U.S. Team And Individuals Claim Gold At U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational

Jul 7th, 2015 | By | Category: News

The 2015 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational concluded on Saturday, June 27 at Cascade Stables, Inc. in New Orleans, La., with the United States repeating their 2013 performance by sweeping the top podium positions in the competition. The U.S. took home Gold medals in both the Three-Gaited and Five-Gaited sections, and won the Individual Competition in both sections.
The official results were announced at the Closing Ceremonies on Saturday evening with much excitement. In the Three-Gaited section, Canada took the Bronze medal, the Republic of South Africa took the Silver, and the U.S. team collected the Gold medal. Under the direction of Smith (Kansas City, Mo.) and Swalla (Columbia, Mo.), the Three-Gaited section received the stellar scores to achieve this medal. Athletes for this section were as follows:

Katelynn Cox (Custer, Mich.)
Courtney McGinnis (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Alice Rowland (Kansas City, Mo.)
Kasey Saccocia (Halifax, Mass.)
Madison Stringer (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Victoria Walz (Ranco Santa Fe, Calif.)

Next, the announcer called forward the winning teams for the Five-Gaited section. U.S. athletes had a strong showing both days, but without knowledge of the rail scores for each day, the final outcome was uncertain. Once again, the U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Home Team was awarded the Gold medal, with the Republic of South Africa earning the Silver, and Canada winning the Bronze. U.S. Five-Gaited team members are as follows:

Ashley Brandies (Jesup, Ga.)

Anne Pateman (New Orleans, La.)
Zoe Schaffel (Tampa, Fla.)
Ashley Stewart (Pfafftown, N.C.)
Emily van Duren (Bedford, N.H.)

In the Individual competition, U.S. athletes Courtney McGinnis (Three-Gaited) and Anne Pateman (Five-Gaited) were awarded the Gold medals, with South Africa receiving Silver and Canada winning the Bronze.

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