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PNHS Prix de States Jr. Jumpers Team Competition

“It’s Southern girls and the way they rode” to paraphrase the Beach Boys that won the $10,000 Adequan/USEF Prix de States Junior Jumper competition at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Of 30 horses, only 3 went clean in the first round and all were from Zone 4 (AL, FL, GA, MS,TN, SC). The South led going into the second round by 12 points or three rails. “My horse, Lola, was a little anxious at first,” Juliana Fisher,16, of Lake Worth, Fl, said, from within an embrace of happy teammates. “I went into the second round just wanting to improve.” And, improve she did going clear.

The second round saw 10 clean trips. Three of these came from Zone 10 (CZ, NV) moving them to a close second a s Ann Marie Walker, from Mobile, AL, faltered with Radio Flyer with two rails and two time penalties.

“My horse was perfect in the first round,” the 17-year-old said, “but she can be a little fickle and maybe a bit tired.”

It was up to14-year-old Reed Kessler of Wellington, FL and Taylor Land of Alpharetta, GA. This is Reed’s first year jumping at this level and she was surprised she qualified. She was glad to be riding on the same team with her best friend, Taylor. Reed had a rail in the second round after her clean first trip. Pressure shifted to Taylor, 16, riding anchor for her team and the final rider to compete.

“Canaille was an angel,” she beamed. “I’ve ridden him for two years and have complete confidence in him. He did so well in the first round, I just figured we’d go in the ring and do it again. And, we did!”

This is only the third time in 30 years of Prix de States Jr. Jumper competition that the South – Zone 4, has won. The first time was 27 years ago when both Ta ylor Land’s parents, Kim Kratish and Jay Land rode. “They were not even dating at the time,” said former Zone 4 Chef d’Equip trainer Missy Clark. “Isn’t that a great story?!

Taylor Land is leading going into tonight’s final phase of the Jr. Jumper Championship with her friend Reed, fourth.

Second place went to Zone 10, the 2007 winning team. This year the team was: Sophie Benjamin, Rancho Santa Fe; Saer Coulter, San Francisco; Carle Cook, Woodside; and Mavis Spencer of Santa Monica. Their final score was 12 faults to Zone 4’s 4.

Zone 2 (NJ, NY, PA) finished third with a total of 20 faults. Riding for Zone 2 were: Clementine Goutal, NYC; Julie Lourie, NY; Kimberly McCormack, NJ;and, Chelsea Moss, NJ.

Junior Weekend continues at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with the third and final phase of the Junior Jumpers Individual Championship at 8:30pm. Sunday features the USEF/Pessoa Hunter Sea t Medal Finals with more than 240 entries.


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