Midwestern League Final of the Young Jumper Championship Begins September 18

Beezie Madden, USA and Coral Reef Via Volo
Beezie Madden, USA and Coral Reef Via Volo

Georgetown, KY - Help us kick off the $45,000 Midwestern League Final of the Young Jumper Championships during The Kentucky National Sept 18 - 21, for our 7th consecutive year.

The Young Jumper Championships was created in 1998 to provide an age-appropriate program for the development of young show jumping horses. Since then, YJC graduates have competed successfully at the highest levels of equestrian sports including five competitors at the 30th Olympiad in London: Coral Reef Via Volo (pictured at right) (Beezie Madden, USA); HH Rebozo (Rodrigo Pessoa, BRA); Rosalia La Silla (Alberto Michan, MEX); George (Jill Henselwood, CAN) and Chill R Z (Charlie Jayne, USA alternate).

This week, graduates of the Young Jumper Championships will contest the Longines Global Champions Tour in Lausanne, representing 4 different countries: Chaman (Ludger Beerbaum, GER), Cristallo (Richard Spooner, USA), Rosalia La Silla (Bassem Hassan Mohammed, QAT) and G+C Leroy (Carolina Mirabal, VEN)

Come see if you can spot the next diamond in the rough!

The Championship will showcase top-ranked young jumpers, and the potential stars of tomorrow, from around the country in three age groups:

Top contenders lead the standings
$20,000 YJC 7/8-Year-Old Midwestern League Final
Aaron Vale has the ride on top ranked Vonda Cassina (by Cassini I) who is coming off a win at the Atlanta Summer Classic 1 in June. Hot on his heels is Maggie Bracco aboard Alex Jayne's Alanda (by No Limit). The pair posted 4 wins in YJC Qualifiers in June and July. Ali Boo Farm Inc.'s Role Model can't be ruled out. The chestnut daughter of Roc USA has had one rail all season in YJC Qualifiers from 10 starts.

    Round 1 Wednesday, Sept 18 - Main Arena, end of day
    Round 2 Thursday, Sept 19 -" Main Arena following 1.35m
    $20,000 Final Saturday, Setp 21 - Main Arena following Prix de Lexington

$15,000 YJC 6-Year-Old Midwestern League Final
Pony Lane Farm's Stella Luna is top ranked in the 6-Year-Old division, but the bay daughter of Carabas vd Wateringhoeve has competed since WEF. Hot on her heels are two US-breds. Tiki Car (by Quick Star Prince) has never placed worse than 2nd, and most recently posted a win at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Perhaps the strongest entry of the top three is Spencer Ranch's homebred Collette, by legendary hunter stallion Popeye K. The bay mare has jumped clear in 9 of 11 starts in 2013, under the guidance of Ramiro Quintana.

    Round 1 Wednesday, Sept. 18 - Walnut Arena following 5YOs
    Round 2 Thursday, Sept 19 - Walnut Arena following 5YOs
    $15,000 Final Saturday, Sept 21 - Walnut Arena following 5YOs

$10,000 5-Year-Old Midwestern League Final
Sarah Bagworth's Carando Z (by Carano) has had a rail since March. The 5YO gelding posted 1-3 placings in 5 YJC Qualifiers from May through the beginning of August.  Lisa Goldman's Rossi Bianci has posted consistent clear rounds all season. Bred in the USA by Jacqueline Lipburger, the chestnut mare is another daughter of Nancy Whitehead's Roc USA. Juna Ortiz will also be in the hunt with his Canadian-bred gelding, Cumana, by Black Diamond. The pair posted a win in the YJC qualifier here in Kentucky at the beginning of August.

    Round 1 Wednesday, Sept. 18 -Walnut Arena 8AM
    Round 2 Thursday, Sept 19  Walnut Arena 8AM
    $10,000 Final Saturday, Sept. 21  Walnut Arena 8AM

Past winners of YJC Midwestern League Finals
$10,000 YJC Midwestern League Finals - 5-Year-Olds
2012 HH Cantino (Canto x Caretino) / Ramiro Quintana / Double H Farm
2011 Comet (Cornet Obolensky x Landgold) / Richard Rinehart / Richard Rinehart
2010 Spirit of Alena (Paladijn x Admiral) / Sergio Campos / Ann Koch & Oak Lane
2009 Largo (Warrant x unknown) / Amanda Flint / Richard Marki
2008 Ariano (Acorado x Zeus) / Wilhelm Genn / Audrey Samara
2007 Ocean Bubbles (Ocean I x Champagne) / Claudia Ryan / Claudia Ryan

$15,000 YJC Midwestern League Finals - 6-Year-Olds
2012 NTEC Quanto (Quidam de Revel x Capitol I) / Christian Heineking / Kai Handt
2011 Hidden Creek Valiant (Quick Star x Coriolan) / Blair Willmer / Hampton Farms LLC
2010 Superbad (Ludwig von Bayern x Kolibri) / Amanda Flint / Amanda Flint
2009 Morocco (Roc USA x unknown) / Lisa Goldman / Lisa Goldman
2008 Choco (Cantos x Larome) / David Beisel / Hidden Lane Farm
2007 Clarissa Z (Coriall Z x Alme) / David Beisel / Anne Lowe

$20,000 YJC Midwestern League Finals â€" 7/8-Year-Olds
2012 Spirit of Alena (Paladijn x Admiral) / Aaron Vale / Campos & Miranda Investments
2011 Calissandro (Conejo HF x Caracas) / Devin Ryan / Devin Ryan
2010 Rendezvous 22 (Roc USA x Roving Minstrel xx) / Nick Novak / Nancy Whitehead
2009 Verona (Guidam x Farmer) / Callie Schott / Abigail Wexner
2008 Tosca (Numero Uno x Zortin) / Margie Engle / Hidden Creek Farm Inc
2007 Thomas Edison (Handsome Character x Lawmaker) / Charlie Jayne / Alex Jayne

For more information about the Young Jumper Championships visit the website at http://www.youngjumpers.com