Articles: Press Release
2006 CN North American Junior and
Young Riders' Championships Were a Huge Success
Beth Gold (508) 698-6810
Lexington, VA-August 10, 2006-Whether talking to riders, their
team coaches, or anyone else associated with the 2006 CN North American
Junior and Young Riders' Championships (NAJYRC), the consensus was
year's event was a winner.
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
individual medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show
jumping, dressage, and eventing.
This year marked the first time that fully-recognized FEI Championships
Junior riders (age 14-18) were held together with those for Young Riders
(age 16-21). This year's Championships were held for the second
year at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA.
"These championships are so significant for many of these Young Riders
benefit from the experience on their way to someday riding for their
countries in international competition," said NAJYRC event director
Ross. "For those whose careers culminate with this experience, it is
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 won medals or not."
For many competitors, the NAJYRC is their first experience
riding on a team, as well as their first time competing under the rules
the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international
body for equestrian sport. Going through veterinary inspections,
FEI rules and working in a team structure are all valuable experiences
these young riders.
Highlighting the week, of course, was the competition. The combined
& III team won the team Gold in eventing's CCI** for Young Riders and
IV won the team Gold in the CCI* for Junior riders. Canada's Ontario
won the non-championship CCI J/Y* division. The show jumping team Gold
to Zone 1 in the Young Riders competition and it went to the combined
& 5 team in the Juniors. Canada West and Region 1 won the dressage team
Gold Medals in the Young Riders and Junior competitions, respectively.
In eventing, Area II's Alexandra Zavoyna jumped a fault-free show
round on Merloch to win the individual Gold Medal in the CCI** Young
Championship with a final score of 49.2 penalties. Also turning in
jumping rounds were Rebecca Barron and Jessica DiGenova. Barron, of
Monticello, FL, and Area I & III, earned the Silver Medal with a final
of 51.5 aboard Oberon IV. DiGenova of Norval, ON, and Canada's
Ontario/Alberta team, took the Bronze on Upolu with a score of 52.1.
"This was my third year competing at Young Riders," said Zavoyna of
Unionville, PA, "but it was only the second two-star competition for
Merloch and me. I was thrilled with his dressage and he's just a
cross-country, but all I could think about heading to my first jump was
[last year's winner], Jessica [Pye], speaking at the Opening Ceremony
doing well for her horse. I just wanted to be up on that podium for
The Gold Medal CCI** team of Area I & III was the only team to have
member jump without any faults on cross-country and show jumping. The
of Barron on Oberon IV; Dana Widstrand of Richmond, MA, on Relentless
Pursuit; and Kate Luce of Mobile, AL, on Fox in Flight, was also the
team without a fourth member, so each team member's score counted
team total of 159.2 penalties.
The Silver Medal went to Area II's Zavoyna on Merloch; Stephanie Boyer
West Grove, PA, on Macloud; Ashley Adams of Southern Pines, NC, on
and Emilee Libby of Sussex, NJ, on Golden Malt with a team total of
Canada's team from Ontario/Alberta won the Bronze with riders, Jessica
DiGenova on Upolu; Waylan Roberts of Port Perry, ON, on Pale Face; Kelly
List of Bracebridge, ON, on Minstral; and Laura Thompson of Red Deer,
Quinn with a final team score of 175.0.
The CCI* Junior Championship team Gold Medalist was Area IV. Meaghan
Marinovich of Edina, MI, on Ahlerich; Callie Judy of Columbia, MO, on
Kilkenny Castle; Cassidy Lundmark of Barrington Hills, IL, on What's
and Katlyn McMorris of Barrington Hills, IL, on Clifton Peekachu held
lead from the start, finishing with a team score of 159.6.
The team had advice for aspiring young riders hoping to qualify for
championships. "Don't give up," the girls said in unison. "We
so much and had so much fun meeting each other and becoming a team."
The Silver Medal went to the Area VI & VIII team with a score of 168.2,
Area II earned the Bronze with a score of 170.4. The Silver Medal team
comprised Melissa Miller of Hamilton, OH, on Scotchfelder's Fancy;
Rice of Kingsburg, CA, on I'm So Brite; Alexandra Caspary of Hidden
CA, on Malletto V; and Alana Amack of Pleasanton, CA, on Wonder Not.
