Excitement Builds as USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper and Hunter Championships Kick Off with Showplace Productions
Showplace Productions kicked off the USHJA Children's/Adult Jumper and Hunter Championships at Ledges Sporting Horses
Chefs d'Equipe are Confident in Their Teams
Roscoe, IL – August 11, 2016 – The excitement is building as the 2016 USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper and Hunter Championships kick off at Ledges Sporting Horses during the Showplace End of Summer Show. Hunter riders from USHJA Zones 1, 2 and 5 will compete for team and individual titles in the USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter North Regional Championships, presented by SmartPak, while jumper riders from USHJA Zones 5 and 6 will turn up the heat to vie for team and individual championship titles in the USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Championships.
The preliminary competition began with the horse inspection and jog for soundness. Officials along with the veterinarian observed each horse, passing them all with flying colors.
All riders in the championships jogged for soundness.
Jumper riders had the opportunity to ride in the warm up around for a quick 90-second school in the Grand Prix ring.
USHJA Zone 5 Jumper Chairperson Diane Carney with USHJA staff Allison Eneguess and Shelly Nelson at the riders meeting.
Next was the Welcome Reception and riders meeting with everyone gathering on the VIP deck for delicious food, courtesy of Showplace Productions and an informational meeting headed by Zone 5 Jumper Chairperson, Diane Carney along with USHJA staff members Allison Eneguess and Shelly Nelson. Rules and schedules were clarified and Hunter Chefs d’Equipe Tina Judge-Boyle for Zone 5, Cynthia Williams for Zone 2 and Brooke Baldwin DeGrazia for Zone 1 were introduced along with Jumper Chefs d’Equipe Jim Urban for Zone 6 and Elaine Schott for Zone 5 along with assistant Chef, Liz Atkins.
Midwest SmartPak representative Kristen Lindholm.
SmartPak, the presenting sponsor of the USHJA Children’s Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, was on hand to deliver gift bags to all the riders. Showplace Productions also had goodie bags for all the riders to take home from the event.
Confident Chefs d’Equipes
Each Chef d’Equipe was confident in their team, starting up the friendly rivalries right from the start.
“First of all, I would like to thank Showplace Productions and USHJA for putting this event together,” said Liz Atkins. “It’s an awesome opportunity for riders to get to compete as a team so that’s really great and thank you for that. I’ve been stressing camaraderie and support; we’ve all worked really hard to get here so let’s give it the best shot we can. I’m confident we’re going to be first!”
“We’ve been trying to get more people involved in USHJA programs like this. It’s going to be really fun,” added Jim Urban. “We’ve got some really good riders, some of them on green horses and a few that are green combinations altogether, they all have the talent so we’ll see how it pans out. We’re going to certainly try and win!”
“The 90 second training session today was very successful. We’re going to get some team spirit awards,” said Elaine Schott. “We’re going to win!”
“Our mission is to be there to support and organize,” added Cynthia Williams confidently. “Our team will finish on top!”
Brooke Baldwin DeGrazia
“I want to be there with them for support and get to know them since some are from another zone,” commented Brooke Baldwin DeGrazia. “I want to try to make it as easy and seamless as possible for them. We’re still working on our strategy, I’d like to think we’ll finish in first!”
“We’re so excited to be here, everyone has worked so hard to get here and Showplace Productions and USHJA have worked hard to put this fantastic event together. We have a great group of horses and riders here to compete so it should make for some great competition. I’m the Zone 5 Chef for the hunters. Since there are five Zone 5 teams, I’m very confident we will win!”
Carney challenged the teams to show their team spirit throughout the weekend with Star Creek Video putting up a prize for the Team Spirit Award.
Championships winners will receive awards from USHJA sponsors that include Charles Owen, Essex Classics, FITS Riding, Professional's Choice, Shapley's and SmartPak.
Competition begins Friday morning with the $2,500 Individual Jumper Qualifier followed by a luncheon and Hunter Team Competition beginning at 2:00 pm.
Saturday morning begins with the $500 Children’s and Adult Hunter Individual rounds. Jumper riders will get their chance at the $2,500 Team Championship Qualifier Nations Cup at 2:00 pm.
Sunday morning is the Final $5,000 Individual Jumper Championships.
All events for the weekend will be live streaming with Diane Carney adding the commentary. The broadcast can be found on www.starcreeklive.com.
For information on the USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter and Jumper Champions, visit www.USHJA.org.
For a detailed schedule and results, go to www.showplaceproductions.com.