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New England Equitation Championships

Apr 06

2021 NEHC Junior Medal Qualifying Specifications

By neec | News & Updates

The New England Equitation Committee has extended last year’s change in qualifying specifications for the NEHC Junior Medal through the 2021 show season. Junior riders can now qualify for NEEC Finals in the following ways:

10 Points qualifies as a win.
1st place equals 10 points
2nd place equals 5 points

So 2 second places qualifies you for the finals. Once you have qualified, you are no longer eligible to compete in that seat for that year of Medal qualifying classes.

Mar 24

2021 NEEC Horsemanship Preparation

By neec | Horsemanship

The horsemanship questions will be back for the 2021 season! These questions are provided by the NEEC Committee to help junior riders study and prepare for the horsemanship exam at this year’s New England Finals. The questions and answers will remain on the website for a month and a new set of questions and answers will then go up. These questions will not necessarily all be on the 2021 test, but are a combination of questions that have been on past years’ tests and could show up again on this year’s test. Some of the questions/topics posted here on the site are taken from the USHJA Horsemanship Study Guide and the United States Pony Club Manual, which are both excellent study resources. Make sure to check back each month and start your studying! Good luck!

Mar 03

Fred Hunt Adult Grant

By neec | Uncategorized

The Fred Hunt Adult Grant 2021

Sponsored by The New England Equitation Committee

Fred Hunt was a member of the New England Equitation Committee for over 40 years. He was a very well respected horseman and judge in the Hunter/Jumper/Equitation community. He trained many horses and students to regional and National Championships. He will be remembered for his fierce friendship and quiet wit. To Commemorate his dedication to the NE horse world The NEEC is sponsoring an Adult Grant of $1,000. This grant will go to a qualified NE Adult Medal rider who demonstrates a financial need in order to participate in the NEHC Championships.

Guidelines:

  • This grant would provide financial assistance to one NEHC Adult Medal qualifier. A.) For entries and one stall. B.) A stipend to cover horse transportation and other related expenses to compete in the NEHC Championships
  • Riders who are qualified to compete in the NEHC Championships must apply by September 1.
  • After thorough review, the Adult Grant Committee will award a rider based upon the required essay.
  • Riders who receive the grant cannot apply in future years. However, if the rider wins as a Junior they may still apply as an adult.

    Application:

    Phone:

    Phone of Trainer:

    Essay – Part 1: State why the New England Equitation Championships is important to you. (250 words or less). (required):

    Essay – Part 2: Provide a description of your basis for financial need. (250 words or less). (required):

    Mar 03

    2021 New England Equitation Championships

    By neec | News & Updates

    2021: We will be back at the Big E this fall and are excited to be hosting the USHJA Medal Finals for a second year!

    New this year: The New England Equitation Championships will be offering an NEEC Adult Grant in memory of Fred Hunt. Please see forms/awards for details and application.

    Stay tuned for more exciting news about this year’s finals and sponsorship opportunities!

    – NEEC Committee

    Sep 25

    2020 New England Equitation Championships

    By neec | News & Updates

    2020 New England Equitation Championships Recap

    Photos: Anne Gittins Photography www.annegittins.com

    FIELDSTONE SHOW PARK – HALIFAX, MA

    The New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) celebrated its 45th anniversary this year. This five-day event is run entirely by the volunteer NEEC Committee and is one of the longest running and most prestigious equitation finals in the country. All five days were produced by ShowNet and livestreamed on USEF Network.

    The esteemed judging panel was made up of Tammy Provost and David Wilbur. Tom Hern was the course designer.

    Despite the herculean task of moving the event to an outdoor venue and putting many COVID-19 health precautions in place just a couple of weeks before showtime, the NEEC had yet another year of storied success.

