Mahala Rummell Rides to ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals Win

07. Oct 17 | 8:56 | By | Category: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

The win in the 2017 ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals was presented to Mahala Rummell of Jacksonville, FL, riding Bellagio.

Rummell, 25, rode the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by Zoe Ganek, to a first-round average score of 89.66 to immediately take over the lead in the class of 30 entries.

With Rummell atop the leaderboard, the top ten from the first round were then invited back in reverse order of their standings to jump a second course. As the last to return, Rummell delivered another well-executed round, earning a score of 88.83 for a cumulative total of 178.49.

At the conclusion of the class, Allyson Blais of Boynton Beach, FL, sat in second behind Rummell having earned scores of 88.66 and 87.16 for a 175.82 total aboard her own Captain Darco Heldenlaan Z. With more than three points separating Rummell and Blais, further testing was not necessary, and the victory was awarded to Rummell. Rounding out the top three behind Rummell and Blais was Ashley Foster of Brookeville, MD, with a total score of 175.24.

Mahala Rummel rides Belaggio to victory. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

“[Bellagio] gives me a lot of confidence and makes you feel like you can do the hard stuff,” said Rummell, who began leasing and riding the horse in May of this year. “He’s pretty quiet. I’m always worried that I’m going to run out of horse; I feel like I’m kicking a lot, but he carried me around really well today.”

Since its inception in 1994, the ARIAT National Adult Medal has given adult riders the opportunity to ride in competitive equitation class over fences 3’ in height. The classes are held at select horse shows throughout the country, with riders vying for points to qualify for the Finals, held each year at Capital Challenge.

“As a junior I was used to that competitive, point accumulation championship to look forward to,” said Rummell, who last competed in the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals in 2011 when she finished in second. “I think it’s special that there’s a final for the adults to do, whereas there’s not something for us at Harrisburg, or Washington, or the National.”

Rummell has trained with Stacia Madden and Beacon Hill Show Stables for nine years, and now balances riding with a job as an analyst covering investment banking and private equity in the financial services department of executive search firm Spencer Stuart in New York, NY.

“I’m a weekend warrior,” said Rummell. “I don’t ride as much these days. So it means a lot for me to be here and get to do this.”

The winner of the $2,500 WCHR Adult Amateur Challenge, sponsored by Kate Considine and Willow Brook Farm and held immediately prior to the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals, was Dawn Fogel of Louisville, KY, riding Story Teller.

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