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Canada Team West Wins Young Riders Team Dressage as Competition Begins
2006 CN North American Junior and Young Riders' Championships
Beth Gold (540) 464-2962,
Lexington, VA-August 2, 2006-Canada Team West won the
in the Young Riders dressage team championship that highlighted the
day of competition at the 2006 CN North American Junior and Young
Championships (NAJYRC) at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA.
The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for
and young riders. Young equestrians come from the United States,
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 marks the first time that
fully-recognized Championships for Junior riders (age 14-18) are being
along with those for Young Riders (age 16-21).
Canada Team West earned its Gold Medal with a combined score
202.4. The team consists of Pia Fortmuller of Burnaby, British
who scored 68.1% on Donagna, Alexandra Duncan of West Vancouver, British
Columbia, who scored 68.5% on Elektra, Gabrielle Anderson of Bentley,
Alberta, who scored 59.1% on Talisman, and Tara Dougans of Toronto,
who scored 65.7% on Nashua.
Pia Fortmuller held up a Canadian flag as she rode out of
Awards Presentation. "This was absolutely spectacular and amazing! I
shivers when they announced the gold medal. Our team was confident
here, but you never really know what can happen."
Canada Team West's coach Albrecht Heidemann said, " The girls really
together today in the ring. I am pleased with how they concentrated in
Winning the team Silver Medal was the Region 2 team of Kassandra Bateau
St. Gilberts, Illinois, who scored the day's highest score of 70.3% on
Bentley, Kaitlyn Hamilton of Oxford, Michigan, who scored 66.4% on
Noviembre, Brittany McCarthy of Cincinnati, Ohio, who scored 63.8% on
Cinbad, and Allie Nichols of Cincinnati, Ohio, who scored 65.1% on
Lexington. Their team score was 201.8.
The Bronze Medal went to the Region 3 team of Erin Moran of Wellington,
Florida, who scored 65.9% on Widerhall, Kayce Redmond of Loxahatchee,
Florida, who scored 66.0% on Lipton, Caroline Roffman of Wellington,
Florida, who scored 69.6% on Bulgari 5, and Jocelyn Wiese of Keene, New
Hampshire, who scored 65.6% on Lamborghini. Their team score was 201.6.
The top three teams were separated by less than one point.
While Bateau's score of 70.3% on Bentley leads the way individually in
opening day's Young Riders dressage competition, Caroline Roffman of
Wellington, Florida, sits in second with 69.6% on Bulgari 5. Third,
individually, is Alexandra Duncan of West Vancouver, British Columbia,
scored 68.5% on Electra.
Each team's score is based on the team's best three (of four) rides.
with three riders must count all three scores. The team competition for
Junior division will be on Thursday and all individual medals will be
awarded on Sunday.
In eventing, the first division to get under way was the CCI
J/Y*, a non-championship division for juniors and young riders which had
dressage test. Kendal Lehari of UxBridge, Ontario, Canada, holds the
with a score of 40.0 penalties on Understudy. Ashley Scott of
Missouri, who scored 45.7 penalties on Riverman is second, and Jamie
Marlewski of Oxford, Wisconsin, who scored 48.6 penalties on Sprint Tech
third. In the team competition, Area VIII is in first place with a
153.2, Team Ontario is second with a score of 155.0 and Area II is
The two championship divisions in eventing, the CCI** for young riders
the CCI* for juniors, have their dressage tests on Thursday and Friday
While formal show jumping competition starts on Thursday,
show jumpers also got in the ring on Wednesday with two training
The training sessions were not scored but afforded horses and riders the
chance to get a feel for the footing and other conditions in the
Anderson Coliseum at the Virginia Horse Center. Show jumping will
individual classes on Thursday before the Team Championships on Friday.
For many competitors, the NAJYRC is their first experience riding on a
as well as their first time competing under the rules of the
Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for
The Championships began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the
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. This year's addition of Junior
all three disciplines marks the first NAJYRC.
"These championships are so significant for many of these
Riders who benefit from the experience on their way to someday riding
their countries in international competition," said NAJYRC event
Penny Ross. "For those whose careers culminate with this experience,
meaningful in a very different way. We feel it is important that
goes home having had a wonderful time and having gained a valuable
experience whether they win medals or not."
The 2006 NAJYRC is supported by its Title Sponsor, CN, and is also
by this year's Platinum Sponsors - Howard and Martha Simpson. Gold
Sponsors are the United States Equestrian Federation, Equine Canada and
Other sponsors for the 2006 NAJYRC include Silver Medal
Devoucoux, Rebecca Broussard, Blue Ridge Farm Center, Practical
Horsecity.com, The United States Dressage Federation, Antares,
Waterjumps.us, Southeast Equine, Dressage Today, Ariat and The Mosaic
Foundation; and Bronze Medal Sponsors Becker College, Dover Saddlery,
Virginia Dressage Association, Stewart Title, The Jefferson Florist,
and Marnye Langer, Thornhill, U.S. Hunter-Jumper Association, and
Blue Ribbon Sponsors include Rambo Blankets, VTO Saddlery,
Phelps-a Markel Equine Insurance specialist, Kelly's Ford Equestrian
Beval, and Cynron Saddlery & Footwear. Other sponsors are American
Trials Foundation, Starr Vaughn Equestrian, Inc., Harmony Sporthorses,
Insurance, Flame Treating Systems, Inc., Foxden Equine, Mead Associates,
North Carolina Dressage and Combined Training Association, Virginia Golf
Cars and Tennessee Valley Dressage & Combined Training Association.
Additional donors include Cowboy Magic, Dermafas, Mrs.
Cookies for Horses, Southern States/Triple Crown, Absorbine, Red Ridge
Green Mountain Coffee, Janet Crawford, Charles Owen, Brandy, Straight
Royal Riders, Sunbelt, Intervet, Hamilton Products, Davis Boots,
Best Shot Equine, Horse Tech, Inc., Flair Nasal Strips, Summit Dynamics,
Ladysmith Chaps, Equus Entries, Shenandoah Connection, The Clothes
Exhibitor Labs, Nutramax Labs, Hadfields, Fortiflex and Omega Fields.
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Junior and Young Riders' Championships, please visit