2021 Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final Commentary

Oct 17, 2021 - 7:24 AM

We’re here in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, yet again for the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, where 223 of the country’s top junior riders aspire to win one of the most elusive equitation titles.

We’ll try and post every 10 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 we’ll try to keep you up to date!! Scroll down to see the most recent posting.

Disclaimer:  We’re providing this as a service to those who are interested, and we’re just recording our observations. We are not judges, just reporters who have watched the Medal Final in its entirety for the past 20 years. You may not agree with our notes, and that’s fine—we’re not putting them out there as the authoritative word, but as information for those interested. That said, read on!

You can find the order of go, course description, course map, link to live stream, and other information here.

RESULTS:

  1. Grace Debney
  2. Zayna Rizvi
  3. Eleanor Rudnicki
  4. Skylar Wireman
  5. Alexander Alston
  6. Sofia Cady
  7. Caroline Tinsley
  8. Hannah Hoch
  9. Natalie Jayne
  10. Catalina Peralta
  11. Tessa Brown
  12. Emily Dehoff
    Reserve: Avery Glynn

First Round
Riders 1-50

Kaitlyn Roman-Starts strong but catches a rail at the triple bar then gets tight to fence 11.

Emma Hicks has a smooth round with no major mistakes.

Autumn Bradbury has a nice, mistake-free trip.

Alie Hunter has a rail at the out of the oxer-oxer in-and-out, but finishes with no other big problems.

Audrey Schulze rides a stylish trip, picking up one canter and sticking with it throughout the course. She finishes to lots of applause.

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Audrey Schulze. Laura Lemon Photos.

Madison Rauschenbach has a nice smooth trip with no problems.

Annabele Whitehead has a stop at fence 4. They clear on reapproach. They got a bit disorganized and had rails at the in and out of the oxer in-and-out as well as the Swedish oxer. They finish nicely.

James Leone rides a tactful and lovely course.

Hensley Humphries makes all the jumps look the same. She has a lovely big-strided horse who makes everything look easy. She gets lots of applause at her finish.

Celia Cram has a very adjustable horse. She shows off lovely style and really uses her corners. She gets lots of whoops when she finishes.

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Dominic Gibbs.

Mimi Colette Frei looses a bit of impulsion in a few places but it doesn’t cause any huge problems.

Brooke Morin makes the course look easy, taking her time around the track. She finishes beautifully to big applause.

Elizabeth Schulz gets a little tight in a few places but has no big problems.

Dominic Gibbs won the last ASPCA Maclay Final. He picks up a nice relaxed canter and makes every fence look the same. He has a rub behind at 11 but it’s a really lovely trip. He gets lots of applause

Bella Clemente gets a bit disorganized at one end of a ring, and pulls a rail at the triple bar. She finishes well.

Aristea Santoro rides an accurate track without many big movements to the jumps. A very nice trip.

Julia Nickl has a lovely round with a few rubs.

Sophie Whidden isn’t quite as organized in one turn as she’d like, but she has no huge problems.

Macy White’s horse spooks before jump one and spins, but White tactfully reapproaches. The horse stops at fence 2. Unfortunately the spin counted as a stop and she was excused.

Jake Endicott just started riding two years ago! He only started riding in the big equitation in March. He has a really nice trip.

Emily Ainslie has a rail behind at fence 4. She gets a little long to the Swedish but makes it look good.

Agnes Hahn has a mistake-free trip.

Christopher Coberley picks up a nice gallop and keeps it throughout. A good, smooth trip.

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Sofia Cady.

Eva Fisherman has every jump come up out of stride. She ticks a rail behind at the Swedish, but otherwise has no problems.

Jackie Stary gets a little tight into the oxer-oxer in-and-out and chips to fence 11.

Reilly Gogul is a touch tight here or there but has no major mistakes.

Jacqueline Priest pulls a rail at the second oxer of the oxer-oxer in-and-out and she also takes a rail at the Swedish.

Skyler Ezzell has a rail at fence 6 then falls off at 7 when her horse stops. She’s up immediately and runs up her stirrups before leaving the ring.

Saylor Shea has a swap before the Swedish but no major problems.

Madison Hill has a few snug distances and isn’t as organized as she’d like through a corner or two.

