New USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Class Takes Off Nationwide

Juniors navigate Jumper-style courses in new equitation class

Lexington, KY— March 23, 2015 For the 2015 competition year, USHJA launched the 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal, and the first 12 medal classes are now complete with nearly 60 competitions offering the class nationwide and more adding the class daily.

“With the USET Talent Search offering a 1.20 meter fence height, we recognized and heard from the membership the need for a stepping stone class that allows Juniors to get exposure to that kind of course before the fence heights increase,” said 2014 Equitation Task Force Co-Chair Karen Healey.

The USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal is designed to provide Junior exhibitors with the opportunity to develop their equitation skills over a Jumper-style course. USHJA extends congratulations to the very first winners of this new and exciting class:

Rider Horse Owner Competition
Louisa Brackett King Bee Louisa Brackett Ledges Winter Classic December I (Roscoe, IL)
Susan Ness Val D’Amour Harthill Farm Ledges Winter Classic December II (Roscoe, IL)
Louisa Brackett King Bee Louisa Brackett Ledges Winter Classic January II (Roscoe, IL)
Ashley Murray Semper Fidelis Ashley Murray Country Heir Horse Show (Wilmington, OH)
Dana Wille Full Count Shaunnah Anderson Country Heir Winter I (Wilmington, OH)
Kelsey King Falene Kelsey King Country Heir Winter II (Wilmington, OH)
Raleigh Cetter Ravinia Raleigh Cetter Ledges Winter Classic February II (Roscoe, IL)
Halle Brandt Absalon Halle Brandt Gulf Coast Naitonal II (Gulfport, MS)
Gibson Field Calido Charger Equine, LLC Great Southwest Winter Series III (Katy, TX)
Kirby Tidmore Cartusch 15 Paige Scheer Great Southwest Winter Series IV (Katy, TX)
Dana Wille Full Count Shaunnah Anderson Country Heir Horse Show (Wilmington, OH)
Dana Wille Full Count Shaunnah Anderson Country Heir Winter III (Wilmington, OH)

*Verified results as of March 20, 2015

2014 Equitation Task Force Co-Chair Stacia Madden added, “We hope the 3’3″ USHJA Jumping Seat Medal inspires talented young riders to set their sights on the 3’6″ Equitation and the USEF Talent Search type of competition.”

Courses include at least eight fences set at 1.0m (3’3″) in height, at least one double or triple combination, and at least three spreads from 1.0m to 1.15m (3’3″ to 3’9″). Natural fences, a Liverpool, and a small water jump may also be included at the course designer’s discretion. The medal class is judged on the rider’s equitation style, technical merit, judgment and execution of an efficient, time saving pace and track.

The 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal is open to Junior active members of the United States Equestrian Federation and the USHJA.

Currently, the class is being offered at competitions nationwide in more than 10 states. Please note that the results provided are those verified by USEF as of March 2, 2015.

For more information about the USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal, including scheduled classes and specifications, please visit www.ushja.org/JumpSeatMedal.