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USEF Medal Final

October 15, 2008

The 2008 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Blog

Bonham Best In the Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

After all 269 riders toured the ring, Kels Annabelle Bonham won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg today Oct. 12. Bonham started out the day as judges Tammy Provost and Alex Jane’s top pick, and stayed on top of the standings after the second round and the work-off. After the six-rider test Matthew Metell moved up from third to second, and Jessica Springsteen moved up a spot to third.

October 13, 2008

The 2008 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Course

Judges Alex Jayne and Tammy Provost have set a flowing, classic hunter-type course for the 2008 Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final.  Riders come into the ring and have to obey a generous dotted line—set about halfway down the ring—and circle to get to the first jump, set just past the in-gate on the short side of the ring.

October 22, 2007

McCormack Stays On Top Of Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals

“She just kept winning,” judge Geoff Teall said of Kimberly McCormack’s rides in the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals.  “Her first round was fantastic, her second round was equally fantastic.  And in the test, she had all the pressure in the world on her and she was great.  It was hers to lose, and she won it.”

October 21, 2007

The 2007 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Blog


October 16, 2006

McAlary Triumphs In Medal Finals

After two testing rounds and a dramatic switch of horses, Maggie McAlary won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals on Oct. 15 in Harrisburg, Pa.  “She’s got beautiful style, and she got on a strange horse and rode it really well,” said Jimmy Torano, who judges the finals with Bill Moroney.  For a blog of the events of the day, with details of who did what and when, click here…

October 15, 2006

The 2006 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Blog

Blog from round 1

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 trips, but I'll try to keep you up to date!!  Scroll down to see the most recent posting...  See a course description...

After the first 25…

October 15, 2006

The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Course

The course, designed by judges  Bill Moroney and Jimmy Torano, really demands confident, forward riding.  There are no real tricks, just distances and lines that require an accurate, straight ride.  There is the usual narrow, wingless fence at the end of the ring by the in-gate.  This year, it’s a narrow wooden coop, with one white rail on top, set in either a bending five or six strides off the corner of the ring. 

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