The New England Equitation Championships Committee announces new finals dates and qualification changes. The NEHC medal finals will run September 16-20, 2020 at its traditional location of the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA. In addition, for the 2020 season, juniors in their last year who have ever qualified for NEHC finals previously are hereby automatically qualified for NEHC 2020 finals – no points or wins will be required for these competitors to qualify this year. Stay tuned for more 2020 qualification changes for both adults and juniors.
The basic timeline for the week is as follows: Wednesday/Thursday will be the same as 2019 for adult age groups; Friday ALL AGE groups of Open Juniors will show; Saturday morning USHJA 3’3″ Hunter Seat Medal Final – East followed by Challenge of the States; Sunday NEHC junior medal finals.
The New England Equitation Championships is excited to announce that we will be hosting the 2020 USHJA Hunt Seat Medal Finals at the Big E. For 2020, any Junior rider who meets the eligibility requirements may compete at the Finals, there are no qualifying restrictions. The USHJA Medal will take place Saturday October 17, 2020 before the usual NEEC Challenge of the States class. All Open classes will go on Friday October 16, 2020.
NEHC will now allow horse shows to run more New England Medal classes for both Juniors and Adults. Multi-day shows can now either run one of each medal (Junior & Adult) everyday OR on two days, run two of each medal (Junior & Adult). One-day shows will be allowed to run two Junior medals and two Adult medals.
A first Place Medal win qualifies you for the finals. A total of 10 points or a win qualifies you for the finals. Once you are qualified, you are no longer eligible to compete in the qualifying class for that year’s section of Medal Classes.
Violations will forfeit eligibility for finals for that year.
New Medal pointing for 2020: NEHC Junior Hunt Seat Medal 10 Points qualifies as a win. 1st place equals 10 points 2nd place equals 5 points
So 2 second place 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.
As many of you are aware, many spring horse shows have been suspended and/or cancelled due to COVID-19. We have all been watching to see how this issue will continue to affect future events and are anxiously waiting for things to get back to “normal”. The NEEC is monitoring the situation and we are aware that new qualifying specs may have to be implemented for 2020 only. When the time comes, we will have a plan and will share it with everyone. In the meantime, stay safe!
New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) celebrated its 44th anniversary
this year. This five-day event is run 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.
judging panel included Linda Andrisani,
Ralph Caristo, Todd Karn,
Jimmy Lee, PatrickRodes
(course designer) and Sissy Wickes.
The 46+ Adult Medal kicked off the week on Wednesday, October 16. After two rounds and a test of the top three, Michele Foote emerged as Champion with Reserve going to Sherrill Woessner. In the 28-45 division, last year’s Reserve Champion, Carolyn Lavin, came back to win her section of the Open and was Champion in the Medal. Julie Hogan was Reserve. On Thursday, the 22-27 Medal Champion was Alexandra Carlton with Elizabeth Chenelle earning Reserve. In the 18-21 group Clara Bechtold won her Open and was Champion in the Medal. Reserve went to Emily Gilbert.
Open sections ran Friday and Saturday. On Friday evening, over 75 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 Finals score to determine the overall top Junior Horseperson. After the written
test, more than 400 family and friends gathered for a fun-filled dinner and
commemorative video celebrating Juniors in their last year. The Juniors vote
for one of their peers to win the Junior Sportsmanship Award and this year they
selected Emma Fletcher.
Following the Open on Saturday, attendees in person and via livestream were treated to a special equitation course strategy session. All six judges generously hosted this open Q&A forum where they discussed what constitutes a winning round in their eyes.
Challenge of the States team costume class ran Saturday afternoon and participants
celebrated with as much enthusiasm as ever. Juniors with top scores in the Open
competed on teams of six to represent their home states – NO help from trainers
allowed! Team New York won Gold, the All American team won Silver and Vermont eared
Bronze. Thanks to an anonymous donor, all teams competed for money to donate to
a charity of their choice. Gold chose the Kevin Babington fund. Danny
Robertshaw and Ron Danta, tuning in to the livestream from home, were so
touched by the number of teams dedicating their funds to Kevin’s recovery that
they personally donated an additional $1,000 to the fund. Throughout the week,
the NEEC Committee passed the hat to raise funds for Kevin and then matched
that amount. In total, over $6,000 was raised throughout the week and 100% of
the proceeds will go to Kevin.
Mark Jungherr was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mark has won over 35 Grand Prix, produced countless top hunters and jumpers, is a highly respected USEF “R” judge and a long-time supporter of the New England Equitation Championships.
Sunday’s Junior Medal Final featured 171 riders. Last year’s Junior winner, Katrina Tiktinsky, along with esteemed Grand Prix rider and ‘R’ judge Ellie Raidt lent their voices and expertise to the livestream commentary during the final.
rounds, Isabel Hall was named overall winner of the Katie Battison Horsemanship
Award. Top scoring Juniors who never competed in a 3’6” final were eligible for
a separate set of ribbons. First place went to Avery Schauder. Ellie Ferrigno earned
the High Point Junior Rider Award.
After two rounds and a test of the top four, Taylor Griffiths masterfully clinched
the Champion title with Reserve going to Ellie Ferrigno. Taylor’s trainers are Frank
and Jennifer Madden. Ellie rides with Val Renihan.
