Harrisburg, PA- October 13, 2012- The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA was abuzz today with all the action at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. The featured and much anticipated final phase of the Randolph College/ USEF National Junior Jumper Championships was held tonight. The top 60 percent of the competitors from Phase One and Two were eligible for Phase Three. Each individual’s faults from the first two phases were added together. Dana Scott was defending her first place position after her two faultless rounds last night. Right behind her in second place was Abigail McArdle who clinched the win for Zone 5 in the Team Championship.
First to go was Kira Kerkorkian, heading into the course with 23.5 points carried over from yesterday’s rounds. She and Malcolm had a faultless round. Then, Michael Hughes had four faults, bringing his combined score to a score of 21, putting him in the lead.
Several rounds later Ashley Foster and Indy had a clear round that brought their combined score to 15, moving them into the lead. Two rounds later, Ormsby Hill piloted by Liza Finzness, had another faultless round bringing her 2-day score to 12 to take the lead.
Charlotte Jacobs carried over only 6.5 points. She and Kachina had a rail, but took the lead with a score of only 10.5. Next to go, Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 also left all the rails in place and took over the lead with a score of 5.
All the pressure was on Dana Scott as she and her horse, KM Whatever RV, needed another clean round to win the championship. She delivered the faultless round and captured the title. McArdle and Cosma 20 won second place and Charlotte Jacobs and Kachina were third.
Scott, who is 17, rides with Jeffrey Welles and has been doing the jumpers since she moved on from her large pony hunter. She is a senior in high school and is in the process of looking at colleges.
“It was a privilege to be here. My main goal was to get in tonight and it was icing on the cake that I ended up winning.”
The Pony Divisions kicked off with the under saddle classes followed by the Small Pony Hunters.
It was Peacock Ridge’s Q2 with Yazmin Rizvi up that caught the judge’s eye with a round deserving of the impressive score of 86. Rizvi also piloted First Edition, also owned by Peacock Ridge to second place honors with another brilliant round that earned an 85. Madeline Schaefer and her own Hi Lite were third with an 84.5 and Suave Pony LLC’s Rico Suave and Isabella Russekoff were fourth scoring an 84. When the combined scores were tallied, it was Yasmin Rizvi and Q2 who were awarded the Small Pony Hunter Championship. The Reserve went to First Edition. Rizvi had taken the ride from her sister, Farah who was injured while schooling.
David Gochman’s Grand All Over, ridden by Emma Kurtz won the final over fences class of the Medium Pony Hunter Division with an outstanding score of 87. Lilli Hymowitz piloted Rose Hill Farm’s Trademark to a score 86. Bibby Farmer-Hill’s Sassafras Creek ridden by Daisy Farish. The Championship was awarded to Grand All Over and Kurtz. Laugh Out Loud, owned and ridden by Francesca Dildabanian were awarded the Reserve Championship.