Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023

What You Need to Know: 2023 Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal Finals



The 2023 Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final kicks off this morning, with the first competitor stepping foot in the ring at 7 a.m. It is estimated that the final round will start at 4 p.m. 

Jack Towell and Timmy Kees are judging the class of 207 competitors—there’s been at least one scratch. Alan Lohman designed the course. Oliver Kennedy, Ava Stearns and Sissy Wickes will be commentating live on USEF Network all day. Last year’s winner, Luke Jensen, will join them for the second round of competition. The Chronicle will be blogging ringside all day. You can follow along here. There’s a lot of information to parse through, so scroll down for the course map, course description, order of go and more. 


The course. Mollie Bailey Photo

There is a dotted line riders may not cross before or after their course a third of the way from the in-gate. The first fence is the oxer in the center of the ring with yellow flowers away from the in-gate. The riders will turn right to jump the vertical gray gate, then make a lefthand rollback to the Swedish oxer at the end of the ring. They ride a bending line from there to the birch combination of verticals, with a bending line out to the birch oxer. The riders make a right hand turn around the end of the ring to Fence 6, the signature skinny Dover gate. Then it’s a slight bending line to the white triple bar and a straight line to the narrow white gate. They turn left at the end of the ring to Fence 9, the Dover vertical, riding a bending line to the brown, one-stride oxer-vertical combination. They ride a bending line to the final fence—a brown, airy oxer—by the in-gate, then finish by jumping an oxer on the diagonal.

The course.

Find full results here. Check out all the Chronicle’s coverage from the Pennsylvania National here. Check out the Oct. 30 issue of the Chronicle of the Horse magazine for analysis from the competition.



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