Morgan Rosia Wins EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East at Capital Challenge
September 28, 2019—Morgan Rosia of Germantown, Maryland, bested a field of 114 entries to win the third annual EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East on Saturday, September 28, 2019 during the Capital Challenge Horse Show at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Following flat and gymnastics phases held on Friday, Rosia came into Saturday’s third and final jumping phase in second place with a score of 220, while Sophia Mitchell of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, held the lead on a score of 220.6.
With riders contesting Saturday’s class in reverse order of their Friday standings, Rosia was the penultimate rider to jump, and she shot to the top of the overall leaderboard after earning a jumping phase score of 81.90 from judges Jimmy Torano and Steve Wall. That score, multiplied by a coefficient of two and combined with her score from Friday, gave Rosia an overall score of 383.80.
At the end of the round, three riders sat within two points of each other, including Rosia on her score of 383.80, Nicole Dorwart with 383.00, and Texie Loyd on a score of 381.90. With the narrow margin separating them, additional testing was required, but the shortened work-off course would ultimately not change the outcome as Rosia clinched the victory. Dorwart of Etters, Pennsylvania, claimed the reserve championship honor, and Loyd of Windermere, Florida finished in third.
“I’m so surprised and shocked,” said Rosia, 17, who just earlier this month was named the recipient of the 2019 USHJA Foundation J.T. Tallon Memorial Equitation Grant, which she utilized to help fund her trip to the Capital Challenge Horse Show.
“It’s really special to win here,” continued Rosia, who lives within two hours of the Capital Challenge Horse Show and the Prince George’s Equestrian Center. “It’s only my second time at Capital Challenge, but I’ve been showing at this facility for over 10 years, so it’s really special to win a final this big and my first equitation final. It really means a lot.”
Rosia earned the win aboard Clearano Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Jacqueline Fogel.
“I just got on this horse Thursday for the first time, but he was so good for me all week,” said Rosia. “He was really good today during the test. I couldn’t have asked any more from him; I’m super excited.”
A freshman currently studying finance and riding on the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) team at Texas A&M University, Rosia trains with Tiffany Morrissey and Maggie Gould at East Wind Farms, based in Wellington, Florida.
“It’s been so fun to train with [Morrissey and Gould],” said Rosia. “I’m a working student, too, so I get to see all parts of the barn. Just being able to ride with them is a privilege. I’m so lucky.”
For her victory, Rosia received a gorgeous vase and pewter plate, a Charles Owen helmet and a pair of Parlanti paddock boots, in addition to her ribbon and sash. On hand to help present the awards to the top place finishers was Sue Bopp from title sponsor EMO Insurance.
For her second-placed finish, Dorwart, riding her own Olaf, received a gift from USHJA sponsors Essex Classics and FITS Riding, in addition to her ribbon, sash and commemorative picture frame.
Loyd's mount, Cashman, owned by Carly Hoft was named Best Equitation Horse.
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