Lauren Reid pulls a rail at the Swedish and has a few inconsistent distances.

Khaki McCool has a nice, mistake-free trip.

Cody Rego is from Bermuda! His pace is a little inconsistent here and there but he rides a nice round.

Portya Muenke have a rail coming out of the oxer-oxer in-and-out, but no other problems.

Maura Lautenbach has a lovely mistake-free round.

Brooke Brombach is on a cute steel gray horse. She takes every fence out of stride and really uses her corners.

Isabella David catches a flier to the Swedish but it works out well. She has no other problems.

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Caroline Signorino.

Makena Bloebaum catches a long distance to 3 but it works out well. Everything else is smooth.

Gabby Stouffer cross canters after 1 but fixes it before two. She chips to three, pulls a rail at 4 then circles before 5A. She counter-canters 7.

Aedan Mooney is a stride or two late with a change after 4 but otherwise has a very nice trip.

Lauren Crawford gets a bit closer to 2, and she adds from 3 to 4. She doesn’t get her lead change from 10 through the corner to 11.

Sarah Tom completes the course without any major mistakes.

Alissa Brandt has a nice trip where the fences come up out of stride.

Sofia Cady has a nice controlled round where she and her horse look really in sync.

Eloise Foster puts in a solid round without any mistakes.

Mark Leone doesn’t go quite as deep into his corner after 4 as he would have liked, but the course gets smoother as he continues on. He finishes strong.

Clea Caddell got a little tight into the oxer-oxer in-and-out. She finished with no major mistakes.

Sterling Malnik makes all the distances seem smooth, even if they come up a touch short or long. A very nice trip.

Caroline Signorino pulls a rail at fence 10 behind but otherwise has a lovely go.

Aphrodite Papandreou puts in a nice, mistake-free trip.

First standby after 50 have gone:

44 Sofia Cady
5 Audrey Shulze
14 Dominic Gibbs
43 Alissa Brandt
10 Celia Cram
34 Portya Muenke
36 Brooke Brombach
12 Brooke Morin
49 Caroline Signorino
17 Julia Nickl
9 Hensley Humphries
45 Eloise Foster
20 Jake Endicott
16 Aristea Santoro
26 Reilly Gogul

Kenner Scalamandre puts in a lovely trip with no mistakes. He gets lots of applause.

Elianna Kirson gets a little fast coming home but has no big problems.

Zoe Brown won the Platinum Performance USEF Talent Search Medal Final—West this year. She gets a touch close coming into the last line but she covers it up beautifully. A poised trip.

Cassie Warren puts in a solid trip with no major mistakes.

Eleese Shillingford’s horse hesitates half a moment off the ground to 3 but it works out well. She has no other problems.

Alexa Elle Lignelli put in a smooth, strong round.

Caroline Berg cross-cantered to fence 7 and pulled a rail at the last fence.

Lauren McCaulley sailed around the course nicely and made it look easy.

Sarah Rabb put in a nice mistake-free trip.

Grace Defoe’s body position doesn’t change throughout the round. She has a nice smoth round.

Eric Krawitt smooths out the distances so they all look the same. He puts in a lovely trip.

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Eric Krawitt.

Sally Ives gets deep to 3 and to 6 then counter-canters 7.

Emily Grace Swinson gets a bit close to 1 and doesn’t have an ideal fence 4.

Madison Smyth moves down in the order.

Emma Engel gets tight to two then pulls a rail at 7.

Ella Difazio has a mistake-free round.

Caroline Nadalin counter-canters to 5A. She gets a quiet distance to 11 but makes it work.

Ainsley Wade has a swap in front of 7 and pulls a rail there.

Carlee McCutcheon’s horse spooks a bit at the start but then she focuses him and they put in a lovely trip.

Madison Nadolenco doesn’t get the jump she wants to fence 6. The rest of the course is mistake-free.

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Alexa Leong.

Gentry Beresford pulls a rail coming out of the oxer-oxer in-and-out. She finishes with no other problems.

Madison Smyth moved down in the order. Her horse looks a little strong in places but she put in a nice trip.

Ella McCaw falls after fence 2, gives her horse a pat and walks out of the ring.

