Riders Set to Compete in the 2018 USHJA Zones 5&6 Jumper Team Championships at HITS Balmoral Park

Crete, Ill.- July 19, 2018 -The USHJA Zones 5&6 Jumper Team Championships kick off today at HITS Balmoral Park, in Crete, Illinois, during Showplace Summertime III, July 19-22, 2018.

The competition for qualified Children’s and Adult Amateur (1.10/1.15m), and 1.20/1.25m Junior and Amateur jumper riders begins this afternoon with the Official Jog, and will feature three days of team and individual competition.

The USHJA congratulates the following members who are competing at the Championships:

Children’s & Adult Amateur (1.10/1.15m)

Zone 5 Children
Tyler Anderson, Novi, Mich.
Samantha Briggs, Lexington, Ky.
Grace Defoe, Perrysburg, Ohio
Lilly French, Aurora, Ohio
Annabella Harold, Mundelein, Ill.
Jacob Harris, Gahanna, Ohio
Claire Stockard, Chicago, Ill.
Edie Wetzel, Carmel, Ind.

Zone 5 Adult Amateurs
Clara Ciancuillo, Glencoe, Ill.
Phoenix Cooke, Eastlake, Ohio
Adeline Cordin-Blitstein, Indian Head Park, Ill.
Katie Curran, Minooka, Ill.

Zone 6 Children
Belle Austin, Plymouth, Minn.
Kate Cote, Edina, Minn.
Henry Moberly, Lincoln, Neb.

Zone 6 Adult Amateurs
Rebecca Stamm, Sussex, Wisc.
Anne Meyer, Plymouth, Minn.

1.20/1.25m Juniors & Amateurs

Zone 5 1.20/1.25m Juniors
Elese Kirby, Long Grove, Ill.
Ashley Miles, Frankfort, Ill.
Natalie Schaffer, St. Charles, Ill.
Ponce Tidwell, III, Indianapolis, Ind.
Anika Pirkle, Carmel, Ind.
Isaiah Wiseman, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Zone 5 1.20/1.25m Amateurs
Kelbee Miller, Temperance, Mich.
Katherine Savarise, Chicago, Ill.
Molly Struve, Wilmette, Ill.

Zone 6 1.20/1.25m Junior
Emily Clemens, Long Lake, Minn.

Zone 6 1.20/1.25m Amateurs
Michelle Jensen, Harrisburg, S.D.
Breah Mortenson, Mequon, Wisc.

Special thanks to Zone 5 Chef d’Equipe Elaine Schott and Zone 6 Chef d’Equipe Janine Weatherby, 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.