2022 Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal Final Commentary

Oct 16, 2022 - 7:24 AM

We’re here in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, where 231 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.

Want to see the course, find out who the judges are and learn more about this year’s edition of the class? We’ve got all that information here.

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 few 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!

Final Results:
1. Luke Jensen
2. Skylar Wireman
3. Kate Egan
4. Isabella David
5. Augusta Iwasaki
6. Amira Kettaneh
7. Ariana Marnell
8. Zayna Rizvi
9. Avery Glynn
10. Campbell L. Hudkins
11. Addison Reed
12. Alexa Elle Lignelli

Best equitation horse: Castlefield Spartacus

Round 1

1 Mckayla Brombach bravely starts us off. This is her first 3’6″ equitation finals. She was a little long to Fence 3 and had a refusal at 5A. She finished up nicely with a beautiful distance to the triple bar.

2 Rylynn Conway is also a younger rider. She had a rail down at Fence 2 and 6B, but rode strongly through the entire course.

3 Sinead Fennelly went toward the end of the class.

4 Sterling Malnik has a beautiful, classic position. She won the Gladstone Cup earlier this year. She was tight to Fence 3 and got two strides in 5AB but finished up beautifully.

5 Emma Gutstein’s horse woke up on the wrong side of the bed, incurring two refusals at Fence 1. She was a great sport about and patted her horse on the way out.

6 Alie Hunter’s horse was a bit fresh and peeky and she had both top rails of Fence 2 down, but she rode through it beautifully.

7 Tessa P. Brown was quite tight to Fence 8, the Dover Saddlery gate, but otherwise had a stunning round.

8 Victoria Simonds’s horse looked a bit hard in the mouth and was long to 6A and tight to Fence 8. She rode through it quite well.

 9 Emma Covarrubias got to Fence 2 in 6.5 strides and crashed through it. She finished up nicely with a forward ride.

10 Taylor Orlowski’s first half of her course was beautiful, but she rode a tight five strides from 6AB to 7 and flew over the final fence.

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Tessa Brown. Mollie Bailey Photos

11 Hugh Turner did a very tight 6 strides from Fence 7 to Fence 8.

12 Grace Sappington had a smooth round with no major mistakes.

13 Mimi Colette Frei blew through Fence 2 and did two strides between 6a and b but had found a great distance to the triple bar to finish up nicely.

14 Molly Segars sat back for the 8 strides to Fence 2 and had it down. She was tight to Fence 3, added between 6AB and 7 and knocked 7’s gate over. She took a breath before the final fence and finished well over the triple bar.

15 Kaitlyn Sheerahamed had a few slightly uneven distances but rode through them quite well to finish with no major mistakes.

16 Isabella Mullan had a rail at Fence 2 and a refusal at both 6A and 7. She gave her horse a pat on her way out.

17 Marley Rizzi had a nice ride with no major mistakes—±other than her number flying off!

18 Agnes Hahn put in a very solid round that she should be proud of. It looked a bit manufactured, but that’s most likely a product of going early.

19 Christian Dominguez had an overall nice round with some beautiful rides, particularly back to Fence 11, but he unfortunately had the gate of Fence 3 down. We’ll see what the judges make of that.

20 Kendall Dean had the front rail of Fence 2 down and a stop at the out of 5AB, but she rode through it and finished up nicely.

21 Campbell Brown’s round was a bit rushed, and she had the front rail of Fence 2 down. 

22 Grace Loughlin had both top rails of Fence 2 down as well as the front rail of the Swedish. Her horse thought the triple bar was formidable enough, though, and gave a beautiful jump to finish up well.

23 Kaitlyn Roman looked a bit hurried overall but put in a solid round. She was met with lots of applause on her way out. 

24 Mckenzie Clayton had the front rail of Fence 2 down and was a bit long to Fence 11 but found a beautiful out of stride distance to the in of 5AB she should be happy with.

 25 Alexander Alston had a stunning ride from Fence 1 to 2 where he sat back and made space for the horse to jump up to him. His horse peeked at 5A and the two crashed into the one stride but made it out. He finished up beautifully. 

26 Lily Longano rode through some uneven distances to produce a solid round.

27 Sydney Raidy had a very nice round but had the front rail of Fence 2 down and was a bit of a gappy distance to the final fence.

28 Paige Dempsey-Weiner got it done and produced a solid round with just a few longer distances.

29 Ava Swords was nearly unseated after a very tight distance to Fence 1. She collected herself and finished up her round well after taking down the wall at Fence 7.

30 Caroline Robelen rubbed the front rail at Fence 2 but had no other major mistakes. Her last three jumps were stunning, and she finished nicely.

31 Campbell L. Hudkins had a show-stopping round which a consistent pace and matching jumps. After such a great round, it looks she didn’t quite trust her eye at the final fence and was a bit long to the triple bar. Other than that, it was stunning.

32 Gabrielle Young blew through the top rails of Fence 2 but had a solid round otherwise.

33 Clayton Farrell had an accurate ride that looked a bit rushed.

34 Caroline Booker had a few uneven distances but rode through it well.

35 Olivia Lonneman’s horse looked a bit strong and pulled her to the fences. She finessed through it quite well and ended with a solid round.

36 Gigi Phillips had the front rail of Fence 2 down but finished up with a good round and lots of applause from the in-gate.

37 Carina Muratore looked a bit rushed and did a very tight five strides from 6b to 7.

38 Isabelle Collister had a lovely round with no major mistakes.

39 Katie Smith and her horse make a beautiful pair. He jumped up to her nicely and it made for a stunning picture at each fence. She was a bit controlling in her distances but produced quite the attractive round.

40 Naomi Dachis had the front rail of Fence 2 but finished up nicely with a solid round.

41 Nicholas Lopes came off of Fence 1 hunting for Fence 2 and had the front rail of 2 down as a result. He took a breath and had some solid jumps before pressing the gas pedal once again and getting tight to Fence 11 and quite long to Fence 12.