The Bronze Medal team members were Lela Hanagan of Dickerson, MD, on
Benjamin Bunny II; Caitlin Silliman of Paoli, PA, on Twain; Julia Ward
North Potomac, MD, on Squeezable Sofly; and Leah Kramkowski of Kennett
Square, PA, on Midnight Masquerade.
CCI* Junior Championship individual Gold Medalist, Katlyn McMorris, had
breathing room, going into the show jumping phase with a 10-point lead.
Only one rail down gave McMorris, of Area IV, a final score of 44.7 on
Clifton Peekachu. This was the second year the pair had competed at
Clear show jumping rounds moved both Silver and Bronze Medalists,
Rice and Caitlin Silliman, up in the placings. Rice rode I'm So Brite
finish with 51.7 penalties, and Silliman moved up five places on Twain,
finishing with a three-phase score of 53.8.
In the CCI J/Y* non-championship division, Canada's team from Ontario
emerged with the team Gold Medal. The team, composed of Robyn Miller of
Milverton, ON, on T'Jean; Dana Carlin of Brockville, ON, on As Time
Amanda Doucette of Ashton, ON, on Charlie Horse; and Kendal Lehari of
Uxbridge, ON, on Understudy, finished with a score of 196.6.
The Silver Medal went to the team from Area II - Alexandra Curtiss of
Brookeville, MD, on Carakat; Courtney Sendak of Sparks, MD, on Wil'Ya
Me; Lillian Heard of Hamilton, VA, on Frederick's Finest; and Brittany
Strange of Whispering Pines, NC, on Luck Of The Draw - with a final
Area VIII took the Bronze with a score of 410.5. The team comprised
Smith of Hanoverton, OH, on Summer's Gift; Virginia Kerr of Lexington,
on Nigel; Maura Teal of Seven Fields, PA, on Bugsy; and Marty Whitehouse
Nicholasville, KY, on Final Score.
Team Ontario's Kendal Lehari emerged victorious with the CCI J/Y*
non-championship individual Gold Medal. Lehari finished on her dressage
score of 40.0 aboard Understudy. Area II's Brittany Strange earned
Silver Medal with 60.4 penalties riding Luck Of The Draw, and the Bronze
went to Andrea Leatherman. Leatherman, of Rock Hill, SC, and Area I &
had a final score of 61.9 on Mensa.
In show jumping, the team Gold Medal went to Zone 1 in the Young Riders
division. Zone 1 had seven fault-free scores for the two rounds in
each team counted its three best scores. Maggie McAlary of Amherst, NH,
double clear rounds on Pedro; Julie Welles of West Simsbury, CT, was
both rounds on Felix Des Noues; Natalie Johnson of Greenwich, CT, was
double clear on Crocket 16; and Cody Auer of Fairfield, CT, had one rail
the second round for a dropped score of four penalties on Okido.
McAlary was first in the order to ride in both rounds. "I had to ride
and I really didn't want to let the team down," she said. "We had
a lot of
motivation to win."
Zone 1's coach, John Brennan, was pleased for his team. "These are
riders. They have been riding on teams together now for the last couple
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."
An exciting battle for the team Silver saw a jump-off between Zone 2 and
Mexico North team who had tied with four faults. Three clear jump-off
rounds by Zone 2 riders, Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ, on VDL Lotus
Carolyn Kelly of New York, NY, on Omona A.W.; and Miasha Fisher of New
NY, on Kitty 41, clinched the Silver. The team's fourth rider,
Phillips of New York, NY, did not need to attempt the jump-off on
The Bronze Medal team from Mexico North put up some tough competition.
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,
had four faults on Libero. Their fourth rider, Javier Berganza of
Tulancingo, Mexico, on HBC Haume Des Malais, did not jump-off.
The show jumping individual Gold Medal for Young Riders was won by Evan
Coluccio of Frederick, MD, aboard Champigny, with a total of only 0.80
faults over four days and five rounds of competition. This was
first time competing at the NAJYRC.
"I have only had the stallion since December so I've been figuring
things about him," said Coluccio. "He can be nervous and quirky
but he is such a good horse. He really likes the hard work. The more
he gets, the better he gets. I'd say this week I figured him out just
Coluccio also had words of praise for his Zone 3 chef d'equipe Sandra
"She did a fantastic job. I'd like to say I did this for her. We
riders from our zone to participate in this competition."
