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USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today that Randy Sherman from
Pasadena, CA, beat a field of 270 of the nation's top junior riders to win
the 2001 AHSA/Pessoa & Miller's National Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final
held October 14, 2001, at the Pennsylvania National in Harrisburg, PA.
Sherman, 16, rode his mount, Gladiator, owned by Don Stewart of Ocala, FL.,
for the first time last week when his trainer Susie Schroer found the catch
ride at the last minute.

"This was supposed to be my year off," said Sherman. "I don't have an
equitation horse and I didn't qualify to come here until late in the summer.
I was just going to play football, soccer and baseball," he added.

Ronnie Beard of Jamison, PA and Ellen Raidt-Lordi of Wellington, FL. judged
this year's championship. The championship was decided after two or three
rounds of competition and judged on equitation, which is the rider's ability
to ride their horses with control, competency and compatibility. In the
first round, riders were judged over a jumping course. Sherman was first to
go of the 25 riders that were called back for a second round.

The AHSA/Pessoa & Miller's Hunter Seat Equitation Medal is a coveted AHSA
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 AHSA recognized horse shows throughout the
country, resulting in approximately 400 young riders qualifying for this

Randy Sherman adds his 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 received a special
"keeper" trophy, a Triple Crown Custom horse cooler, a "Jubilee" Pessoa
saddle, a pair of Pytchley breeches and an "On Course" jacket, courtesy of
Miller's and Pessoa.

2001 AHSA/Pessoa & Miller's National Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final
1. Randy Sherman, Pasadena, CA.
Trainers: Susie Schroer & Don Stewart

2. Charlie Jayne, Wellington, FL.
Trainers: Missy Clark & Alex R. Jayne

3. Gwendolyn Casebeer, Toledo, OH
Trainer: Polly Howard

4. Lauren van Eldik, Ocala, FL.
Trainers: Don Stewart & Bill Cooney

5. Camilla Cleese, Montecido, CA.
Trainers: Archie Cox & Denise Lynn

6. Jamie Taylor, Tarzana, CA.
Trainers: Nick Karazissis & Don Stewart

7. Caitlyn Sheils, Sheffield, MA.
Trainers: Andre Dignelli, Kate Oliver & Patricia Griffith

8. Whitney Roper, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.
Trainers: Bill Cooney & Don Stewart

9. Travis Lubow, Del Canyon, CA.
Trainers: Karen Healey & Fred Bauer

10. Jennifer Berol Bliss, Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Trainers: Missy Clark & Cheryl Fischer

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.

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