    The 46+ Adult Medal kicked off the week on Wednesday, September 16. Robin Harkins emerged as Champion with Reserve going to Mary Davis. In the 28-45 division, Jillian MacLean won her section of the Open and was Champion of the Medal; Julie Hogan took Reserve. On Thursday, the 22-27 Medal Champion was Lauren Henry with Alexa Bayko earning Reserve. Jessica Oswald won the 18-21 Medal final and Abigail Hopkins won her section of the Open and was Reserve in the medal. Also, on Thursday Gary Saccocia Sr. was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    All Junior Open sections ran Friday. On Friday afternoon, about 90 Juniors took the written phase of the Horsemanship Class. Originating at the NEEC, the Horsemanship Class combines a rider’s written test score, practicum, and first round of the Medal score to determine the overall top Junior Horseperson. After the Open rounds and the test wrapped up, riders gathered on the Grand Prix field (socially distanced and masked) to watch the commemorative video celebrating Juniors in their last year.


    Saturday marked a new chapter in NEEC history when it hosted the USHJA 3’3″ Hunter Seat Medal Final – East.  159 Juniors took to the ring for round one, the top 25 returned for a second round and the top four were called back to test. Isabella David moved up in the test from second to take home the Champion ribbon (trainer: Stacia Madden and Beacon Hill Show Stables) while Madison Frankel earned

    Reserve (trainer: Andre Dignelli and Heritage Farm).  

    Following the USHJA Medal, the world-famous Challenge of the States team class ran Saturday afternoon. Despite smaller teams and no costumes to comply with COVID-19 safety standards, the teams took it on with good humor and a competitive spirit. By popular demand, an Adult team was added this year. Juniors and adults with top scores in the Open competed on teams of four to represent their home states – NO help from trainers allowed! Team Vermont won Gold, MA-2 won Silver and MA-3 earned Bronze. Thanks to an anonymous donor, all teams competed for money to donate to a charity of their choice. Gold chose the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center.

    Sunday’s NEHC Junior Hunt Seat Medal Finals featured 204 riders and the top 25 returned for a second round. Last year’s Junior winner, Taylor Griffiths-Madden, along with respected NEEC Committee Member and accomplished trainer/rider Kristen Bumpus lent their voices and expertise to the livestream commentary during the final. They did a phenomenal job.

    Between rounds, the Junior Sportsmanship Award was presented. This year it was a three-way tie between Taylor Griffiths-Madden, Emma Eaton-Ayers and Nora Andrews. The winner of the Top 3’ Junior Rider award was Anneliese de Rosaire.

    Ellie Ferrigno was the indisputable 2020 NEHC Junior Medal winner with first and second round scores of 95 – no further testing necessary. Ellie was also the High Point Rider winner. Ellie’s trainers are Abbi Ferrigno and Val Renihan. Reserve went to Alexa Aureliano. Alexa is trained by Andre Dignelli and Heritage Farm.


    Adult Sportsmanship: Jessica Roberts (Older) and Rosemary Mullholland (Younger)

    Groom’s Award: Kharah Davis

    Sue Brainard Award: Cyndi Mottolese

    Jimmy Lee Adult Judge’s Choice: MTM Blueberry

    Jimmy Lee Junior Judge’s Choice: Astro de Ravel
    Nicholas Award: Opportunity

    Instagram and Facebook: @newenglandequitation

    Sep 19

    NEHC Junior Medal Course Walk Update

    By neec | News & Updates

    SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20

    Start Time 7:00 AM

    Numbers will be handed out at the in-gate before walk

    • Riders 1-37 will walk from 6:00 AM – 6:15 AM
    • Riders 38-75 will walk from 6:15 AM – 6:30 AM
    • Riders 76-114 will walk after the 50th horse right before the drag.
    • Riders 115-153 will walk after the group of 76-114
    • Riders 154 and greater will walk after the 100th horse right before the drag

    There will be a drag directly after the last walk

    Sep 18

    Challenge of the States Teams

    By neec | News & Updates

    ADULT TEAM

    ABIGAIL HOPKINS – Rider
    ELIZABETH CHENELLE – Rider
    JULIE HOGAN – Rider
    ANDREA ROBBINS – Chef

