Jacksonville, FL – July 2, 2012 – The first annual Southeast Medal Finals is rapidly approaching this September 21-23, 2012 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Fla. The show is patterned after the successful and long-standing New England Medal Finals, giving riders in Zone 4 and Region 3, a chance to compete for the top honors in an array of classes. The Indoor show will feature hunter, jumper and equitation classes over the period of three days, with highlight classes that are sure to catch the exhibitors’ attention.
One of the main attractions for the hunter riders will be the 2012 USHJA Zone 4 Championships. The Championships are open to children, adult and pony competitors. The competition will be fierce as the top 25 horses or ponies in the USEF Zone 4 Standings vie for the prestigious championship title. Riders will have a chance to gain bonus zone points for their efforts in the Zone 4 Championship Stake.
The 2012 USHJA Zone 4 Championships will consist of the Children’s 14 & Under Hunters, Children’s 15-17 Hunters, Adult 18-35 Hunters, Adult 36 & Over Hunters, and the Children’s Hunter Pony divisions. Medals will be awarded to first through third in all of the stake classes, with riders earning ribbons for their efforts in all other classes of the division.
Hunter riders will also have the opportunity to compete in the Southeast Wide Open Hunter class, where children and adult will go neck to neck for the prestigious first place prize. The children and adults will maneuver a course set at 3’, while the child and pony combinations will have the opportunity to compete over obstacles set at 2’6”. For those looking for some more experience in the saddle, or just a good time, the Southeast Medal Finals will offer the 2’6” Hunters and Equitation, divisions for both children and adults. No qualifications will be necessary for these classes; however, it will only include the first 25 entries.
One of the most exciting features of the Southeast Medal Finals is the 2012 Zone 4 $10,000 Children’s Jumper Championship and the $10,000 Adult Jumper Championship. The class consists of three rounds to occur on Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22, 2012. The class is open to the top 25 horses in the 1.10m USEF ranking list for Zone 4. Riders will have to navigate three challenging courses, set with obstacles between 1.10m and 1.15m for both the children and adult, with the top three receiving medals, and the remaining nine who placed receiving ribbons for their efforts. On Sunday, September 23, riders will once again be able to compete in the jumper ring as the children and adults take their turn against the clock in the Children’s/Adult Jumper Constellation Class.
The Southeast Medal Finals are hosted by one of the premier equestrian facilities on the east coast, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. It is centrally located for USHJA Zone 4 and Region 3 competitors. The complex includes a network of adjacent trails, available to explore and enjoy for a casual hack during horse show down times.
Southeast Medal Finals Fast Facts:
WHAT: The Southeast Medal Finals will be a new indoor hunter, jumper and equitation horse show attracting the top riders from USHJA Zone 4 and beyond.
• Hunter and Equitation Judges: Kip Rosenthal, John Roper, and Brian Lenehan
• Jumper Judges: Allen Rheinheimer and Fred Brown
• Course Designer: Allen Rheinheimer and Joe Carnicom
• Banners: 20 Eight Foot Banners to Hang in Ring
• Parties: Welcome Party, Jumper Cocktail Party, Maclay Breakfast
• Program Ads: Full Color, Full Page – Business Card Size
• Tables: 20 VP Tables for Six with full service
• Prize Money: Adult and Children’s Jumper Championships
• Cooler Sponsors: 10 Coolers Awarded to Championship Winners
• Grooms Award
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