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Top Judges Named for the First-Ever Southeast Medal Finals in Jacksonville

May 06, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'



Wellington, FL- April 26, 2012- The First Annual Southeast Medal Finals will take place on September 21-23 2012 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Sponsors are lining up to support this great new show. Highlights include the Southeast Junior and Adult 3′ Medal Finals, ASPCA Maclay Regionals and much more.

Hunter and Equitation judges will include Kip Rosenthal, Brian Lenehan and John Roper. Allen Rheinheimer and Fred Brown will serve as jumper judges.

Kip Rosenthal is an accomplished equestrian, who has ridden and trained with such familiar names as George Morris, Victor Hugo-Vidal, Bert De’Nemethy and more. As a respected R-rated judge in both Hunter and Hunter Seat Equitation, Rosenthal has judged many of the most prestigious competitions in North America.

Rosenthal’s judging history includes the Hampton Classic,Lake Placid, Capital Challenge, the NCEA National Championships, as well as the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals, Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals, and the ASPCA Maclay Finals.


“I am honored to judge in the first Southeast Medal Finals Show,” shared Rosenthal. “This show, modeled after the New England Medal Finals, provides an opportunity for Zone Four members and beyond, to vie for the three-foot, USEF Pessoa Junior and the USEF Adult zone championship and the Region Three ASPCA Maclay Regional Championship. We expect the best riders from the area to attend.”

Rosenthal’s interest extends to the governance of the sport where she volunteers her time by serving as a member of the USHJA Hunter Seat Equitation Task Force.

Rosenthal holds a PhD in clinical counseling psychology and conducts sports psychology seminars throughout the country. She has written several articles that have appeared in Practical Horseman and The Chronicle of the Horse, and writes “Kip’s Tips” for Today’s Equestrian.

Brian Lenehan is also a highly-regarded R-rated judge who has judged equitation and hunters at the country’s top shows, such as Harrisburg, Upperville, Lake Placid, WEF, Traders Point, HITS Ocala, HITS on the Hudson, Kentucky,Vermont and many more.

John Roper hails from Franklin,TN and is yet another esteemed R-rated professional who will judge the hunter and equitation competitors at Southeast Medal Finals. He is a member of the USEF Judges Mentor Program and a respected clinician.

Fred Brown hails from Newton Square, PA, is a judge, top trainer and clinician. Brown has judged Gulf Coast, Upperville, Monmouth County, Aiken and more.

Allen Rheinheimer is a USEF Jumper Judge, Course Designer and has served on USEF committees. Reinheimer is a fixture at our country’s most prestigious shows like the Hampton Classic, Devon and Washington International. Rheinheimer is from Zionsville, IN.

Southeast Medal Finals is located hosted by one of the premier equestrian facilities on the east coast, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. It is centrally located for USHJA Zone 4 and Region 3 competitors. The complex includes a network of adjacent trails, available to explore and enjoy for a casual hack during horse show down times.

Southeast Medal Finals Fast Facts:

WHAT: The Southeast Medal Finals will be a new indoor hunter, jumper and equitation horse show attracting the top riders from USHJA Zone 4 and beyond.

WEBSITE: www.southeastmedalfinals.com

WHEN: September 21-23, 2012

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


  • Southeast Junior 3′ Medal Finals
  • Southeast Adult 3′ Medal Finals
  • ASPCA Maclay Regionals
  • Region Three Maclay Equitation Classic
  • Florida Equitation Classic
  • Zone 4 USEF Pessoa National Hunt Seat Medal Finals
  • Zone 4 USEF Adult Medal Finals
  • Zone 4 $10,000 Children’s Jumper Championship
  • Zone 4 $10,000 Adult Jumper Championship
  • Zone 4 Children’s Hunter Championship
  • Zone 4 Adult Hunter Championship
  • Zone 4 Children’s Hunter Pony Championship


Susan Rindal -904-655-5497 – jdlala@aol.com

Bob Bell – 843-768-5503 – bbell@earthlink.net

James Lala- 561-906-6668- jdlala@aol.com


  • Hunter and Equitation Judges: Kip Rosenthal, John Roper, and Brian Lenehan
  • Jumper Judges: Allen Rheinheimer and Fred Brown
  • Course Designer: Allen Rheinheimer and Joe Carnicom


  • Banners: 20 Eight Foot Banners to Hang in Ring
  • Parties: Welcome Party, Jumper Cocktail Party, Maclay Breakfast
  • Program Ads: Full Color or Black and White, Full Page – Business Card Size
  • Tables: 20 VP Tables for Six with full service
  • Prize Money: Adult and Children’s Jumper Championships
  • Cooler Sponsors: 10 Coolers Awarded to Championship Winners
  • Grooms Award


Coming Into Florida From The North:

Take I-95 SOUTH to 295 SOUTH, 14.5 miles to Interstate 10 WEST, 4.8 miles to Cecil Commerce Parkway, exit #350. Turn right off the ramp, go 3.6 miles and turn right on Normandy Blvd.(State Road 228). The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is located 2.5 miles on the right hand side of Normandy Blvd.

Coming North From South Florida:

Take I-95 NORTH to 295 NORTH, 15.6 miles to the 103rd Street(State Road 134) Exit 16. Turn left off the ramp, go 7.8 miles and turn right on New World Ave.Go one block and turn left on Normandy Blvd.(State Road 228). The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is 1 mile on the right hand side of Normandy Blvd.

Coming Into Florida From The West:

Take Interstate 10 EAST to the Cecil Commerce Parkway(exit #350). Turn left off the ramp, go 3.6 miles and turn right on Normandy Blvd. (State Road 228). The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is located 2.5 miles on the right hand side of Normandy Blvd.

Coming From  : The Ocala Area

Take US 27  NORTH to US 301. Keep straight onto US 301, 22.5 miles. Turn right onto US 301 NORTH, 51.3 miles, turn right onto Normandy Blvd.(State Road 228). The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is located 6.6 miles on the left hand side of Normandy Blvd.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS: Please contact Equestrian Travel 855-GO- Gallop   www.equestriantravel.com, the official Hotel Coordinator for the Southeast Medal Finals

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