Alexa Leong has a hard rub at fence 6. She uses her corners beautifully. A very solid round that earns lots of applause.

Ellie Dupuis moved down in the order.

Isabel Rudaz puts in a lovely polished round. To lots of applause.

Kyra Jones moved down in the order.

Cameron Kohls cross-cantered through most of the corner between 4 and 5A. The rest of the course was A-OK.

Josselyn Mersereau swapped off the lead between 3 and 4 and didn’t get the jump she wanted over 4. The rest of the course was good.

Emma Blumenkrantz has a solid trip with no major mistakes.

Katie Triantos puts in a nice round with no problems.

Naomi Dachis rides a lovely round to plenty of whoops.

Zayna Rizvi measures her distances really well and every fence comes up out of stride. She nailed it.

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Zayna Rizvi.

Naomi Wegner gets to 10 a touch quickly, but it’s a very nice trip.

Madison Frankel puts in a really solid trip.

Mackenzie Carreras has to gallop a bit to get to 3, but otherwise her trip is lovely.

Kyla Sullivan gets a touch close to the triple bar, but has no major mistakes.

Ellie Dupuis pulls a rail behind on the triple bar but she’s otherwise lovely.

Hailey Royce has a natural body position that really doesn’t move much at all. She puts in a solid round

Kyra Jones, who moved down in the order, gets a nice forward gallop to one and doesn’t really change her pace. A mistake-free go.

Madison Sanders had to gallop a bit between 3 and 4. It’s a nice trip.

Mimi Gochman makes the course look easy. She has a very solid round to nice applause.

Camden Kitchens pulls a rail behind at fence 1. The course gets smoother as she keeps going and she finishes well.

Catalina Peralta holds her body very steady throughout the course and the jumps all come up out of stride. It’s a very good trip indeed, and she gets lots of whoops.

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Catalina Peralta.

Blythe Goguen has a great problem-free round that gets the crowds cheering.

Grace Baranowski gets quite close to 3. She finishes strong.

Alida Treuting used every inch of the ring to get just the track she wanted. She had a lovely trip.

Elena Haas cross-cantered a stride after 3. She measured out the broken lines very well and got just the track she wanted. A very nice go.

Julia Smirnow cross-cantered a few strides after 3. Otherwise she had a nice trip.

Ava Swords didn’t have the turn she wanted to 5A and got tight there. She was snug again to fence 7. She cross cantered then counter-cantered to 8.

Luke Jensen has a nice following hand and everything comes up perfectly for him and his lovely chestnut horse. A really nice round.

Kendall Dean’s horse trotted after 3 and spooked badly at fence 4, running out. They pull a rail at fence 9.

Francesa Delia had some noticeable changes in pace and chipped to fence 4. They had the top two rails of the Swedish.

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Luke Jensen.

Standby No. 2 after 100 riders have gone.
91 Catalina Peralta
44 Sofia Cady
82 Zayna Rizvi
53 Zoe Brown
73 Alexa Leong
5 Audrey Schulze
98 Luke Jensen
51 Kenner Scalamandre
14 Dominic Gibbs
94 Alida Treuting
75 Isabel Rudaz
43Alissa Brandt
10 Celia Cram
34 Portya Muenke
79 Emma Blumenkrantz
36 Brooke Brombach
61 Eric Krawitt
92 Blythe Goguen
12 Brooke Morin
56 Alexa Lignelli

Maddie Jordan’s horse spooks badly at 4 and ran out. She let him walk up to it, then circled around and cleared on re-approach. They finish the course nicely.

Lilly Anthes gets a quiet distance to 2. She has a rail at 6. They finished nicely.

Mackenna Moss finds just the track she wanted around the course. She finishes strong.

Taylor Landstrom loses her track through the corner and almost runs into fence 2 after fence 6. She chips to 10.

Sierra Lynn Roberti gets long to 4 and takes off three-legged there. She finishes well.

Angelina Matos has some changes in pace throughout the course, but nothing overly dramatic. It’s a nice round.

Emily Clee stops twice at fence 2 to end her day early.

Grace Rabb takes off three legged to fence 2. She has the front rail at 5B. The end of the course is lovely.

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Grace Debney.

Grace Debney has a smooth, lovely round that earns lots of applause.

