Maverick Helmer Wins Inaugural USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Finals – East

01. Oct 17 | 11:56 | By | Category: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Maverick Helmer of Roanoke, VA, won the USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal Finals – East.
Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Capital Challenge Horse Show hosted two major equitation championships, as well as five age group equitation divisions, on Saturday, September 30, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Clinching equitation final victories on the second day of the Equitation Weekend were Maverick Helmer of Roanoke, VA, the inaugural winner of the United States Hunter Jumper (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals, and Ashley Foster of Brookeville, MD, winner of the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championships.

Helmer secured his USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Finals-East victory after three phases of competition and a challenging work-off.

Judges Linda Andrisani and Chance Arakelian presided over the class, which attracted 39 entries over two days of competition. Following the Flat, Gymnastics, and Jumping phases, Helmer and Rachael Davis were fewer than five points apart. Therefore, they were required to work off over a second, shortened course with a tight time allowed, designed by Kenny Krome.
Davis went first and accrued five time faults, scoring a 79, and providing Helmer with the opportunity to consider his strategy. In the end, Helmer’s tighter turns and quick pace scored an 80 and clinched the title without time faults.

“The work-off was really fun. It tested your ability to ride at a quick pace but still required you to think and execute really well. I thought my work-off was decent. I wasn’t overly pleased, but I went for it and tried to make it work as best I could.” – Maverick Helmer

Helmer, 16, credited his horse Canterbury and trainer Stacia Madden and the team at Beacon Hill for helping him to achieve success this year. He finished with a score of 477 points, with Davis as reserve champion with 474.5.

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