Lexington, Ky. – Now in its third year, the $100,000 USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship is set to begin at the CP National Horse Show. The championship, held November 2-5 in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, will consist of three competitions with fences up to 1.50 meters in height. Twenty-one athletes between the ages of 16 and 25 will compete in the championship in hopes of claiming top honors.
The $15,000 faults-converted competition will kick off the championship on Thursday, followed by a $20,000 jump-off competition on Friday. The championship will be decided after the $30,000 two round competition on Sunday morning. The champion will be the competitor with the lowest number of penalties after the three phases of the championship, with $35,000 in prize money for the overall top 10.
Eighteen-year-old Lucy Deslauriers (New York, N.Y.) won the individual gold in 2015 and individual silver in 2016 in the championship with her longtime partner Hester. This year, she brings new mount Kaspara. Deslauriers and Luja LLC’s eight-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare debuted in the U25 classes at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and hope to deliver in the championship.
Twenty-three-year-old Abigail McArdle (St. Charles, Ill.) secured individual bronze in 2016 with Adamo and comes with a new mount this year. She brings Chuck Berry 8, Plain Bay Sales’ 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding. They recently won U25 classes at the Split Rock Jumping Tour Columbus International II and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October.
Watch the first competition at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, the second competition at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, and the final competition at 10 a.m. on Sunday on USEF Network.
Find out more about the $100,000 USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship and the CP National Horse Show.