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Brooke Jacobs Wins 2008 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final for a
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July 11, 2008
By Stacey Meier and Melissa Davis
Lexington, KY- In a unanimous decision by the judges, Brooke Jacobs
defeated four talented riders in the 2008 United States Equestrian
Federation (USEF) Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. Despite the
heat, Jacobs completed the rail and pattern work to outshine the
competition at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show at the famous The
Red Mile racetrack.
Jacobs, of Georgetown, KY, claimed the title aboard CH My Southern
Charm, a bay Saddlebred gelding owned by Werk Way Stables and trained by
Brent Jacobs. Though Jacobs has been riding CH My Southern Charm for
about four years, he is new to equitation classes. Even so, Jacobs was
very pleased with her ride.
"This is the second equitation pattern he has really ever had to do,"
said Jacobs. "He is a little green on patterns but we knew he could do
it and we were hoping he would do it in the ring. I was very pleased
when we were done. He got through it and actually did pretty well."
The USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final is in its eighth
consecutive year. Jacobs has been competing in the competition since the
inception in 2001 when she claimed her first title in 2006 riding
Callaway's Show Me When.
Riders that compete in the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final
are only allowed to win the title twice. With Jacobs win today, it was
bittersweet for her but she was very excited to have won the title again
to become the only rider to have done so.
"It's going to be sad to not be able to show in it again but I'm happy
that I won so it's a little bit of both," said Jacobs. "It's really been
a lot of fun."
In addition to showing the rest of the summer, Jacobs has been selected
to compete on the U.S. World Cup Team this September in South Africa.
The USEF Medal Final is one of the most prestigious Medal Finals in the
country dating back to 1937. Historically, the Medal program
represented the top level of competition for junior riders. It was
decided in 2001 that a Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final would give
adults the ability to continue to compete for the prestigious honor.
Riders are judged fifty percent on rail work as a group and fifty
percent on individual tests (a pattern).
Following the awards presentation, all exhibitors were honored at the
annual USEF reception where each participant and instructor received
Final Results of the 2008 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Finals:
1. Brooke Jacobs, Georgetown, KY, riding CH My Southern Charm
2. Victoria McHenry, New Orleans, LA, riding Creditworthy
3. Morgan Wolin, Chicago, IL, riding Linus Van Pelt
4. Christie Milbury, Bow, NH, riding Spirited Edition
5. Lindsey Greenwald, Tomball, TX, riding Santana On Broadway
Judging this year's Finals were Richard Harris, Tim Lockard and Rick
For more information, please contact Carrie Mortensen, USEF Director of
Breeds and Western Discipline at (859) 225-6986 or via email
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation(r) 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.