FROM THE WINNER'S CIRCLE
Jennifer Gates - $100,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship winner
On the U25 series:
"The U25 classes have added a lot of depth to my learning. It's an incredible format. It gives us young riders the opportunity to jump really hard tracks and put us under a little pressure in similar formats to World Cup classes. It's been a priority of mine to try and compete in as many U25 events as possible. Winning this here is a huge honor and I can't thank USEF enough for sponsoring such an amazing championship for us."
"My trainer, Hardin [Towell], had seen [Alex] four years ago when I was jumping the 1.20m. He liked him, but I wasn't ready for a horse of that caliber yet. I have watched him with Audrey [Coulter] and this summer she was kind enough to let me try him. I am grateful for the opportunity to have him."
Madison Goetzmann - Second place
On competing in the ASPCA Maclay National Championship and U25 championship in the same day:
"I really have my trainers, John and Beezie Madden, to thank for [preparing me today]. They're always telling me to slow things down, take a second to breathe and think about smoothness around the courses. When I woke up this morning, my main focus was the U25 and I wanted to successfully complete those courses before switching my focus to the Maclay. It really hasn't been too stressful. My trainers have helped me a lot through that."
Abigail McArdle - Third place
On the U25 series:
"I absolutely love [this championship]. I can't say enough good things about it. It's a great in-between division - between not being a junior or an amateur but trying to step up to being a professional. It's a great division. I think it's super competitive and I'm just happy to be here."
DiAnn Langer - U.S. Show Jumping Young Rider chef d'équipe
On Sunday's U25 results at the 2017 CP National Horse Show:
"These are three incredible athletes. They are fantastic at what they do and courageous, committed and disciplined. It has been an incredible journey to watch their careers progress. They have been on teams and have taken part in all of the educational programs that we have given to enhance their experience. I couldn't be more proud of what they showed us today."