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Southeast Medal Finals

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New European-Style Developing Sport Horse Division to Premier at the 2013 Southeast Medal Finals

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Southeast Medal Finals
Release Date: 2013-08-06

Jacksonville, FL – August 6, 2013 – The Southeast Medal Finals management is pleased to announce the addition of a new and exciting young jumper division‑the Developing Sport Horse Division. The competition is based on European-style classes where the horses are judged on their athletic potential to be top contenders in the future of the sport.

At the popular Jacksonville show, to be held on September 19-22, 2013, the Developing Sport Horse Division was added to showcase young jumper talent. Developing Sport Horses will be judged on style, presentation, rideability, and their potential to eventually compete at the grand prix level and for their potential to represent the U.S. in international competition.

“I saw these young jumper classes in Europe and I thought they made a lot of sense,” said James Lala, who partners with Bob Bell and Classic Company to produce the Southeast Medal Finals. “It is an opportunity to compete a young jumper while nurturing their development.”

Here’s how the division will work:

All competitors begin each class with 60 points. The judge and course designer will designate the course’s optimal time.  The time allowance will be set at 8 seconds below and 8 seconds above the optimal time.  

The judge will award points:

1 - 10 points for Style- Jumping technique

1 - 10 points for Presentation – Fitness, condition and expression

1 - 10 points for Rideability – Smoothness, leads and appropriate striding

1 - 10 points for Potential  - to one day compete at grand prix level or to represent the U.S. in International competition

The judge will subtract points for faults:

-5 points per knock down

-20 points for first refusal

-2 points for each second above and below the time "allotment"

Developing Sport horse courses may offer options which offer competitors the opportunity to showcase their horses’ strengths.

The Developing Sport Horse format will encourage good horsemanship for young jumpers. The horses in the division should demonstrate talent, potential, be in good health and be both physically and mentally ready for the competition.

The entries with the highest points will be named champion and reserve champion of each section. The Developing Sport Horse with the highest average score between four sections will awarded Best Developing Sport Horse.


4 yr old, Fence height 1.0 

5 yr old, Fence height 1.10 

6 yr old, Fence height 1.20

Horses in their First or Second Year of Showing, Fence height 1.10  

To compete in the Developing Sport Horse Division, competitors must show proof of age, bloodlines- country of origin and breeder, and a brief bio.

For questions about the Developing Sport Horse Division contact James Lala at:

(561) 906-6668-

Southeast Medal Finals Fast Facts:

WHAT: The Southeast Medal Finals is a USEF A-Rated indoor and outdoor hunter, jumper and equitation horse show.  USEF Rated Jumper Level 3


WHEN: September 19-22, 2013

WHERE: The Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, FL, featuring a large indoor coliseum with 3,000 seats, two outdoor rings and 500 permanent stalls.


  • Phelps Media Group Southeast Junior Medal Finals
  • Southeast Adult Medal Finals
  • ASPCA Maclay Regionals
  • $25,000 Land Rover Grand Prix of Jacksonville
  • $5,000 Welcome Stake
  • $7,500 Child/Adult Jumper Finals
  • New European Style Developing Sport Horse Division
  • New Southeast Children’s Hunter Final
  • New Southeast Adult Hunter Final
  • EMO Cup Championship

Susan Rindal (904) 655-5497 –
Bob Bell (843) 768-5503 –
James Lala (561) 906-6668-


Maker’s Mark

Land Rover Jacksonville

Cedar Street Advisors

Jerry Parks Insurance Group

Phelps Media Group International

Bruce Duchossios HND Stables, Inc.

Horse Shows Online

Classic Company

Geddaway Farm

Bridlewood Equestrian Center

Mandarin Equine / Adequan

James Lala’s Wellington Quarantine, LLC

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