Emma Kurtz Wins Palm Beach International Academy North American Junior Equitation Championships

02. Oct 17 | 8:45 | By | Category: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

The win in the Palm Beach International Academy North American Junior Equitation Championships went to Emma Kurtz, 16, of Hudson, OH.
Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Capital Challenge Horse Show’s Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com, concluded on Sunday, October 1, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, with the naming of two new major equitation championship winners. Capital Challenge Horse Show continues with more top hunter, jumper, and equitation competition through Sunday, October 8.
Emma Kurtz of Hudson, OH, won the Palm Beach International Academy (PBIA) North American Junior Equitation Championships riding Carl.

“This is my first major finals win, and it feels amazing. I’ve worked so hard to get here, and my whole team has worked so hard to get me here. It’s amazing to not let them down.” – Emma Kurtz

Kurtz was one of 110 talented junior riders from throughout the U.S. who contested the PBIA North American Junior Equitation Championships first round course set by Kenneth Krome.
Following the conclusion of the first round of competition, the field was narrowed to the top 20 riders, as determined by the six-person judging panel that included Linda Andrisani, Chance Arkelian, Brian Lenehan, Bobbie Reber, Danny Robertshaw, and Steve Wall.

Heading into the second round, Elli Yeager of Westlake Village, CA, held the lead with a score of 91, while Kurtz sat in second place with a score of 88.66. Saturday night’s winner of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals – East, Maverick Helmer, sat in third on a score of 88.63, and Emma Wujek of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, rounded out the top four on an 88.58 score.

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