East Aurora, NY – October 31, 2012 – The prestigious Washington International Horse Show proved very successful for young rider Charlotte Jacobs, who competed in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper division over the weekend. After winning the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class on Friday, the judges presented her with the 2012 Shalanno Style of Riding Award for her impeccable American style of equitation and her sportsmanship.
“I think it is a huge honor to win the award,” said Jacobs, who also received the prestigious honor in 2010. “I never really think I’m the prettiest rider because I am always trying to sit down and find the distance or make something happen. Winning the Style of Riding Award is really special because it shows that you are riding well and your hard work is paying off.”
On Friday, the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class welcomed the top junior and amateur riders for the fourth day of competition. Jacobs and Promised Land led the victory gallop after laying down a clear round in only 52.358 seconds. She had her first go at the course aboard Kachina, stopping the clock at 53.505 seconds, which was good enough for third place.
“With Kachina I went out there and hit the wall; we laid down a great trip and a good time with a clean effort,” Jacobs elaborated. “When I went in with Promised Land I was really going for it. There was a line across the middle that was six strides and I did five; we shaved off some time there.”
Jacobs continued, “Promised Land is 18 years old, and this is my third year on him. He is the best old man – definitely a veteran. He likes to show off, and is just the best. You land you pull the reins, and he is there for you. I have been working on being tidy and going for it. We have been working on pulling everything together.”
On Saturday, Jacobs returned to the ring with Kachina, where a four-fault effort in the jump-off was good enough for the fifth place award during the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Earlier in the week, a double-clear effort with the mare captured the fourth place award during Thursday’s class.
Jacobs will continue to compete during the Alltech National Horse Show for North Star, vying for top honors against the country’s best horse and rider combinations.
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