42 Caroline Muth jumped the decorative bush between Fence 1 and 2 and had some tougher distances,

43 Zayna Rizvi produced a beautiful, crisp round with an unfortunate swap before Fence 2 and a rail off of Fence 10.

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Zayna Rizvi

44 Skylar Wireman had a stunning, smooth trip that was near flawless.

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Skylar Wireman

45 Keller Crosby is a scratch.

46 Sophia Gremley watched the two riders before her and decided to match their rounds. She rode beautifully and with well-sought out distances and patience through her turns. She was perhaps a bit tight to the final fence, but that’s being picky.

47 Logan Thomas produced a great round with a few slightly uneven distances that she rode right through.

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Logan Thomas

48 Aidan Kennedy had a refusal at the Swedish oxer and was generally a bit rushed.

49 Baylee Mckeever maintained a hunting pace throughout the course which may have caught up with her on the out of the three-stride—she had the back rail of 10 down. Other than that, she rode great and looked great with a strong leg and solid upper body.

50 Mina Godden scratched.

51 Reagan Gehm scratched.

52 Taylor Landstrom’s horse is beautifully turned out. She had the front rail down of the Swedish and was a bit tight to 5A but finished up well with a strong ride to the triple bar.

53 Aphrodite Papandreou occasionally became a bit disorganized resulting in some rougher distances, but she rode through them and finished up nicely. 

54 Aundrea Hillyard had a very tight distance to 5a resulting in a very large distance out over 5b. She finished with a solid round. 

55 Parker Peacock had some lovely jumps throughout her ride. She had the front rail down of the Swedish after leaning and dropping her horse for the distance. Other than that, she had no major errors and finished to lots of applause.

56 Kat Fuqua is riding Ashland Farm’s Class Act, who Jordan Allen placed second in this class with in 2019. She had a beautiful round where nearly every jump matched. Fuqua is a dressage rider; it shows in her control of the outside shoulder.

57 Madison Nadolenco was a bit tight to the Swedish oxer but otherwise produced a quality ride. 

58 Emerson Maier’s round was slightly rushed, which produced some challenging distances to finesse out of.

59 Kenna Labeau had a wonderful round with even distances throughout.

60 Alida Treuting had a beautifully ridden round. She rode her way out of a few tricky moments—she fell in a bit on the bending line from 7 to 8 and had to shorten quickly. She finessed smoothly throughout and finished to lots of whoops from the in-gate.

61 Georgia Schmidt produced an understated round that was as prettily ridden as it was to watch.

First Standby after 61 have gone

44 Skylar Wireman
43 Zayna Rizvi
31 Campbell Hudkins
59 Kenna Labeau
60 Alida Treuting
33 Clayton Farrell
57 Madison Nadolenco
46 Sophia Gremley
19 Christian Dominguez
39 Katie Smith
23 Kaitlyn Roman
47 Logan Thomas
18 Agnes Hahn
61 Georgia Schmidt
27 Sydney Raidy

62 Victoria Rotsaert was a bit rushed throughout her course but worked it out. She and her horse make a beautiful pair, and we look forward to hopefully seeing them perform throughout the remainder of the season. 

63 Mae Mannis just won the Welcome and the Grand Prix at the Devon Fall Classic (PA) last month. Her horse got a bit stuck in the air over the fences where a bit more leg would’ve come in handy. Overall, it was a lovely round.

64 Gabrielle Sokolow had the front rail of troublesome Fence 2 down but had a solid round regardless.

65 Emma Borders got stuck in a few places but finished up with a decent round.

66 Eve Westfall just won the sportsmanship award at USET Finals – East. 6a came up a bit long for her and her horse stopped. A shame, seeing as every other fence came up beautifully for her.

67 Kate Hagerty had the front rail of Fence 2 down and few distance-related bobbles elsewhere but otherwise had a solid round.

68 Emma Blumenkrantz won the low junior jumper finals and style award last year at Capital Challenge (Maryland). She had a beautiful trip, finessing through the questions posed by the course. The way she lengthened for the four strides between 6b and 7 and shortened between 7 and 8 is something to marvel at.

69 Sophie Whidden’s horse got a little wild in the four strides between 6b and 7 but managed it well, finishing to whistles from the gate. 

70 Caroline Olsen gave herself lots of space off of the Dover gate, which worked in her favor, creating a beautiful, patient line between Fence 9, 10, and 11. She finished to lots of applause.

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Caroline Olsen

71 Augusta Iwasaki just won USET Finals – East and earned Best Child Rider on a Horse this past week at the PA National. She had a stunning round. Her horse swapped on to the left lead between Fence 7 and 8; if it’s a problem for the judges, it’s because it didn’t look purposeful. She also had a rail.

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Augusta Iwasaki

72 Kaitlyn Kiely produced a quality round on a beautiful horse. There’s not much more to ask for.

73 Nicolette Perry looked slightly rushed and had a few rubs but otherwise put in a solid round.

74 Maggie Bresch got quite tight to Fence 11 and her horse swiped it with the length of his back legs. He then swapped to his left lead and cantered around the turn to final jump on the wrong lead. They caught a nice distance to the triple bar to finish nicely.

75 Jessica Carney pushed to get the 7 strides done between Fence 1 and 2 and had the front rail down. Beyond that she finished with no major mistakes.

76 Natalie Wasson had to really fight to get her horse back in the five strides between Fences 7 and 8. She finessed through it and left the ring with a smile and a nice round.

77 Daniela Carvajal had a lovely round with no major flaws. Her horse received lots of pats as they left the ring.

78 Cassie Warren used a good deal of opening rein and ran into some trouble between Fence 7 and 8 but got herself out of it quite well.

79 Eloise Foster had flyers to the Swedish oxer and the triple bar and very nearly ran into 5a standard but ended with a solid round beyond that.

80 Mackenna Moss’s horse took a peek at Fence 11 and she had to do a bit of single-rein steering, but finished with a smile and pat for her pony.

81 Callista Smith and her horse make a lovely pair to look at. The two produced a beautiful, purposeful round which received a chorus of whoops from the in-gate and audience. 

