Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Central Regional Championships Competitors Named

GO Show in Oklahoma City to host athletes from five states.

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Lexington, KY — July 8 — GO Show in Oklahoma City will host nearly 20 athletes from five different states for the 2016 Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Central Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, July 13-17. Riders will compete not only for medals in the team and individual competition but also great prizes during this three-day competition.

The unique Hunter Championships is in its inaugural year, and provides riders with a competitive team experience and the opportunity to earn Zone Horse of the Year bonus points in their respective Children’s or Adult Amateur Hunter section. To celebrate their achievement in qualifying, all riders will receive polo shirts and tote bags from the Championships presenting sponsor SmartPak.

USHJA congratulates the following riders who qualified for the Central Regional Championships:

Zone 6 Adult Amateur

Lindsay Vail, White Bear Lake, MN

 

Zone 7 Children’s

Logan Barowka, Franklinton, LA

Mia Gradick, Plano, TX

Ainslee Gregg, Frisco, TX

Tess Von Hemel, Piedmont, OK

Catherine Moorhead, Austin, TX

Sydney Murdoch, Flower Mound, TX

Cece Siegfried, Tulsa, OK

Jessica Smith, League City, TX

Zone 7 Adult Amateur

Ellen Addison, New Orleans, LA

Susan Carter-O’Shea, Kearney, MO

Kathy Chiaf, Edmond, OK

Amy Coretz, Tulsa, OK

Staci Craig, Arcadia, OK

Grace Griffin, Dallas, TX

Mallory Hensley, Yukon, OK

Meredith Mouney, Metairie, LA

Melanie O’Boyle, Fort Worth, TX

Elizabeth Stork, Dallas, TX

The first day of competition in Oklahoma is the Children’s team competition with riders competing in three phases: an under saddle, followed by two Classic Hunter-style courses. Medals and ribbons are awarded to the top three teams. Two Zone 7 Children’s teams will go head to head for the gold medal.  The team with the highest overall score receives the gold medal. The Zone 7 teams will be led by Chef d’Equipe Joey Brumbaugh.

“I get the sense that the riders think this will be a cool new event. None of them have really had the opportunity to ride in a team setting,” Brumbaugh said about the Championships. “Once everything gets started I think there will be a lot of good riding going on.”

The second day of competition is the Adult Amateur team competition with riders following the same format as the Children’s section. Also led by Brumbaugh, three Zone 7 Adult Amateur teams will compete for the gold medal.

The third day of competition is open only to horse and rider combinations ranked 40th or above from the team competition, as well as any alternates who did not compete in the team phase. The individual competition includes an under saddle, a Hunter Derby-style course and a Handy Hunter course. The horse and rider combination with the highest overall score from all three phases of the third day of competition will be Individual Champion and receive the gold medal, as well as an embroidered cooler, Charles Owen Helmet, Professional’s Choice Pro Performance Schooling Boots, Essex Classics Riding Shirt and FITS Ridingbreeches. The Individual Championships are pinned through 8th place.

In addition to the Championship awards, one groom of a horse competing in each section of the Individual Championships will be awarded the Best Turned Out Award, along with a grooming bucket with Shapley’s products.

For more information about the Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships, visit www.ushja.org/ChAAHunter.