October 4, 2014 -- The 2014 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East kicked-off Saturday with the first two phases of competition at the USET Foundation Headquarters. The field of 55 juniors and young riders began the day under grey, rainy skies demonstrating their proficiency on the flat and returned in the afternoon to perform over a gymnastics course designed by Judges Laura Kraut and Jimmy Torano. At the end of the first day of competition Daisy Farish stands atop the leaderboard after two strong efforts.
Farish (Versailles, Ky.) and Christina Antonucci's Lisalba lead the way on a two-phase score of 185 after scoring 92 and 93, respectively. The pair entered the gymnastics portion of competition standing in second place overall but climbed one spot after posting the highest score of the day in the gymnastics.
Geoffrey Hesslink (Shelburne, Vt.) stands just two points behind Farish on a score of 183 with Peacock Ridge LLC's Canny Windsor Z. They earned scores of 91 on the flat and 92 in the gymnastics to lay second.
Lillie Keenan (New York, N.Y.) and Isabelle Caccamise's Catwalk 19 earned scores of 92 and 89 and are currently third on a score of 181. Rounding out the top four is Caitlin Boyle (Hampshire, Ill.) with Chansonette Farm LLC's Zentina B on a score of 180 (88 and 92 in Phases I and II).
In the flat phase Ali Trischler (Southport, Conn.) posted the highest score of the day on the flat, a 94, while Farish and McKayla Langmeier (East Granby, Conn.) recorded the top score in the gymnastics with a 93.
The 2014 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East is being 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