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Callista Smith

82 Signe Dixon had a bit of a yeehaw moment in the four strides between Fences 6b and 7 but got it done. She had the front rail down at Fence 9 but finished with a nice ride to the triple bar.

83 Reynolds Cole got in very tight to the 5a, knocked the top rail off, and did two strides to 5b instead of one. She had good fences otherwise, albeit a bit rushed. 

84 Katie Triantos adding in both one strides and the four stride from 6b to 7, but that gave her a lovely five stride to Fence 8. She finished with her horse making a beautiful, classic shape over the triple bar.

85 Siena Macdonald was generally a bit rushed and had the front rail of Fence 2 down but had no major mistakes other than that.

86 Brooke Tegtmeyer’s horse was a little peeky and it produced a bit of a fast round. They produced a nice round overall but had some distance issues and dropped two rails.

87 Carlee McCutcheon recently won Maclay Regionals and the she won big at Capital Challenge, too. She has a graceful, classic, half-seat position, and she and her horse, Chacco Star, make a great pair. They had a beautiful start to the course, but the four got away from them a bit and they had the skinny wall down at Fence 7.

88 Josselyn Mersereau got under fence 8 and popped it. She recovered and finished well.

89 Marina Boudreau’s horse shifted off the ground at Fence 3 and had it down. She saw a long distance out of the corner to Fence 6A but it came up very very short. She finished up with a nice distance to the triple bar.

90 Isabella David is on a greener horse – he is on the younger side, and this is only his second year as an equitation horse. The pair recently placed second in the Equitation Challenge at Capital Challenge with scores in the high 80s and low 90s. Here, they produced a positively stunning round. She found a nice out-of-stride distance to Fence 2 and matched that the rest of the course. She finished with a big smile and lots of whoops from the in-gate.

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Isabella David

91 Frankie Falise scratched.

92 James Leone was a bit rushed and had the back rail of the triple bar down.

93 Kingsley Dey had a lovely, solid round that garnered lots of applause.

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Kingsley Dey

94 Hanna Dolan produced a solid round, ending with a nice, scopey final fence.

95 Sydney Callagy had a few problem fences and got a bit turned around but worked it out.

96 Tessa Downey had a stunning round with great position and invisible aids. Her horse cross-cantered and had some swapping between Fences 7 and 8, so we’ll see how that affects her placing.

97 Ellie Dupuis had a beautiful round with no noticeable faults.

98 Anna Donovan’s horse struggled with the related distances and was excused after two refusals. She exited after reassuring him with a pat.

99 Kelsey Lambert also had some jump trouble and was excused.

 100 Addison Mcquaker had a solid round, finessing through a few uneven distances to finish up nicely.

101 Madyson Diaz is on Checkland, a lovely horse with a massive stride. They did four strides between Fences 7 and 8. They made it look quite nice, particularly because it looked purposeful. They finished up with a hunting pace down to the last fence, producing a lovely, scopey jump to lots of applause.

102 Skylar Gurtis gave a solid effort but was excused after two refusals.

103 Isabella Griffin’s horse jumped out of its skin over 6AB. The pair got a little rushed in some places but overall produced a quality round.

104 Haley Edwardson’s got a little wiggly in places but she recovered well. They finished with a lovely ride over the triple bar.

105 Lilly Goldstein had a solid round with some beautiful moments, particularly over fences with spreads. Fence 7 got away from her a bit, and her horse really had to stretch and protect itself from the wall.

106 Stella Wasserman had two massively unfortunate knockdowns at Fence 2 and 3, interrupting an otherwise stunningly smooth round.

107 Elianna Kirson’s horse looked a bit bright, but she managed it very well and came out with a lovely round despite an early dropped rail. 

108 Alexandra Ryden’s horse patted the ground quite nicely, which made the quality of the round all that much more apparent. She was slightly long to Fence 9 but made it work expertly in the subsequent three stride. It looked like he was trying to lure her into a more jumper-y style of riding; she resisted to their overall benefit, producing a beautiful round that received lots of whoops from the in-gate.

109 Mia Frigon took a flyer to 6A but made it out of the line OK. She had a few other bobbles but finished up well. 

110 Scottie Arnold got lost after Fence 11 and turned right instead of left to the triple bar, but they worked it out. 

111 Reese Merna was slightly tight to 5A and slightly long to the triple bar, but produced a well-managed round with patience, well-timed distances and a classic position to match.

112 Kyra Jones yeehawed the last fence slightly, but otherwise had a solid ride.

113 Sally Ives produced a lovely round with no major faults.

114 Sarah Gretz’s horse peeked at the in of 5AB as well as 6AB, where she was quite tight and did two strides instead of one. She recovered after that line and finished up well.

115 Kyla Sullivan produced a stunning round with the help of her loping, big strided horse. She was met with huge applause upon completion of the course.

116 Kate Neily was slightly rushed throughout the course, which was worsened by the immediacy of the course and slightly long reins. Her horse gave her a lovely jump over the triple bar after she gave him a nice distance.

117 Katie Finley had some uneven distances but otherwise produced a solid round.

118 Maggie Killeen’s horse got away from her a bit and she had to circle after Fence 10, but she finished with a nice jump over 11 and 12 once she regained control.

119 Stella Buckingham chose to go inside the decorative brush between Fence 1 and 2, which made the latter come up too quickly and her horse stopped. After having the third fence down, she finished up with some lovely fences over the remainder of the course.

120 Emily Dehoff had a strong start to the course but dropped the back rail of 6B after her horse got slightly stuck over 6A. She finished nicely with matching jumps over the three stride, Fence 11, and the triple bar.

121 Aedan Mooney had both the front and back rails down of Fence 2 as well as a refusal at Fence 7 after running through 6AB. She gave the horse a nice strong ride upon circling, and finished up solidly.

