Whitethorne Presents, The American Tradition Of Excellence Equitation Challenge

Unique, 3-Day Learning Opportunity 

THIS IS AN EXHIBITION – NOT TO COUNT TOWARDS USEF / USHJA HOTY OR ZONE AWARDS

Judges: Cynthia Hankins and Diane Carney; Technical Delegate & Course Designer: Karen Healey; Mental Skills Coach: Erika Westhoff, M.A.

Three phase event, to be held during Blenheim June Classic 3 in the Grand Prix Ring • ENTRY & ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all Junior and Amateur riders; Riders who have won a National Equitation Final at 3’6” or greater (USEF Medal Finals, ASPCA Maclay Finals, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, WIHS Championships) are only eligible to audit for a fee of $175 (if space permits); Entry Fee: $300 per person payable to Blenheim EquiSports • COURSES:  Fences 3’3″;  • SCHOOLING:  USEF / USHJA Equitation Task Force Schooling Rules apply 30mins prior to the start and throughout each jumping phase; The same horse must be used in both over fences phases.

MANDATORY RIDER/TRAINER MEETING – TUESDAY, JUNE 18 AT 9:00AM

PHASE ONE – DAY ONE (TUESDAY, JUNE 18 AT 10:30AM): Over fences format using open numerical scoring system; two judges delivering one score; course to consist of Equitation Type Course using fences and track similar to a National Final with fences set at 3’3″. Judges are paired with a scribe who keeps track of Judges’ comments on a comment card which is to be given to competitor upon completion of Phase One. Order of Go – Random Draw;

PHASE TWO – DAY ONE (TUESDAY, JUNE 18 AT 5:30PM): Mandatory participation by riders and trainers for an evening social & video presentation featuring: “Equitation – an American Tradition of Excellence” followed by a Q&A between the judges, trainers, and riders. Presentation by Mental Skills Coach, Erika Westhoff, M.A., also included. Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Check in will be required by both the trainer and rider and will be open for 30 mins prior to the start of the Forum; All Trainers will also be required to submit a 1099 upon check in.

PHASE THREE – DAY TWO (WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 AT 8:00AM): All riders from Phase One who received a score are invited to compete in Phase Three (second over fences round) – upon reverse order of score. Riders who were eliminated in PHASE ONE are invited to participate in PHASE THREE, however the score received not to count towards awards; Over fences format using open numerical scoring system; two Judges delivering one score. Course to consist of Equitation Type Course using fences and track similar to a National Final with fences set at 3’3″. Judges are paired with a scribe who keeps track of Judges’ comments on a comment card which will be given to competitor upon completion of the Final Phase. Phase One and Phase Three (second over fences round) Scores added together for final score; Additional Testing of the Top 6; Work-off scored using a numerical scoring system, however not to be announced – only noted along with the Judges’ comment card and will be added to the Phase One and Phase Three score for a total final score.

PRESS CONFERENCE TO FOLLOW: All Work-off Riders & Judges required to attended – all invited.

AWARDS: Cooler, Pewter, and Ribbons awarded 1st place through 12th – $10,000 cash prize to winning trainer   – Butet Saddle to winner; ADDITIONAL BUTET PRODUCTS TO 2nd & 3rd;

ADDITIONAL AWARDS: Prizes to the Top 12

CLASS #701 WARM-UP – MONDAY, JUNE 17 AT 1:30PM: Open to all registered riders and trainers of the Whitethorne Equitation Challenge – riders may compete more than one horse, however must declare which horse they are competing by the end of the warm up class; Proper Attire required; Posted order; To jump the designated course set at 3’3” with a time allowed of 90 seconds; 3 refusals eliminates rider; riders must warm up in the designated warm up area – USEF / USHJA Equitation Task Force Schooling Rules apply; $75.00