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USEF Medal Final

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.

October 9, 2013

Horseless In Harrisburg

Hi everyone, I’m Grace Powers. I’m 16 years old, a junior in high school, and I live in Connecticut. I train at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, N.Y., with Frank Madden and Stella Manship and I leave for Harrisburg, Pa., today to compete in the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals for the first time. I'll be blogging about it all for the Chronicle.

October 14, 2012

O'Mara Thinks Her Way To The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Win

As Meg O’Mara circled for the last time, having jumped her third course, a hint of a smile played over her lips. She leaned forward and patted her horse. To the causal observer, it looked like she was cool, calm and assured of her success.

Perhaps not.

“It was just about the only time I breathed!” O’Mara quipped. “When they read the test to us, I started having a mental breakdown for like 30 seconds. I didn’t know what was going on. But I decided I just had to go out there and ride. I couldn’t freeze, because that’s usually what I do.”

October 14, 2012

The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Are Underway

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 14

The Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals are underway at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and the Chronicle is here to provide coverage of all the action.

October 14, 2012

2012 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Commentary

Meg O'Mara really impressed the judges with her confidence in all three of her rides today and won the 2012 Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals! Lillie Keenan took reserve with Sydney Shulman in third.


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