USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Jumper Team and Platinum Championships Conclude at TIEC

Jul 17, 2019 - 2:04 PM
Lauren Balcomb and Verdini D’Houtveld Z Zip to Win Zone 3 & 4 Platinum Jumper 1.40-1.45m Individual Final 

 

Christina Webb and FVF Sailor Man Earn Gold in USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Junior/Amateur 1.30-1.35m Individual Final

 

Addison Reed and Goliath Sweep the USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Junior 1.20-1.25m Individual Final 

 

For Immediate Release

 

Mill Spring, NC – July 15, 2019 – The USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Jumper Team and Platinum Championships concluded Sunday with the Zone 3 & 4 Platinum Jumper 1.40-1.45m Individual Final, with Jumper Team Individual Finals taking place Saturday in Tryon Stadium at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The three-day Jumper Team Championships welcomed just shy of 100 competitors over four days, also hosting the inaugural USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Platinum Jumper Championship.

 

Lauren Balcomb and Verdini D’Houtveld Z Zip to Win Zone 3 & 4 Platinum Jumper 1.40-1.45m Individual Final 

After three rounds of competition, Lauren Balcomb (Citra, FL) aboard her own Verdini D’Houtveld Z were awarded champion honors in the Zone 3 & 4 Individual Platinum Jumper 1.40-1.45m Individual Final. Jesse Smith (Wellington, FL) piloted her own Charles Pinckney Windsor Z to a second place finish, while Katlynn Butler (Mechanicsville, VA) completed the podium in third with her own MTM Catoki’s Clever.

 

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Lauren Balcomb and Verdini D’Houtveld Z
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Balcomb revealed that she had only been focused on Show Jumping with Verdini D’Houtveld Z for a little over a year. “I bought him as a six-year-old in Belgium, originally to be a three-day [Eventing] horse. I evented him for a little bit and noticed he was just jumping better and better, and decided to start Show Jumping him just over a year ago. He is just turning into an amazing horse.”

 

The pair had not originally planned to participate in the inaugural Platinum Jumper competition and until only a few weeks prior. “I was actually in Australia a couple of weeks ago, and I got a call that this Zone Competition was on. So, I was a little unprepared, but I was coming here anyway, so it was the perfect opportunity to compete in it.”

 

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Balcomb, Smith and Butler in their presentation ceremony.
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This was Verdini D’Houtveld Z’s first time competing in a Grand Prix, and Balcomb expressed that she could not be happier with his performance: “My horse [Verdini D’Houtveld Z] is only eight, and this is his first Grand Prix, and I thought he just jumped super. I did come a little quick into the combination and he jumped a little high, so it was my fault that he had a rail. It was a bit of a shame, but overall it was a great week.”

 

Balcomb has competed frequently at TIEC and shared that she enjoys the facility. “It has been fantastic [this week]; we have spent a lot of time here throughout the year. I love it here. It is a great place to show,” Balcomb concluded.

 

For full results from the Zone 3 & 4 Individual Platinum Jumper 1.40-1.45m Individual Final, click here.

 

Christina Webb and FVF Sailor Man Earn Gold in USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Junior/Amateur 1.30-1.35m Individual Final

 

On the third and final day of competition for the USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Jumper Championships hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) during Tryon Summer 5, it was Christina Webb (Raleigh, NC) and FVF Sailor Man to earn the gold medal in the Junior/Amateur 1.30-1.35m Division Individual Final. Silver after the Individual Final was awarded to Roberto Teran (Malabar, FL) aboard his own entry, Arnac Du Mazes. Claiming the bronze medal was Katlynn Butler (Mechanicsville, VA) and her own entry, MTM Marvel.

 

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Christina Webb and FVF Sailor Man
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Webb, a first-time qualifier for the USHJA Zone Jumper Championships, finished the three days of competition with only eight faults total. “On the first day [FVF Sailor Man] was incredible; we were second and he was very very good. On day two, I was really proud of both my rounds. We had an unlucky rail in both classes, but he was very consistent every time in the ring. On day three he felt nice and fresh and did everything I asked him to do, and I can’t ask for much more than that!

