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USEF Medal Final

October 16, 2009

USEF Medal Finals, Part 2

Waking up at 5 a.m. on Sunday was actually harder than getting up at 4 the previous day, and I was glad that my mother was driving so I didn't have to. 

Even though I was number 145 in the order, I arrived at the show fully decked out in my jacket, helmet and everything so I would look nice for the course walk.  The mass of people at the in-gate was huge, and I fought my way to the front so I could get a copy of the course diagram, which they were handing out. 

October 15, 2009


Val had a junior hunter showing early in the week at Harrisburg, so there was no time for a lesson before Calvin began the five-hour trip on Thursday.  My mom and I followed a few hours later and arrived at the Farm Show Complex in the late afternoon.  I immediately got tacked up and rode in the schooling ring.

October 11, 2009

The Second Round And Final Results Of The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals


1st - Jessica Springsteen (trainers Stacia Madden, Max Amaya, Krista Freundlich and Beezie Madden)

2nd - Zazou Hoffman (trainers Missy Clark and John Brennan)

3rd - Tina DiLandri (trainers Andre Dignelli, Patricia Griffith, Kirsten Coe and Karen Healey)

4th - Samantha Schaefer (trainers Andre Dignelli, Patricia Griffith, Kirsten Coe and Kim Stewart)

5th - Jennifer Waxman (trainers Ken and Emily Smith)

6th - Catherine Pasmore (Andre Dignelli, Patricia Griffith and Kirsten Coe)

October 11, 2009

The Medal Finals Blog


I'll try and post every 25 riders or so, with updates on how the course is riding, who has done well, who hasn't, etc. Please don't expect an account of every rider's trip, but I'll try to keep you up to date!! Scroll down to see the most recent posting. 

October 11, 2009

The 2009 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Course

Judges Leo Conroy and Ellen Raidt, with help from course designer Steve Stephens, have set a course with lots to do today for the Medal Finals. The questions come hard and fast—there’s no room for a breather.

Riders have to enter the ring and proceed directly to Fence 1, a vertical set coming out of one of the far corners of the ring, heading back toward the in-gate.

October 11, 2009

There's No Halt to Springsteen's Winning Streak

Jessica Springsteen knows that there's more than one way to win an equitation class.

Last year at the ASPCA Maclay Championship she proved she can keep her composure and top a class when she’s called back on top. And at this year’s Pessoa/USEF Medal Final today, Oct. 11, she showed she can win one from behind, too.

October 9, 2009

Equitation Riders Don't Polish Just Their Boots

They work on fine-tuning every skill in the fall before the equitation finals begin.

The leaves are turning, the weather is cooling, and stirrups are coming off saddles. That’s right, it’s fall equitation finals time, and riders across the country are putting in extra lesson hours and saddle time to prepare for their assault on the big classes.

But how does one prepare a junior rider for that time-honored cauldron of stress and excitement that is equitation finals season?

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