Aundrea Hillyard gets a nice gallop at the start and keeps her pace throughout the course. She takes off long and a little sticky to 5A but she makes it work.

Eleanor Rudnicki lays down a really lovely trip. Good chance we’ll see her on the next standby.

Lilly Goldstein puts in a mistake-free round that surely she’s proud of.

Isabelle Collister gets a touch close to a few fences but nothing dramatic. She has no major problems.

Chase Finizio finesses around the course nicely without any big mistakes.

Ava Strohmeyer pulls a rail at 12A. She has no other problems.

Gwyneth Babington puts in a solid trip where she sticks right on the track.

Sarah Norwood got a little close to the Swedish, then her horse got strong after the Dover vertical and she lost her lead.

Samantha Meyer got a little close to the Dover vertical and again to fence 11, but overall a nice go.

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Hannah Hoch.

Madyson Diaz pulls a rail at 5A. She has a few inconsistent distances but no other problems.

Sophia Olivero looks jut a touch rushed in places, but overall it’s a nice, well-executed trip.

Hannah Hoch, last night’s big winner in the junior jumpers, sits very chilly around the course and puts in a truly lovely round. There’s clapping before she’s over the last fence.

Natalie Jayne, the winner of this year’s Platinum Performance USEF Talent Search Final—East (New Jersey), starts on one strong pace that doesn’t change anywhere. It’s a really stylish, really nice trip. More whoops from the Heritage Farm team.

Kaitlyn Kiely’s horse fusses around the turn to 11, but she has no big mistakes.

Emma Quigley starts on a nice big gallop that she keeps throughout the course. It’s a nice round.

Isabelle Ehman has a stop at fence 4 when it doesn’t come up quite right. They clear on re-approach. They take a rail at 5B.

Elisabeth Marek gets long to 7 and they took off three-legged there. She gets tight to 11.

Layla Kurbanov got a little crooked from 3-4 but finished very nicely.

Hugh Turner’s distances didn’t all come up perfectly out of stride, but he had no real problems and finished well.

Julia Grace Winton’s mount stops at one then runs off a bit. They clear on re-approach. She lost her track after 6 and they have to weave around jump 2 to get to the Swedish.

Hanna Meyer had a few inconsistencies but nothing dramatic. She pulls a rail at the last fence.

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Natalie Jayne.

Schuyler Dayner counter-cantered from 2 to 3 and swapped between 3 and 4. They pulled a rail at the last fence.

Kendall Castelo put in a nice forward ride. She pulls a rail at fence 7 and at the final fence.

Austin Krawitt’s body position rarely changes. He puts in a solid round.

Ella Kraut puts in a mistake-free round with plenty of style.

Nicole McMillion chips at the Swedish oxer. The rest of her course is lovely.

Claudette Yarbrough pulls a rail at 5B. She finishes very nicely.

Libbie Gordon, the Best Junior Rider On A Horse at this show, is next. She keeps a good gallop throughout, but perhaps the round isn’t quite as polished as she’d like.

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Kat Fuqua.

Baylee McKeever counter-canters fence 3 and pulls a rail at 5B. She finishes strong.

Morgan Budovsky is a touch disorganized in places, but nothing dramatic. She finishes with no major mistakes.

Laurel Smith gets a good gallop to 1. She gest a little snug to 11, but has no major errors.

Alexandra Mikhail chips at fence 3, but finishes strong with no other problems.

Kat Fuqua who tied for the grand junior hunter championship here, starts with a nice forward distance to 1. She makes all the distances look the same. It’s a polished round and she gets tons of whoops and applause.

Eve Westfall’s horse jumps like a top hunter. She puts in a lovely stylish round.

Kate Mills cross-canters fence 2 but has no other problems.

Tessa Downey uses her corners beautifully and covers up imperfect distances well. She finishes to huge applause.

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Tessa Downey.

Maggie Bresch’s mount runs out at 4, and peeks at it again on re-apprach but they get over.

Devyn Borden’s horse swapped to fence 1. She had to push to get him over 4. Her mare kicked out in the corner after that. She pulled a rail at fence 10.

Alexandra Ryden had a lovely, mistake-free round. Very pretty.