The Silver Medal went to Zone 1's Maggie McAlary, who had a total
2.69 on Pedro. McAlary's teammate, Natalie Johnson, was close behind,
earning the Bronze with a score of 2.71 on Crocket 16.
In the Junior division, a combined team from Zone 2 and Zone 5 won the
Gold Medal. The team of Nicole Lakin of Reading, PA, on Alaska;
Goutal of New York, NY, on Rastalla; Hilary Vijan of Westerville, OH, on
Gandolf; and Catie Boone of Lexington, KY, on Naleida finished with a
two-round total of four faults to claim the win.
Zone 10 took the Silver with eight faults. The team comprised Paris
of Los Angeles, CA, on Aurora; Erica Buie of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, on
Aurora Griffin of Westlake Village, CA, on Scarlett; and Hannah Selleck
Thousand Oaks, CA, on Bauer. Earning the Bronze with 16 faults was the
combined team from Ontario and Quebec - Amanda Knowles of Toronto, ON,
Mill Creek Marco Taere; Lauren Patava of Toronto, ON, on Revelin; Hannah
Anderson of Caledon, ON, on Papillon; and Bianca LaFontaine of Hudson,
The show jumping individual Championship for Juniors culminated in two
exciting jump-offs before the medals could be awarded. Team Gold
Catie Boone also emerged victorious to win the individual Gold with a
cumulative total of 12 faults over four days of competition on Naleida.
Boone's Gold Medal teammate, Nicole Lakin, also had 12 faults, but was
able to beat Boone's blazing time over Linda Allen's difficult
course. Lakin and her mount, Alaska, were awarded the Silver Medal.
Sellon, who was a member of the Zone 10 Silver Medal team, won the
individual Bronze with 13 faults on Aurora.
Less than one point separated the top three teams in the Young Riders
dressage team Championship. In the end, it was Canada West that won the
Gold Medal with a combined score of 202.489. The team was composed of
Fortmuller of Burnaby, BC, on Donagna; Alexandra Duncan of West
BC, on Elektra; Gabrielle Anderson of Bentley, AB, on Talisman; and Tara
Dougans of Toronto, ON, on Nashua.
Fortmuller held up a Canadian flag as she rode out of the
presentation. "This was absolutely spectacular and amazing! I got
when they announced the gold medal. Our team was confident coming here,
you never really know what can happen."
Canada West's coach, Albrecht Heidemann, said, "The girls really
together in the ring. I am pleased with how they concentrated."
Winning the team Silver with a score of 201.866 was the Region 2 team of
Kassandra Bateau of St. Gilberts, IL, who scored the team
highest score with 70.311% on Bentley; Kaitlyn Hamilton of Oxford, MI,
Noviembre; Brittany McCarthy of Cincinnati, OH, on Cinbad; and Allie
of Cincinnati, OH, on Lexington. The Bronze Medal went to the Region 3
of Erin Moran of Wellington, FL, on Widerhall; Kayce Redmond of
FL, on Lipton; Caroline Roffman of Wellington, FL, on Bulgari 5; and
Wiese of Keene, NH, on Lamborghini. Their team score was 201.644.
Pia Fortmuller, a member of the Gold Medal-winning Canada West team,
added the individual Gold Medal in the Young Riders division to her list
accomplishments at this year's NAJYRC. Fortmuller turned in a score
69.500% aboard Donagna. Taking the Silver behind Fortmuller was Bobbie
McKee of Cave Creek, AZ, and Region 5, who had a score of 69.400% on
Jamalone. Region 3's Caroline Roffman posted a score of 68.150% with
Bulgari 5 for the individual Bronze.
In the dressage Junior division, Region 1 won the team Gold Medal. The
of Hannah Holland Shook of Charlotte, NC, on Cape Town; Anna Stovall of
Chesapeake, VA, on Ambitious; and Julie McKean of Camden, ME, on
Heslegaard's Stravinsky had a combined score of 195.600. Earning the
Silver with a score of 195.050 was Team Canada - Amy Jager of Breslau,
on Jive; Danielle McKinnon of Proters Lake, NS, on Noma Tender; Jessica
Rhinelander of St. Johns, NL, on Allende; and Breanne Willoughby-Brown
Uxbridge, ON, on Espar.