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Stella Wasserman

Second standby after 121 have gone

90 Isabella David
44 Skylar Wireman
70 Caroline Olsen
71 Augusta Iwasaki
43 Zayna Rizvi
68 Emma Blumenkrantz
31 Campbell L. Hudkins
59 Kenna Labreau
115 Kyla Sullivan
111 Reese Merna
60 Alida Treuting
93 Kingsley Dey
92 James Leone
72 Kaitlyn Kiely
33 Clayton Ferrell
57 Madison Nadolenco
46 Sophia Gremley
19 Christian Dominguez
39 Katie Smith
77 Daniel Caravajal
23 Kaitlyn Roman
27 Sydney Raidy
18 Agnes Hahn
69 Sophie Whidden

122 Jake Endicott was recently second in the USET Finals – West. He popped chipped Fence 3 — other than that, he looked picture perfect.

123 Emma Rupinski’s horse got away from her a bit, producing some uneven distances, but she finished with a nice jump over the triple bar.

124 Naomi Wegner had a quality trip overall, marred only by a few slightly tight distances.

125 Ariana Marnell produced a lovely, patient round with matching jumps. She finished to applause from around the stands.

126 Annabele Whitehead pulls a rail at Fence 2 and doesn’t have the smoothest turns at the start of her course. She keeps the same forward pace throughout.

127 Desiree McFadden pulls a rail at Fence 2 and scrambles over the Dover gate. She circles to get recombobulated, then has a refusal at 6a. She is excused after that.

129 Audrey Carmody has a smooth round with matching distances and no major errors.

130 Isabelle Ehman just won the grand junior hunter championship here at Harrisburg. She rides her track carefully and really gallops to the last triple bar. She gets lots of applause.

128 Lily Van Elliot is out of order because he had a shoe put back on. She was second at her ASPCA Maclay Regional Championship. She gets a little close to 2 and her horse takes down a rail there. She goes for a long one at the final triple and her horse stops. They clear on reapproach.

131 Victoria Zahorik has a rail at Fence 1, and her horse scoots through that turn to 2. She recovers nicely and finishes on a nice forward distance to the triple bar.

132 Madison Hill catches the Swedish on an angle and her horse has that fence down. She finishes without any other major errors.

133 Peyton Rathbun gets quite close to Fence 2. The rest of the course matches and looks good.

134 Emily Clee has a rail down at Fence 2. She gets long to the Swedish but makes it work. Her horse catches the out of the three stride line behind as well. 

135 Eleanor Rudnicki finished third here last year. She chips at 8, the Dover vertical and has that down. The rest of the course is lovely.

136 Paige Walkenbach has the front rail of the Swedish down. The rest of the course is stylish, and the whooping starts when she’s still on the way to the final triple bar. 

137 Chloe Fares has a nice trip where everything comes up out of stride.

138 Cassidy Exner has a few slightly uneven distances but nothing major. She finishes well. It’s her birthday today!

139 Katelyn Vandenburg keeps a forward pace throughout the first part of the course. She catches nice distances throughout.

140 Kate Mills had a stop at Fence 2. She finished up with a nice strong pace.

141 Anisa Hajibrahim scratched.

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Luke Jensen

142 Alexa Elle Lignelli met every fence where she wanted to and they all matched. She had no trouble with the questions asked by the course and was met with whoops and hollers from the in-gate when she finished. We’ll be seeing her again.

143 Sophia Bruny had the front rail of Fence 2 down. She recovered from a few other bobbles throughout the course to finish up nicely over the triple bar.

144 Caitlyn Gidley produced a solid round with no major faults.

145 Elizabeth Kennedy was slightly rushed around the course, causing some distance issues particularly at Fences 11 and 12.

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Alexa Elle Lignelli

146 Bella Primavera had a stunning round with no major faults. Her horse received lots of pats as they exited the ring.

147 Lauren Jorgensen produced some really beautiful jumps, most of which came right out of stride. She was on a hunting pace throughout the course, which worked out well for distances but gave the appearance of looking just slightly rushed.

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Lauren Jorgensen

 148 Luke Jensen did not come to play. He put in a near flawless round, allowing the horse to meet him in the air over every fence. His adjustments were invisible. His horse, Jamaica, received lots of pats during their exit courtesy circle.

149 Gable Gering had a few short distances and a rail down but gave a strong ride to the triple bar to finish.

150 Elizabeth Gray gave a lovely performance, meeting every fence nicely and maintaining a matching pace throughout.

151 Alexandra Mikhail had both top rails of Fence 2 down and some uneven distances throughout. Her horse received lots of pats as she exited.

152 Gabrielle Stouffer was a bit rushed and had a few longer distances as a result.

153 Reilly Gogul had a nice start to her course but got a bit rushed at the end. It was a solid round overall and she received lots of applause at the end.

154 Mackenzie Fitch had some trouble at Fence 3, but her horse jumped it after she let him smell the skinny white gate. She rode well, getting over the rest of the course without any more major faults.

155 Madison Frankel put in a solid effort with no major faults.

156 Blythe Goguen has a beautiful, classic position and she and her horse make a beautiful pair. He cross-cantered between Fences 7 and 8 and they got a bit rushed from Fences 10 to 11, but other than that they put in a lovely round.

157 Isabel Rudaz had the front rail of the Swedish down and had to really push for the four stride between 6B and 7. She got a bit close to Fence 11 and excused herself before Fence 12.

158 Kyle Cline’s horse peeked at the decorations surrounding Fence 1 and had to circle but got him over it. He had another stop at 5B and was excused.

159 Bianca Salituri had the front rail of Fence 2 down and was tight the Swedish oxer. Her horse drifted right over 6B and she did five strides to Fence 7. She found a lovely out of stride distance to the triple bar and finished up giving lots of pats to her horse. 

160 Ella Collins’s horse took a peek at the white gate of Fence 3 and she had to circle. He slowed before 6A and stopped again at 6B before she was excused.

161 Lauren Reid gave a beautiful ride from Fence 1 to 2. She found a nice out of stride distance to 5A but had the top rail down of 5B. Her pace remained consistent throughout the course and finished up nicely to lots of applause.

