Articles: Press Release
Four Eventing Championships Awarded During the
Mid-South Event at the Kentucky Horse Park
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2006
The nation's horse center at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington set
the stage for four different USEF eventing championships over the past
weekend, October 19-22. The storms that plagued the region in the week
leading up to the competitions left portions of the steeplechase course
under water. Officials deemed it necessary to eliminate the
steeplechase from the event. The national championships were also run
concurrent with the ever-popular Mid-South Team Challenge.
In the one-star competition, Ruthie Harbison aboard Ringfort Tinkatoo (a
nine-year-old chestnut Irish Sport Horse owned by Robert Jordan) were
named champions. She finished the competition on her dressage score of
54.3, adding no penalties during the cross-country and show jumping
phases. The reserve champion was Cathy Weischhoff aboard Pantera. The
horse, a nine-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood, is owned by Debbie
Atkinson. Weischhoff was in the lead on a dressage score of 51.5, but
unfortunately for her, she accumulated 4.0 time faults on cross-country.
This dropped her to second place. She finished on a clear show jumping
In the junior championship, it was Jordynn Sahagian of Barrington, IL,
aboard Peron (a 10-year-old bay Hanoverian owned by Vicki Sahagian).
Sahagian put herself firmly in the lead based on her dressage
performance which netted her a score of 47.7. This allowed her to
retain her lead, even after succumbing to two rails in the show jumping
phase. Reserve honors went to Callie Judy of Columbia, MO, aboard her
Kilkenny Castle (a 12-year-old dark bay Irish Sport Horse). Judy
finished on her dressage score of 62.4.
The third championship awarded at the close of the weekend was the USEF
National Amateur Eventing Championship, taken by Katherine Coleman of
Athens, GA, aboard Trader Vic (a seven-year-old dark bay
Thoroughbred/Hanoverian cross). The pair put down a final score of
58.9, leading the competition from the start. The reserve horse-rider
combination was Stephen Steinhoff and Kouros de Rouville (an
eight-year-old bay Selle Francais). The pair added four cross-country
time penalties to a dressage score of 57.4 for second place.
Emery Reagan and About Time II (an eight-year-old bay Thoroughbred) were
the winners of the 2006 USEF National 19- to 21-Year-Old Eventing
Championships on a score of 65.6. The Goshen, KY, rider finished ahead
of another Kentuckian and hometown rider, Keely Maginnis aboard
Maplewood's Primestar. Maginnis and her 10-year-old bay Hanoverian
finished with 70.7 points to take the reserve title.
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28 breeds and disciplines, including our country's international teams
competing in the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing,
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