The best adult amateur saddle seat Equitation riders from across the country are ready to compete in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. Taking place at the historic Red Mile Race Track in Lexington, Kentucky, the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show plays host to the USEF championship on Wednesday, July 5.
Riding before judges Stephen Crabtree, Frances Crumpler, and Jessica Richardson, riders will demonstrate the skills that qualified them for the Final. Several competitors from the 2016 Final will return, including defending USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final Champion Reagan Upton (Birmingham, Alabama), who hopes to earn another title.
The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) Equitation medal was established in 1937 by the fourth president of the AHSA, Adrian Van Sinderen, as part of his strategy to connect horse people across the United States.
In 2001, the tradition of the medal program was extended to the adult amateur exhibitor by offering the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. The Final was created for adult amateur riders to continue to participate in the discipline of saddle seat Equitation. Since its inception, the event has been held at the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show.
Amateur riders age 18 and older are eligible to compete in the Final by competing in an official qualifying class during the specified qualification period.
Watch the live stream on USEF Network of the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final on Wednesday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m. ET. Find out more about the Final and the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show.
-- via USEF