Lexington, KY - The Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Final - West continues today at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center with Phase II of the Final, the gmnastics portion. This final runs during the 2011 LA International Jumping Festival. Yesterday's flatwork phase was won by Carly Anthony who rode Abrakadabra in a determined performance.
The Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals has produced some of the country's top jumping riders. Past winners include two-time Olympic Gold medalist McLain Ward, winner of over 100 grand prixs Richard Spooner, Pan American Gold medalist Lauren Hough and Rolex FEI World Cup Finals winner Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.
The Platinum Performance /USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Final is a four-phase competition which tests the fundamental skills and horsemanship in a challenging format. The competition is made up of three phases: flatwork, gymnastics, and a jumping course which consists of show jumping over grand prix styled fences (which may include natural obstacles). Using a format modeled after the World Championships' final ride-off; the top-four competitors ride their own horses, as well as the three other competitor's horses over a shortened course.
The Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals are the ultimate test of horsemanship and show jumping skill for American junior and young riders.
More information is available in the prize list: http://www.usef.org/documents/disciplines/jumper/TalentSearchClass/TalentSearch2011.pdf.
Information about the LA International Jumping Festival is available here: http://www.langershows.com/laec/show_details.php?show_id=190.
Photo: Pan American Gold medalist Lauren Hough taken in March 2011.