The last champion of the 2015 USEA Nutrena American Eventing Championships presented by VTO Saddlery was awarded this afternoon with the Novice and Beginner Novice divisions completing their show jumping rounds. Clear rounds became extremely influential in the final top 12 standings across all divisions; however, most of our overnight leaders remained the same to take home the coveted championship title in their respective divisions.
Tamra Smith earned her second win of the weekend in the Novice Horse division aboard Anita Nardine’s 7-year-old, Favian. The pair led from start to finish on an impressive score of 21.5. “He was so confident out there today and was jumping 2’ over everything! He can be a bit spooky in the show jumping ring so I’m super proud of how he finished up today,” Smith explains. Smith gave a lot of credit to her team back home that kept her two champion horses going for the past three weeks as she was competing on the East Coast.
McKinsey Wickman didn’t have a rail to spare as she entered the show jumping ring aboard her own Dassett Profile, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse. A nail biting double clear show jumping round resulted in Wickman earning the championship title in the Novice Junior division. “I was amazed with my horse. He was absolutely phenomenal. I made a few mistakes, but he saved my butt out there,” Wickman says. Wickman is looking forward to a Training level move-up with Dassett Profile and mentions that her win this weekend proves that they’re ready for the next challenge.
Carole Schaff piloted her own 6-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse, Company Spending around a clear show jumping round to move up the ranks from fourth to first place in the USEA Novice Amateur division. Schaff reflects on her round, “She went right into the ring and took me to all the jumps. She was just great, and I couldn’t ask for a better horse.”
Julie Norman earned the Broadstone Beginner Novice Horse title aboard Stephanie Wyly’s 6-year-old Hanoverian, Tia. “She was a bit wild today! I didn’t expect her to be as spooky as she was, but when it came to jumping the jump right in front of her she was great. She didn’t feel like she was getting near any of the poles, which is a nice feeling. I think she handled the course well and at the end of the day she’s still really green so I’m very happy with our result this weekend,” described Norman.
Melody Pruitt led the entire weekend wire-to-wire in the Broadstone Junior Beginner Novice division with her own 8-year-old Thoroughbred, The Flying Ace. “He was amazing today. I was so nervous, but he pulled me to every fence and really took care of me.” The Flying Ace is an off-the-track Thoroughbred, which Pruitt mentioned goes to show how talented these horses are and how they truly have another purpose after the track.
Mckenzie Scroggins took home the championship title in the Broadstone Junior Beginner Novice 14 and Under division aboard her own 9-year-old Thoroughbred, ChaCha. Scroggins jumped a critical double clear show jumping round to move-up from second to first place. “My ride today was wonderful and ChaCha was great as usual. We’ve been working hard all season, 6 days a week to get here. I’ve had such a great experience and it’s one that I’ll always remember.”
Bobby Covington clinched the win in the Broadstone Beginner Novice Amateur division with his own 15-year-old Thoroughbred, Halo. “I was really nervous today, and he pulled it together for us as a team.” Covington went on to explain how much this win at the AEC means to him. “Halo has had a lot of health issues and last year we almost had to put him down so winning here today is pretty special.”
There were quite a few special awards handed out today in addition to the division champions.
Ovation Optimum Time Award
Novice Amateur: Missy McGee and Dundee
Broadstone BN Amateur: Savannah Welch and Langcaster
Broadstone Junior Beginner Novice: Elektra Ryffel and Super Sleuth
Mark Phillips Pony Rider Award
Junior Novice: Coralee Richardson and Cobblestone Ivy
Broadstone Junior Beginner Novice 14 & Under: Meg Pellegrini and Ganymede
Adult Pony Rider Award In Memory of Avery Dudasch
Junior Novice: Bobbie Jones and Rebel’s Heartbreaker
Broadstone Junior Beginner Novice: Erika Aho and ZoePoe
Novice: Vicki Baker and The Odyssey
Beginner Novice: Mckenzie Scroggins and ChaCha
The Adult Team Champions were also determined with the following teams winning their respective divisions:
Training: Area V - The Fairy Tails
Novice: Area X/VI
Beginner Novice: Area V - Team Always Be A Unicorn
Full results can be found here.
About the AEC
The Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, Presented by VTO Saddlery is the annual American championship for every level of the Olympic equestrian sport of Eventing, from Beginner Novice to Advanced. This year the AEC is being held from September 24-27 at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas.
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