The CP National Horse Show is pleased to announce the return of the increasingly popular and critically important USEF U25 Jumper Division for this year’s
show. The world’s best international competitors return for the 2016 CP National Horse Show on November 1-6, 2016 at the famed Kentucky Horse Park
in Lexington, KY.
The U25 Jumpers has become a valuable stepping stone for the young riders across the nation that dream of one day representing their country at international
competitions. To get there, it takes more than just raw talent and a passion for the sport. That talent has to be molded, skills need to be honed
and passion needs to be directed. The Under 25 (U25) division has been a much-needed addition to show jumping and dressage in the United States,
acting as a pipeline, helping athletes achieve their international goals. Bridging the gap between the junior and the open divisions, the U25 Jumper
division allows athletes to move up the ranks and gain valuable experience before becoming a professional. In addition to giving athletes experience
in different venues, the U25 division features different formats, including team competitions.
The CP National Horse Show would like to thank this year’s presenting sponsors in the USEF U25 Division, including Deeridge Farms, Elm Rock LLC, the
Strauss Family and Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. Deeridge Farms has been a sponsor since the beginning, and Elm Rock LLC sponsored
the Welcome Speed Stake last year.
"The CP National Horse Show is an important fixture of equestrian sports, and I’ve been honored to be involved in the show for almost forty years,”
said Lou Jacobs of Deeridge Farms. “We’re excited to co-sponsor the U25 jumpers because they represent the next generation of riders who will carry
on the legacy of world-class show jumping in North America.”
“The U25 Division is such a vital division, the proper link in a well designed chain of events, hopefully leading to continued success on the field
of play. There has to be a logical and easily negotiated pathway to success, the U25 Jumpers provide that pathway,” said Mason Phelps, President
of the National Horse Show. “Thanks again to Deeridge Farms, Elm Rock LLC, the Strauss Family and Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP for
stepping up to the plate to make sure the U25 division succeeds.”
Lucy Deslauriers and Hester were the pair that captured last year’s 2015 USEF U25 National Championship at the CP National Horse Show. “I think that
this division is a great way to step up from the junior ranks before stepping into the grand prix,” she commented. “I think it’s a great thing
that the National Horse Show has supported and the sponsors have supported. I’m really honored to pull out this win.” Deslauriers later went on
to win a U25 event during the Winter Equestrian Festival and represented the United States during the International U25 Championships at Saut Hermes
in Paris, France.
U.S. Show Jumping Young Rider Chef d’Equipe DiAnn Langer commented, “I think that we can all be proud of the talent that is rising up in the United
States, thanks in part to the U25 Jumpers. We just have to make sure we keep providing them with the right opportunities to further their careers
and then be successful in representing the United States in the future. I have no doubt that we are going to be very successful.”
Katherine Strauss, recently quoted in an interview regarding the U25 Jumpers, said, “I think it’s an amazing way to bridge the gap between junior jumpers
and the grand prix level,” she said. “The series is very dynamic. There are people who are just coming out of the junior jumper division and people
who are mostly focused on the grand prix level, or have young horses they are bringing up to that level. I care deeply about the U25 division.”
“There's something invaluable about being on a team and having the camaraderie of representing your zone and eventually your nation,” Deslauriers concluded.
“I was able to do the U25 team competition at Saut Hermes this year, which gave me a little glimpse of what it was like to compete for the United
States. Having the privilege to compete for the United States and for your zone is something that you carry with you for a long time. For those
experiences to have gone so successfully definitely solidifies my yearning to compete for the United States in World Cup Finals, World Championships
and eventually the Olympic Games.”
With nearly $800,000 in prize money offered, the 2016 edition of the CP National Horse Show has again been designated a CSI-W 4* show by the FEI. The
International Open Jumpers will compete for over a half a million dollars in prize money and will feature an important stop on the East Coast division
of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. Meanwhile, the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000, while
$133,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.