    NEW YORK TEAM 2

    ALIDA TREUTING – Rider
    ALEXANDER GOET – Rider
    AVA STROHMEYER – Rider
    ZOE WHITEHEAD ROCKAS – Chef

    NEW JERSEY

    DEVON THOMAS – Rider
    NAOMI DACHIS – Rider
    LOGAN THOMAS – Rider
    SOFIA MOSKOWITZ – Chef

    MAINE TEAM

    ADDISON KEYWORTH – Rider
    ELECTRA HAMILTON – Rider
    ISABEL KESSELHAUT – Rider
    POSIE PRICE – Chef

    MASSACHUSETTS TEAM 3

    CAROLINE OLSEN – Rider
    CAROLINE TINSLEY – Rider
    CAROLINE ROBELEN – Rider
    JESSICA WARD – Chef

    GRADUATES TEAM

    MADISON OLVERT – Rider
    ORDAN GIRARD – Rider
    ALEXA AURELIANO – Rider
    CIARA BOLGER – Chef

    NEW HAMPSHIRE TEAM

    ABIGAIL ZEMP – Rider
    CASSIDY EXNER – Rider
    EMMA MOTL – Rider
    EVA BERNSTEIN – Chef

    RHODE ISLAND TEAM

    PENELOPE BURNHAM – Rider
    BLAKE ROWAN – Rider
    KILEY AHN – Rider
    ELEANOR PIETERS – Chef

    CONNECTICUT TEAM 1

    ALEXANDRA SICA – Rider
    JACQUELINE PRIEST – Rider
    ELOISE FOSTER – Rider
    KYLA SULLIVAN – Chef

    MASSACHUSETTS TEAM 1

    ANNALISE MANOOG – Rider
    AMELIA ALLAIRE – Rider
    LAUREN GRAY – Rider
    HADLEY EARL – Chef

    MASSACHUSETTS TEAM 2

    FRANCESCA GUIDI – Rider
    MIA FRIGON – Rider
    GIANNA PALOMBO – Rider
    ELIZABETH KENNEDY – Chef

    CONNECTICUT TEAM 2

    HANNA DOLAN – Rider
    CAROLYN CARPENTER – Rider
    CHLOE FARES – Rider
    MADISON HART – Chef

    VERMONT TEAM

    TESSA P. BROWN Rider
    ISABEL CHARLSON Rider
    OLIVIA REISKIN Rider
    ALLISON MCNAMARA Chef

    ALL AMERICAN TEAM

    GABBY STOUFFER Rider
    JANET HEDGES Rider
    NICHOLAS LOPES Rider
    LAUREN CHANCE Chef

    NEW YORK TEAM 1

    BAYLEE MCKEEVER – Rider
    ELIZA KIMBALL – Rider
    PARIS LEVY – Rider
    SARAH GRELLA – Chef

    Sep 17

    Junior Open Update

    By neec | News & Updates

    Riders and trainers can now walk all courses.

    There will be 7 separate course walks for the open 15-17 and the Under 15 Open Classes.

    Each walk will be before your section of jumping. (ie: there will be a walk before section A for section A riders only. After section A is complete, section b will start their course walk before the start of section B).

    No more than 50 in the ring to walk at a time  

    The first walk (for section A) will END at 7:30am

    Sep 15

    Wednesday Show Update

    By neec | News & Updates

    The start time for Wednesday September 16, 2020 has been moved up by a half an hour. the course walk for the open adult equitation 46+ will now start at 6:15 AM. The open adult equitation 46+ will start at 7:30 AM.

    Sep 15

    Junior Video 2020

    By neec | News & Updates

    Approximately half hour after the last class finishes on Friday (approx. 6:00pm-6:15pm) we will start awards on the Grand Prix field, followed by the junior video. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on or you may drive a golf cart onto the field. Unfortunately, because of covid, we will not be serving any food but you’re welcome to bring your own!

    **Please maintain social distancing while watching the video**

    Thank you!

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