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Devon Brown and Dynamic Image Win Eventing Gold - Leading CCI2* From Start
to Finish; Alyssa Phillips and 19-Year-Old Sundance Bay Claim CCI*
CCI2* Gold medalist Devon Brown on Dynamic Image.
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July 31, 2011
By Erica Larson for USEF
Lexington, KY - Sunday's USEA North American Junior Eventing Championship
closed an action-packed week of competition at the 2011 Adequan/FEI North
American Junior Rider & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham
North. The intense heat that plagued the area was a challenge for the
eventers as well, but the majority of the horses and riders looked fresh and
ready to complete the event.
Devon Brown and Dynamic Image (Area III) led the CCI2* from start to finish
after posting a flawless show jumping round to finish on their dressage
score of 50.5. The pair was awarded the Individual Gold medal after making
easy work of the show jumping course.
"It's unreal," she said after her ride. "I came here just hoping for a good
run in all three phases and to give him a good confident run. I was a little
worried because he hadn't done much all spring. It was just amazing. He just
went above and beyond and just tried his heart out.
Jumping all the way from seventh to take home the Individual Silver medal
was Area V & IX's Jacob Fletcher with his flashy colored Australian Sport
Horse gelding Falcon Splash. The pair jumped double clear over both the
cross-country and show jumping courses to finish on their dressage score of
In ninth after dressage, Fletcher said he didn't foresee the leap up the
scoreboard to the Silver-medal position: "My goal was to make time on
cross-country and have clean show jumping. To go from ninth to second...I
don't think anyone can foresee that in such a big competition."
Finally, dropping down one position to finish with the Individual Bronze
medal were Area III's Sarah Kamensky and Urlanmore Beauty with a score of
58.4. Kamensky dropped one rail to add four faults to her two-day total.
"He's a really good jumper and a great galloper," she said after her
ride. "All the horses were really great this weekend."
In the team standings, Area III's team regained their lead to finish with
the Team Gold medal and 168.6 points. Brown and Dynamic Image, Kamensky and
Urlanmore Beauty, Emily Renfroe and Walk the Line, and Libby Head and Sir
Rockstar make up the team.
"We were really happy with (the horses)," Head said. "It was a tough course
and we were really happy with all of them. It feels really good to be here."
The team from Areas V & IX slid to the Silver-medal position with a total of
178.2. The team is made up of Fletcher and Falcon Splash, Kendyl Tracy and
Ever So Lucky Emma Kate Fisher and Carlingford's Merlot, and Rowdie Jo Adams
and No Money down.
"It's an absolute honor and the experience of a lifetime to be here," Adams
said. "It really feels like we've made it and that's a huge stepping stone."
Finally, Team Canada remained solidly in third to secure the Team Bronze
medal with a score of 233.2. The team is made up of Joelle Baskerville and
Malibu, William Dow and Midleton, Melissa Boutin and Siamese Kat, and
Christian Bennett and Rolex.
Bennett said that since the Canadian Junior team also won the Bronze medal,
it was "great to bring home two medals to Canada [with this Bronze medal]."
In the CCI*, less than five points separated the top five riders coming into
the jumping phase and the atmosphere was tense as the final few riders took
to the arena. With only a handful of double-clear rounds, the leaderboard
was effectively shuffled by the time the medals were awarded.
CCI* Gold medalist Alyssa Phillips on Sundance Bay. Photo: Sportfot.
Alyssa Phillips and her veteran partner, 19-year-old Thoroughbred Sundance
Bay, had a brilliant, fast and quick round to finish on the score of 52.7,
which was enough to clinch the Individual Gold medal.
"It's so surreal right now," she said. "The course rode really nicely and
the striding was good for my horse. I was worried about a couple fences
because I thought he might be tired from cross-country and because of his
age, but he pulled it off really well."
"I had no idea I would come close to [winning the Gold]," she continued. "I
was just like, 'Let's get it done. Maybe will happen and maybe it won't.' We
were actually able to make it. When I got my dressage score and I was in
second place, I was crying tears of joy after dressage."
Of her veteran partner, she said through tears, "He's one of a kind. At 19,
you wouldn't think he'd still be going. He's done so much for me. He's so
special to me."
Overnight leaders Sable Giesler and Evil Munchkin pulled the first rail of a
double combination on course, bringing her total to 56.3 and dropping her to
the Silver-medal position. The Holsteiner looked strong as the pair
navigated the course.
"I thought the course rode really nicely," she said. "I had a bit of a rough
warm-up, and I wasn't riding how I should have. He was really good in there
and he went really nicely. We had one rail in there, but that was just kind
of by chance."
Edging up into Bronze-medal position with a speedy clear round were Brooke
Pickering and Abbey Rhode, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred/Trakehner gelding.
"We had a really good round," Pickering said. "The course was set up
perfectly for Abbey. He comes off cross-country chomping at the bit...he
wants to go and he wants to do well. He has a big stride and gets good
coverage of the ground, which is what this course really needed. We just
rode it really well.
Victoria New and Bally Whatnot were sitting in third after cross-country,
but a quick stop at fence 10b caused the two to part company, which was
cause for elimination.
The team from Area V led from start to finish and finished the competition
with a score 184.4 to clinch the Gold medal. New and Bally Whatnot, Phillips
and Sundance Bay, Avery Klunick and In It to Win It, and Alexa Ehlers and In
Any Event make up the team.
Holding on to second in the team standings was the team from Area VI. The
team finished with a score of 205.2 to take home the Silver medal. The team
is made up of Piper Leddick and Emmie Lou, Zachary Brandt and Cavallino
Cocktail, Kaitlin Veltkamp and Flashpoint D, and Madeline Sexton and NVR
Peter the Great.
"We're all kind of in shock that we ended up being the Silver medal team,
Brandt said. "It's really an honor."
"I'm so proud of how all my teammates went today," added Sexton. "It's
amazing to be wearing this medal."
Finally, rounding out the top three, the Bronze medal position was presented
to the team from Ontario. Giesler and Evil Munchkin, April Simmonds and
Sunday Best, and Brooke Pickering and Abbey Rhode amassed a total of 219.8
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