Eldik Wins Hunter Seat Equitation Final
Van Eldik, 18, of Ocala, FL, defeated a field of 233 of the nations
top junior riders to win the 2003 USAE/Pessoa National Hunter
Seat Medal Final held Sunday, October 12, at the Pennsylvania
National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA.
Fargis of Middleburg, VA, and Carol Thompson of Colts Neck, NJ,
adjudicated the three rounds of competition judged on equitation
and the riders ability to ride their horses with control,
competency and compatibility.
USAE/Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Equitation Medal is a coveted USA
Equestrian prize and proves to be a significant stepping-stone
for international competitions as 30% of past winners have gone
on to represent the U.S. internationally. This year over a thousand
Hunter Seat Equitation Medal qualifying classes were held at USA
Equestrian recognized competitions throughout the country, resulting
in approximately 400 young riders qualifying for this event.
Van Eldik adds her name to the Adrian Van Sinderen Memorial Trophy,
joining famous winners from the past including Victor Hugo-Vidal,
George Morris and Katie Monahan-Prudent. This years winner
received a Triple Crown Custom cooler, a Pessoa saddle, a Mountain
Horse Classic Rider jacket and a custom pair of boots from Der-Dau.
Lauren Van Eldik, Ocala, FL
2. Josephine Nash, North Salem, NY
3. Lexy Reed, Beaver Falls, PA
4. Ruth Drumm, Lenox Dale, MA
5. Addison Phillips, New York, MY
6. Blythe Marano, Bedminster, NJ
7. Courtney McKay, Ocala, FL
8. Maria Schaub, Holmdel, NJ
9. Whitney Weeks, Southport, CT
10. Charlie Jayne, Elgin, IL
11. Brianne Goutal, New York, NY
Equestrian was formed through the combination of USA Equestrian
and the United States Equestrian Team. The vision of U.S. 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.