USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic East and West Coast Dates and Locations Announced

2019 East Coast Champion Madeline Schaefer. Photo: Anne Gittins Photography

Lexington, Ky.—February 18, 2020—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce dates and locations for the 2020 USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College. The Gladstone Cup, formerly known as the Hunterdon Cup, will again be held in conjunction with the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships on both the East and West Coasts.

The USHJA Gladstone Cup-East Coast will be held Monday, July 6, 2020, at Brandywine Horse Shows in Devon, Pennsylvania. The Gladstone Cup-West Coast will be held Friday, July 17, 2020, at the Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, California. The deadline to qualify to participate on either coast is May 31.

“We are excited to once again offer an opportunity for junior riders nationwide to showcase their equitation skills in the USHJA Gladstone Cup,” said Robin Rost Brown, chair of the USHJA Equitation Task Force. “Gladstone holds a significant place in the history of our sport, and we look forward to recognizing talented riders for their spectacular style, precision and handiness in this year’s class.”

2019 West Coast Champion Violet Lindemann-Barnett. Photo: Grand Pix Photography

The USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, is a three-round classic that combines the precision of equitation and handiness of hunters over a course set at 3’6″. The class is open to any rider that is an Active USHJA Junior member at the time of the competition and has won a USEF Hunter Seat Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search or Overall WIHS Equitation Classic during the qualifying year (June 1, 2019-May 31, 2020). Riders may not win the USHJA Gladstone Cup more than once, and winners are invited to present awards for the following year. The qualified rider list, which is updated on a weekly basis until finalized in June, is available at ushja.org/gladstone.

The USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic is named for the United States Equestrian Team (USET) headquarters at Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey. Under USET coach Bertalan De Nemethy from 1961 to 1980, Gladstone served as the training facility for the international team as well as for developing riders. Known for its architecture and history, the second floor houses photos, ribbons, and memorabilia of the USET’s successes through the decades. 

Olympians, national hunter, jumper, and equitation champions, and emerging young riders have trained and shown at Gladstone, making “Gladstone” signify today the best of American Forward Riding / Hunter Seat Equitation.

East and West Coast winners of the 2020 Gladstone Cup will join an esteemed list of past class winners: Madeline Schaefer (2019 East), Violet Lindemann-Barnett (2019 West), Daisy Farish (2018 East), Kaitlyn Lovingfoss (2018 West), Augusta Iwasaki (2017 West), Taylor St. Jacques (2017 East), Kayla Lott (2016 West), Maya Nayyar (2016 East), Victoria Colvin (2015), Caitlin Boyle (2014), Lillie Keenan (2013), Genevieve Zock (2012), Sarah Milliren (2011), Catherine Tyree (2010), Taylor Ann Adams (2009), Katherine Newman (2008), Maggie McAlary (2007), Addison Philips (2006) and Lexy Reed (2005).

Learn more about the class and check out the qualifying list at ushja.org/gladstone. For more information about the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships and to download the prize lists, click here.

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