Good morning from the final day of the American Eventing Championships! It’s time to shine for our Beginner Novice riders as they enter the Rolex Stadium for their grand finale. You asked, they listened: the USEA is live streaming all Beginner Novice show jumping and we’re running live updates of the cutest division around, Jr. Beginner Novice 14 & Under. Keep refreshing this page!
12:22 p.m. ET: Ladies and gentlemen, your AEC Jr. Beginner Novice 14 & Under top ten:
Top 12 photo gallery!
And an interview with our division winner, Tessa Geven:
12:15 p.m. ET: Oh no!!! Our leaders Maren Hansen and In My Feelings pull a rail and add one second of time. That will drop them several places, which is absolutely gutting. They’ll remain in the top 10, however, but that means that Tessa Geven and Tullymor’s Houdini are your champs!
12:13 p.m. ET: It’s go time for Maren and In My Feelings!
12:12 p.m. ET: Tessa Geven and Tullymor’s Houdini have gone clean!
12:10 p.m. ET: Molly Hunt just put the pressure on the top two riders! She and Falcons Grey Bar will stay on their dressage score.
12:10 p.m. ET: IT’S TIME FOR THE TOP THREE!
12:09 p.m. ET: Victoria Sudkamp and Gallagher will hang onto at least 4th!
12:07 p.m. ET: Pats and hugs from Macie Sykes for Deliah’s Boy! This experienced Pony Club pair comes home fast and clean!
12:05 p.m. ET: Sally Smedley does an incredible job managing Golden Ticket CR, who has a bit of a drift in his last stride to each fence, but she rides boldy and gets it done! Sally is now assured of at least a 6th place finish which means she’s taking come some cash monies, baby!
12:02 p.m. ET: Inanewyorkminute takes a costly rail for four faults, moving Catherine Frank to 15th place — that’s still in the ribbons, though!
12:00 p.m. ET: Victoria Baugh and Curioso, a formidable pair who won Millbrook last month, will remain on their dressage score!
11:58 a.m. ET: Ears pricked all the way — Laura Voorheis and Kildare’s Buster Keaton are guaranteed a top ten finish thanks to their clear round.
11:55 a.m. ET: Marissa Griffin’s Hunter is unfortunately a bit keen and pulls a rail which will drop them out of the top ten.
11:55 a.m. ET: We’re into the top ten now! All riders at the top of the leaderboard are within one rail of each other.
11:54 a.m. ET: Actually, I could be wrong about the youngest combined age — it could be Alexa Garret and Say Goodbye To Hollywood, who’s a 5-year-old Thoroughbred. They just completed a double clear that was smack on the time.
11:47 a.m. ET: This could be the pair with the youngest combined age: Sierra Thomas’ mount Chambery is just four years old — and a Thoroughbred too! How’s that for hot and unmanageable? Isabelle expertly pilots Chambery home to a double clear.
11:47 a.m. ET: Riley Jones might get the award for best braids — on herself! Those pigtails are flying and her ribbons match her pony’s bonnet <3. She’s riding her adorable paint pony Senor Santana. They take a rail somewhere, though Senor Santana is scopey little guy!
11:45 a.m. ET: Elizabeth Honeycutt and Jos Baco, a grey Argentinian Thoroughbred who is simply beautifully turned out, complete their round without fault. They complete their round to remain on a tie with Gretel.
11:43 a.m. ET: Gretel Frew and Union Commander put in a lovely double clear! She’ll remain tied for 15th with the next rider.
11:41 a.m. ET: Beauchamp de Noelle, and Arabian-Welsh gelding, is a bit sticky to the first fence into the double, but Merrell Waggoner kicks on and gets it done! They’re double clear.
11:38 a.m. ET: Maggie and Mr. Smarty pants also take a rail and add some time, but Maggie give her pony the biggest pats anyway! Job well done!
11:36 a.m. ET: Mr. Smarty Pants pulls a fast one on Maggie Shuman and puts the breaks on at jump two. They clear it with ease and room to spare on their second attempt!
11:35 a.m. ET: At 68 seconds, Lilli Wichert and Fernhill Tito put in one of the fastest clear rides of the day.
11:32 a.m. ET: Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo! Marin Swyers and her Cinderella-named pony put in quite a mature round for a double clear.
11:31 a.m. ET: Connor’s pony pulls an unlucky rail behind, but they should still be very happy with that ride!
11:29 a.m. ET: Connor Stegeman and Zips Bangee — a 21-year-old POA — are in the ring now. Even sitting in 21st place, they are within 10 points of the leaders.
11:25 a.m. ET: Amelia Jaeger and Medicine Game, a Nokota horse, one of the more unusual breeds here at the AECs, complete a lovely clear round.
Were just a smidge late starting. Here’s what happened so far:
- Kloie Hicks & Sugar Rush: 0 jump, 0 time
- Clare Brady & Playing With Fire: 8 jump, 0 time
- Virginia Burns & Leo the Lion Hearted: 0 jump, 0 time
- Sydney Langley & Pocket Change: 4 jump, 0 time
- Autumn Kinmon & Miles To Go: 0 jump, 0 time
- Finley Powell & The Muffin Man: 4 jump, 0 time
- Arden McHugh-Braham & KS Priceless: 0 jump, 0 time
- Taylor Tiberg & Valedictorian: 0 jump, 0 time
- Elisabeth Davis & Glendale’s Katie Belle: 0 jump, 0 time