Nicole Golia got a little tight to 5A and pulled a rail at 5B. She lost her way after 6 and had to circle to come around to 7.

Natalie Wasson spooked between 4-5A. The horse looks a little nervous underneath her but she’s getting it done.

Standby after 150 have gone

111 Eleanor Rudnicki
122 Natalie Jayne
91 Catalina Peralta
109 Grace Debney
44 Sofia Cady
145 Tessa Downey
121 Hannah Hoch
82 Zayna Rizvi
53 Zoe Brown
148 Alexandra Ryden
73 Alexa Leong
5 Audrey Schulze
98 Luke Jensen
142 Kat Fuqua
51 Kenner Scalamandre
14 Dominic Gibbs
94 Alida Treuting
75 Isabel Rudaz
43 Alissa Brandt
10 Celia Cram
34 Portya Muenke
79 Emma Blumenkrantz
36 Brooke Brombach
61 Eric Krawitt
92 Blythe Goguen

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Eleanor Rudnicki.

Tessa P. Brown’s horse has a big stride. She finds just the track she wants so that the jumps come up perfectly. A poised, lovely round.

Emily Dehoff put in a nice trip with no major mistakes.

Augusta Iwasaki has a stop at fence 2. The rest of the course is lovely.

Anisa Hajibrahim’s horse stops at fence 4 but cleared on reapproach.

Caroline Anderson’s horse looks a bit rushed in places, but she finishes with no major mistakes.

Reeve Sykes puts in a lovely round with no mistakes. She’ll be happy with that.

Ryan Kenny adds a stride from 3 to 4. He doesn’t get his horse’s eye on fence 10 and nearly misses it but swerves in time to jump it.

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Elisa Broz.

Elisa Broz lays down a really nice trip. Every stride looked the same.

Francesca Guidi finishes up with no major mistakes.

Isabella Griffin chips at 5A and puts in three strides in the two-stride. She finishes with no other problems.

Madison Ramsey has a very nice round with no mistakes.

Penelope Burnham starts off a little under pace but ends up with no major mistakes

Mckenzie Clayton’s mount plays a bit in the corners. She gets his attention toward the jumps which are all nice.

Caroline Tinsley has a lovely trip.

Dylan Bazaar measures the broken lines beautifully and all the jumps come up nicely for her.

Ellie Aronson holds her body even when the distances get a touch snug. A nice trip.

Avery Wegmann got tight to 8. She finished with no other major problems.

Maryhunter Millet added between 3 and 4. She and her mount had a miscommunication to 5A but they cleared it and got out over 5B. They finished nicely.

Caitlyn Gidley is a bit underpaced at the beginning and adds between fences 3 and 4, but she finishes just fine. .

Gabrielle Sokolow’s round gets better and better as she continues. She finishes with no major errors.

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Riley Hogan.

Eliza White adds up to fence 4 and her horse stops, nearly unseating her. She loops around and clears on re-approach.

Lauren Jorgensen won her ASPCA Maclay Regional Qualifier the last two years. She puts in a lovely, flowing round.

Riley Hogan stays on the same gallop throughout. She puts in a smooth, polished round.

Gigi Moynihan makes the course look easy. She rides with lots of style and finishes strong.

Abigail Arnold starts out a bit under-paced. Her horse weaves a bit between 3 and 4 and they add up there. They get tight to 5A but they make it out. After 6 they break to trot for a step through the turn.

Erin Higgins had to gallop to get up the first line. She pulled a rail at 5B. Things got better from there and they finished strong.

Sophia Mitchell measures her track carefully to get just the line she wants. A very nice round.

Bennett Kitchens puts in a smooth, mistake-free round to plenty of whistles.

Stella Wasserman puts in a very smooth trip and her body barely moves around the course. She has a swap after fence 1 but fixes it within a stride or two while she’s still on a straight line.

Jessie Rechs put in a lovely round with no major mistakes.

Campbell Hudkins is a bit snug to fence 1 and again at 5A, though she gets out of the in-and-out fine.

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Stella Wasserman.

Clara McDanniel’s big jumping horse trotted half a step on the way to 7.

Mia Frigon has a rail at the triple bar and came to 10 a bit discombobulated.

