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PNHS Junior Jumper Championship Final

Taylor Land,16, whisked the Adequan/USEF Junior Jumper championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with barely a rail. Fresh from winning the Jr. Jumper Prix de States team competition Friday, Land carried only 2.07 faults into the third and final round, a half rail ahead. Mavis Spencer and Clementine Goutal were at 4.00 and 4.91 respectively.

Riding in reverse order, Land had the benefit of seeing her competition sort out the challenges of Michel Vaillancourt’s course. Her closest competition had clear rounds.

“Either a hero or a zero is what I figured when I went in,” said the Alpharetta, GA native. “Canaille tends to go right, so the approach to the first oxer of the triple was to our advantage She is so game but I had to ride her forward into that jump.” Six horses of 14 faltered took rails in triple combination.

“Canaille keeps her head up which lets me sit in the back seat a little—that helped too,” she said. Land and 12-year-old Belgium Warmblood have been together for two years. This is the second year they have shown at the Farm Show Arena.

Second place went to Mavis Spencer aboard Winea Van’t Vennehof. Spencer won the first night’s competition and dropped a rail on the final fence in the Prix de States team competition Friday. “I get really nervous before I go in the ring,” the Santa Monica native admitted. “I could hardly breathe, but Winea is a try-er. She always gives her best. Mistakes are more mine than hers.”

Although Spencer was not able to make up for her single error the night before, she did have a flawless round and earned the coveted Steinkraus Style Award, named for Olympian William Steinkraus.

Clementine Goutal of NYC, NY finished third with Kelline Fonroy. Like Spencer, she went clear, but had a rail the Prix de States competition. At 18, she will move into the Amateur Jumper Division.

Despite six contestants taking down one or mo re of the triple combination, course designer Michel Vaillancourt noted how much the riders had improved over the past two days.


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