Topping a class of 71 riders in the Amateur Adult Medal Final, 24-45 was at the New England Equitation Championships in West Springfield, MA, was North Kingstown, RI, native Natalie Hartley. With a first round score of 86.83, Hartley returned for the second round of competition sitting in second behind Elysse Ruschmeyer of South Glastonbury, CT. Riding in reverse order, the top 18 riders showed over a shortened course to determine the top ten placing riders with the top five riders seperated by less than two points. Hartley earned the championship ribbon with after recieving the highest second round score of an 85.50 for an overall score of 172.33.
In second was Melissa Groher of South Glastonbury, CT, with a combined score of 169.25 followed by Sara Wytrzes of Plymouth, MA, with a 168.58.
The venerable George Morris has said it time and time again: there’s no option for a jump other than going over, under, or through. I have to agree with Sir George on this front (and oh so many others), not only on a riding level, but also a psychological one.
By Bridget Braden
Riders need their core to develop a solid neutral position between the shoulders and the hips. The prayer crunch is a great exercise to teach just that. The same muscle recruitment you use to do this exercise will stabilize you in the saddle.
Alexandra Cain, 17, from Olney, MD, and Camille owned by Louna Primm, were judged the best in the North American League (NAL) Children's Hunter Final held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund. Their two round score of 161.50 gave them the top award and the coveted Laura Palmer Pickett Memorial Perpetual Trophy for 2016. Amateur rider Samantha Ruttura, from Lloyd Harbor, NY, and her 8-year-old horse Quinn, won the coveted NAL Adult Hunter Final. Their two round score of 167.0 garnered them the blue ribbon and the coveted Lisa A. H. Cudahy Perpetual Trophy.
Zone 2 Defends Title to Take Team Gold in Neue Schule/USEF Prix des States Team Championship at Pennsylvania National Horse Show
The team from Zone 2 took home the team gold for the second consecutive year with the best possible score to win the Neue Schule/ USEF Prix des States Team Championship and Individual Championship Phase II at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund. Zone 4 won the silver and the bronze went to Zone 5.