Caroline Robelen is a bit slow to start and added up between 3-4. They pull a rail at 7.

Julia Horan added up to 4 and barely made it over, taking the top rail. They also got tight to 7.

Alexis Hurchalla was just a little under-paced through the last turn to fence 11. The rest of her course was good.

Brooke Lattner has a smooth trip where all the fences come up out of stride.

Marley Rizzi adds up the first line, then stops at 5A twice, ending her round.

Mya Borysiak cross-canters between 3 and 4. She finishes up without major problems.

Ansley Wright has to gallop to get up the first line. She has a few inconsistent distances but no major errors.

Peyton Rathbun has a cute jumping horse. She has a few inconsistent distances but no major errors.

Aya Clear stopped at 2. Her horse looks just a touch impressed. She gets a little long to 12A.

Abigail Gordon gets a good pace from the start. She pulls a rail at 5B. The rest is mistake-free.

Stella Buckingham moves up after the first few fences and stays on a strong pace. She finishes with no mistakes.

Lauren Gray’s horse plays through the corner between 4 and 5A but she keeps his attention. A bit snug to 11, but no major errors.

Kenley Koch puts in a solid go with no problems.

Elizabeth Cram has to gallop a bit after 2 but it works out well. She’s quite long to fence 11.

Cara McFadden added between 3 and 4. They finished with no other major errors.

Mackenzie Fitch slowed down and stopped to 3. Then they added up the line on reapproach. They trotted in front of the Dover.

Alexis Bauman had a few inconsistent distances at the beginning of the course but improved and finished on a good note.

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Stella Buckingham.

The standby after 200 have gone:

111 Eleanor Rudnicki
122 Natalie Jayne
164 Caroline Tinsley
91 Catatlina Peralta
109 Grace Debney
44 Sofia Cady
145 Tessa Downey
151 Tessa Brown
121 Hannah Hoch
82 Zayna Rizvi
53 Zoe Brown
148 Alexandra Ryden
73 Alexa Leong
5 Audrey Schulze
152 Emily Dehoff
98 Luke Jensen
142 Kat Fuqua
51 Kenner Scalamandre
14 Dominic Gibbs
94 Alida Treuting
75 Isabel Rudaz
43 Alissa Brandt
196 Kenley Koch
10 Celia Cram
194 Stella Buckingham

Isabella Shelton cross-canters to fence 7 and gets a little snug to fence 8 but overall she should be pleased.

Lucy Metzler is tight to 2 and a little reachy to 3. She pulls a rail at fence 10.

Isabella Bertozzi had to take a little tug at 8 but the rest looked great.

Reese Merna puts in a solid round with no mistakes.

Alexander Alston shows off plenty of style on his way around the track. He keeps one consistent pace and finishes to big applause.

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Alexander Alston.

Mackenzie Hamilton adds to fence 4. She has no other big errors.

Janet Hedges get a little sticky off the ground at 3 but gets it done. The rest is smooth.

Annalise Manoog rides the course with plenty of gallop and plenty of style. A good trip with no major errors.

Camille Borres does a nice job with the course. No major mistakes.

Kenya Sanders has a few inconsistent distances, but nothing dramatic.

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Skylar Wireman.

Samantha Takacs chips to 3 and circles before 4, clearing on re-approach.

Skylar Wireman puts in a flawless round and she gets loads of whoops and hollars.

Arden Stromnes comes in without enough pace to 4 and her mount stops. She gets a little close to 11 but finishes nicely.

Avery Glynn really uses the whole ring to her advantage. She had a swap at fence 1 but put in a really lovely trip.

Hanna Dolan gets a bit close to 2 but not too bad. The rest of the course is just fine.  

Addison Reed is a bit underpaced to 1, but she finishes with no major mistakes.

Katherine Lebaron gets around nicely with no problems. Her support crew is thrilled.

Cassidy Rein gets plenty of gallop for the course. She swaps in front of 7 but has no major mistakes.

Vincent Desiderio puts in a solid round with no mistakes to lots of whoops.

Amira Kettaneh stays on the same forward pace from fence 1. She puts in a beautiful trip.

Lillie Parr has a hard rub behind at 7 but the rail stays up. She rides very nicely and has no big mistakes.