162 Sofia Moskowitz started off nicely with matching jumps from Fences 1, 2, 3, and 4. She was a bit tight in five strides between Fences 7 and 8. She was shot a bit off her track from Fence 10 to 11, giving her a gappy distance at 11. She finished off nicely with lots of pats for her horse.

163 Blake Rowan chipped into the 5AB combination and had a gappy distance at 11, but put in a solid round besides that.

 164 Stephanie Grace Fernandez had the front rail down of Fence 2. She had a few uneven distances throughout and her horse got a bit playful in the tighter turns. She was long to the triple bar.

165 Hannah Famulak slowed to Fence 2 and had the front rail down. She was a bit long to Fence 7 which made the five strides to Fence 8 easy, and she finished up nicely after settling into the round. 

166 Charley Stowell had a refusal at 5B after the dogleg line from the Swedish got away from her a bit. She retired after jumping through the combination a second time.

167 Nicole Golia had some beautiful jumps but had the front rail of 6A down and a rub at Fence 8. Her pace remained consistent and everything matched, giving her a lovely round regardless of the rail.

168 Makena Bloebaum had a lovely round. Her horse broke in the contact a bit after having a rail at the Swedish, but otherwise it was a good-looking ride.

169 Skyler Ezzell tapped the standard of Fence 2 and chipped in five strides between 6B and 7. She had a beautiful three stride and found a nice out of stride distance to the triple bar to finish. 

170 Alexa Leong had to move up to Fence 2 and had the front rail down. She caught a long distance to 5A but otherwise produce a beautiful round.

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Alexa Leong

171 Abigail Gordon had a lovely round, finding most jumps out of stride. She was a bit long to Fence 11 and got under the triple bar, but produced a quality round otherwise. 

172 Helena Timpany had the front rail of Fence 9 down. She finessed through some slightly uneven distances throughout and finished up nicely.

173 Madison Ramsey had a really quality round. The four strides between 6B and 7 got away from her a bit and she really had to gallop to get them done, but she expertly slowed for the five strides to Fence 8, making it look easy.

174 Ellie Aronson was second to Luke Jensen in the WEF Equitation Championship. She got the four stride between 6B and 7 done easily. She produced a truly stylish round, finding most jumps out of stride, to lots of applause as she finished.

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Ellie Aronson

175 Maddie Tosh is a younger rider. She was deep to Fence 2 but used her horse’s huge stride to her advantage in the rest of the lines, slowing beautifully to each out fence to produce a phenomenal picture. We’ll definitely see more of her in the future.

176 Alexis Hurchalla had the front rail of the Swedish down. She had a lovely round but moved up quite a bit for a longer distance at the triple bar.

177 Samantha Takacs turned off her inside rein in the dogleg line from the Swedish back to 5AB and her horse got mouthy. Her round was otherwise pretty to watch.

178 Cody Rego slowed a bit too much to Fence 3 and got stuck over 5A. He had a beautiful five stride line between Fence 7 and 8. He rode up to the triple bar but produced a solid round generally.

179 Mackenzie Greer had the front rail of Fence 2 down and was a bit long to the Swedish, but it worked out in the dogleg line to 5AB. Her horse was late to change from right to left behind but he righted himself on their way to the triple bar.

 180 Emma Callanan rode beautifully, but her horse jumped out of shape over a few fences and she was a bit obvious with her ride up to the triple bar.

181 Caroline Signorino was champion in the small 3’3 junior hunters 16-17 earlier this week. Her horse gave her some stunning, scopey jumps through the three stride. She rode quite stylishly and was met with lots of whoops from the in-gate upon finishing.

The standby after 181 have gone:

148 Luke Jensen
90 Isabella David
44 Skylar Wireman
130 Isabelle Ehman
70 Caroline Olsen
71 Augusta Iwasaki
142 Alexa Elle Lignelli
43 Zayna Rizvi
137 Chloe Fares
125 Ariana Marnell
174 Ellie Aronson
68 Ema Blumenkrantz
81 Callista Smith
31 Campbell L. Hudkins
147 Lauren Jorgensen
59 Kenna Labeau
115 Kyla Sullivan
111 Reese Merna
171 Abigail Gordon
60 Alida Treuting
161 Lauren Reid
93 Kingsley Dey
92 James Leone
72 Kaitlyn Kiely
173 Madison Ramsey

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Avery Glynn

182 Olivia Sweetnam won the pony stake earlier this week. Today, she met every fence evenly and maintained a patient pace throughout. It was lovely to watch.

183 Cassidy Rein had a few uneven distances throughout but had a beautiful ride through the three stride to Fence 11 to finish up nicely.

184 Ruby Ransco saw a long distance to Fence 3 but ended up chipping. 5AB worked out, but she was tight again to 6A. She ended with a nice jump at the triple bar.

185 Ashleigh Colantuoni missed the change between Fences 7 and 8 and was pulled off her track a bit after Fence 10, but had some really pretty moments throughout the course.

186 Avery Glynn was ninth here last year. She caught a beautiful jump to Fence 1. Her horse got slightly ahead of her to 5A but it worked out. She shortened flawlessly for the five strides between  Fences 7 and 8. She had the back rail of Fence 10 down, but gave an understated, picture-perfect ride to the triple bar to finish.

187 Olivia Soucie rode quietly to Fence 1 and had to move up significantly to Fence 2. Her horse cut left towards the center of the ring after 6AB but she worked it out. She gave a great effort.

188 Sarah Rabb rode well through a few distance-related bobbles to finish up with an solid round.

189 Addison Reed found the 5A a little tight, but it was nothing to complain about. The five strides between Fences 7 and 8 came up a little short, but she finessed through it beautifully. The round was generally lovely to watch and received lots of whoops from the in-gate upon finishing.

190 Schuyler Dayner had a swap at the base of 5A and got a little quick through 6AB-7-8. The three stride came up nicely and her ride to the triple bar was textbook.

191 Caroline Mirts was waiting for a lead change in the dogleg line between the Swedish and 5AB and chipped 5A. She didn’t find a distance off the turn to 6AB and chipped the in again. She got the four strides to Fence 7 done but was tight to Fence 8. After she took a breath, the three stride came up lovely and she finished with a nice ride to the triple bar. 

