McKayla Langmeier and Linda Langmeier’s Durosa W were the only pair double clear in day two of the USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), sliding through the jump-off timers in 38.598 seconds to take the win. Taking reserve on the day with a four-fault, second-round score of 39.828 seconds was Kelly Cruciotti of Elizabeth, CO, aboard 3 Seas, LLC’s Grandy De Laubry, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare (Chin Chin x Cerimpta De Laubry), while Abigail McArdle of Barrington, IL, remained on the podium to finish third, guiding Victorio 5, a 2006 Hanoverian stallion (Uccello x Graefin) owned by Victorio Equine Group LLC, to a 41.09 second finish on four faults in the jump-off. After two days of competition, McArdle now sits ahead of the field on the overall ranking headed into Sunday’s final.
Sixteen entries returned to the Anthony D’Ambrosio-designed course, with four entries welcomed back for the jump-off round. Hailing from East Granby, Kentucky, Langmeier jumped from being in last place after Thursday’s competition to finishing in first place, and emphasized that her mindset played a key role in this shift. “My mentality [changed from yesterday to today]. I was coming from school [yesterday], and I was pretty tired, so today I just took it like, ‘Ride – just go in there and ride.’” Langmeier and the 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare (B Zirocco Blue VDL x Urosa W) were first in the order, putting in a clear jump-off round that couldn’t be beaten.
McKayla Langmeier (USA) & Durosa W in their presentation ceremony alongside DiAnn Langer and Anne Kursinski of USEF with ring master Steven Rector.
“I have all the trust in my horse and I knew she could do it. I know to never give up. [These competitions] can change so much the second and third day especially at Young Riders and even at previous U25’s. I know it can change, so I know to never give up,” she shared.
For full results from the $15,000 USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship Class 2, here.
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