The team declared from the very start that they were out to take home top honors in the Training Adult Team Championship (ATC) and their bold choice of a team name succeeded with Team “In It To Win It” winning the top honors at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds.
The four riders representing Area IV finished on a score of 98.7 to lead the victory gallop at the end of show jumping day. Meeting new people and working together is a huge part of the ATC and that was especially true for Team In It To Win It as Rebecca Hunt said she met her teammates for the first time at the AEC, but is excited to continue to get to know them after the competition.
Hunt finished the AEC as Reserve Champion in the Training Amateur Championship on a 29.0 with her own Thoroughbred mare, Snowflake Lane (Dunkirk x Correoso). Her teammates included Kailey DeMeyer on Ninjutsu, an 11-year-old American Warmblood gelding (Nintender x Rickie Rene), who finished seventh in the Training Rider Championship on a 34.0; William Barclay and Stormn Hudson KD, the 10-year-old Trakehner gelding (Blitz und Donner x Stormn Doreen KD) owned by the rider and Sandra Barclay, who finished on their dressage score for 13th in the Training Amateur Championship; and Kristin Kubsch with CMF Royal Diamond, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Flag of Diamonds x Royal Gem).
Second place went to Bridled Enthusiasm, four riders representing Area II who finished on a 102.9. The team was made up of Jeff Beshear/Fernhill Cascum Marco; Sheri Thornley/Toga; Elizabeth Ricklefs/Idlehour Patriot; and Louis Rogers/Always Cooley.
Just over a rail behind was the third place team: Ready, Steady, Jump! which included Kristina Marth/Hang on Caitlyn; Julia Bulkeley/Rafferty’s Rules; Morgan Patton Brown/Jackhammer II; and Brynna Gang/Wise Guy.
About the USEA Adult Team Championships
The USEA Adult Team Championships, which debuted in 2014, is the capstone event for the USEA Area Adult Team Challenges, providing adults the chance to compete as a team and represent their Area of the country in a friendly and fun environment. Historically, adult riders had three regional Team Challenges in which to compete with fellow adults in a team environment, with the locations changing each year. In 2013, the USEA Adult Rider Coordinators voted to move to support Adult Team Challenges taking place in all 10 Areas across the country, with the finale being the ATC at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds. Each Area can send up to eight teams from Beginner Novice through Preliminary level to the ATC. Adult Riders know how to have a good time, and there is no doubt that they bring an increased level of excitement and camaraderie to the AEC! Click here to learn more about the Adult Team Championships.
A relentless rain didn’t put a damper on the first horse inspection at the 2019 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day Event in Elkton, Md. The CCI3*-L presented first in front of the ground jury of Helen Brettell (GBR) and Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride (USA) and all 62 horses were accepted to start the competition. C Me Fly ridden by Colleen Rutledge and Jos UFO De Quidam ridden by Heather Jane Morris were both sent to the hold, but were accepted upon reinspection. Lasse 73 ridden by Jennifer Salinger was asked to jog twice, but was accepted after the second pass down the lane.
The USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East and West Coast Championships will take place this weekend on opposite sides of the country. On Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, the East Coast Championships will take place at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland. Then on Sunday, October 20, the West Coast Championships will run at the Fresno County Horse Park (FCHP) in Fresno, California.
Rutledge Farm is thrilled to welcome back two-time Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton to host his second eventing clinic as a part of the Rutledge Farm Sessions clinic series. Since 2017, Rutledge Farm has been dedicated to bringing premier educational opportunities to Middleburg, Virginia to support the development of the sport at all levels and for multiple disciplines, including eventing, show jumping, dressage, and equitation.
Experience the 2019 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships through the judge's eyes! The USEA will be hosting YEH judging seminars during the 2019 USEA YEH Championships. The seminars will be led by the world-renowned judge and co-chair of the YEH Committee Marilyn Payne. All interested parties are welcome to attend.