Saturday, October 1, 2016

CULPEPPER, Va. - The 2016 NCEA East Coast Medal Finals takes place on Saturday in Culpepper, Va.

“Junior riders will be in a position to showcase their talents on a larger scale which will create an extraordinary opportunity," said Tomas G. Struzzieri, president and CEO of HITS, Inc.

The NCEA Medal Class is open to all USEF and Equine Canada licensed competitors, NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal finalists will earn national visibility and increase their exposure for collegiate equestrian scholarships. In the finals competition, riders will also experience, for the first time, the bracket style competition.

“This new medal class provides junior competitors an opportunity to distinguish themselves among their peers by competing in a format similar to what they would find at the college level,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, executive director of the NCEA. “The head-to-head bracket format enables many top junior equestrians, both Hunt Seat and Western, the ability to continue to compete at their pre-college levels and promotes excellence not just in the ring, but in the classroom as well. This medal class is a celebration of the athleticism seen in young equestrian competitors across the nation, and introduces them to a new format at the finals where they compete against another rider on the same horse.”

Initiated by the NCEA’s National Advisory Board (NAB), the NCEA Junior Hunt Seat East Coast Finals will take place on Oct. 1 with the first phase consisting of an over fences round that is scored. In the second phase, riders will flat their own horses and receive a second score that is combined with the over fences phase in the first round.

The top four riders with the highest scores in phase 1 and 2 combined will ride off in the Bracket rounds. Bracket A will have the riders finishing 1st and 4th in the first two phases with the highest scores, while Bracket B will have the 2nd and 3rd place riders after the first two phases. The winner from each bracket will compete in a championship round over fences. Finals to include a Bracket Phase so that riders compete head to head against the other finalists on the same horse similar to the NCEA format in collegiate riding.

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