Watch! 2017 USEF Show Jumping Talent Search-West, Winner
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All Six Jumping Rounds With USEF Show Jumping Talent Search – West, Champion, Halie Robinson
Editor’s note; We hope that this feature, including course designs and all six of Halie Robinson’s rounds, helps other young show jumpers who aspire to compete in future Show Jumping Talent Search competitions.
Each year, the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search program attracts many of the country’s most promising young riders.
Open to Junior Riders and Young Riders, it addresses the principle that it is important for a rider to have equitation basics and a solid jumper seat position in order to become an effective jumper rider.
The Talent Search program fosters this tradition in U.S. Show Jumping and builds on preparing the next generation of international jumping riders.
Notable past winners include McLain Ward (1990), Lauren Hough (1994) and California-born German rider Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (1986).
Finals are held on both East and West coasts.
The Finals consists of four phases: Phase I (Flat Phase), Phase II (Gymnastics Phase), Phase III (Jumping Phase) Phase IV (Final Four) in which the top four riders jump a course on their horse and each of the other three horses – for a total of sixteen rounds.
All phases are judged on style, function and execution. The jumping phases included a time allowed factor and riders are penalized for time faults and jumping faults.
Scores for each of the first three phases are progressively weighted: x1, x1.5 and x2, respectively.
The riders in the Final Four return with a zero score and compete head to head.