October 2, 2014 -- A strong fields of 57 top junior and young riders have traveled to Gladstone, N.J., this week for the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East. Laura Kraut and Jimmy Torano will serve as judges and course designers for the four-phase competition held at the USET Foundation Headquarters, October 3-5.
Competition officially gets underway Saturday morning with Phase I, Flatwork. Competitors will then return to the Dick and Jane Brown Arena later in the afternoon for Phase II, Gymnastics. In Phase III on Sunday, all entries will show their ability over a jumper-styled course. Following the conclusion of Phase III, the top four competitors will be called back for a ride-off, which will showcase the same format used for the Jumping World Championships, with each rider completing a course on his/her own horse, as well as the three other riders' horses.
The 2014 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East field includes many of the most promising up-and-comers in the sport. After finishing second in last year's competition Mattias Tromp (North Salem, N.Y.) heads into this year's competition looking to earn the National Title. Looking to stand in his way will be 2013's USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year, Lillie Keenan. This weekend, the New York, N.Y. resident will attempt to earn one of the few prestigious titles that has eluded her.
All four phases of the 2014 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East will be live-streamed on USEFNetwork.com at http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2014TalentSearch/
To learn more about the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search visit; https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alljumping/sjTalentSearch.aspx