Articles: Press Release
Individual Gold Medals Awarded to Culminate 2005 CN North American Young
Riders’ Championships Presented by Adequan
Beth Gold (518) 523-9625, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lexington, VA—July 31, 2005—Individual Gold Medals in dressage, eventing
and show jumping were awarded to highlight a successful conclusion of the
2005 CN North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC) presented by
Adequan at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA, the Championships’
first appearance in the mid-Atlantic region.
Also, Area V won the team Gold in eventing’s CCI** for Young Riders and
Area II won the Gold in the CCI* for junior riders. Earlier in the week
Region 2 won team Gold in dressage and Zone 2 won team Gold in show jumping.
The NAYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for young
riders, age 16-21. Young equestrians come from the United States, Canada,
Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and
individual medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show
jumping, dressage, and eventing. This year also featured select riders from
outside North America.
In show jumping, Brianne Goutal of New York City rode clear in both of her
two rounds on Onira to clinch the individual Gold to go with the team Gold
she won on Friday. Her Zone 2 teammate, Addison Phillips of New York City,
scored 0 and 4 on Flight to win the Silver and Laura Faulkner of Zone 1
scored 4 and 0 on ABC Fantasie to win the Bronze.
The medals by Goutal and Phillips gave Zone 2 a total of 7 medals,
including all 4 Golds, in the two show jumping divisions at this year’s
Young Riders’ championships.
“It’s so exciting,” Goutal said. “I was a little anxious this morning but
my horse had already jumped three clean rounds and I felt that he didn’t owe
me a thing. It was up to me to put him in the right place to jump and I’m
so excited that it all worked out.”
In dressage, Catherine Malone of Coatesville, PA and Region 1 rode Michigan
to a score of 70.050% in the freestyle for a three-round score of 208.978 to
win the Gold. She was followed by Dani Judy of El Cajon, CA and Region 7
who won the freestyle with a score of 70.875% to take the Silver with a
score of 208.547 on Antaeus. The Bronze went to Anna Wood of Boulder, CO
and Region 5 who finished with 206.989 on Novarredo after her freestyle
score of 70.800.
“I was nervous but I was more exhausted than anything,” said Malone
explaining that Michigan is a very hot horse who had to be worked twice each
day throughout the championships. “But he is a great horse for Young Riders
and he did his job very well. This is my fourth year at Young Riders and it
’s been on three different horses and I have to say that he is by far the
In the eventing CCI** for Young Riders, Jessica Pye of Lewisville, TX
representing Area V won the individual Gold with a score of 51.3 penalties
on Carte Blanche. Laine Ashker of Crozier, VA and Area II won the Silver
with 56.9 penalties on Frodo Baggins and Julia Briskin of Radnor, PA and
Area II won the Bronze with 60.6 penalties on Stina.
The team Gold went to Pye and her Area V teammates Rebecca Brown on Twinkle
Toes, Bonnie Carpenter on Acapulco Jazz and Ashley Bailey-Classen on
Ballynoe Rum. Area II won the team Silver and Area III won the Bronze.
“This was going to be his last event no matter what,” said an emotional Pye
of her 16-year-old mount. “I’ve ridden him since beginner novice level and
he’s taken me all the way to three star. It’s just so wonderful to have him
go out like this!”
In the CCI* for junior riders, Nate Chambers of Vienna, VA and Area II won
the individual Gold Medal on Rolling Stone II. Chambers, who finished with
a score of 49.7 penalties, also led Area II to the team Gold. Joining him
on the Gold Medal team were Madeline Blackman of Flemington, NJ on Meadow
Sparrow, Julia Ward of The Plains, VA on Squeesable Softly, and Alexandra
Zavoyna of Unionville, PA on Merloch.
Winning the individual Silver Medal was Katlyn McMorris of Area IV who had
52.3 penalties on Clifton Peekachu. The Bronze went to Paige Hewlett of
Area V, the Silver Medal team, who scored 56.1 on Steely Dan. The team
Bronze went to Area VIII.
“My stomach was in a knot this morning I was so nervous,” said Chambers.
“But just before I went in the ring, David O’Connor came over and told me
that no matter what happened, I would still be the same person. It really
helped to relax me.”
All medals, including those won earlier in the championships, were awarded
in moving closing ceremonies inside the beautiful Anderson Coliseum at the
Virginia Horse Center.
For many competitors, the NAYRC is their first experience riding on a team,
as well as their first time competing under the rules of the Fédération
Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for
“Brian and I are thrilled with how these championships turned out,” said
NAYRC event director Penny Ross, speaking for her husband and herself. “We
so wanted to maintain the high standard set by Howard Simpson at Tempel
Farms and because of the efforts of so many wonderful people, they turned
out just great. We are so proud to have been part of it.”
The 2005 NAYRC was supported by its Title Sponsor, CN, and by its
Presenting Sponsor, Adequan. The NAYRC was also supported by this year’s
Gold Medal Sponsors - Howard and Martha Simpson, the United States
Equestrian Federation, Equine Canada and the Mosaic Foundation.
Other sponsors for the 2005 NAYRC included Silver Medal Sponsors Devoucoux,
Rebecca Broussard, Practical Horseman, Bel Cavallo Bronze, Horsecity.com,
United States Dressage Federation Inc., Southeast Equine, Dressage Today and
Horse ’n Around; Bronze Medal Sponsors Equifit Inc., www.horse.dk, The
Jefferson Florist and Garden, Larry and Marnye Langer, Vita Flex and
Blue Ribbon Sponsors included Rambo Blankets, VTO Saddlery, United States
Eventing Association, The Equine Marketer, Mary Phelps—a Markel Equine
Insurance specialist, Schleese Saddlery Service, Randolph-Macon Woman’s
College, Ecogold and the Virginia Jumper Association. Other sponsors are
American Horse Trials Foundation, Zone 3, SWVHJA (South West Virginia Hunter
Jumper association), US Hunter Jumper Association, Virginia Horse Journal,
Southern Inn Restaurant and the FEI.
Additional donors included Cowboy Magic, Dermafas, Wild Horsefeathers, Mrs.
Pastures Cookies for Horses, Devoucoux, Absorbine and Mane ‘n Tail.
The North American Young Riders’ Championships began in 1974 as an eventing
challenge between the United States and Canada. A Dressage Championship was
added in 1981, and Show Jumping debuted in 1982. The first complete NAYRC
was held in British Columbia, Canada in 1982.
Many top international and Olympic riders are veterans of the NAYRC,
including Olympic Silver Medalists Greg Best, Chris Kappler, McLain Ward and
Karen O'Connor, as well as Buck Davidson, Mara DePuy, Alison Firestone,
Julie Gomena, Elise Haas, Lauren Hough, Megan Johnstone, Tiffani Loudon,
Lisa Carlsen Lubitz, Abigail Lufkin, Heather Mason, Chris Pratt, Kathleen
Raine, Nicole Shahinian Simpson, Ray Texel, and David Wilson.
For full results and further information on the 2005 CN North American
Young Riders’ Championships, presented by Adequan, please visit