2018 USEF Pony Jumper National Championships Kick Off With 8 USHJA Zones Represented

Riders meeting held at USHJA. Credit: USHJA

Lexington, Ky.- Aug. 8, 2018 -Today, the USEF Pony Jumper National Championships kicked off with the riders meeting, which was held at the USHJA Headquarters. USHJA members from eight zones will compete for team and individual titles over the next three days of the Championships.

USHJA congratulates and wishes luck to the following teams who are participating in the Championships:

USHJA Zones 1 & 9
Kiley Ahn, 14, Johnston, R.I., Rootbeer Float
Katharine Dade, 16, Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H., National Treasure
Lydia Philbrick, 15, Henniker, N.H., Raisin A Ruckus
Gigi Olsen, 16, Seattle, Wash., Cajun’s Legend
Chef d’Equipe Gretchen Anderson

USHJA Zone 2
Molly Koczon, 13, Ringwood, N.J., Angel
Alice Nolen-Walston, 14, Landenberg, Pa., Wishlea Star Dasher
Devon Owen, 13, Franklin Lakes, N.J., EZ To Spot
Chef d’Equipe Donna Owen

USHJA Zones 3, 5 & 7
Ela Acevedo, 14, Lafayette, La., Mr. Worldwide
Trey Batts, 12, Hillsborough, N.C., Prince Oliver
Austin Bauman, 12, Woodstock, Ill., Miracles Happen
Isabella Cheers, 14, Shallotte, N.C., Park Avenue
Chef d’Equipe Kathy Newman

USHJA Zone 4
Trinity Beitler, 12, Coconut Creek, Fla., Café Mocha
Elizabeth Cram, 13, Aiken, S.C., Venice
Madison Kondracki, 11, New Smyrna, Fla., Magic Beans
Hallie Rush, 14, Lewisburg, Tenn., Sky Miles
Chef d’Equipe Katie Brown-Maxwell

USHJA Zone 10
Hannah Attar, 14, Pasadena, Calif., Rafale Des Mauvis
Sydney Flashman, 16, Pasadena, Calif., Focalize Dew Drop
Zacko Hardin, 12, New Cuyama, Calif., The Girl Next Door
Tabitha Okitsu, 15, South Pasadena, Calif., Spoot De La Jourlais
Chef d’Equipe Caroline Sterckx

Keely Bechtol, 16, Lexington, Ky., Lark’s Magic
Taylor Brinsfield, 14, White Hall, Md., Sprite
Megan De Michele, 15, Aldie, Va., Gracie Lou
Nora Goldfarb, 16, Franklin, Tenn., Aluinn Denmark
Chef d’Equipe Richard Lamb

National Team
Kaelyn Brennan, 15, Ocala, Fla., Rosscon Mr Whatson
Hannah Haines, 13, Fayetteville, Ga., A Lotta Moxie
Naomi Hartman, 15, Milton, Fla., Quicksilver Happenstance
Chef d’Equipe Shelly Haines-Clements

During the riders meeting, athletes drew for the first day’s competition, learned about the competition format, received cinch bags and gear from USHJA and USEF, and learned about the Show Jumping Athlete Pathway.

Athletes will start competing on Thursday with the Jumper Individual Competition Phase I. Friday they will participate in the Team Championship, which also counts as Individual Phase II, and the Individual Final will be held on Saturday.

To view the live stream of USEF Pony Finals, click here. For more information about the finals, click here.