October 8, 2014 -- Junior jumpers from throughout the U.S. have traveled to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show eyeing Team and Individual podium finishes in the 2014 Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships held October 9-11. Competition gets underway Thursday with the Speed Leg of competition, and continues Friday as Team medals are decided following two rounds of Nations Cup jumping, with the 2014 Individual champion crowned on Saturday after a final round of competition.
The team from Zone 5 heads into the championship looking to secure Team Gold for the third consecutive year. Giavanna Rinaldi (Wayne, Ill.), Meredith Darst (Lebanon, Ohio), Vivian Yowan (Lexington, Ky.), and Alec Bozorgi (Antioch, Ill.) will represent the Zone as they again aim to take Prix des States victory over the eight other strong teams.
Thirty-three juniors make up the 2014 Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships field and have all headed to Harrisburg with their sights firmly set on claiming Individual Gold. This year's group of riders looks as strong as ever, with all three Junior Individual medalists from the summer's Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) in attendance. Lucas Porter (Bartonville, Texas) looks to repeat his Gold medal-winning performance, while Lucy Deslauriers (New York, N.Y.) and Sophie Simpson (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Silver and Bronze medalists from Lexington, look to climb higher on the podium. Additionally, Michael Hughes (Allendale, N.J.) and Tori Colvin (Loxahatchee, Fla.), the Silver and Bronze medalists from the Young Rider division at the 2014 NAJYRC, will eye further accolades to add to their resumes.
All rounds from the 2014 Pennsylvania National Horse Show will be live streamed on the USEF Network and can be viewed here.
To learn more about the 2014 Pennsylvania National Horse Show, visit: http://www.panational.org/.