Articles: Press Release
Blackledge Wins USEF Reining Seat Medal Championship
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2004
Keri Blackledge, 16, of Costa Mesa, California, and her buckskin Quarter
Horse, Sundance Dun It, were named the 2004 United States Equestrian
Federation (USEF) Reining Seat Medal Champion on Saturday night, April
24, at the Del Mar National Horse Show.
The USAE Reining Seat Medal Class was judged on each exhibitor's riding
form and ability to perform traditional reining patterns. The
competition is open to junior and amateur riders showing any breed of
horse. Qualifying classes were held throughout the country. The finals
were held over two rounds of competition with scores from both rounds
combined to determine the champion.
For winning the 2004 USEF Reining Seat Medal Finals, Blackledge will
have her name engraved on the Glenn Gimple Perpetual Bronze Trophy. In
addition, Blackledge will have her name added to the Adrian Van Sinderen
Trophy for being the High Score Junior Exhibitor and the "My Midnight
Special" trophy for the Highest Scoring Cumulative Reining Pattern.
Champion accolades included a custom made Champion saddle and custom
buckle from Broken Horse Saddlery, a wool Champion Cooler from Triple
Crown Custom and the prestigious USEF Medal. This was Keri's first year
to compete in the Finals and she is trained by Brenda Brown.
The Westland Farms Reining Seat Medal Sportsmanship trophy was awarded
to Rebecca Lamalfa of Scottsdale, Arizona and the Youngest Rider trophy
was awarded to Kailey King, 13, of Fullerton, California.
Supporters for the event included the Pacific Coast Horse Association,
Arabian Reining Horse Association, Breyer Model Horses, Renee Baker
Performance Horses, Larry and Poncie Gimple, Mr and Mrs. Larry Hoffman,
Hollwedel Family, Westland Farms, and the Bailey Family
USEF founded the equitation medal program in 1937 under the guidance of
its fourth president, Adrian Van Sinderen. For the first decade, the
Saddle Seat, Hunter Seat and Stock Seat disciplines all competed
together in the same ring for the Adrian Van Sinderen Trophy in the
American Horse Show Association Equitation Medal Finals. In 1948, the
Stock Seat Medal, now the USEF Reining Seat Medal, became a separate
event from the Saddle Seat and Hunter Seat Medals.
Champion Keri Blackledge Simi Valley, CA
Reserve Kailey King Fullerton, CA
3rd Paige Montgomery Goodlettsville, TN
4th Tonna Brooks Canby, OR
5th Dana Geatty Upland, CA
6th Debbie Bartman Alamo, CA
7th Rebecca Lamalfla Scottsdale, AZ
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President of Marketing and Communications on (859) 225-6941 or via email
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The United States Equestrian Federation Inc.(USEF), as the National
Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the
Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance,
eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other
breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's
largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members
and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It
governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing
all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation is to provide
leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America,
promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic
Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national
equestrian federation in the world.