The Bronze Medal went to the Region 8 team of Margot Benedict of
VT, on Bari; Frederica Crafts of East Killingly, CT, on Ranjeri; Meagan
Davis of Stone Ridge, NY, on Cachet; and Alexa Rice of Still River, MA,
Nightwind. Their team score was 191.950.
Gold Medal teammates, Hannah Holland Shook and Julie McKean, swept the
two spots in the quest for the individual Championship in the Junior
division. Shook and Cape Town scored a 69.600%, earning the individual
Medal, and McKean turned in a score of 68.550% on Heslegaard's
for the Silver. Amanda Stearns of Royal Palm Beach, FL, and Region 3,
the Bronze with a score of 68.450% riding Mitchell.
Teams filled the Anderson Coliseum floor as medals were awarded in all
disciplines during the closing ceremonies at the conclusion of the 2006
North American Junior and Young Riders' Championships. The national
of both the United States and Canada were heard several times with teams
stepping forward to the podium to receive their medals. The ceremonies
included the presentation of some special awards.
Each discipline honored one rider with a style award. The
recipients, each of whom received bronze sculptures created by Timi
of Bel Cavallo Bronze, were selected for having exhibited style not only
when mounted, but also in their manners and demeanor throughout the
The winners were Pia Fortmuller of Canada West in dressage, Acacia Brush
Area VIII in eventing and Alberto Balas of Mexico in show jumping.
A longstanding award at the NAJYRC is the Captain Andrew B. de Szinay
Memorial Sportsmanship Trophy, presented annually to the rider who best
personifies the high standards and virtues of integrity, sportsmanship,
honor, courage, team spirit, good temper and unselfishness. This
winner was dressage rider Natalie Perry of Region 6.
The Howard B. Simpson High Five Trophy was awarded jointly
Andrew Ellis, the NAJYRC Jumping Organizer, and Bettina Longaker, the
Dressage Organizer. The award, given to the volunteer who best
Howard Simpson's spirit of giving back to the sport he loves so much,
Simpson, who not only served for so many years as NAJYRC Director at
Farms, but also as a sponsor and a tireless volunteer. The
has always given to the athletes who work so hard to qualify for the
Championships is an example to all.
The Caristo Cup, named in honor of Zone 2 chef d'equipe Ralph Caristo,
created in Caristo's honor and is given each year to one chef
the Championships who exhibits the same spirit of sportsmanship,
horsemanship and enthusiasm that Caristo brings to his position. This
year's award was given to Richard Spooner, Zone 10 chef d'equipe.
The Fiona Baan Memorial Trophy, presented annually to the dressage rider
earns the highest average percentage score from his or her team and
individual rides, was given to Caroline Roffman of Region 3. The award
honors the memory of Fiona Baan, past USEF Director of dressage,
and eventing; USEF "I" judge; U.S. dressage team leader for the 1976
1992 Olympic Games, 1987 Pan American Games, and 1991 World
and long-time friend and supporter of the NAJYRC.
The 2006 CN North American Junior and Young Riders' Championships were
supported by their Title Sponsor, CN, and were also supported by this
Platinum Sponsors - Howard and Martha Simpson. Gold Medal Sponsors
United States Equestrian Federation, Equine Canada and Zone 4.
Other sponsors for the 2006 NAJYRC included Silver Medal Sponsors
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,
and Marnye Langer, Thornhill, U.S. Hunter-Jumper Association, and
Blue Ribbon Sponsors included Rambo Blankets, VTO Saddlery,
Phelps-a Markel Equine Insurance specialist, Kelly's Ford Equestrian
Beval, and Cynron Saddlery & Footwear. Other sponsors were 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, Southern
States/Triple Crown, Virginia Golf Cars and Tennessee Valley Dressage &
Combined Training Association.
Additional donors included Cowboy Magic, Dermafas, Mrs. Pastures Cookies
Horses, Southern States/Triple Crown, Absorbine, Red Ridge Tack, Green
Mountain Coffee, Janet Crawford, Charles Owen, Brandy, Straight Arrow,
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
Exhibitor Labs, Nutramax Labs, Hadfields, Fortiflex and Omega Fields.
The North American Young Riders' Championships began in 1974 as an
challenge between the United States and Canada. A Dressage Championship
added in 1981, and Show Jumping debuted in 1982. The first complete
was held in British Columbia, Canada in 1982. This year's addition of
Junior Championships in all three disciplines marked the first NAJYRC.
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