Brooke Jacobs wins USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final
Release: July 14 2006
Lexington, KY – Six was the magic number for Brooke Jacobs of Georgetown, KY.
Jacobs has entered the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final every year
since its inception in 2001, and this year she took home the Gold medal with
a unanimous vote from the judges. Her mount was Callaway’s Show Me When, an
11-year-old American Saddlebred gelding owned by Werk Way Stables. The
championship was especially sweet for Jacobs who was on home turf and had
a large family presence, including her trainer father, Brent Jacobs.
"I was hoping this would be our year, because I have a really special horse,"
said Jacobs. "His nickname is Snickers. He is very personable and friendly.
He likes to come up and cuddle with you. He’s just one of those horses that
you want to love."
The USEF medal final is one of the most prestigious and oldest medal finals
in the country dating back to 1937. Historically, the medals program
represented the top level of competition for junior riders. It was decided
in 2001 that a saddle seat adult amateur medal finals would give adults the
ability to continue to compete for the prestigious honor. Once an adult
amateur has won the class, they may not enter again. The riders are scored
based on equitation and the ability to ride with control, competency and
When asked what it meant to her to win this title, Jacobs responded, "I
have been competing in equitation since I was 14 years old and I always
strove to win one of the medals finals so this is really exciting for me.
It is just so prestigious. I can’t really put into words how I feel about
it, but it’s a really exciting experience. This is what I’ve been shooting
for for the past few years since I’ve been an adult… My parents always
taught me to come out of the ring with a smile on my face no matter what,
so I’ve always done that."
Reserve champion and the Silver medal went to Tasha Rose Sandler of Scottsdale,
AZ, aboard Spirit Stuff, a 14-year-old American Saddlebred gelding, owned by
Debra and Kristen Helene Koenig and trained by Nancy Becker. Third place and
the Bronze medal went to Erin McCracken aboard My Dakota, an 11-year-old
American Saddlebred gelding, owned by Gail Wirtz Costello and Blawkhawk
Stables. Fourth place went to Kevin Ingram aboard CH Hayden Fox, an 11-year-old
American Saddlebred gelding, owned by James R Dellinger Jr. Fifth went to Dr.
Colleen Carter aboard Boot Scoot and Go, an 11-year-old American Saddlebred
gelding, owned by Claire Cunningham and Amanda Meyers. Sixth place went to
Jamie Bender aboard Highpoint’s the King’s Sun, an 11-year-old American
Saddlebred gelding, owned by Kayla and Robert Mears.
Following the awards presentation, all exhibitors were honored at the annual
USEF reception where each participant and instructor received commemorative