PESSOA & MILLER'S SPONSOR AHSA/NATIONAL HUNTER SEAT EQUITATION
MEDAL AT PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL
USA Equestrian (formerly
AHSA) announced today that Pessoa and Miller's are
the title sponsors of the 2001 AHSA/Pessoa & Miller's National Hunter
Equitation Medal Final to be held on October 14th, during the Pennsylvania
National Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA, October 11-20, 2001. The sponsors
has changed to reflect the merger of former sponsors, Eisers with Miller
Judging this year's
championship are Ronnie Beard and Ellen Raidt-Lordi.
The championship is decided after two or three rounds of competition and
judged on equitation, which is the rider's ability to ride their horses
control, competency and compatibility. In the first round, riders are
judged over a jumping course. Between 20- 25 riders must be called back
a second round.
The Hunter Seat Equitation Medal is a coveted AHSA prize and proves to
significant stepping-stone for international competitions as 30% of past
winners have gone on to represent the U.S. internationally. This year,
a thousand Hunter Seat Equitation Medal qualifying classes were held at
recognized horse shows throughout the country, resulting in approximately
400 young riders qualifying for this event.
Last year's champion, Sarah Willeman, 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 year's
winner will receive a special "keeper" trophy, a Triple Crown
cooler, a "Jubilee" Pessoa saddle, a pair of Pytchley breeches
and an "On
Course" jacket, courtesy of Miller's and Pessoa.
The AHSA founded
the Equitation Medal program in 1937 under the guidance of
its fourth President, Adrian Van Sinderen. For the first decade, the
Hunter, Stock and Saddle Seat disciplines were all contested together
same ring for the Adrian Van Sinderen Trophy for the Equitation Final.
1948, the Hunter, Stock and Saddle Seat Medals were separated into
individual competitions with medals awarded to each of the three equitation
Company, the title sponsor of the Hunter Seat Equitation
Medal Championship, is the North American distributor of Pessoa saddles,
which are designed by Brazilian show jumping legend, Nelson Pessoa. Pessoa
believes in the principles of horsemanship and classical riding as
preparation for success in grand prix show jumping, and became involved
this sponsorship because of his desire to support trainers and riders
their pursuit of the American system of equitation. Miller's is the world's
leading distributor and manufacturer of equestrian apparel and equipment
offering over 30,000 quality products for all riding needs available in
best tack shops worldwide. Since 1912, Miller's has worked closely with
the world's top riders and trainers to create products that meet the
ever-changing trends and demands of today's discriminating rider.
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 77,000 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.