Images Photography Photo.
Authored By: Jessica Duffy – USEA Staff
Each year, every one of the 10 USEA Area programs hosts their own Championships where the best riders have the opportunity to be crowned the Area Champion at their level. Each Area maintains slightly different qualification requirements for their respective Championships and offers Championship classes through either Preliminary or Intermediate level. Those details can be found here. This year’s Area Championship season began with the Area III Championships at Chattahoochee Hills on July 8-9 and concluded with the Area II Championships at the Virginia Horse Trials and the Area V Championships at Holly Hill during the final weekend of October. Last month, we highlighted the winners of the Area Championships that took place in August and September, and as the 2017 competition season draws to a close, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the winners of the Area Championships that took place in October.
Area IV’s Championships took place at Heritage Park Horse Trials for Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels on October 6-8, as did the Area IX Championships for Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels at The Event at Skyline. Las Cruces Horse Trials hosted the Area X Championships for Beginner Novice through Preliminary on October 14-15. The Area VI Championships were hosted by Fresno County Horse Park for Beginner Novice through Intermediate on October 20-22. The USEA Area Championships wrapped up over the weekend of October 28-29 with the Beginner Novice through Intermediate Area II Championships at the Virginia Horse Trials and the Area V Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate Championships at Holly Hill Horse Trials.
Congratulations to these Area Championship winners!
Area II Championships – Virginia Horse Trials, October 26-29, 2017
◦ Junior/Young Rider Preliminary Champion – Nicholas Beshear and his own It’sakatthing (Katowice x It’sAGenderThing), a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding
◦ Preliminary Champion – Ariel Grald and GHF Gosling, Ann Getchell’s 7-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Prince Optiums and out of GHF Adage
◦ Junior/Young Rider Training Champion – Skyler Decker and her 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, MHS Cooley Vegas (Heritage Fortunus x Lady Ligustra)
◦ Training Champion – Christina L. McKitrick and Lotte Lenya Q, her own 6-year-old Hanoverian mare (Loerke x Feiner Star)
◦ Junior/Young Rider Novice Champion – Annabelle Kress and her own and Leeann Kress’s Cooley Streetwise (OBOS Quality x Banner Kate), a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
◦ Novice Champion – Kathleen Cannon and her own Tribal Prospect (Tribunal x L L Prospect), a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding
◦ Junior/Young Rider Beginner Novice Champion – Brynn Hershbine and David Bierly’s Cadenza Aria, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare (Turnofthecentury x Whisper)
◦ Beginner Novice Champion – Katie Label and Jenny Morris’ 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Rock Hard Safe