WELLINGTON, Fla. — Samantha Weinerman of Chester, N.J. beat 45 other junior riders on Feb. 8 during the fifth week at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

The first equitation class of the weekend was the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal. With a solid plan of action and confidence in her new mount, piloted Charmeur to a returning spot for the test where she would ride to the win.

North Run Inc.’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Veron x Tavanta SHB) has only been paired with Weinerman for two weeks but is no stranger to the equitation ring. He has competed at various equitation finals with top junior riders such as Sam Walker and Maggie Hill.

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 “Overall, he is a very smooth horse, so everything comes out of stride on him and all of the lines are easy,” Weinerman explained. “I think that smoothness gave the round its polish and gave us the edge.”

While she is just getting used to her mount, Weinerman knew to use Charmeur’s steady stride to her advantage, even with a tighter time of only 70 seconds allowed.

“My plan was to stick very directly to all of the tracks and bending lines and to keep the whole course very direct,” she said. “I have never actually jumped a triple combination, so I especially wanted that to line up easily and I had to make several nice, tight turns to remain in the time allowed.”

Weinerman is looking forward to a successful partnership with the horse she deems as “the most lovable horse ever” for the remaining winter circuit and throughout the summer in hopes of qualifying for the fall equitation finals.

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