SKILLMAN, N.J. — Local riders brought home medals from the USHJA Zones 1 and 2 Jumper Team Championships that concluded on Aug. 25 at Princeton Show Jumping.

Riders from Zone 2 earned gold medals in the Adult Amateur and in the combined 1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur team competition.

In the 1.10/1.15m Children's Team Championship, Zone 2 Team 4 earned silver. Team members were:

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Gianna De Mattheis/ Luca Warande Z /Morristown, N.J.

Tiffany Scott/ Cabri D'Authieux Z/ Cranbury, N.J.

Olivia Holtz /Dublin 4/ Villanova, Pa.

Devon Owen/ Angel / Franklin Lakes, N.J.

The bronze team was Zone 2 Team 2:

Kailey Fuchs/ Butterfly Chavannais/ Sinking Spring, Pa.

Jessica Pastore/ Valentina B/ Flemington, N.J.

1.10/1.15m Adult Amateur Team Championship

Zone 2 Team 2, coached by Chef d’Equipe James Benedetto, had a clear and fast jump off to win the Gold for the 1.10/1.15m Adult Amateur Team Championship.

The Zone 2 Team 2 was:

Alexis C. Di Pasqua/ Reba Dean/ West Chester, Pa.

Emily Throop/ Capitalist / Westfield, N.J.

Kendra Sue Walmer / Electra / Reinholds, Pa.

Throop said, “I did [the Zone Jumper Team Championships] five years ago with a different horse and it didn’t go so well, so it is exciting to come back with Cassie, who I trust so much and be able to do so well.”

Di Pasqua said, “I was so nervous. I never thought I would be jumping off for the Team Gold. I was lucky that I got to go second; I made a plan in my head and just went for it.”

Walmer, who won the Individual Qualifier and Team Gold said, “This is exciting, winning the [First Individual Qualifier] — and now winning the Team Gold.”

The bronze went to the Combined Zone Team Gem Twist:

Wendy Chapot Nunn/ Cashé/ Madison,N.J.

Mercy Paine / Chambrinus / New York, N.Y.

Shaelyn Kelliher / Inquisitive/ Auburn, N.H.

Barbara Rochford / Butterfly Ambition / Ringoes, N.J.

1.20/1.25m and 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Team Championship

After a three-horse jump-off for Junior/Amateur combined 1.20m/1.25m and 1.30m/1.35m Team Gold, Zone 2 Team 3 were the victors with a combined team total of 16 faults.

The team was:

Gwyneth Babington / Navy Blue Tarroy / Blue Bell, Pa.

Stephanie Dixon / Valenzia / Ringoes, N.J.

Leslie Schillat / SLF Destiny / Malvern, Pa.

Schillat said, “This is my third year, and it’s a lot of fun. I love how they make it a big deal. It’s nice, because at this level, we don’t have a lot of finals. They put a lot into it.”

Babington added,  “I was really excited. I had the privilege of going last in the jump off; I was hoping the second girl would have a rail but she didn’t, and she was pretty fast. I really had to give it a shot to the last jump and he was amazing.”

Dixon said, “This program has given me the opportunity to really educate Valenzia further and work on her development and work on myself.”

Silver went to Zone 2 Team 2:

Dakota Champey / Baronesse Minka VM / Derminster, Pa.

Emily Dehoff/ Catch Me Z / Far Hills, N.J.

Hunter Champey/ Caprice/ Derminster, Pa.

Bronze went to Zone 2 Team 5:

Morgan Champey / Diego / Derminster, N.J.

Martha Wyatt-Luth / Veintiuno / Chatham, N.J.

Cameron Tague/ Gentleman VHM/ Cream Ridge, N.J.

Medals and ribbons were awarded to the top three teams, with the gold medal team receiving embroidered coolers.

In the individual finals on Aug. 25, Zone 2’s Kailey Fuchs, of Sinking Spring, Pa., jumped off for the silver medal aboard Butterfly Chavannais, while Individual Qualifier winner Jacqueline Van Meter and Maxima 103 from Zone 1 claimed the bronze.

Individual Qualifier winner, and member of the Zone 2 gold medal winning team, Kendra Sue Walmer and Electra from took the silver medal, with fellow team members Emily Throop and Capitalist earning the bronze.