192 Grace Rabb rode through some awkward distances and lead swapping to end with a solid round and good effort.

193 Kendall Wallin is here for her first time at indoors. She got a little speed-racer-y after the first line, which caused her some trouble in the five stride line from Fence 7 to 8, but the rest of the fences showed themselves. It was a great ride, especially for her first time.

194 Annalise Manoog had the front rail of Fence 2 down after slowing to fit in eight strides. She had Fence 8 down as well but gave us a ride to marvel at through the three stride.

195 Eliza White did two strides in both 5AB and 6AB but gave a solid performance otherwise.

196 Ella Delgado had some trouble at the Dover vertical and had to circle but got her horse over it. She rode through some tough spots and gave a great effort throughout.

197 Xavier Gomez put in a stunning round but had the back rail of Fence 10 down.

198 Sofia Cady just won team gold for Zone 7 earlier this week in the Prix de States. She rode under Fence 2 slightly and had the front rail. The same happened at the Swedish, unfortunately, but the rest of the round was quite pretty and measured. 

199 Payton Lussen rode through a few tough distances to put in a solid round.

200 Emma Hall got stuck in the air in a few places and did two strides in 5AB. Her horse was quite peeky, but she rode through it quite well.

201 Emily Jurnovoy got under a few jumps but worked her way out of it. Her ride at Fence 11 was lovely.

202 Nicole McMillion was just third in the USET Finals – West a few weeks ago. She had a beautiful ride from Fence 1 to 2 and sat stock-still through 5AB, letting her horse jump up to her. The rest of her round was positively stunning. She and her horse make a beautiful pair, and I’d be surprised if we didn’t see them again today.

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Nicole McMillion

203 Francesca Guidi had a lovely ride through 5AB. She got a little ahead of herself through the 6AB-7-8 outside line but recovered before the three stride. She finished with a beautiful jump over the triple bar.

204 Ansley Wright was a bit tight to Fence 1. She got a little disorganized through the dogleg line and had some wiggling issues at Fence 7 but pulled her horse together to finish well.

205 Ella Difazio had some distance-related issues but had a lovely three stride line across the middle and finished with a solid round overall.

206 Amelia Allaire and her horse look great together. She rode through 5AB expertly, and her horse gave her a great-looking jump over the triple bar to finish. 

207 Camilla Jerng is on an adorable grey. They had the front of Fence 2 down and got caught up in 5AB, doing two strides instead of one. He gave her a big jump into 6AB which almost caused the same issue we saw in 5AB, but she added more leg this time and it worked out. The

208 Amira Kettaneh trusted her horse to give her a scopey jump at Fence 2 and it stayed up despite the closer distance. She was a bit tight to the Swedish but it worked out. She shaped the six between Fence 10 and 11 beautifully and gave a great ride to the triple bar to finish to lots of applause.

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Amira Kettaneh

209 Dylan Bazaar had the front rail of Fence 2 down. She rode well through both combinations and had a lovely, understated ride to the triple bar to complete her round.

210 Joe Craver got a bit under Fence 3. The rest was beautiful, particularly the six strides between Fence 10 and 11.

211 Kenley Koch had the front rail of Fence 2 down with the horse’s hind legs. Looked like she held the outside lead through the dogleg line. Her three stride to the six stride line at Fence 11 was lovely, but her horse shot her out to the right a bit. Her ride to the triple bar was moving and she found it a bit long, but a beautiful ride regardless. 

212 Elizabeth Cram found Fence 3 a bit too quietly. The dogleg line was well ridden. She had to push out of 6AB but the four strides to Fence 7 worked out nicely. She guided her horse expertly through the six strides to Fence 11, and the triple bar came up beautifully. We could very well see this one again.

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Elizabeth Cram

213 Taylor Cawley is another younger rider in this field and the daughter of Molly Ashe-Cawley. She had an unfortunate rail at Fence 2 and was a bit tight into 5AB. Her ride through the three stride was stunning and soft. She found the triple bar out of stride, putting the last puzzle piece into her lovely round.

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Taylor Cawley

214 Makenzie Damus finds the first fence out of stride which made the second fence coming up slowing. She had Fence 3 down and drifted left significantly through 6AB. Fence 11 came up a bit short and her horse shot right afterwards to make room. An overall pretty round.

215 Audrey Roberts got hung up a bit at the Swedish oxer and had to push through 6AB. She came down hard on the back rail of Fence 10 but it stayed up. She found a waiting distance to the triple bar and had the back rail down.

216 Lillie Parr got in under Fence 8 and her horse gave her some sass for it on the other side, nearly putting her in the stands. She recovered well and had a great three stride, though the horse’s earlier attitude resurfaced, and she found Fence 11 short.

217 Ann Miller Morton gave a great ride through the Swedish dogleg line and 5AB. She got off track after Fence 8, turning left, and had to circle. She rode well through the three stride but the earlier blunder got to her a bit and she found Fence 11 quite short. She finished up with a nice ride to the triple bar.

218 Lillian Reynolds had the front rail of Fence 2 down. She found Fence 3 out of the corner, but her horse (the little bugger) dropped his shoulder, running out. He peeked at 5B and they blew through the top rail. She gathered herself and finished up nicely, riding her tail off.

219 Emily Ainslie had a strong ride through Fences 6AB and 7 but had 8 down with a shorter distance. She rode the last fence well, ending her trip on a good note.

220 Caroline Nadalin found the second jump a bit long. The distance she saw to 6A was massive, but her horse listened and made it out, taking both rails of 6B with him. She had a great ride to the triple bar to finish her round.

221 Katherine Lebaron had a great first line from Fence 1 to 2, making the seven strides look easy. Her horse stumbled a bit in 5AB but it worked out. She was a bit tight to Fence 8 but it wasn’t massive. The rest of the round was quite smooth and lovely to watch. 

