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USET Finals West, AKA USEF Talent Search

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  • USET Finals West, AKA USEF Talent Search

    Here are the results of the flat and gymnastics phases, which ran the last two nights:
    http://www.leghorseshows.com/pdf/sho...g%20Order).pdf
    (if something bizarre happens with the link go to www.leghorseshows.com --> Link to LAEC show in about the middle of the page --> PDF's at the bottom of the list).

    I didn't make it either night but am planning to be there tomorrow at 2:30 for the final phase, if anyone wants to meet up. There is also a GP in the evening, the admission to which is IIRC free.

    If you are curious about who is riding what horse, or who people train with, go to horseshowtime (http://www.horseshowtime.com/getshowinfo.php?p=4627) --> Show Entries to get a list by #
    The Evil Chem Prof

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    Please post updates if you have the opportunity. I sure hope the girls from Washington keep up the good work!!

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    • #3
      USEF West Talent Search FINALS

      1st Samantha Harrison - Karen Healey
      2nd Olivia Champ - Karen Healey
      3rd Kilian McGrath - Karen Healey
      4th Lauren Myers - Cara Anthony
      5th Savannah Jenkins - Karen Healey
      6th Sage Flynn - Hap Hansen
      7th Sara Nordstron - John Turner, Jack Hammond
      8th McKenna Skelton - Mike Edrick
      9th Sydney Calloway - Lori DeRosa
      10th Rachel Shulman - Rudy Leone, Jill Humphrey

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        #4
        No one did anything hugely wrong in the fourth round for the exchange of horses. There were a few over time on a horse or two, including the eventual winner. Some rails. But we were sitting there trying to figure out who won and couldn't come to a consensus, nor did anyone have a strong feeling that a particular person won. We felt the 4th place person should have been higher.

        The horse award went to Samantha Harrison's horse.

        Platinum Performance was there giving away sport bars, hats and Talent Search t-shirts. Swag!

        There was a disapointingly small audience. I had a great time meeting up with friends, but we were a large portion of the spectators in the bleachers.

        The person who was 4th after the gymnastics fell off in connection with the water jump--made kind of a bid, there was an in between distance, and she got popped off afterwards.
        The Evil Chem Prof

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        • #5
          Go team Potcreek and Lauren Myers! Cara and I are very proud. It was also great to have Sara Nordstrom in the top ten.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Peggy View Post
            No one did anything hugely wrong in the fourth round for the exchange of horses.
            Did they do the switching or did they have grooms do it a la Maclay Finals last year?
            Mendokuse

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hunterrider23 View Post
              Did they do the switching or did they have grooms do it a la Maclay Finals last year?
              I don't know if we ever got official word on why they allowed grooms to switch tack, but I do know that Elizabeth Benson was competing with a broken wrist. I think that had something to do with it.
              The best sports bras for riders are Anita 5527 and Panache! Size UP in Anita, down in Panache (UK sizing)

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                Grooms and trainers are allowed in the holding/warmup area. Four horses plus four kids by themselves in the middle of a grass field might not be the best idea. Each person gets two minutes including two jumps before each of the three rounds on the other riders' horses. Kids walk the courses themselves but aren't segregated from their trainers.
                The Evil Chem Prof

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                  #9
                  Lauren rode beautifully.
                  The Evil Chem Prof

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AliCat View Post
                    I don't know if we ever got official word on why they allowed grooms to switch tack, but I do know that Elizabeth Benson was competing with a broken wrist. I think that had something to do with it.
                    I certainly wouldn't expect her to tack up for herself, but the other riders, yes. While 4 riders alone in the ring isn't safe, grooms could very easily hold the horses while the riders tack up, it'd be a very sad thing if a finals winner didn't know how to tack up their own horse.
                    Mendokuse

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by hunterrider23 View Post
                      I certainly wouldn't expect her to tack up for herself, but the other riders, yes. While 4 riders alone in the ring isn't safe, grooms could very easily hold the horses while the riders tack up, it'd be a very sad thing if a finals winner didn't know how to tack up their own horse.
                      I'm sure they all know how to tack up their own horses. It's annoying that people speculate otherwise.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tha Ridge View Post
                        I'm sure they all know how to tack up their own horses. It's annoying that people speculate otherwise.
                        I agree. The USEF Talent Search is so different than any other equitation final. Open to anyone under 21, there are even professional riders in this class. Many of the horses used for the finals are high level jumpers, not your typical quiet equitation horse. Having a groom available for the top four is essential and in no way suggests that the riders aren't capable of doing a tack change on their own.
                        Katie

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by hunterrider23 View Post
                          I certainly wouldn't expect her to tack up for herself, but the other riders, yes. While 4 riders alone in the ring isn't safe, grooms could very easily hold the horses while the riders tack up, it'd be a very sad thing if a finals winner didn't know how to tack up their own horse.
                          They most certainly know how to. And you can't have a test where 3 of the 4 do something and one doesn't. That's not fair.

                          My trainer cojudged Maclay finals last year, and the rationale behind having the grooms do it made sense.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LovesHorses View Post
                            Go team Potcreek and Lauren Myers! Cara and I are very proud. It was also great to have Sara Nordstrom in the top ten.
                            Congrats! Very exciting.

                            Also, many congrats to Sara Nordstrom. She is just the nicest girl, so happy for her.

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                              Is there anywhere online to watch?

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