Jul 27, 2019

The Hylofit USEA Classic Series Young Rider Team Challenge Debuts at Rebecca Farm

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
Kamryn Avvakumovits and King's Affair. USEA/Kate Lokey Photo.

The Hylofit USEA Classic Series provides the opportunity for those who want to experience the classic long format of three-day eventing at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels. Each Hylofit USEA Classic Series offers a unique window into the glory days of eventing with roads and tracks and steeplechase completing endurance day. The thrill of the ‘chase lives on for all those who wish to experience it.

At The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. the Novice and Training Level Classic Series divisions are offered, and they prove to be quite popular with 79 riders competing in 2019. This year, coinciding with the Adequan North American Youth Championships, the Young Rider coordinators put together teams for a new Hylofit USEA Classic Series Training Three-Day Young Rider team challenge. The majority of the Training Three-Day division was filled by eight Young Rider teams with 31 riders, so the Classic Series teams ponied up with the NAYC teams to ship to Montana.

Pip Hayes and Peridot. USEA/Kate Lokey Photo.

On Friday the Hylofit USEA Classic Series divisions tackled Bert Wood’s cross-country courses, and it is Area VI’s Team Navy that is sitting pretty in first place heading into tomorrow’s show jumping. Three of the four riders remain on their dressage score, and their cumulative team score is a 98.2. The Young Rider Training Three-Day Area VI Team Navy consists of Pip Hayes and Peridot (Perigueux x Hauptstutbuch), Kira Niyogi and Astro NSF (Baron Verdi x Astra), Karleen Williams and Next Dance (Cupidon x Dancing Nuage), and finally, Kamryn Avvakumovits and King’s Affair (Ranch Samaguy Dream Boy Kurt x Saros Princess).

Area VII’s Young Rider team sits just 3.2 points behind the leading team after three of their competitors, Abigail Cochran and Freesela (Freestyle x Gizela W), Alexis Larson and PL Diamond’s Inspiration (PL Diamond Hill x PL Indy) and Hailey Blackburn and Kilbunny Amigo (Eurocommerce Pittsburg x Ballyglisheen Sky) all completed cross-country on their dressage scores. McLaine Mangum and Merry Mischief (Sempatico M x Cita Jet Jewel) round out the team with their cumulative score of 101.4.

Karleen Williams and Next Dance. USEA/Kate Lokey Photo.

The Area VI Team White sits in third place on a 105.2 with Hannah Ertl, Michaela Maroney, Kayla Bierman, and Savannah Carter. Seven points, which is less than two rails, separate the first and third-place teams, so the young rider teams will be feeling the pressure tomorrow in the final phase. The Training Three-Day will enter the show jumping in reverse order of standing at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow. In addition to the Hylofit USEA Classic Series prizes and ribbons, there will be special ribbons for the Training Three-Day Young Rider team challenge.

About the Hylofit USEA Classic Series

The Hylofit USEA Classic Series keeps the spirit of the classic long ­format three­-day events alive for Beginner Novice through the Preliminary levels. Competitors can experience the rush of endurance day, including roads and tracks, steeplechase, the vet box, and cross­-country, as well as participate in formal veterinary inspections and educational activities with experts on the ins and outs of competing in a long ­format three-­day event. Riders who compete in a Hylofit USEA Classic Series event during the year will have the chance to win a variety of prizes at the events from USEA sponsors. Click here to learn more about the Hylofit USEA Classic Series.

The USEA would like to thank Hylofit, FLAIR, FITS, SmartPak Equine, Stackhouse & Ellis Saddles, and Parker Equine Insurance for sponsoring the Hylofit USEA Classic Series.

Kira Niyogi and Astro NSF. USEA/Kate Lokey Photo.

About Hylofit

Now available to purchase, the Hylofit system hit the marketplace in 2018. The Hylofit system is the only equine wearable to offer in-ride feedback for horse and rider. Hylofit’s state-of-the-art product is designed to maximize communication between horse and rider, improve training results, and promote the overall health and well-being of the horse. Hylofit unique features include real-time feedback, post-ride insights, rider insights, overall well-being of the horse and rider, zone training, sharing features, video features, weather impact features, and more. The Hylofit system that tracks both horse and rider’s heart rate is comprised of four hardware components, an app for iOS or Android, and an optional app for the iWatch.

Hylofit is generously providing a 10 percent discount for Hylofit products to all USEA Classic Series competitors! Hylofit will also provide 11 Hylofit systems to the high scorers of each USEA Classic Series event at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.

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