Hannah Irons & Scola Bella USA Young Rider Champions

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USA 2020 Young Rider champions Hannah Irons and Scola Bella. © 2020 SusanJStickle.com

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 20, 2020–Hannah Irons on Scola Bella became the U.S. 2020 Young Rider champion Thursday, winning the final after a second place finish in the opening round a day earlier.

Hannah of Queenstown, Maryland and the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare scored 73.088% to overtake Katherine Matthews of San Marcos, California on Soliëre, a 16-year-old Hanoverian mare, who had won the first of two competitions to decide the championship. Katherine and Soliëre placed third on 69.461% Thursday, a high enough score combined with her Wednesday result to become reserve champion.

Kayla Kadlubek of Fairfax Station, Virginia on Perfect Step was second on 70.490% Thursday.

Hannah and Scola Bella were on the North American Youth Championships gold medal team in 2019.

The title was the first of 14 national championships decided this week at the annual Festival of Champions,.

Results:

Young Rider

            Judges:   William Warren Kristi Wysocki Heidi Berry  
Pl.   Score %   Nat. Athlete Horse   H C B  
1.   73.088   USA Hannah Irons Scola Bella   73.529 72.353 73.382  
2.   70.490   USA Kayla Kadlubek Perfect Step   71.618 69.559 70.294  
3.   69.461   USA Katherine Mathews Soliere   68.235 70.441 69.706  
4.   68.971   USA Melanie Doughty Fascinata   68.824 70.294 67.794  
5.   66.765   USA Meredith Talley Romeo   67.353 65.588 67.353  
6.   66.029   USA Audra Sheffler Frattini   66.176 65.588 66.324  
7.   65.980   USA Allison Nemeth Tiko   66.176 64.118 67.647  
8.   65.245   USA Ruby Tevis Beerend W.   64.265 65.441 66.029  
9.   64.902   USA Hanna Benne Rigadoon RF   67.059 61.618 66.029  
10.   64.559   USA Megan Peterson Amoretto   65.882 62.794 65  
11.   64.265   USA Akela Haverlandt Furst Rubilo   62.794 65.147 64.853  
12.   63.481   USA Skye Simpson Dazzle   64.118 61.618 64.706  
13.   61.225   USA Jordan Lockwood Estudioso XLIV   59.412 61.176 63.088  
SC.       USA Tillie Jones Qi Gong TF