Articles: Horse News
Zone 5, Scott, and O'Mara Win USEF Championships at the Pennsylvania
National Horse Show
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October 15, 2012
An edited Pennsylvania National Horse Show press release
Harrisburg, PA - Three National Championships were decided this past weekend
at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Thirty-one competitors in the 2012
Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships and more than 250
of the best hunter equitation riders in the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal
Finals presented by Randolph College vied for the top spot in their
Abigail McArdle of the Zone 5 Team on Cosma 20. (Al Cook)
The Zone 5 Team Wins Gold in the Randolph College/USEF Prix de States Team
The Zone 5 team captured the Gold medal in the Randolph College/USEF Prix de
States Team Championship at the 67th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show
on Friday evening. The team members were: Kalvin Dobbs of Carmel, IN riding
Winde; Abigail McArdle of Barrington Hills, IL on Cosma 20; Lillie Ross of
Wheaton, IL aboard Pako; and Catherine Tyree of Chicago, IL on Wetter.
Following a modified Nations Cup format, the teams jumped the same course
twice with one drop score permitted from each round. At the conclusion of
the first round, the challenging Alan Wade designed course yielded only
three clear trips. The team from Zone 1-8 was on top of the leader board
scoring eight faults. Zone 2 was only one point behind with nine
penalties. The Zone 5 team was in the mix with a first round score of 12
faults and Zone 4 had 14 penalties.
The riders returned in reverse order of merit for the final round, which
meant that all the pressure rested on the shoulders of the team's final
rider. Ross and Dobbs had already gone without fault so another clear would
give Zone 5 a score of 12 faults and the gold medal. As McArdle entered the
arena the announcer told the story, which surprised her.
"As I was going into the ring for the second round I heard the announcer on
the way to the first jump and I said 'Oh!' I felt a little bit more
pressure," said McArdle. "We had such a great team, I was really happy to be
a part of it."
The 18-year-old rider rose to the occasion with a faultless ride clinching
the Gold for her team.
"Any team competition is really fun, especially when we all know each
other," McArdle continued. "We just want to do well, it's a big deal."
With the Silver and Bronze medals still to be determined, anchor rider Dana
Scott held the fate of the Zone 1-8 Team in her hands. A clear round meant
that they would win Silver with an overall score of 16 faults. Teammates
Sydney Shulman already went clear on Little Lady d'Elle and Madeline
Thatcher scored eight faults aboard Licapo. Scott and KM Whatever RV left
all the rails intact and impressively negotiated the only double clear of
The Zone 2 Team of Meg O' Mara and Sinatra IV, Lydia Ulrich with Santos
Utopia, Charlotte Jacobs riding Kachina and Mattias Tromp on Vosqinus took
home the Bronze with a final tally of 25 penalties.
Dana Scott USEF Champion and KM Whatever RV (Al Cook)
Dana Scott is Practically Perfect to Win the Randolph College/USEF Junior
Jumper Individual Championship
Dana Scott of Wilton, CT, captured the Gold medal riding KM Whatever RV in
the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Championship at
the 67th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Saturday evening. The
17-year-old rider was nearly perfect finishing with a score of only two
"I got a little lucky," said Scott. "Everyone here has a really fantastic
horse, everyone here has a fabulous team behind them and everyone here is a
fabulous rider. So really anyone could pick up the win this week and it
ended up being my lucky week!"
The week began on Thursday with Phase I of the Championship and on Friday
with Phase II. The top 60% were eligible for the Phase III, which yielded a
field of 17 competing in reverse order of merit. The scores from Phases I
and II carried over into Phase III to determine the order.
Liza Finsness and Ormsby Hill went clear in the final phase, establishing a
lead with a four-day score of 12 faults. That score held for most of the
class until Charlotte Jacobs and Kachina, going third from last, entered the
arena. The pair had a carryover score of 6.5 faults and then incurred four
more by knocking down a rail for a total of 10.5 faults. Abigail McArdle was
next on Cosma 20. They came into the competition with a carryover score of
five faults, so if they went clear, they would take over the lead. McArdle
and Cosma 20 were faultless and put the pressure on the final rider.
Scott and KM Whatever RV made the Alan Wade designed course look easy,
negotiating a clear round. The dynamic duo did not have a single rail down
throughout the four rounds of competition. Their only faults were incurred
by the clock, by going a little too slow on Thursday evening. Scott was
thrilled with their victory, but she was truly happy just to take part in
"I looked around and saw that I was surrounded by some of the best riders in
the country and I thought that it was such a privilege just to be here,"
said Scott. "It was icing on the cake just to win here."
Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals Presentation. (Al Cook)
Meg O'Mara Wins the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals
Meg O'Mara of Rumson, NJ, bested a field of 257 junior riders to win the
prestigious Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals, presented by
Randolph College, at the 67th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on
Sunday. It was an emotional time for O'Mara. The announcer just finished
naming Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, the Reserve Champion. When she
realized that the Championship title was hers, the 18-year-old put her hand
over her face to hide her tears.
"I never thought that I would be here," said O'Mara. "So to be able to win
it - I am still in disbelief."
Judges Bill Moroney and Geoff Teall called back the top 28 riders for the
second round and the top four riders were tested further to determine the
medal winning positions. The test consisted included a hand gallop, a halt
and back, two counter-cantered fences, and a trot fence. The final four were
Hasbrouck Donovan of Gainesville, FL, Sydney Shulman of Greenwich, CT,
Keenan and O'Mara. All four riders handled the test very well, but the
judges used the words "Confidence" and "Brilliance" to describe O'Mara's
performance. Teall said, "Her round fell into place a little bit nicer and
she went and did it."
Confident, is not exactly a word that O' Mara would have used, admitting
that the only time she felt able to breathe was after the test was over.
"Before the test started, I started having a mental breakdown for like 30
seconds. I didn't know what was going on," said O' Mara. "But I decided I
just had to go out there and ride. I couldn't freeze, because that's usually
what I do."
Don Stewart, the trainer of O' Mara was proud of the way she overcame her
nerves. "She's a fighter for sure."
Keenan may have finished in the runner-up spot, but she was not complaining.
"I am extremely happy. Just coming here is exciting and getting a ribbon is
a huge accomplishment," said Keenan. "I did what I thought was right at the
moment. I have an amazing horse and I was very lucky to ride him."
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