Young Riders


On July 24 and 25, the MDA proudly sent two teams of eight young riders to the USDF Region One Youth Team Championships at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Virgina. This was the 20th anniversary of the show and there was an amazing turnout, bringing in a total of 34 teams with a total of 115 riders. We would like to thank VADA/Nova for hosting and organizing the five ring show, no easy task that we all can appreciate . Despite the record breaking heat wave that sent temperatures soaring into the high 90's, our two teams held strong to bring in fantastic scores and taking second and third in their two divisions.

Our stall decorating theme this year was "Maryland's Mane Event", and we proudly showed off our Maryland pride to all the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia teams. Everyone picked a different Maryland icon to decorate the stall doors with and represented Annapolis, Ocean City, Baltimore Ravens, Chesapeake Bay, Pimlico, Western Maryland, and Assateague Island. Red, black, white, and yellow streamers were strung from the rafters and cut outs of crabs, black eyed susans, Old bay, and Berger cookies were hung on the stall walls. For our efforts, we were awarded "most informative stall decorations" by the judging panel. Kudos goes out to the DVCTA for organizing their 7 teams to win "best coordinated decorations" with their Christmas in July theme, and to Columbia horse center for winning "best overall" with their jungle safari theme.

From left to right : Morgan Cillo, Evelyn Kipp, Erica DeGele, and Sarah Brooks

Photo Credit : Phoebe Devoe-Moore

Ali Riggle and Country Bumpkin

We were so happy to have Ali join us for this year's championships ! This pair had a very successful weekend, including Country winning the specialty award for "Fattest Pony" !

Photo credit :Phoebe Devoe-Moore


Hannah Conway and Hershey Kisses

Hannah and Hershey won the specialty award for "Best Tail", winning a goodie bag packed with hair care accesories. On their second year of attending this show, this pair brought in excellent scores in the show ring and also winning a blue ribbon in their Dressage Seat Equitation class !

photo credit - Phoebe Devoe-Moore


Erica DeGele and Clifford FV

Erica and Cliff had a fantastic weekend, winning "most improved rider" over the weekend. Cliff was the only 4 year old horse attending the show and also won the specialty award for "tallest horse" ! What a great combination !

Photo credit: Phoebe Devoe-Moore


Sarah Brooks and Golden Cloud

A veteran to the championships, we were thrilled to have Sarah join us again this year ! Along with her successful weekend, Sarah was also awarded "Best Turned Out Rider" for her beautiful polished appearance !

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Morgan Cillo and Ace of Spades

Morgan stepped up as our last minute replacement and won Reserve High Score for her 1Mix division with her score of 69.6  ! This was her first time at the team championships and her first time riding Training 3 & 4 ! A fantastic young rider, we were so happy she could join us this year !

Photo credit : Phoebe Devoe-Moore


Kate Brooks and Golden Cloud

Kate had the highest score on her team, with a 69% on her Intro A test. A wonderful job by our youngest rider ! We hope you enjoyed your first championships and will join us again next year !

Photo credit : Phoebe Devoe-Moore

More photos to be added soon !

Page last Updated: 30-Sep-10