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USEF Medal Final

October 11, 2015

Why They Won: See The Top Rides From The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals

Out of 287 riders starting the Pessoa/USEF Medal Final this morning, these four rose to the top after three intense rounds of competition. See how they did it...

Kelli Cruciotti set the pace early, going to the top of the stand-by with this Round 1 trip:

October 11, 2015

Cruciotti Cruises To Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Victory

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 11

As the saying goes, first impressions mean everything.

Kelli Cruciotti certainly made a good first impression on the judges, Julie Winkel and Scott Hofstetter, leading from start to finish in the Pessoa/US Hunt Seat Medal Final.

October 9, 2015

One To Watch: Alex Joerg Has Worked For Years For This Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

Don’t let Alex Joerg’s slight Southern drawl and unfailing politeness fool you. This 17-year-old has a thread of fierce determination running through her. Years of mucking stalls, throwing hay bales and cleaning tack have paid off in a big way for Joerg, who’s in Harrisburg, Pa., this weekend for her first Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals.

October 16, 2013

West End Is Standing Out In A Sea Of Warmbloods

Sometimes it looks like qualifying for the equitation finals includes a “must ride a big, bay warmblood in a Pelham” dress code. As the 229 rides of the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals walked in through the in-gate there was bay warmblood after bay warmblood, with a few grays and chestnuts sprinkled in.

October 13, 2013

Keenan Didn't Quit For The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals

Harrisburg, Pa. - Oct. 13  

Lillie Keenan seems perfect. She’s talented. She’s got a string of phenomenal horses. She wins all the time.

But horses are the greatest levelers, and on Oct. 6 at the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East (N.J.), where she was leading the competition after two rounds, Keenan experienced just the kind of thing every rider has sometime in their career—a horse that simply didn’t want to perform as expected. Clearway stopped twice at a simple stone wall oxer, eliminating her.

October 12, 2013

The 2013 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Are Underway

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 12

October 12, 2013

2013 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Order Of Go And Course

The 2013 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals order of go. The judges are Ralph Caristo and Leo Conroy.

The first oxer of the course is set right out of the corner by the in-gate (there’s a dotted line set generously at about the middle of the ring). From Fence 1 to the vertical at 2, straight up the long side of the ring, is five longish strides.

October 11, 2013

Waking Up in Vegas… Err, Harrisburg

I feel like I’m in Las Vegas.

Of course, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex doesn’t have a wide array of singing slot machines, gaudy red carpets, or drinks on the house, but it definitely doesn’t sleep. Just like a casino, there are no windows and no clocks.

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