222 Taylor Kogen got a bit under Fence 2, pulling the front rail. She didn’t get into 5AB how she wanted and her horse stopped at the second element. She made it through on her second attempt. They pulled another rail at Fence 9 but finished up well over the triple bar.

223 Kayla Wilson got under Fence 1 and 2 and had both rails down. 5AB got away from her and her horse stopped. They got through it on their second attempt. She had a great ride through Fences 9, 10, and 11 to finish.

224 Grace Defoe had the first fence down. She found Fence 3 nicely and rode well through 5AB, allowing her horse to jump up to her. The rest of the round progressed nicely, with a beautiful final fence at the triple bar. At this point the judges’ selection comes down to style, but we could very well see her in the next round.

225 Kate Egan had a lovely round with no major flaws.

226 Claire Simic had a bit of flyer at the Swedish, but she made it work, and 5AB came up slowing in a way we haven’t seen yet. She caught Fence 8 quite tight, and the top of the triple bar came down to complete her round.

227 Julia Lautz was a bit tight to Fence 2 but left it up. Her horse over jumped 5A, and in an attempt to correct it, she pulled him out of the combination with her left rein. They got through it on their second attempt, and finished up with no other major blunders.

228 Charlotte Clivio had a lovely ride from Fence 1 to 2. She got a little close to 5A but sat up to make it work, and it did so beautifully. The six strides between Fence 10 and 11 came up beautifully. The entire round was wonderfully soft. We very well could see this pair again.

229 Jordan Gibbs is another younger rider in the field. She is on Cent 15, a horse she inherited from her brother, Dominic Gibbs. She caught the left back standard of Fence 2 and had that rail down but recovered well, giving a lovely ride at 5AB, stretching up to leave room for Cent to jump up to her. She saw a longer spot at Fence 9 but it was too far, instead chipping into the three stride. She made it out fine. The triple bar came up nicely, and there’s no doubt she’ll be back soon enough to improve on this ride. 

230 Ella Witt had the front rail of Fence 2 down. She caught Fence 8 tightly, knocking the right standard down as she turned. She finished well with a nice ride at Fences 11 and 12.

231 Julia Brown rode well through 5AB but caught 6AB to 7 a bit long, causing Fence 8 to come up shorter than she’d like. She had a great ride through the six stride from Fence 10 to 11. Her ride to the triple bar was also lovely.

3 Sinead Fennelly is riding last instead of 3rd as is in the posted order. She caught a lovely jump to Fence 1. Fence 2 came up short and she tapped the front rail. She rode well through 5AB and had a lovely three stride. She bent out the six strides to Fence 11 to finish up. 

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Charlotte Clivio

 

Top 25 After Round 1
These riders will appear in round 2 in reverse order:
148 Luke Jensen
90 Isabella David
228 Charlotte Clivio
44 Skylar Wireman
225 Kate Egan
130 Isabelle Ehman
70 Caroline Olsen
71 Augusta Iwasaki
142 Alexa Elle Lignelli
43 Zayna Rizvi
137 Chloe Fairs
125 Ariana Marnell
174 Ellie Aronson
68 Emma Blumenkrantz
203 Francesa Guidi
182 Olivia Sweetnam
202 Nicole Mcmillion
81 Callista Smith
189 Addison Reed
31 Campbell Hudkins
208 Amira Kettaneh
147 Lauren Jorgensen
59 Kenna Labeau
186 Avery Glynn
115 Kyla Sullivan

 

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The first fence is a single triple bar with fuzzy green rails. Riders will turn left and jump the outside line in about 5 (?) strides bending in about 4(?) strides to a Swedish oxer on the end. Riders with ride through the turn, rolling back to the left to Fence 5, a brush covered standalone wall. They’ll turn right and jump Fences 6AB, a one stride, and ride six strides to Fence 7. They must do this in six strides as outlined on the course map.  From there, they’ll rollback to Fence 8, bending in about three (?) strides to Fence 9. They’ll then bend back to Fences 10AB, a curved combination, in  four or five (?) strides. From there they’ll  turn back to Fence 11, bending back to Fence 12, an oxer with a very large cross rail in the middle of it, in six (?) or so strides.