Adult Sportsmanship: Jennifer Wall and Elizabeth Kenny
Award: Pedro Textiera
Brainard Award: Melissa Welch
Jimmy Lee Adult Judge’s Choice: MTM Blueberry
Jimmy Lee Junior Judge’s Choice: Fellow Traveler
Nicholas Award: Writtle
As of 12/1/18 NEHC has a new rule to split and combine entries:
If entries warrant minimum 16, management must split class into two sections. For every eight entries after 16 entries management must continue to split into additional sections. i.e. 24 entries would split into 3 sections, 32 entries into 4 sections and so on. California split may be used.
If there is not a minimum of riders of either or both the junior or adult medal qualifying class, the show can combine to meet the rider requirement. Riders will show at their respective heights. Junior riders will still need a win to qualify. Point system for adult riders will remain the same.
The New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) celebrated its 43rd anniversary this year. The five-day event 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. Emma Fletcher, Ellie Raidt and McKayla Langmeier gave excellent commentary on Sunday’s Junior final.
The renowned judging panel included Ken Krome(course designer), Hope Glynn, Jenny Fischer, Lynn Forgione, Brian Lenehan and Jean Marie Dunford-Miller.
The 46+ Adult Medal kicked off the week on Wednesday, October 17. Jeanine Cash was Champion, Reserve: Sarah Cabot. The 28-45 Medal scores required testing the top two. 2007 Junior Champion, Jenny Walters, reclaimed her Champion title, Reserve: Carolyn Lavin. On Thursday in the 22-27 group, Melissa Groher was Champion and Hannah Brown was Reserve for the second year in a row. In the 18-21 group Emelie Burgess was Champion. Reserve: Clara Bechtold.
The Adult Amateur Grand Championship Class on Thursday invited back Champion and Reserve riders from the four adult age groups to compete. Hannah Brown emerged as Grand Champion.
Junior Open sections ran Friday and Saturday. On Friday evening, 76 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 Finals score to determine the overall top Junior Horseperson.
425 family and friends then gathered for a fun-filled dinner and commemorative video celebrating Juniors in their last year. McKayla Langmeier won the Junior Sportsmanship Award. Kelley Small received the esteemed Sue Brainard award in recognition of her years of dedication to the NEEC.
The world-famous Challenge of the States team costume class ran on Saturday and participants celebrated with as much gusto as ever. Juniors with top scores in the Open competed on teams of six to represent their home states – NO help from trainers allowed! Connecticut 1 won Gold. Thanks to an anonymous donor, teams competed for money to donate to a charity of their choice. Gold donated to Danny & Ron’s Rescue.
Cookie DeSimone won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Cookie is beloved by generations of students and has been a cornerstone of the NEEC as a member and co-chair of the show committee.
Sunday’s Junior Medal Final featured 175 riders. Between rounds, Frances McGivern was named winner of the Katie Battison Horsemanship Award.
Top scoring Juniors who never competed in a 3’6” final were eligible for a separate set of ribbons. First place went to Lila Ouellette.
Ellie Ferrigno earned the High Point Junior Rider Award.
After two rounds and a test of the top three, Katrina Tiktinsky’s beautifully consistent trips made her NEHC Junior Medal Champion. Trainer: Jenny Martin-Rudaz. Reserve: Ava Stearns, Trainers: Missy Clark, John Brennan, Linda Langmeier.
Adult Sportsmanship: Wynatte Chu and Lindsey Davitt
At the request of the New England Equitation Championship Committee (NEEC) the New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC) has approved to allow USEF Horse Shows from New York to offer our NEHC Hunter Seat Medals. Going beyond that NEHC also approved New York shows to hold our other medals as well (Saddle Seat, Western and Hunter Seat Pleasure). This is exclusive to USEF Horse shows in the State of New York effective May 1, 2018.
We have received many requests from NY riders who have wanted to qualify for our Medal Finals by doing so in their home state. We have also had New England members ask about shows in NY hosting the medals as another venue for them to compete and qualify.
In addition to the Medals your show will also include our NEHC Pleasure classes or choose not to for an additional fee. Show management may decide to affiliate the entire show too as many of our classes align with USEF rules. Our rules governing the medals and horse shows are on our website. Nehc.info If you would like a printed rule book let Cindy know at firstname.lastname@example.org
When applying for a show date let us know if you would like to run just the NEHC Medal Classes and NEHC Pleasure or the entire show.
To affiliate and allow exhibitors ample time please send your forms to the NEHC Administrator at least 45 days in advance. All affiliated shows are posted on our website with their link to all of our members.
We look forward to working with you and your horse show. Do not hesitate to contact Cindy our Administrator for any questions.
Joe Medico, was a driver for JR Hudson Horse Transportation for over twenty years and he passed away in April, 2017. Joe always had a smile on his face and was the first to lend a helping hand. To commemorate his dedication to the NE horse world JR Hudson Horse Transportation is sponsoring two grants of $1250 each. These grants will go to qualified NE Junior Medal riders who demonstrate a financial need in order to participate in the NEHC Championships.
This grant would provide financial assistance to two (2) NEHC Junior Medal qualifiers. A.) $535. for entries and one stall. B.) Stipend of $715. to cover horse transportation and other related expenses to compete in the NEHC Championships.
After thorough review, the Joe Medico Grant Committee will award riders based upon the required essay which will be comprised of two parts. The first part of the essay will ask the applicant to state why the NE Equitation Championships is important to them. The second part will ask for a description of the applicant’s basis for financial need.
Riders who receive grant cannot apply in future years.