Clean Sweep for Elizabeth Rinehart and Amorem Rose in Markel/USHJA Junior/Amateur Zone Jumper Individual Championship

Elizabeth Rineheart and Amorem Rose. © Andrew Ryback Photography

As the third week of the Spring Series at Traverse City Horse Shows kicked off its final day of competition, the last remaining class in the Markel/USHJA Zone Jumper Championships debuted a full day of sport in the Turtle Creek Hotel & Casino International Ring.

The top 15 pairings returned for the 1.20-1.25m Markel/USHJA Junior/Amateur Jumper Individual Championship but the win came from Elizabeth Rinehart of Carmel, IN, riding Amorem Rose.

With two of the best scores of the week, Rinehart and Evanston, Illinois’ Jean McLaren prepared to face off in the jump-off. With three additional riders on only a four-fault score, the final also saw a jump-off to place the bronze winner.

Ultimately, Rinehart and Richard Rinehart’s eight-year-old Dutch Warmbliof mare by Arezzo VDL proved to be the only pairing to finish the competition without a single fault on a time of 41.428 seconds to take home the gold. 

“I really wanted to have my first round be a clear round,” explained Rinehart. “Then going back for the jump-off, there were only two of us and I got to go second. Once I saw the first rider have two rails down, I knew I just wanted to have a smooth round.”