Articles: Horse News
Abigail McArdle Leads Zone Five to
USEF Prix de States Team Championship
Rebecca Walton for
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Harrisburg, PA - October 16, 2012 - The best young riders in the country
gathered at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show this weekend to compete
during the 2012 Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper
Championships. Leading the way was 18-year-old Abigail McArdle of
Barrington, IL, who helped Zone Five capture the USEF Prix de States Team
Championship and later went on to earn the Individual Junior Jumper Reserve
Championship aboard Cosma 20.
McArdle and Cosma 20 kicked the weekend off right with a clear first round
on Thursday night, finishing in second place just shy of the leading
time. Friday night highlighted the USEF Prix de States Team
Championship. McArdle's Zone Five Team members included Kalvin Dobbs of
Carmel, IN riding Winde; Lillie Ross of Wheaton, IL aboard Pako; and
Catherine Tyree of Chicago, IL on Wetter.
After the first round the team had 12 faults to their name, and all of the
pressure came down on McArdle. As the anchor rider, she needed to lay down a
clear round during the second phase to take the gold.
Pressure is no stranger to McArdle, who laid down five clear rounds to win
the NAJYRC Junior Show Jumping Gold Medal in July, and also led Zone Five to
the Team Silver Medal. Once again she and Cosma 20 rose to the challenge and
managed to leave each rail in the cup, vaulting Zone Five to the top of the
podium for the Gold Medal.
"I had never shown Cosma indoors before, but after doing so well the first
day the team decided to have me ride in the anchor position," explained
McArdle. "It was a lot of pressure, but it was good pressure because it's
always an honor to ride as the anchor for your team. Knowing that I had to
put in a clear round to secure the gold medal was a very exciting moment."
On Saturday night, the Individual Junior Jumper Championship
continued. McArdle was ranked second going into the event and needed to go
clean to hold on to her position. Cosma 20 was brilliant again and never
touched a jump, helping McArdle garner the Reserve Championship.
"It's a great competition and I think I really rode my best," expressed
McArdle. "I couldn't be happier with Cosma's performances this weekend. A
lot of horses get backed off or spooky inside and she really proved that
once again at a different venue she's able to perform with confidence."
McArdle will now prepare for the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show, where she
will be competing in the Junior Jumpers with Cosma 20 and the prestigious
ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Medal Finals aboard her veteran mount Apartico.