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USA Equestrian
National Hunter Jumper Council Zone Teams
Capital Challenge Horse Show

Prix Des Zones Hunter Teams

For the first time, teams of hunters are representing their zones in the National Hunter/Jumper Council's Prix des Zones at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. Teams consist of one professional rider, one junior or pony rider, and one amateur owner or adult amateur rider. Scores from the first two jumping classes of each rider's respective section count toward the team score. Teams are allowed to drop one score.

Supporting the popularity of this unique idea, sixteen Prix des Zones hunter teams are competing for the beautifully-embroidered NHJC letterman jackets. Zones 2, 4 and 7 each have one team competing, Zones 1 and 5 are both represented by two teams, four teams come from Zone 3, and Zone 10 is fielding five teams. There is no entry fee for the competition.

The top three teams in the Zone standings after the professionals' scores were recorded are as follows:

Zone 5 - B Strapless / Emily Williams 92.75 90.50 183.25
Zone 7 - A Bohemia / Peter Pletcher 89.00 91.00 180.00
Zone 3 - C Marvin / Sandy Ferrell 90.00 89.25 179.25

Throughout the week, scores from juniors, amateurs, children's, and ponies will be added to these scores to determine the winning team.

The National Hunter Jumper Council also awarded coolers to the following Champions:

Division Horse / Rider / Owner

1st Year Green A Marvin / Sandy Ferrell / Mrs. Gary B. Peterson
1st Year Green B Dream Date / Louise Serio / Rachel Geiger
2nd Year Green Red Panda / Louise Serio / Meralex Farm, Inc.
Regular Working Estrella / Sandy Ferrell / Mr. & Mrs. Ernest M. Oare
Green Conformation Chopard / Scott Stewart / Mimi Tashjian
Regular Conformation Hollywood / Tim Goguen / Paula Polk Lillard

The Council presented silver belt buckles to the winners of the inaugural NHJC Medal classes, and also to their trainers. Randy Sherman of Zone 10 won the Junior Medal. He is coached by Susie Schroer. Valerie German from Zone 2, trained by Nancy Fletcher, won the Amateur Medal.

A silver belt buckle was also awarded to Scott Stewart, who rode Chopard to the Grand Hunter Championship. Chopard is owned by Mimi Tashjian of Greenwich, CT.

Junior, amateur and jumper exhibitors will show throughout the weekend at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD. For further information contact or visit

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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