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USA Equestrian
Hubbuch Wins Pony Jumper National Championship
Zone 4 Wins Team Championship

Jill Hubbuch, 15, of Pataskala, OH, won the 2003 Pony Jumper National Championship, individual competition, which has been named as a USA Junior Olympic – Equestrian event. Riding Little Freebie, Hubbuch, also a member of the United States Pony Club team, bested the field of riders from across the nation to take top honors in the individual competition. As the individual champion, she was awarded the Swan Creek Farm Perpetual Trophy donated by Bill Moroney in honor of Alvin and Patsy Topping, a Triple Crown Custom cooler, a gift certificate for a pair of custom made Der Dau boots. The event was held August 5 – 6, as part of the 2003 State Line Tack Pony Finals held at The Andrews School in Willoughby, OH.

The reserve champion in the individual competition was Julianna Fischer of Lake Worth, FL, riding Indigo. Fischer also displayed the best classical jumping style during the three days of competition and was honored with the Short Stop Perpetual Trohpy donated by Bill Moroney for the Style Award.

· Gold Medal – Jill Hubbuch of Pataskala, OH, riding LITTLE FREEBIE
· Silver Medal - Julianna Fischer of Lake Worth, FL, riding INDIGO (Welsh)
· Bronze Medal – Anna Schierholz of Chesterfield, MO, riding DESTINATION KNOWN

Zone Four riders rose to the occasion to take the top sport in the 2003 Pony Jumper National Championship team competition. Alexandra King of North Palm Beach, FL, riding Double Delight, Caroline Woods of Fort Myers, FL, riding Longacre Lavender (Welsh; Longacre Spinoff – Longacre Ditto), Julianna Fischer of Lake Worth, FL, riding Indigo, and Elliot Popper of Wellington, FL, riding Maestro 4 (Dutch), brought home the gold in this USA Junior Olympic – Equestrian competition and were awarded the Willow Grove Perpetual Trophy donated by Bill Moroney in honor of his parents, Edward and Lorraine Moroney.

· Gold Medal Team – Zone 4
· Silver Medal Team – Zone 1; team members include Brenna Patryn of Pittsfield, MA, riding IRON CLAD ALIBI; Stephanie Fialco of Old Lyme, CT, riding HOT FUDGE; Arielle Bluestein of Mansfield, MA, riding COUNTRY GIRL and Debbie Kaufman of Easton, CT, riding GUESS WHO

· Bronze Medal Team – Zone 5; team members include Rebecca Young of Kirkland, IL, riding SIMPLY IRRESTIBLE (AQHA; Hesa Shoshoni Doc – My Gal Impressive); Allison Terry of Brecksville, OH, riding LISETER FUN ‘N’ STUFF (Welsh Cross: JLA Sir William -x Veronica Lane); Alexandra Morefield of Elburn, IL, riding BULL RUNS HOT FLASH, and Gisela Hackmann of Columbus, OH, riding I TOLDYOU SO

Judges for the Pony Jumper National Championship were Patrick Rhodes of Argyle, TX, and Gary Sylvester of Norton, OH.

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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