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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

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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!

Sep 10

2020 Joe Medico Grant Recipients

By neec | News & Updates

The New England Equitation Championships would like to thank JR Hudson Horse Transportation for sponsoring the Joe Medico Grant again this year!  We had a record number of applicants this year. The two recipients, each receiving $1250.00 are Alanna Murray and Cadee Savoie.

With the generous donations from anonymous donors two $500.00 grants have also been awarded to Caroline Loos and Jillian Spencer.

Congratulations to all four of you!

The New England Equitation Committee

Aug 18

NEW 2020 Qualifying Specifications!

By neec | News & Updates

Due to the 2020 NEHC Championships date change and the limited number of NEHC Medal qualifying classes/horse shows as a result of COVID, the NEEC has modified the 2020 qualifying criteria in the following ways:

1. All junior NEHC members who are juniors in their last year and have qualified for any previous NEHC Championships are invited to compete at the 2020 NEHC Championships.

2. All junior and adult NEHC members who have competed in a 2020 NEHC qualifying class (‘competed’ is defined as the rider got a ribbon) are invited to compete at the 2020 NEHC Championships.

3. All junior and adult NEHC members who qualified for the 2019 NEHC Championships are invited to compete at the 2020 NEHC Championships.

The cutoff date for qualifying by the new criteria is August 31, 2020. The cutoff date for entering is September 1, 2020. Post entries are accepted with $100 post entry fee. Shows after August 31, 2020 will count for 2021.

Aug 08

NEW USHJA 3’3″ Medal Specifications

By neec | News & Updates

2020 USHJA 3’3″ Medal Finals Specifications:

Open to Junior Active Members of the USEF and USHJA. Foreign residents who are also members of USEF and USHJA will be eligible to compete. Eligible riders are those who have not ever competed in any of the following National Equitation Finals with fences at 3’6”: ASPCA Maclay Finals, USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals (East or West), WIHS Equitation Classic Finals, Jump Canada Medal Finals or the North American Equitation Championship. Once a rider has won the USHJA 3’3” Hunter Seat Medal Finals, she/he is not eligible to compete again. For 2020 only, any rider who meets the above eligibility requirements will be automatically accepted to the finals. No points needed.

To be shown over a course of no less than eight obstacles with fence heights of 3’3” and spreads to 3’6” (exception: triple bar obstacles may have a maximum spread of 4’). One third of the obstacles must be oxers. Courses must include at least two changes of direction after the first obstacle. All courses must include at least three of the following: bending line, narrow jump (5’6”-8’), roll back turn, fence at the end of the ring, long approach to a single jump. Liverpools, water jumps or water used as decoration are prohibited.

A minimum of 25 riders (if available) will return for a second round of the event. More riders may be asked to return at the judge’s discretion. Two or more tests of a minimum of the top four competitors are required using USEF tests 1-17 H. Fences are required to be numbered.

Click here for specifications for the finals.

Jul 31

Important 2020 Finals Update

By neec | News & Updates

The New England Equitation Committee is accepting approximately 200 junior entries and 200 adult entries for the 2020 final. Any changes needed to the current qualifying criteria to reach those numbers will be announced on August 17, 2020. Our goal is to accommodate as many exhibitors as possible.

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