USHJA Members Ride for Individual and Team Gold in the USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships

Serenity Phillips & Kenneth Long Prove to be Tough Competition Each Bringing Home Golds in both Team and Individual Championships

ushja-logo-140Sacramento, CA – The USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships saw a talented field of team and individual riders from Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. The 38 horse and rider teams competed over 3 days for both team and individual awards over extremely technical courses built by German designer Heiko Wahlers.

Five teams in the Children’s Jumpers battled it out for the chance to stand atop the podium and win Team Gold. Lead by Chef d’Equipe Jill Humphrey, the Zone 10 team of Dalan Laughlin, Zoey Pacyna, Elizabeth McAfee and anchor Serenity Phillips took home the Gold.

All photos by Flying Horse Photography

Anchor rider Serenity Phillips said, “There was a lot more pressure on me due to being an anchor of a team. The team experience made me ride a lot better, because I knew other people were counting on me. I also love this format, my goal is Young Riders and this championship format was similar, and I feel that it prepared me. I have never ridden in this type of team format before. All of us supported each other, my teammates were super friendly, and that made it much easier to bond with them during this experience.”

The Adult Amateurs also showed skilled riders who rode their very best to support their team with hopes of winning the Gold. Zone 9 Team of Bailey Fuller, Leslie Cox, Susan Bernard and anchor Kenneth Long rode under Chef d’Equipe Debbi Long to the victory.

Adult Amateur team member Susan Bernard said, “I am so proud of my whole team, everyone really pulled their weight. My horse Bongo jumped beyond all of my expectations and I was so proud of him. I was extremely nervous because instead of competing just for myself, I had three more people I was riding for and I didn’t want to let them down.”

The individual competitions also brought exciting rides to victory, where Serenity Phillips and Tesoro showed another great display of perfection with two more faultless rounds. Even thought she found herself in a dramatic three-way jump-off for the gold with Dalan Laughlin and Peyton Masteller, Serenity kept people on the edge of their seat with yet another clear round, winning the Gold with the best ride by just one second faster than Dalan Laughlin.


Serenity Phillips Brings Home Children’s Individual Gold

 
15 Adult Amateurs competed for individual honors, with Kenneth Long and Cathy Jones moving to the jump off to battle it out for Gold. Long claimed the top of the podium with his clear round, winning the individual Gold.

“It was awesome! Such a different format. Normally you ride in your classes and you have decisions like, do I do the inside or outside turn. In this, you have to be very consistent and it’s a whole new perspective on competition.” Long said.

Congratulations to all of the USHJA members who qualified for these exciting Team and Individual championships.

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USHJA Members Ride for Individual and Team Gold in the USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships

Serenity Phillips & Kenneth Long Prove to be Tough Competition Each Bringing Home Golds in both Team and Individual Championships

ushja-logo-140Sacramento, CA – The USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships saw a talented field of team and individual riders from Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. The 38 horse and rider teams competed over 3 days for both team and individual awards over extremely technical courses built by German designer Heiko Wahlers.

Five teams in the Children’s Jumpers battled it out for the chance to stand atop the podium and win Team Gold. Lead by Chef d’Equipe Jill Humphrey, the Zone 10 team of Dalan Laughlin, Zoey Pacyna, Elizabeth McAfee and anchor Serenity Phillips took home the Gold.

All photos by Flying Horse Photography

Anchor rider Serenity Phillips said, “There was a lot more pressure on me due to being an anchor of a team. The team experience made me ride a lot better, because I knew other people were counting on me. I also love this format, my goal is Young Riders and this championship format was similar, and I feel that it prepared me. I have never ridden in this type of team format before. All of us supported each other, my teammates were super friendly, and that made it much easier to bond with them during this experience.”

The Adult Amateurs also showed skilled riders who rode their very best to support their team with hopes of winning the Gold. Zone 9 Team of Bailey Fuller, Leslie Cox, Susan Bernard and anchor Kenneth Long rode under Chef d’Equipe Debbi Long to the victory.

Adult Amateur team member Susan Bernard said, “I am so proud of my whole team, everyone really pulled their weight. My horse Bongo jumped beyond all of my expectations and I was so proud of him. I was extremely nervous because instead of competing just for myself, I had three more people I was riding for and I didn’t want to let them down.”

The individual competitions also brought exciting rides to victory, where Serenity Phillips and Tesoro showed another great display of perfection with two more faultless rounds. Even thought she found herself in a dramatic three-way jump-off for the gold with Dalan Laughlin and Peyton Masteller, Serenity kept people on the edge of their seat with yet another clear round, winning the Gold with the best ride by just one second faster than Dalan Laughlin.


Serenity Phillips Brings Home Children’s Individual Gold

 
15 Adult Amateurs competed for individual honors, with Kenneth Long and Cathy Jones moving to the jump off to battle it out for Gold. Long claimed the top of the podium with his clear round, winning the individual Gold.

“It was awesome! Such a different format. Normally you ride in your classes and you have decisions like, do I do the inside or outside turn. In this, you have to be very consistent and it’s a whole new perspective on competition.” Long said.

Congratulations to all of the USHJA members who qualified for these exciting Team and Individual championships.

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