Las Vegas, NV -
Junior and Amateur equitation riders once again had the spotlight in the South Point Arena on Saturday afternoon in the final two rounds of the CPHA Foundation WCE Medal Finals. Demonstrating a solid command of position and the ability to answer all the questions asked, sixteen-year-old Emma Marlowe held the lead through all three rounds, a clear champion.
Thirty entries competed over jumper style courses designed by John Manning. Competitors were judged on their style and show jumping abilities, with points deducted for time faults and rails. Judges DiAnn Langer and Jimmy Torano sat separately and their scores were announced for the first two rounds. For the final round, riders returned in reverse order of average scores in Rounds 1 and 2 and no score was announced, so the final results were revealed in the presentation of prizes.
A solid group of experienced junior riders came out on top after the first round. Marlowe aboard Pam Stewart's Citadel had a beautiful Round 1 ride, with an average score of 88.5. Having one rail, that leading score was adjusted to 84.5, still earning the top call for the round.
Round 2 was judged under Table II and included one double (8a,b) and one triple combination (6a,b,c) as well as a liverpool (fence 5), and a time allowed. Scores from Round 2 were averaged with Round 1 to determine the top ten, who competed in the third and final round. Round 3, immediately following Round 2, was judged over a speed-type course, also with a time allowed.
Returning in reverse order from Round 1, Marlowe was fourth to go in Round 2. Receiving a second round score of 89.5 for her flawless trip, she maintained her lead throughout the rest of the twenty-four entries in the class. Emma Farber and Grady Lyman also earned high Round 2 scores, coming in second and third, at 81.75 and 84, respectively. Although Farber didn't make the top ten after her two rounds, Lyman jumped into the top ten and ultimately finished seventh overall. Nina Vogel and Peyton Warren held their second and third spots overall.
Repeating her command performance in Round 3, Marlowe and Citadel was awarded the title of 2015 CPHA Foundation WCE Medal Finals Champion. She brought home a bounty of prizes including a perpetual trophy, champion sash and ribbon, a medal, a new CWD saddle, a CPHA saddle pad, a WCE jacket, a basket of goodies and a bouquet of flowers.
Emma Marlowe celebrates with (l-r) co-trainer David Bustillos, trainer Leslie Steele, Emma Farber, Morgan Dickerson, Ali McCool of CWD, Alex Rheinheimer and Paul Bennett
Marlowe first sat on a horse at eighteen months old. She credits her mother, Deb, for teaching her to ride. Having been a working student for Leslie Steele of Acres West for the past year, Marlowe has risen to new heights.
"I've been riding him since May," Marlowe said fondly of her mount. "This is our first medal finals season together, I took him to indoors and we did the Pessoa Finals and Washington Finals, and he's just been incredible. He's super brave and he trusts me and he was great."
Of her win, she said simply, "I just went out there and rode. I wanted to get around and do my plan and it worked."
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The North American League began in August of this year across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Las Vegas National Horse Show is one of only 14 events chosen, and this is the only leg of this prestigious tour that will be hosted in this city.
Notably, eleven of the events chosen for the leagues, including the Las Vegas National Horse Show, were featured in the North American Riders Group Top 25 rankings.
The North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.
A total of 14 athletes from the new North American league will qualify for next year's prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Gothenburg (SWE) from March 23-28, 2016. The top seven athletes from the East Coast U.S., top three from West Coast U.S., and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year's Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.
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