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.
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