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.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.
Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
It is with great disappointment and regret, which we know will be shared by many, that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Badminton Horse Trials which was due to be held “behind closed doors” between May 5 and May 9. This cancellation also includes the BE90 and BE100 Championships (May 4 and 5).