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Pope, Cosper and Hartman Claim 2011 USEF National Youth Reining Championship
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July 3, 2011
By Stephanie Doyle
Oklahoma City, OK - Michael Pope's 7-year-old horse, Whizota, "tried his
heart out" and that determination edged the pair over their competitors into
first place. Pope, Elizabeth Cosper and Olivia Hartman were crowned USEF
National Youth Reining champions of three separate age groups at Saturday's
2011 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby.
The Youth qualified for the USEF Championships by earning points in
Qualifying Classes throughout the country in 2010-2011.
Pope, a 21-year-old from Theodore, AL, won the 19-21 age division on a score
of 141 over Pilot Point, TX-rider Breanne Bertrand, who took the reserve
spot on Stoned Chick on 140. Pope also claimed the third-place position,
riding Whizn Freckle on a score of 139.5.
"The show is always fun and people were great," Pope said. "I am very proud
of my horse he did great. It was a long trip to get here but it paid off
big. Tim McQuay did a great job training this horse and I really enjoy
Pope's victory is just the latest in a long string of accomplishments that
include: showing at all three NRHA Non Pro levels and leading the nation in
USEF Youth 19-21 division and Adult Amateur division; 2009 Mississippi
Reining Horse Association Year-End Champion Youth 14-18; 2008 Mississippi
Reining Horse Association Year-End Reserve Champion Youth 14-18; 2005-2007
Mississippi Reining Horse Association Year-End Champion Youth 14-18; 2009
Year-End Champion Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2; and 2009 Year-End Reserve
Champion Novice orse Non Pro Level 1.
In the middle age group, Elizabeth Cosper of Wilmington, NC, was named USEF
National Youth Reining Champion in the 14-18 age group after a great
performance on her mare, Whata Dream. Cosper was an NRHA Youth Top Ten
ranking in 2009 and she has a Southeastern Reining Horse Association Reserve
Champion title and a Virginia Reining Horse Association Reserve Champion
title. She also has served as a NRHyA delegate from the Southeast region.
Cosper won on a score of 145.5 over Laura Sumrall of Summitt, MS, who had
144 aboard Einsteins Fancy Pine, aka "Smartie." Third place went to Javier
Melo of Pinecrest, FL, on Imasugaredpepto who had a score of 143.5.
Olivia Hartman of Scottsdale, AZ, won the 13-and-under division aboard
Sailing by Starlight, owned by OK Ranch LLC. Her score of 140 put her well
on top. Stephen Timberlake of Millington, TN, rode Electric Maid Chic to
second place on 136.5, and Rylee Justus of Larkspur, CO, took third aboard
Ima Chocolate Dunit on a score of 132.5.
In the CRI-Y which ran concurrently, riders had their eyes on the 2011 Smart
Pak North American Young Rider Reining Championships at the Adequan FEI
North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) presented by
Will Letner of Harris, MO, rose to the top this year on a score of 144 on A
Genuine Diamond owned by Dr. Larry Letner. Breanne Bertrand and Stoned
Chick placed second on 140 and Tiffany Wynn of Benton, KY, on I Gotta Whiz
claimed third on 135.5.
This group of riders will represent the United States July 27-31, 2011, in
Lexington, KY. The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North
America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from
the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean
Islands to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic
equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World
Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance
For more information, please visit:
For more information about NAJYRC, please visit: www.youngriders.org.
More information regarding the USEF Reining program is available by
contacting Vonita Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.