Maverick Helmer Wins Inaugural USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals – East at Capital Challenge
Upper Marlboro, MD – The Capital Challenge Horse Show hosted two major equitation championships, as well as five age group equitation divisions, on Saturday, September 30, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Clinching equitation final victories on the second day of the Bigeq.com Equitation Weekend were Maverick Helmer of Roanoke, VA, the inaugural winner of the United States Hunter Jumper (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals, and Ashley Foster of Brookeville, MD, winner of the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championships.
Helmer secured his USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals-East victory after three phases of competition and a challenging work-off.
Judges Linda Andrisani and Chance Arakelian presided over the class, which attracted 39 entries over two days of competition. Following the Flat, Gymnastics, and Jumping phases, Helmer and Rachael Davis were fewer than five points apart. Therefore, they were required to work off over a second, shortened course with a tight time allowed, designed by Kenny Krome.
Upper Marlboro, MD – The 2017 Capital Challenge Horse Show kicked off on Friday, September 29, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, with the start of Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com.
Headlining Friday’s competition were the first two phases of the inaugural United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East and the awarding of the Adult Amateur Equitation championship. Maverick Helmer of Roanoke, VA, currently tops the standings of the USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East, while the Adult Amateur Equitation championship was awarded to Ashley Foster of Brookeville, MD.
After placing third in the Flat Phase of the USHJA 3’3” Jumper Seat Medal Final – East, Maverick Helmer moved up to capture the blue ribbon in the Gymnastics Phase over Alexandra Worthington and Dominika Silvestri.
Upper Marlboro, Maryland – The 24th annual Capital Challenge Horse Show begins on Friday, September 29, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, and online with complete live streaming available on the USEF Network and at www.capitalchallenge.org.
US Equestrian members can sign in at www.usef.org/tune-in to access the live stream of the ten-day horse show in its entirety, including full coverage of both the indoor and outdoor arenas through the conclusion of competition on Sunday, October 8. Non-US Equestrian members can also take advantage of a special, free fan membership offered throughout Capital Challenge using promo code “Capital17” when joining here, in order to view the live stream.
Competition begins with Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com, running Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 1, and featuring the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East, the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championship, the Palm Beach International Academy North American Junior Equitation Championships, and the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children’s Medal Finals.
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