Articles: Press Release
Smith Wins Saddle Seat Medal Final
Sarah Lane (859) 225-6974
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2004
Kansas City, MO-Kelsey Nicole Smith, 17, of Delafield, Wisconsin, was
crowned champion of the 2004 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
Saddle Seat Medal Finals, held November 20, as part of the UPHA/American
Royal National Championship Horse Show in Kansas City, Missouri.
Riding Chimere (Chestnut American Saddlebred mare, Periaptor-RHR Fury's
Wild Flame), Smith topped the class of 31 entries in the two-phase
competition that required both rail work and patterns in both rounds. As
champion, Smith will have her name engraved on the Adrian Van Sinderen
Trophy and the Helen K. Crabtree Perpetual Bronze. In addition to these
awards, she also received a Cliff Barnsby equitation saddle and Gold
medal sponsored by the USEF.
Smith was surprised, yet excited about her win. "I was pretty much
numb," she said. "I didn't know what was going on. It was definitely
surreal. I was just there for fun."
"I love this final," she continued. "It brings the best of the best
together to compete at one level. The friendships gained during this
experience are great."
She offered up a big thanks to her trainers, Scott and Carol Matton, of
Hartland, Wisconsin. "Carol made my horse what she is today with her
training. This is only her second year in equitation."
The reserve championship was awarded to Kyle Gagnon, 15, of Livermore
Falls, Maine, riding Duplicate Copy, also an American Saddlebred. Both
the champion and reserve champion received Triple Crown custom horse
coolers, leather halters and rose bundles.
Results are as follows:
Champion: Kelsey Nicole Smith of Delafield, Wisconsin; Instructed by
Scott and Carol Matton.
Reserve Champion: Kyle Gagnon of Livermore Falls, Maine; Instructed by
Gary and Marsha Garone.
3rd: Tate Bennett of Shelbyville, Kentucky; Instructed by Renee
4th: Sarah Taylor of Davison, Michigan; Instructed by Kathy Boggs.
5th: Lisa McClaren of Hinsdale, Illinois; Instructed by Julie Wroble.
6th: Alexandra Flynn of Tampa, Florida; Instructed by Lillian Shively.
7th: Renee Zubrod of Versailles, Kentucky; Instructed by Cindy Boel and
8th: Emily Garten of Lebanon, Ohio; Instructed by Kathy Boggs.
9th: Ashley Alden of Barrington, Illinois; Instructed by Kenny and
10th: Shana Jo Brown of Marcellus, Michigan; Instructed by Jim Taylor.
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