115 Kyla Sullivan
had a great first fence on an open stride. She had the front rail of the Swedish down. Great rollback back to Fence 5. 6AB came up nice, but the six strides to 7 was a bit tight. Her three strides to Fence 9 was bit messy but she got it done, and her last line, which she did in six, was lovely.
186 Avery Glynn picked up a lovely canter and caught Fence 1 out stride. She was long to Fence 2. The Swedish came up nice for her. Her horse swapped before Fence 5 at the base. Her six strides to 7 was expertly done. She did five strides to 10AB, which came up nice. She got right to base of Fence 11 and finished up nicely over the final oxer. 
59 Kenna Labeau went inside to Fence 2. She had the third fence down – just a little tight in the line. The fifth fence was beautiful, and she landed the lead. She was tight into 6AB which made the six harder to do because she had to push out of the combination. Her 10AB was lovely but she had the front rail of Fence 11.
147 Lauren Jorgensen also went inside to 2 and caught it on an angle, which made the line ride a little steady and caused Fence 3 to come down. She was tight Fence 5 and 6 and had the out of 6AB down. Her two stride between 10AB was a little bulging but she got it done.
208 Amira Kettaneh had a lovely first fence. She was striagher to Fence 2 which kept fence 3 up. Her rollback to Fence 5 was stunning. She got the six strides to Fence 7 done quite well. She caught the three strides to Fence 9 quiet which helped her from 9 to 10AB. Her last line was picturesque.
31 Campbell Hudkins rode a much more conservative canter to Fence 1. She a lovely outside line but tapped the Swedish – it stayed up. She was a little tight to Fence 5. Her six strides to 7 was well excecuted but a bit wiggly. She did four strides to 10AB instead and it worked out well. She had a lovely last line.
189 Addison Reed had a great outside line that looked very stylish. Her rollback to Fence 5 was expertly done. Her horse over jumped 6AB a tad, making the six strides harder to do, but she had no problem. She got a little left in 10AB but made it out without a problem.
81 Callista Smith caught a long one to Fence 1. Her five strides between 2 and 3 were well done and quiet but made the four to Fence 4 a bit reaching. Her five strides to 10AB saw her slowing to the combination and she was a tad tight there. The last line was stunning.
202 Nicole Mcmillion caught a beautiful fence to Fence 1. Her horse gave her a beautiful jump over the Swedish. She didn’t make a decision to Fence 5 and ended up having a refusal; she righted this upon reapproach. Her six strides to Fence 7 were beautiful. She flew through 10AB expertly. It’s a shame.
182 Olivia Sweetnam had a great first fence. Her five strides to Fence 3 were slowing which gave her an easy job at the Swedish. Fence 5 came up great. She struggled a bit to get the six strides to Fence 7 done but did it. Her five strides to 10AB placed her to the left side of the combination but it worked out well.
203 Francesa Guidi had to work to get down the five strides from Fence 2 to 3 but it worked out. She was a tad behind in the rollback to Fence 5. She had the out of 6AB down, perhaps in preparation for the slowing six strides. She was tight to Fence 11.
68 Emma Blumenkrantz caught a lovely jump to Fence 1. She was a bit tight to Fence 2 and really had to gallop to Fence 3, but it was too far away and she had a refusal. She got over it once she returned, and the same thing happened at Fence 4. She was excused.
174 Ellie Aronson caught a big one into Fence 2 and had to gallop for Fence 3. She galloped the get the number done to the Swedish but pop-chipped it. The rest of the course was lovely.
125 Ariana Marnell had a great first fence, and her outside line was done expertly. The rollback to Fence 5 was seamless, and she got the six strides to Fence 7 done with just a slight rub. She jumped to the outside of 10AB but it worked out well. She finished to big whoops from the in-gate.
137 Chloe Fairs  had a beautiful turn back to Fence 2. Her horse’s huge stride helped her get the four strides done between Fence 3 and 4 after he landed a bit left. He gave her a big jump off of 6AB making the six strides harder to achieve, and she had a rub at 7. Her horse peeked into the bottom of Fence 11 and she chipped. The final fence was lovely.
43 Zayna Rizvi rode the first three jumps quite well. She had a slight rub at the Swedish and was a bit tight into 6AB. She over-corrected in the five strides to 10AB which made the bending combination harder to do.
142 Alexa Elle Lignelli had a great first four jumps – the four to the Swedish came up easy for her with her horse’s big stride. Her horse way overjumped the in to 6AB which made the six strides to Fence 7 harder to get done, but she did. The rest was lovely.
71 Augusta Iwasaki was a bit tight to Fence 2 and had to gallop down to Fence 3, but it worked out. Her horse jumped a bit out of shape over Fence 5. The six strides to 7 was a challenge for her – she had to hold her horse left to get it done and it was still tight, most likely because of his massive stride. The rest was flawless.
70 Caroline Olsen had a stunning first fence – so smooth. Her horse jumped a bit out of shape over 2, which caught up to her at Fence 4, which was a bit longer than she may like. She chipped into Fence 6AB and got two strides in the one, though that made the six strides to Fence 7 easy. The rest was nice.
130 Isabelle Ehman had an easy time down the outside line, with a slight rub at Fence 4. She landed the right lead off of Fence 5 and her horse gave her some sass for asking for a change on such a tight turn. The five strides to 10AB were a bit wiggly, which changed her track through the combination and she had 10B down. The final line was great.
225 Kate Egan  had an easy time with the first half of the course, and made quick work of the six strides to Fence 7. Her ride through 10AB was stunning. She laid it down.
44 Skylar Wireman rode beautifully through the outside line and her rollback to Fence 5 was textbook. She took Fence 8 on an angle to make the following lines easier. The ride was flawless.
228 Charlotte Clivio kept perfect form over the first few fences. She slowed into 6AB which made it a bit harder but she got it done. She ran into some trouble in the out of 10AB, pulling much of the jump down.
90 Isabella David caught a great first fence. She had to cluck over fence 2, which helped her over Fence 3 and 4. The six strides to 7 was a bit challenging for her with her horse’s bigger stride. The rest was textbook.
148 Luke Jensen stayed soft to the first fence. His horse patted the ground a bit before Fence 3, but it worked out. His horse came right back to him for the six strides to Fence 7, which made it look easy and natural. His final line was stunning.

The judges are brining the top four back to test. They will test in this order:
90 Isabella David
225 Kate Egan
44 Skylar Wireman
148 Luke Jensen

The test is as follows:
Canter directly to fence 9.
Counter canter fence 7.
Counter canter fence 2.
Trot fence 3.
Canter fence 4.
Canter 10A in reverse.
Canter 10B.
Hand gallop fence 1.
Sitting trot to the out gate.
Exit at the walk.

Isabella David: Her first counter canter was beautiful. Her horse showed his greenness a bit with the second counter canter; there was some swapping action before fence 2 where she had a rail. She got the trot fence done nicely. Her hand gallop is exactly what judges are looking to see.
Kate Egan: She had some trouble with the first counter canter and got a bit long to fence 7, but the second one was much easier where she chose to do a simple change. Fence 4 was a bit sticky. Her hand gallop was a bit lacking.
Skylar Wireman: She had a great first counter canter and caught a lovely out of stride distance to fence 7. She managed to land and hold the counter canter despite the turn and the wall – amazing. Her trot fence was flawless. Her hand gallop wasn’t as big as Isabella’s, but with holding the lead through the counter canter, she’s really forcing Luke to show his hand.
Luke Jensen: Luke chose to do two simple changes for the counter canters and really hunted down there in the hand gallop – a beautiful showing of skill.

Final Standings
12. Alexa Elle Lignelli
11. Addison Reed
10. Campbell L. Hudkins
9. Avery Glynn
8. Zayna Rizvi
7. Ariana Marnell
6. Amira Kettaneh
5. Augusta Iwasaki
4. Isabella David
3. Kate Egan
2. Skylar Wireman
1. Luke Jensen

Best equitation horse: Castlefield Spartacus

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