Riders Win Silver At The IRT Pacific Challenge
dressage riders representing the US, Christine Beal of Fallbrook,
CA, and Tina Hayden of Cave Creek, AZ, were the finalists selected
to compete at the IRT Young Rider Pacific Challenge held at the
Werribee Park National Equestrian Center in Australia on April
23 and 24. Kathy Connelly of Wellington, FL, served as the Chef
dEquipe. Riders from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South
Africa and the United States competed on borrowed horses.
a gold medal team member and individual silver medallist at the
2001 North American Junior Dressage Championship and Beal, Silver
Medal Team member a the 2002 North American Young Rider Championship,
finished in second place in the team competition behind Australia
and followed by New Zealand. Overall, Beal finished in 5th and
Hayden in 6th place. Tina and Christina did a wonderful
job acclimating to their borrowed horses. They rode well and represented
the U.S. very well. I was very proud of them and they were a joy
to coach, commented Connelly.
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.