Lillie Keenan Wins North American Junior Equitation Championship at Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend

THIS National Children’s Medal Finals Victory to Sydney Hutchins
Annie Finch is Tops in North American Adult Amateur Equitation Finals

UPPER MARLBOROUGH MD (Capital Challenge Horse Show)  – September 30, 2012 – The Capital Challenge Equitation Championship Weekend, presented by, hosted three equitation finals today, starting with the North American Junior Equitation Championship, in which Lillie Keenan took home the big win on Clearway, owned by Heritage Farm. Sydney Hutchins was victorious in the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children’s Medal Finals, while Annie Finch won the blue ribbon in the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Finals. The Capital Challenge Horse Show runs through Sunday, October 7, at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD.

There were 75 entries in the North American Junior Equitation Championship, and the top 20 from the first round returned for the second round. Keenan, of New York, NY, sat in second place going into the second round with a total average of 92, and she executed a beautiful trip with a score of 93.40 and a total of 184.40 to move into the lead. Victoria Colvin on VIP Z was close behind with a total score of 183.60 after receiving an identical score to Keenan in the second round.

Keenan said, “I think after the first round, I realized that I needed to be a little bit softer. By the second round, I’d softened, been in the ring, and jumped some of the lines in the second course, so I knew where I was going.”