Articles: Press Release
Zone One Wins Young Riders Team Gold in Show Jumping
at CN North American Junior and Young Riders' Championships
Beth Gold (540) 464-2962,
Lexington, VA-August 4, 2006-Zone One won the Young Riders' team show
jumping Gold Medal at the 2006 CN North American Junior and Young Riders'
Championships (NAJYRC) at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. The
team Gold in the Junior division went to the combined Zone 2 and Zone 5
In the Young Riders' division, Zone One had a seven fault-free scores for
the two rounds
where each team counts its three best scores. Maggie McAlary of Amherst,
New Hampshire, had double clear rounds on Pedro; Julie Welles of West
Simsbury, Connecticut, was clear both rounds on Felix Des Noues; Natalie
Johnson of Greenwich, Connecticut on Crocket 16 was double clear, and Cody
Auer of Fairfield, Connecticut, had one rail in the second round for a
dropped score of four penalties on Okido.
Maggie McAlary was first in the order to ride in both rounds, "I had to ride
first and I really didn't want to let the team down," she said. "We had a
lot of motivation to win."
"It was so nice to finally pull it off," said Cody Auer, a first-time rider
at the NAYRC. "We have been teammates a few times for other competitions,
and we are always second. This was great!"
Coach John Brennan was pleased for his team. "These are great riders. They
have been riding on teams together now the last couple of years and they
have been consistent. I told them all we needed was a little luck today.
Let's fight for this and they did."
A rare exciting battle for silver saw a jump-off between the team from Zone
Two and the team from Mexico North, tied with four faults. Three clear
jump-off rounds by Zone Two riders Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, New Jersey,
riding VDL Lotus Excel, Carolyn Kelly from New York, New York, on Omona
A.W., and Miasha Fisher of New York, New York, riding Kitty 41 clenched the
silver medal, so fourth rider Addison Phillips of New York, New York, did
not need to jump-off on Flight.
Putting up tough competition was the team from Mexico North. Team riders
Alfredo Miguel of Puebla, Mexico was clear in the jump-off on Accolino, Jose
Alberto Martinez of Guadalajara, Mexico, had four faults in the jump-off on
Leonard, and Miguel Torres Hernandez of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, had four
faults on Libero. Fourth rider Javier
Berganza of Tulancingo, Mexico on HBC Haume Des Malais did not jump-off.
Friday also featured the team championship for the Junior division that was
won by a combination of riders from Zone 2 and Zone 5. The team of Nicole
Lakin of Reading, PA on Alaska, Clementine Goutal of New York, NY on
Rastalla, Hilary Vijan of Westerville, OH on Gandalf, and Catie Boone of
Lexington, KY on Naleida, finished with a two-round total of four faults to
claim the win. Zone 10 placed second with eight faults and the combined
team from Ontario and Quebec was third with 16 faults.
In eventing, the CCI* Junior championship division got under way with
dressage and the team representing Area IV took the early lead. Area IV's
Katlyn McMorris of Barrington Hills, Illinois, leads individually with a
score of 40.7 penalties on Clifton Peekachu.
The CCI* J/Y, a non-championship division for juniors and young riders, had
its cross country test and Team Ontario leads with a team total of 168.6
penalties. Area II is second with a score of 191.1 followed by Area IV with
198.4. The individual leader is Kendal Lehari of Uxbridge, Ontario, with a
score of 40 penalties on Lehari, followed by Jamie Marlewski ofArea IV with
53.8 penalties on Sprint Tech and Andrea Leatherman of Rock Hill, South
Carolina, with 53.9 on Mensa. The two championship divisions, the CCI* for
juniors and the CCI** for young riders, have their cross country tests on
Friday's dressage competition featured the second round of the individual
competition for Young Riders. Winning on Friday was Pia Fortmuller of
Vancouver, British Columbia, who scored 69.5% on Donagna. Bobbie McKee of
Phoenix, Arizona, was second on Jamalone with a score of 69.4. Caroline
Roffman of Wellington, Florida, placed third on Electra, scoring 68.15% The
second round of individual competition for juniors is on Saturday and both
individual finals are on Sunday.
Competitors, supporters, officials and sponsors were treated Thursday
evening to an exciting demonstration of reining and vaulting. Junior
champion reiner Ian Barnard was joined by junior reiners TJ MacKennan, and
sisters, Christin and Nichole Grant for a sampling of reining movements,
including a bridleless demonstation by Ian. The Friendship Team, the
American Vaulting Association's traveling junior team, put on a talented
display of vaulting. Both sports are part of the Federation Equestre
International (FEI) and have active junior/young rider programs.
The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior
and young riders. 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 marks the first time that
fully-recognized Championships for Junior riders (age 14-18) are being held
along with those for Young Riders (age 16-21).
The 2006 NAJYRC is supported by its Title Sponsor, CN, and is also supported
by this year's Platinum Sponsors - Howard and Martha Simpson. Gold Medal
Sponsors are the United States Equestrian Federation, Equine Canada and Zone
Other sponsors for the 2006 NAJYRC include Silver Medal Sponsors Devoucoux,
Rebecca Broussard, Blue Ridge Farm Center, Practical Horseman,
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, Larry
and Marnye Langer, Thornhill, U.S. Hunter-Jumper Association, and Der-Dau.
Blue Ribbon Sponsors include Rambo Blankets, VTO Saddlery, Mary Phelps-a
Markel Equine Insurance specialist, Kelly's Ford Equestrian Center, Beval,
and Cynron Saddlery & Footwear. Other sponsors are American Horse Trials
Foundation, Starr Vaughn Equestrian, Inc., Harmony Sporthorses, EMO
Insurance, Flame Treating Systems, Inc., Foxden Equine, Mead Associates,
North Carolina Dressage and Combined Training Association, Southern
States/Triple Crown, Virginia Golf Cars and Tennessee Valley Dressage &
Combined Training Association.
Additional donors include Cowboy Magic, Dermafas, Mrs. Pastures Cookies for
Horses, Southern States/Triple Crown, Absorbine, Red Ridge Tack, Green
Mountain Coffee, Janet Crawford, Charles Owen, Brandy, Straight Arrow, Royal
Riders, Sunbelt, Intervet, Hamilton Products, Davis Boots, Cavalia, Best
Shot Equine, Horse Tech, Inc., Flair Nasal Strips, Summit Dynamics,
Ladysmith Chaps, Equus Entries, Shenandoah Connection, The Clothes Horse,
Exhibitor Labs, Nutramax Labs, Hadfields, Fortiflex and Omega Fields.
For full results and further information on the 2006 CN North American Young
Riders' Championships, please visit HYPERLINK www.youngriders.org