Brooke Jacobs Wins 2008 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final for a Second Time
Release: July 11 2008
Lexington, KY— In a unanimous decision by the judges, Brooke Jacobs defeated
four talented riders in the 2008 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. Despite the heat, Jacobs completed
the rail and pattern work to outshine the competition at the Lexington Junior
League Horse Show at the famous The Red Mile racetrack.
Jacobs, of Georgetown, KY, claimed the title aboard CH My Southern Charm, a bay
Saddlebred gelding owned by Werk Way Stables and trained by Brent Jacobs. Though
Jacobs has been riding CH My Southern Charm for about four years, he is new to
equitation classes. Even so, Jacobs was very pleased with her ride.
"This is the second equitation pattern he has really ever had to do," said Jacobs.
"He is a little green on patterns but we knew he could do it and we were hoping
he would do it in the ring. I was very pleased when we were done. He got through
it and actually did pretty well."
The USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final is in its eighth consecutive year.
Jacobs has been competing in the competition since the inception in 2001 when she
claimed her first title in 2006 riding Callaway’s Show Me When.
Riders that compete in the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final are only
allowed to win the title twice. With Jacobs win today, it was bittersweet for
her but she was very excited to have won the title again to become the only rider
to have done so.
"It’s going to be sad to not be able to show in it again but I’m happy that I
won so it’s a little bit of both," said Jacobs. "It’s really been a lot of fun."
In addition to showing the rest of the summer, Jacobs has been selected to compete
on the U.S. World Cup Team this September in South Africa.
The USEF Medal Final is one of the most prestigious Medal Finals in the country
dating back to 1937. Historically, the Medal program represented the top level
of competition for junior riders. It was decided in 2001 that a Saddle Seat Adult
Amateur Medal Final would give adults the ability to continue to compete for the
prestigious honor. Riders are judged fifty percent on rail work as a group and
fifty percent on individual tests (a pattern).
Following the awards presentation, all exhibitors were honored at the annual
USEF reception where each participant and instructor received commemorative gifts.