Reynolds Cole’s mount slows down and stops at fence 4 but clears on re-approach. She chips to fence 10 but they clear it. They pull a rail at the final fence.

Sofia Moskowitz is a bit under paced to fence 1 but she picks it up after that. She had lead problems from 4 to 5 and counter-cantered 5A. She swapped between 11 and 12A.

The final standby after the conclusion of Round 1. These riders will return for Round 2. Riders will return in reverse order, so Isabel Rudaz will be first on course.

Eleanor Rudnicki
Natalie Jayne
Caroline Tinsley
Skylar Wireman
Catalina Peralta
Grace Debney
Alexander Alston
Sofia Cady
Tessa Downey
Tessa Brown
Hannah Hoch
Zayna Rizvi
Amira Kettaneh
Zoe Brown
Avery Glynn
Alexandra Ryden
Alexa Leong
Audrey Schulze
Emily Dehoff
Luke Jensen
Kat Fuqua
Kenner Scalamandre
Dominic Gibbs
Alida Treuting
Isabel Rudaz

Here’s the second course:

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Round 2 description:

Riders start over a triple bar going toward what was the out-gate. They make a right hand turn and jump fence 2, the Dover vertical, then continue on a bending line to an oxer. Riders continue around the end of the ring and jump a two-stride roll top in-and-out (the second roll top is skinny). Riders continue on a bending line to a maxed-out Swedish oxer. Riders can take half a breath around the end of the ring and continue on the right lead to an upright vertical, fence 6. Riders continue on the left lead, they jump the airy natural fence that was fence 2 in Round 1 that’s now fence 7. Riders have a long ride to a birch oxer across the diagonal then turn right and jump an oxer-vertical one-stride in-and-out, then a slightly bending line to a final oxer.

Here we go!

Round 2

Isabel Rudaz’s first two fences are beautiful. She gets a quiet distance to 7 but she finesses it beautifully. She finishes really strong.

Alida Treuting canters directly to fence 1. She doesn’t go all the way down to the end of the ring before jumping 2. She gets a quiet distance to the first roll top and has to push a bit to get out, but nothing dramatic. She finishes nicely with no mistakes.

Dominic Gibbs is on Cent 15. Their first three fences are perfect. He’s very precise in his track everywhere. It’s hard to find fault with any part of his round. Really nice.

Kenner Scalamandre goes deeper into the first corner than the last few riders. He catches a quiet distance to the first roll top but makes it look good. He finishes strong.

Kat Fuqua goes a bit deep into the corner after 1 as well. She has to pick up the pace a bit after 2 but it’s very smooth. She swapped between 4A and B. If one had to be picky they could say she wasn’t on quite the exact same pace the entire round.

Luke Jensen catches a quiet distance to the first roll top but he finesses it well. Overall a great ride.

Emily Dehoff catches fence 1 out of stride, and the next few fences as well. She has to adjust a bit for 7 and 8, but again nothing dramatic.

Audrey Schulze rode 1 to 2 as a true rollback. All the fences come up perfectly for her and the whooping starts when she’s in mid-air over the last fence.

Alexa Leong is on Showcase. She gets a good gallop to 1. She catches a quiet distance to the Dover, but nothing terrible. She gets a little quiet to 7 as well but she makes it look so good and her horse has a huge step so she doesn’t have to run afterward. A really nice ride.

Alexandra Ryden picks up a good pace to 1. She gets a quiet distance to the dover and has to continue to 3, where she has a rail. She has to pick up the pace to 9AB to 10.

Avery Glynn she does a tight turn after 1 but has to really go after 2. She’s the first one we see take an inside turn to the roll tops, which works out well for her. She’s quiet to 7 but makes it look great.

Zoe Brown trots around the corner to the roll tops. She gets a little quiet to 7 but nothing major. She finishes well.

Amira Kettaneh goes deep into the corner after 1. She’s just a touch quiet into the roll tops but she and her horse make it look perfect. She cross canters for a step after 8. She has a rail at 9b and adds to the final oxer

Zayna Rizvi nails the first three fences. Her fences all come up out of stride. She finishes strong to much applause.

Hannah Hoch makes a snug turn from 1 to 2. She has to continue a bit to 3 but nothing bad. She gets a quiet distance to the roll tops but makes it look great. She finishes strong.

