At the end of the 2017 season, several Maryland eventers found themselves on various U.S. Eventing Association national leaderboards at Beginner Novice through Advanced.
Marilyn Little and Colleen Rutledge, both from Frederick, made it onto the country’s Overall Top 50 riders list once again this year. Little was tied for 26th while Rutledge was ranked 32nd.
Little’s main equine partner for 2017 was RF Scandalous, the mare owned by Raylyn Farms Inc. She topped the Top 10 Mares list for the second year in a row and was ranked 10th on the Top 10 Horses overall list. Confidence Game, owned by Rutledge was ranked 8th for Top 10 Stallions.
Making it onto the Overall Young Rider Top 10 list for 2017 were Ryan Keefe (Sandy Spring) and Sydney Solomon (Dayton). Keefe was 5th overall but also was the Preliminary Junior Rider reserve champion. Her mount Flintstar, owned by Rumsey Keefe, earned 5th place on the Preliminary Horse leaderboard. Solomon also was ranked 6th on the Intermediate Young Rider list and 9th for Preliminary Young Adult.
Washington, DC riders Ema Klugman and Cary Chavis both earned top 10 awards at the Advanced level. Klugman rode a pair of horses at the Intermediate and Advanced levels this season to be ranked 4th Advanced Young Adult. Chavis rode Game On at Intermediate and Advanced this year earning 4th Advanced Master Amateur Rider and 3th Intermediate Adult Amateur Rider.
Tayler Stewart of Damascus finished out the season ranked 8th for Intermediate Young Rider. She and Ideal Contini finished out the season at the Fair Hill International in the CCI2* division. Ranked 4th for Intermediate Adult Amateur was Alexandra MacLeod (Chevy Chase). She rode Newmarket Jack to a 7th place finish at the Virginia CCI2* in October.
Alexandra Peterson (Annapolis) earned 6th for Preliminary Intercollegiate Rider while Skyler Decker (Mt. Airy) placed 4th for Training Young Adult.
At Novice, Mary Fleming (Bowie) and Elizabeth Rotrosen (Chevy Chase) tied for 10th Novice Adult Amateur.
Cami Pease (Washington, DC) earned a pair of reserve championships at Beginner Novice. As a rider, she was ranked 2nd in Beginner Novice Adult Amateur Rider and her horse Vibrant was the overall 2nd place Beginner Novice Horse. Pease also was ranked 3rd in Beginner Novice Adult Rider.
Also at Beginner Novice, Jaime Peeler of Pasadena was ranked 4th for Beginner Novice Junior Rider.
Congratulations to all Maryland’s 2017 — USEA winners and good luck in 2018!