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Alexandra Lawson and Imagine My Surprise Ride to Championship Win at 2011
USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final Presented by Elisabeth M. Goth
Alexandra Lawson and Imagine My Surprise.
Photo by Howard Schatzberg.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2011
By USEF National Affiliates Department
Kansas City, MO - Alexandra Lawson of North Salem, IN, rode James Williams'
Imagine My Surprise to the championship win in the United States Equestrian
Federation (USEF) Saddle Seat Medal Final presented by Elisabeth
M. Goth. The final took place Saturday as part of the United Professional
Horsemen's Association (UPHA) American Royal National Championship Horse
Show in Kansas City, MO.
The class was filled with top riders from across the country and included a
challenging two-phase competition that required both rail work and patterns
in both rounds. The reserve championship was awarded to Hunter Chancellor of
Evansville, IN, riding Chanti's Prayer, owned by Steven E. Chancellor.
The bronze medal was awarded to Taylor Newton, of Liztown, IN, riding Coco
Mojo, owned by Melissa and Nick Maupin.
Riders ages 17 and under are eligible to compete in the Saddle Seat Medal
Final by placing first or second in an official qualifying class during the
specified qualification period.
Lawson, who was fourth in last year's Saddle Seat Medal Final, won her
equitation class at this year's World's Championship Horse Show at the
Kentucky State Fair.
Her name will be engraved on the Adrian Van Sinderen Trophy alongside a
prestigious list of prior winners dating back to 1937. The American Horse
Shows Association (AHSA) Equitation Medal was established that year by the
fourth President of AHSA, Adrian Van Sinderen, as part of his strategy to
connect horse people across the U.S. The original Van Sinderen trophy was
awarded to the Junior Equitation rider who accumulated the most points in
AHSA Medal classes in a given competition year.
As the winner of the year's Saddle Seat Medal Final, Lawson also received a
Freedman Harness handcrafted leather bag. Both the champion and reserve
champion received the traditional USEF medals and rose bundles along with
coolers and engraved stable halters for their mounts. The youngest rider in
the final - 11-year-old Macy Miles of Rockport, IN - was presented with a
Breyer model horse donated by Breyer Animal Creations.
A reception was held after the preliminary phase for all riders, instructors
and family members, where gifts were given to the participants and
supporters were recognized for their generous contributions.
Supporters of the 2011 final included: Platinum Level, Elisabeth M. Goth;
Gold Level, Steve and Terri Chancellor; Silver Level, The McGinnis Family,
Glenn A. Werry, Jr.; Bronze Level, Thomas Brock, The Brown Family; and
Friends of the Medal Final, Mary Anne O'Callaghan Cronan.
Results from the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final presented by Elisabeth
CH. Alexandra Lawson, New Salem, IN, aboard Imagine My Surprise, instructed
by Lillian Shively
RC. Hunter Chancellor, Evansville, IN aboard Chanti's Prayer, instructed by
3. Taylor Newton, Liztown, IN, aboard Coco Mojo, instructed by Shelley
4. Abigail Mutrux, St. Louis, MO, aboard Lemon Shake Up WRF, instructed by
5. Caitlin Donohue, Inverness, IL, aboard The Bourne Supremacy, instructed
by Kenny and Donna Smith
6. Emily Chapman, Tucson, AZ, aboard My One Night Stand, instructed by
7. Gavin Gagnon, Livermore Falls, ME, aboard Callaway's Born A Star,
instructed by Gary Garone
8. Allison Schuh, Seymour, WI, aboard CH Thundersnow, instructed by
9. Emily Mayer, Oconomowoc, WI, aboard Mocha's Mudslide, instructed by
10. Brooke Boyer, Johnston, IA, aboard The Crowd Favorite, instructed by
For more information about the Medal Final, contact Jennifer Mellenkamp at
email@example.com or (859) 225-6955.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation is to provide
for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.