With just one event remaining, Peter Meuse of Lancaster, Ohio is sitting atop the Midwest Conference standings of the Explorer BIOLAN/National Horse Sports Foundation Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series in Tampa, Florida.
Meuse and Comodoro lead the series with 80 points after winning two Explorer BIOLAN/NHSF Show Jumping Hall of Fame classes at the Motor City and the Detroit Horse Shows.
After nine events, the top ranked riders in the Midwest Conference are:
1. Comodoro/Peter Meuse, 80 pts.
2. Corde Corrado/Ellen Talbert, 62 pts.
3. Flirtatious/Paige Johnson, 49 pts.
4. Kennedy/Laura Linback,44 pts.
5. Caviar/Robert Kraut, 35 pts.
6. Abel A/Eliza Shuford, 35 pts.
7. Concerto/Sherri Wenal, 34 pts.
Ellen Talbert of Cedarburg, Wisconsin jumped into second place in the standings with her victory at the Greater Cincinnati Classic Horse Show. Riding Bayside Farm's Corde Corrado, Talbert was one of six riders to advance to the jump-off. She secured her win by going clean in 31.023 seconds. Sherri Wenal and Dance Til Dawn Farm's Concerto finished with four faults in 36.040 seconds to take second place. Meuse and Timbertop Investment's Comodoro finished third.
At the Chicago Equifest II, Nimet Browne took top honors with Chad Whatridge's Rosey. Chrissy Renz and her Boo-Dah finished second, followed by Jennifer Urioste and Ricochet in third.
At the Traders Point Horse Show, Christian Currey of Franklin, Tennessee rode Mr. & Mrs. Brownlee Currey's Diplomat to victory over a field of 33 competitors. With a time of 40.558, Currey was the only rider in the jump-off to go clean. Robert Kraut of Ocononowoc, Wisconsin finished second with Caviar, followed by Currey and Point Blank in third.
The Explorer BIOLAN/NHSF Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series gives Amateur-Owner and junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for riders who aspire to someday represent the United States in international competition. The 44-show lineup runs from February through November, and is divided into three geographical conferences: the East Conference (hosting 20 shows); the Midwest Conference (hosting 10 shows); and the West Conference (hosting 14 shows).
Conference point standings are calculated separately and updated after all shows. At the end of the series, a championship is awarded for each conference with the East and Midwest Conference champions honored at the National Horse Show in New York and the West Conference champion honored at the Los Angeles National Horse Show in Burbank, CA.
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