The winning round from the 2017 Medal Final has been going viral this week: when you watch the talented Taylor St. Jacques nail it with no stirrups, you’ll see why!
If it’s your last year as a junior, you need to go out with a bang: that’s been the goal all year for Taylor St. Jacques, who’s been slaying it in the equitation ring with the kind of poise and humility you’d expect from a seasoned professional. On Sunday, St. Jacques achieved her goal for the year, winning the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg.
St. Jacques had already performed plenty that day, with an initial class of 257 riders narrowed down to just the top 25. Of those top 25, the best four were called back for additional testing in reverse order of merit, meaning that St. Jacques would be the last to perform. For the final test, the judges asked riders to perform without stirrups — a particular strength for St. Jacques.
Watch her winning final test aboard Charisma, who himself won the Doris H. Clark Memorial Perpetual Trophy as Best Equitation Horse:
Congratulations to Taylor St. Jacques on winning the 2017 Dover Saddlery/US Hunter Seat Medal Final! Congratulations also goes out to the entire team at Heritage Farm.
Posted by EQSportsNet on Sunday, October 15, 2017
Taylor St. Jacques was quick to credit her trainer Andre Dignelli, noting that he was not only teaching her to be a better rider but a better horsewoman and person as well.
St. Jacques certainly stamped herself this year as a rising star in the American hunter/jumper scene, and we’re eager to see where she goes next!
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