Tessa P. Brown makes a snug turn from 1 to 2 and has to keep galloping to 3. The roll tops come up out of stride. She finishes with no problems and plenty of finesse.

Tessa Downey goes right to gallop when she enters the ring. She keeps her pace around the tight turn to 2. She gets a little quiet to the roll tops but makes it look good. She finishes strong.

Sofia Cady looks really soft from the get go. She gets quiet to the Dover, but her horse has such a huge stride she doesn’t have to adjust much to get out of the broken line. She does a good job of keeping her pace through the corners. Her horse ticks a rail out of the cups at 9B behind.

Alexander Alston gets a great pace to 1. He rides a tight turn to 2 and gets up the broken line without changing his pace. He finishes stylishly to lots of applause.

Grace Debney nails 1 and continues moving forward to the Dover, which makes the broken line especially smooth. Every single fence comes up perfectly out of stride for her. It’s a great trip.

Catalina Peralta is on Clover. She has to add leg after the Dover to get up the broken line. She finishes strong

Skylar Wireman has great style as she negotiates the course. She angles 7 a bit which looks very sophisticated. She gets lots of applause.

Caroline Tinsley makes a nice rollback turn after 1. She pushes a bit aftera quiet distance at the Dover, maybe a hair too much, but 3 looks good. The end of the course is really strong.

Natalie Jayne is a very soft rider who communicates invisibly with her horse. She stays on the same pace throughout and all the fences come up absolutely perfectly. She gets lots of whoops after she finishes.

Eleanor Rudnicki is on Travis Scott. She has a nice rollback and invisible adjustments between 2 and 3. She finds a great track to 6. She takes the front rail of 8. Otherwise a really lovely trip.

Additional testing to come!

Jump crew has removed several fences including 4B, 9AB and 7 from the ring. We’re awaiting the final test!

Testing in this order (reverse order of preference)

82 Zayna Rizvi
111 Eleanor Rudnicki
212 Skylar Wireman
109 Grace Debney 

No further schooling.

The test is:
Counter-canter fence 3, canter fence 4A. Halt. Canter fence 5, Canter fence 2, Canter fence 8, Counter-canter 10. Then hand gallop fence 1 and show at a sitting trot back to the gate and exit back to the walk.

Zayna Rizvi nails the first counter-canter to 3 and gets a quiet distance to 4A which makes her halt perfect. Fence 2 is nice and she finds an inside turn to 8. She lands the counter lead and holds it to 10. She starts her hand gallop early and finds a forward distance to 1. She gives her horse a big pat at the end.

Eleanor Rudnicki is next. Her counter-canter is maybe just a touch slow but the first jump comes up perfectly. She gets her halt a little later than Zayna but does a good job cantering the sweish. After the dover she goes inside to fence 8. She lands the counter lead and holds it. You can hear the clucking from the in-gate encouraging more hand gallop, then lots of clapping after the last fence.

Skylar Wireman looks relaxed. She gets her halt shortly after fence 4a but not as shortly as Zayna. She goes inside to the dober and inside to 8. She lands the counter lead and holds it around to 10. She gets her hand gallop when she’s on a straight line to fence 1 then shows off her sitting trot back to in-gate.

Grace Debney again gets her counter-canter right away. Her horse ticks fence 1. It takes her a little longer to get her halt and her horse fidgets a bit. She goes inside to the Dover and inside to Fence 8. She lands the counter lead but her horse swaps, so she does a simple change back to the counter lead.

Another testing phase!

Two riders asked to swap horses: Zayna Rizvi, and Grace Debney with switch horses and come back and repeat the same test.

Zayna Rizvi is a little under paced at the counter-canter and her horse knocks the top two rails of the first oxer. She gest a good halt (he fidgets a bit for him too). She opted to go around to the dover but inside to fence 8. She lands the counter-canter and holds it.

Grace Debney will ride Zayna Rizvi’s Finnick now. She gets a nice counter-canter to the first fence and a great halt after 4A. She goes inside to the dover and inside to fence 8. She swaps then executes a flying lead change to the counter-canter and 10 is perfect. She gets a good hand gallop to the last.

 

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