Megan Hilton and Caretypso
Las Vegas, NV -
Junior and amateur equitation riders had the spotlight in the South Point Arena on Saturday afternoon in the final two rounds of the CPHA Foundation WCE Medal Finals. Gradually moving up placings in each round and grasping the win, Megan Hilton made her last medal finals as a junior count.
Twenty-six entries competed over jumper style courses of varying formats. Competitors were judged on their style and show jumping abilities, with points deducted for time faults and rails. Judges Keri Kampsen and Julie Winkel sat separately and their scores were announced for the first two rounds. For the third and final round, riders returned in reverse order of average scores in Rounds 1 and 2, with the finals results only announced at the awards presentation.
An experienced group of junior riders came out on top following Round One. Megan Hilton had a beautiful round aboard Mavis Spencer's Caretypso, however one unfortunate rail left her sitting in fifth place with a score of 77.75.
The course for Round Two featured one double combination (4ab), a triple bar (fence 5), one triple combination (9abc), and a liverpool beneath a ramped oxer (11). With the round being judged as Table II, or a clear round format, riders were challenged to navigate the course under the time allowed while leaving all the rails in the cups.
Returning in reverse order from Round One's order of go, Hilton was 5th to compete in Round Two. Scoring an average of 77.375 after two solid rounds, she moved up to the 4th position coming into the third and final round.
After winning Round One on Friday, Joelle Hylton, received the highest combined average score from Round One and Round Two, going into the final round with the lead. A rail at fence seven resulted in a four point deduction, placing her second overall.
Joelle Hylton and Cruising
After laying down a close to flawless third round, Hilton and Caretypso received high scores that boosted them to the top of the competition, earning the young rider from Washington state the title of 2016 CPHA Foundation WCE Medal Finals Champion.
"I came here last year for the finals and actually got eliminated from both phases so this is a big difference," Hilton said with a smile.
Megan Hilton and Caretypso with Alex Rheinheimer, Mario Gamboa, Cara Anthony, Paul Bennett, Emma Marlowe, Lauren Davis, and Diana Soto
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2016 CPHA Foundation West Coast Equestrian (WCE) Equitation Finals
Photos by McCool Photography
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