The Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Final event is comprised of multiple rounds and judged on equitation over a course set at 3’6”.
All riders compete in the first round of the US Hunter Seat Medal Final. Judges select the top riders from round one to move
on to compete in round two. The judges then have the option to select a smaller group of riders for further testing to determine
The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) Equitation Medal was established in 1937 by the fourth President of the AHSA, Adrian Van
Sinderen, as part of his strategy to connect horse people across the United States. The original Van Sinderen trophy was awarded to
the Junior Equitation rider who accumulated the most points in AHSA Medal classes in a given competition year. At that time, Saddle
Seat, Hunt Seat and Stock Seat riders were all vying for one trophy and often riding against one another in the same class. In 1948,
the classes were divided into the individual riding disciplines. Van Sinderen had two more trophies made, one for Hunt Seat, and the
other for Stock Seat. The Saddle Seat discipline retained the original Van Sinderen Trophy. In 1950, the Medal Final was fashioned
into the competition we now know, with qualifying classes and a final to determine the overall winner. The Pessoa/US Hunter Seat
Medal is a coveted USEF prize and proves to be a significant stepping-stone for international competitions as a great number of the
past winners have gone on the represent the U.S. internationally.