Zone 5 Victorious in the 2015 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper North Regional Championships
Lexington, KY-----September 16, 2015-----After three days of stiff competition it was the hometown riders of Zone 5 that shined the brightest riding away with the most clear rounds to win the Children's and Adult Amateur Team and Individual gold medals at the 2015 USHJA Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper North Regional Championships.
Zone 5 Team 1 captured the team gold medal, Zone 5 Team 2 the silver and the combined Zone 1/2 team the bronze in the Children's Jumper North Regional Championships. Photo credit: Andrew Ryback Photography.
Held at Ledges Sporting Horses in Roscoe, IL, September 2-9, 2015, 20 of the best Children's and Adult Amateur Jumper riders from Zones 1, 2 and 5 gathered to compete for the Team and Individual North Regional Champion titles.  

Zone 5 fielded two teams in the Children's section with Zone 5 Team 1 (Katy Hamilton, Isabella Roman, Emily Smith and Kesley Taylor) capturing the gold with zero faults. Zone 5 Team 2 (Hailey Royce, Cassidy Rasch, Madeline Derose, and Noa Leibson) was hot on their heels earning silver with just 4 faults. Rounding out the top three and earning the bronze was the combined team from Zones 1 and 2 (Carlie Genecco, Julianne Wydola and Brigitte Harbers).
Kesley Taylor, Children's individual gold medalist aboard Zelda. Photo credit: Andrew Ryback Photography. 
Ending on a faultless score to earn the Children's Individual gold was 16 year-old Kesley Taylor of Naperville, IL (Zone 5). Riding the 17 year-old Warmblood, Zelda, Taylor mastered Anderson Lima's courses riding to a clear round each day of competition.

Not far behind was 16 year-old Noa Leibson of Highland Park, IL (Zone 5) who ended on a score of 2 faults aboard Blackhawk to earn the Children's Individual silver. Close behind was 15 year-old Madeline Derose of Ann Arbor, MI (Zone 5) who claimed the bronze with just 2.5 faults riding Chawa.

The Adult Amateurs also saw tough team competition with Zones 1, 2 and 5 each fielding one team. Earning the gold with the most clear rounds was the Adult Amateur Zone 5 team (Brenda Perkovich, Molly Brown, Lisa Baker and Jean McLaren). Zone 2's Adult Amateur team (Madi Grady, Maria B. Peifer and Danielle Flavin) earned the silver and Team Zone 1 (Michelle Blunda, Marina Callahan and Jenny Swanson) took bronze.
Zone 5 captured the team gold, Zone 2 the silver and Zone 1 the bronze in the Adult Amateur Jumper North Regional Championships. Photo credit: Andrew Ryback Photography.
Adult Amateur Lisa Baker of Angola, IN (Zone 5), who was also a member of the gold medal team, rode Zyminka faultlessly all weekend to claim the individual gold.

"It was my first time (riding on a team), and I absolutely loved it," said Baker. "There's nothing better than having good riders in your class, because that's really how you get better... I socialize at the shows and you gravitate towards people that love the sport, so being on a team was a blast." 
Just 1 fault behind Baker was Adult Amateur Individual silver medalist Jenny Swanson of Dover, MA, (Zone 1) aboard Vendicat. Jean McLaren of Evanston, IL, (Zone 5) rounded out the podium earning the bronze medal aboard Avanz R, ending on a score of 2.5 faults.

The courses, designed by Brazilian Anderson Lima, proved to be challenging but fair for the Children's and Adult Amateur riders.
Lisa Baker, Adult Amateur individual gold medalist, aboard Zyminka. Photo credit: Andrew Ryback Photography.
"His course made total sense," Baker said of Lima's course designs. "Even if you got a little nervous and you weren't sure where you were going, he made them flow in a way that just made sense. He asked all the right questions, especially for our division. Our division is right on the brink where you could be foolish and take a risk, and his course was just enough where he asked you to go, asked you to whoa but he also gave you options to add or leave out, but you had to commit to it."

The Ledges Sporting Horses and facility and show manager Pay Boyle also received high praise from riders during the Championship.

"I think Pat [Boyle] and his whole entire team did a wonderful job of making this really special for all of the participants," said USHJA President Bill Moroney who presented awards at the Championships. "I think that the crowd support was really exciting, and the idea of the barn challenge brought a lot of people out. It was really nice to see the entire VIP area and the stands packed with people, and it really had a special championship feel to it. I think that all of the riders and participants were thrilled with it, I know that we at the USHJA are thrilled."

The USHJA Children's & Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships are divided into four regions: North Region (Zones 1, 2 and 5), South Region (Zones 3 and 4), Central Region (Zones 6, 7 and 8) and West Region (Zones 9, 10, 11 and 12). Held in Nation's Cup-style format, the Championships are held for teams and individual riders. Click here for complete coverage on the South and Central Regional Championships, which took place earlier this month at the Tryon International Equestrian Center and Colorado Horse Park, respectively. For more information on the Championships, including specifications, qualifying, dates and locations visit,

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