Event News & Updates

Aug 10, 2016

Women’s National Championship Coming to Balloon Fiesta


Albuquerque to host national ballooning competition, a first for the Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon will host the 2016 U.S. Women’s National Championship. This will be the first time that the competition will be held in Albuquerque. It will also be the first time the event will stand alone from the National Hot Air Balloon Championship presented by the Hot Air Competition Division (HACD) of the Balloon Federation of America. The championship launches Friday, September 30 and concludes with the final flight scheduled Wednesday, October 5. The finale will coincide with the Flight of Nations during the 45th Balloon Fiesta, which takes place October 1 – 9.

“We are honored to be chosen to host the event this year and proud to support competitive ballooning,” said Paul Petrehn, Balloon Fiesta event director. “It’s a good time to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the women competitors on the field.”

Generally, women represent about 10-15 percent of pilots at Balloon Fiesta. Applications for the Women’s National Championship were open to all U.S. female citizens in good standing and holding membership with the Balloon Federation of America and HACD.

The event will be staffed in part by Competition Director Maury Sullivan, Deputy Director Mark Trillanes, Meteorologist Brad Temeyer, Safety Officer Debby Young, and Scoring Officer Mike Gilligan, all of whom will stand alongside 1,000 Balloon Fiesta volunteers and 2,000 chase crew volunteers. The event will occur in Northwest Albuquerque as well as at Balloon Fiesta Park.  The entire championship is considered part of the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

2016 Women’s National Championship Competitors

Last

First

City

State

Balloon Name

Anson

Jeanne

Brandon

SD

DRAGON MOON

Blanchard

Charity

Albuquerque

NM

BLEW BY YOU

Danley

Myia

Peyton

CO

RIK RAK

Fricke

Barbara

Albuquerque

NM

SANDIA SUNRISE II

Graham

Sandy

Alta Loma

CA

KRISTA'S RAINBOW

Johnson

Colleen

Kiowa

CO

MARY ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Keller

Kelli

La Quinta

CA

JOYRIDE

Lutkus

Janet

Medina

OH

MOONLIGHT SUN-ATA

Magee

Kimberly

Swisher

IA

GORDO

Oldenburg

Susan

Albuquerque

NM

J.A.M.

Rote

Shannon

Doylestown

OH

AIRGASM

Skelton

Meg

Castle Rock

CO

MAHARANI

Trillanes

Elisa

Albuquerque

NM

SKINNY STUFF

Vertrees

Victoria

Brea

CA

GUMMY BEAR

Watson-Meinke

Peggy

Santa Paula

CA

STARLITE

White

Cheri

Austin

TX

TOUCHSTONE RACER