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USEF Medal Final

October 16, 2016

Two Flying Changes Win It For T.J. O'Mara In Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 16  

Four years, ago, T.J. O’Mara sat in the stands and watched as his sister Meg won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Final. This year, he got to take the spotlight in the class, working his way up from fifth after Round 1 to second going into the test and then into first with a brilliant test ride showing off two flying changes to counter-canter.

October 16, 2016

2016 Pessoa/U.S. Hunter Seat Medal Finals Commentary

T.J. O'Mara is your 2016 Pessoa/U.S. Hunter Seat Medal Final champion!


1st - T.J. O'Mara of Rumson, N.J., Stacia Madden, Max Amaya, Krista Freundlich, Katie Haley, Heather Williams

2nd - Annabel Revers of Weston, Mass., Peter Wylde, Carly Williams

3rd - McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, Conn., Linda and Kenny Langmeier, Missy Clark, John Brennan, Maggie Hanford, Kelly Wilson 

4th - Taylor St. Jacques of Glen Allen, Va., Andre Dignellie, Patricia Griffith, Heritage

October 15, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals kicks off today here at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, Pa., at 7 a.m. The estimated time to start for the final round is 5:15 p.m.

There are 277 riders—including one from Puerto Rico—riding for a chance at one of the most prestigious equitation titles around. That’s 10 fewer starters than last year.

Marylisa Leffler and Jimmy Torano will be judging today, and they also designed the course. 

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.

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