After competing in the jump-off to win silver for her 1.20/1.30m Junior/Amateur team a day earlier, the Junior/Amateur Individual Championship was won by Hunter Champey and Caprice, of Derminster, Pa., in Zone 2. “It felt great. I needed to redeem myself from [the] team competition and coming in second. I came into the jump-off feeling really confident. I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to do that inside turn in order to win because these are such great riders,’” Champey said.

Leigh Gallagher and Inette LVP from Zone 1 finished with the silver medal, and Gwyneth Babington, of Zone 2, rode Navy Blue Tarroy to bronze.

Of the overall competition, Zone 2 Chef d'Equipe James Benedetto said, “I thought all the riders and horses were excellent and they really came to play. We’ve had a lot of jump-offs, and the horses jumped better and better.”

Individual gold medalists received a variety of awards from Essex Classics and FITS Riding, a pair of Parlanti paddock boots, a medal, a ribbon and a cooler.

Children's/Adult Amateur Jumper Individual Final

Gold: Isabel Mishara / Stella Blue / Wayland, Mass. / Zone 1 

Silver: Kailey Fuchs / Butterfly Chavannais / Sinking Spring, Pa. / Zone 2

Bronze: Jacqueline Van Meter / Maxima 103 / Ridgefield, Conn. / Zone 1

4: Gianna De Mattheis / Luca Warande Z / Morristown, N.J. / Zone 2

5: Olivia Holtz / Dublin 4 / Villanova, Pa. / Zone 2

6: Ava Kavulich / Makoa / Pennington, N.J. / Zone 2

7: Tiffany Scott / Cabri D’ Authieux Z / Cranbury, N.J. / Zone 2

8: Kenny Reuter / Bolanda VDL / Hillsborough, N.J. / Zone 2

Adult Amateur Jumper Individual Final

Rider / Horse / Hometown / Zone

Gold: Michelle Stacy / IWatch / Marstons Mills, Mass. / Zone 1

Silver: Kendra Sue Walmer / Electra / Reinholds, Pa. / Zone 2

Bronze: Emily Throop / Capitalist / Westfield, N,J. / Zone 2

4: Mercy Paine / Chambrinus / New York, N.Y. / Zone 2

5: Faith Kollien / Dominique / Acton, Mass. / Zone 1

6: Julia Wiley / Kobochon / Litchfield, Conn. / Zone 1

7: Barbara Rochford / Butterfly Ambition / Ringoes, N.J. / Zone 2

8: Wendy Chapot Nunn / Cashé / Madison, N.J. / Zone 2

Junior/Amateur Jumper Individual Final

Rider / Horse / Hometown / Zone

Gold: Hunter Champey / Caprice / Derminster, Pa. / Zone 2

Silver:  Leigh Gallagher / Inette LVP / Westport, Conn. / Zone 1

Bronze: Gwyneth Babington / Navy Blue Tarroy / Blue Bell, Pa. / Zone 2

4: Clifford Bell / Prized Native / Lebanon, N.J. / Zone 2

5: Lauren Henry / VDL Ferrari / North Kingstown, R.I. / Zone 1

6: Morgan Champey / Diego / Derminster, N.J. / Zone 2

7: Leslie Schillat / SLF Destiny / Malvern, Pa. / Zone 2

8: Stephanie Dixon / Valenzia / Ringoes, N.J. / Zone 2

Individual medalists at the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships will be recognized as 2019 Gold Star Emerging Jumper Riders by awarding them an exclusive 2019 Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider pin that can be worn at future competitions to distinguish them. At the same time, trainers of these riders will be recognized as 2019 Gold Star Jumper Coaches and receive specialized pins that denote their title. Riders and trainers who receive the designation are also invited to attend one of the USHJA Gold Star Clinics.

All Championship competitors will be recognized as 2019 USHJA Emerging Jumper Riders. During a special orientation session during the riders meeting on Friday, riders, trainers and parents received comprehensive information about how riders can advance through the sport to its highest levels. The session specifically discussed the Show Jumping Athlete Pathway, a joint USHJA-US Equestrian effort that identifies and nurtures Jumping athletes as they advance through the sport to enhance future success for Olympic and international teams representing the United States.

For more information about the USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, visit For more information about the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, visit

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