 

“It’s a family affair,” Webb continued. She explained that Fox View Farm’s FVF Sailor Man, known in the barn as “Oliver,” was bred and raised as a part of the family: “My sister and I actually broke him. Maryann Charles showed him and helped us to bring him along and did so wonderfully with him at the Grand Prix level. I’ve actually just started riding him again, and was just so thankful that I got to show him here. He was perfect every day, and the courses were a lot of fun, as well!”

 

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Webb, Teran, and Butler in their presentation ceremony.
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“My week here at TIEC has been a lot of fun, and I’ve told everyone what a nice event this was. It was really cool to be able to meet other people and cheer on your teammates, and I was on a team with Zone 4, as well, so I was able to make some new friends. It has been a really fun week!” Webb concluded.

 

For full results from the USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Junior/Amateur 1.30-1.35m Division Jumper Championship, click here.

 

Addison Reed and Goliath Sweep the USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Junior 1.20-1.25m Individual Final 

 

Addison Reed (Mechanicsville, VA) and Goliath were victorious in the USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Junior 1.20-1.25m Individual Final on day three of the Zone Jumper Championships hosted by Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) during Tryon Summer 5. True Blue Mate with owner and rider Natalie Pedley (Wellington, FL) were awarded the silver medal, while Madison Jones (Longwood, FL) piloted her own Bijoux Z to earn bronze.

 

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Reed, Pedley, and Jones in their presentation ceremony.
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Reed shared that she and Goliath, owned by Reed Training & Sales LLC, hadn’t been paired together for long and were still getting to know one another: “We imported him last year and he’s really awesome. He’s super honest and brave, but can sometimes be a bit tricky to ride. He knows to go to the jumps; it can sometimes be hard to get him there right, but once he’s there, he knows what to do!”

 

Reed, who qualified and showed at the three previous USHJA Zone Jumper Championships, entered into day three of competition with zero total faults, putting her and Goliath in a great position to continue to be competitive over the courses designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR).

 

“The courses all week have been awesome and super fun!” Reed exclaimed. “Bernardo [Costa Cabral] is an awesome course designer and a super nice guy as well. They really were suited well to my horse and there weren’t a ton of tight rollback turns, which we can struggle with sometimes.”

 

While Reed concluded that the week had been a bit of a blur, she truly enjoyed the competition’s format and looks forward to competing at the Zone Championships for, hopefully, a fifth year in 2020. “The last three days have been a bit of a blur. I woke up this morning and thought it was Friday! It’s gone by really fast, but the week was organized really well and it’s been a lot of fun. Tryon is awesome, and we love it here. This is one of my favorite shows.”

 

For full results from the USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Junior 1.20-1.25m Division Jumper Championship, click here.

 

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Diana Harris and Flair WS
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Diana Harris (Creedmoor, NC) piloted her own entry, Flair WS, to claim the gold in the USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Adult Amateur Individual Final. Silver went to Eileen O’Leary (Ponte Verde, FL) and her own Bahama Boy, while the bronze went to Tinita Hughes (Athens, GA) aboard her own Proximo.

 

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Mackenzie McGehee and Fiona Van’t Paradus
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In the USHJA Zone 3 & 4 1.20-1.25m Amateur Individual Final it was Mackenzie McGehee (Jacksonville, FL) and her own Fiona Van’t Paradus who claimed the gold, while her sister Ashley Ann McGehee (Jacksonville, FL) piloted her own Mr. Snuffleupagus to silver. Rounding out the podium, Taylor Harpman (Keswick, VA) and her own Kablesse V/D Donkhoeve claimed the bronze.

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Ana Ramos and Jorno
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The USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Children’s Individual Final saw Ana Ramos (Ocala, FL) earn the gold with her own Jorno. Silver and bronze went to Ella Domenicone (Alpharetta, GA) aboard her own S-Acorada Donaldson and Maggie Huffman (Birmingham, AL) and her own Nightvale, respectively.

 

The Tryon Summer Series continues through Sunday, July 21, 2019. For more information, visit Tryon.com.

 

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