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Maxance McManamy and Laura Roberts Score Eventing Gold at NAJYRC
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July 26, 2009
By USEF News/Erica Larson
Lexington, KYBoth the Team and Individual medals were decided today in
three-day eventing as both the CCI** and CCI* riders returned to the arena
to complete their show jumping test in the USEA North American Junior &
Young Rider Eventing Championships. The leader board was shuffled on the
cross-country course, so the Gold medal was up for grabs. Today was the
final day of competition as show jumping wrapped up at the 2009 Adequan FEI
North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North
at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The Individual Gold medal in the CCI** division went to Maxance McManamy and
Beacon Hill. The pair took the lead after the dressage, but added time
faults to their score on cross-country and was bumped down to second. But
Taylor jumped the test of his life for McManamy and went double-clear to
regain the lead and take home the Gold medal. They finished on a score of
There was a little bit of pressure, McManamy laughed. It was kind of nice
not being first going in. I probably would have lost it if I went in first!
I just tried to put in a clean round, not expecting to win. He knew that it
was the time to behave and put in a good, double-clean show jumping round.
This is the third trip to Young Riders for McManamy and Taylor, but this
will likely remain the most memorable.
Ive been here a few times for Rolex, and I always dreamed of riding on the
cross-country course or riding down the centerline of the big arena. Now
Ive done it. Im speechless.
Finishing with the Individual Silver medal was Katlyn McMorris and Clifton
Peekachu. The pair was in third after dressage, but moved up to first after
the cross-country. They were the last to jump in show jumping, but pulled
two rails to bring her final score to 64.4.
He felt so amazing in warm-up that I wasnt really particularly worried,
McMorris said. Going to the first jump, I didnt quite see it. That was
definitely my fault. After that I held it together and he jumped well.
I wasnt expecting it to ride easy at all. I rode it thinking that you were
going to have to make decisions on course. I thought it was a good course
for the Young Rider Championships.
Taking home the Individual Bronze medal was Katherine Samuels and Nyls du
Terrior with a score of 66.4. The pair was in 13th place after dressage,
but made a huge jump to seventh after turning in a double-clear
cross-country score. They also jumped double-clear in show jumping to leap
to third place.
Hes a genius at what he does, Samuels said of her horse. He tries very, very
hard and takes his job very seriously.
This was Samuels first trip to the Kentucky Horse Park and her first time
riding in this large of a venue.
Its an amazing park, she said. My horse didnt really know what he thought of
the grandstands, but I loved riding in the arena!
The Team Gold medal went to the girls from Area VI: McManamy and Beacon
Hill, Rachel Dwyer and Catch A Star, Elsie Patterson and Normandy Soldier
and Suzy Hettich and Given Half A Chance. After dressage, the team found
themselves sitting in second, but moved up to the lead after cross-country
and never relinquished their lead. Their final team total was 209.9.
The show jumping course saw Both Hettich and Patterson take two rails down
for a total of 8 faults each. Dwyer and Catch A Star took down four rails
for a total of 16 faults. McManamy had one of three double-clear rounds of
The course rode tougher than it walked, Hettich said. I went out first, so
that was kind of hard.
He felt tired today, Patterson said. The course rode pretty well, all the
distances were righthe just felt tired. I think the cross-country took a
lot of out of him.
It was a great courseI think I demolished it, Dwyer joked. Shes a great
horse on cross-country, she holds it together in dressage, but we both dont
like show jumping. I definitely want to figure a few things out before we
Finishing with the Team Silver medal with 218.3 points was the team from
Area II. With only three riders, the team was not able to drop their lowest
score, so everyone had to have the tests of their lives. Alexandra Martone
and Copperfield, Alyssa Peterson and Stormins Barbie and Samuels and Nyls du
Terrior made up the team.
Rounding out the top three and receiving the Bronze medal was combined team
from Areas III, VII and VIII: Sirrahsta and Tyler Frey, Woodstock and Elinor
MacPhail, Paddy Winkler Lad and Natascha Danielle Eickert and Bounce and
Erin Hoverson. MacPhail withdrew Woodstock before the show jumping, so only
the remaining three scores were counted to give the team a total of 222.8.
The final results in the CCI* came down to the show jumping, as well. Laura
Roberts and Galway Blazer took home the Individual Gold medal at the end of
the competition with a score of 49.7. Roberts began the competition tied
for the lead and refused to budge throughout the competition. The pair,
hailing from Area II, went double-clear on cross-country and took just one
rail down in show jumping.
I liked the course, she said after her ride. It was good for my horse.
There was a good amount of turns were a lot of bending lines, which really
helped his balance throughout the course. I tried to ride it once fence at
a time. I had a rail, but I just left it behind and rode my course.
Roberts said that Blazer is experienced at what he does, and that theyve
finally reached a point of mutual trust.
Weve been together for about two years, she said. Were at a point where if I
miss something, he picks me up and if he misses something, I pick him up.
Together we get it all done.
Taking home the Individual Silver medal was Arden Wildasin and Totally
Awesome Bosco with a score of 54.6. Wildasin and Bosco began the
competition in fourth place, but had double-clear rounds on both
cross-country and in show jumping to move up the ranks to second.
I had so much fun this weekend, Wildasin said. We rode our best this
weekend. I didnt even care where we were [on the leader board]. We really
bonded with each other and that was really cool.
Wildasin came all the way from Area I to compete this year. Her team
finished just outside the medals in fourth place.
The Individual Bronze medal was awarded to Allegra Aiuto from Area VI and
her mount, Spot Me One. Aiuto and Billy have been in third place from the
beginning of the competition. They went double-clear on cross-country and
pulled just one rail in show jumping.
Show jumping was our hardest phase this weekend, which is really
uncharacteristic, Aiuto said. He was really excited today which made it a
little harder. He just felt great after cross-country, which I cant really
complain about. Our best phase was dressage, which is also really
uncharacteristic! He was super relaxed.
In the Team competition, the team from Area II, composed of Roberts and
Blazer, Molly Curtis and Savannah IX, Huxley Greer and Octavian and Colleen
McKitrick and Connor II, had the oldest total score in their division:
185.0. Greer and McKitrick each took four rails down in show jumping,
Roberts took one, and Curtis posted one of the few double-clear rounds on
My horse was a bit distracted at first, Greer said. But I liked the course.
It rode well, it was fun, and it was really nice looking. I think I had
four rails, but they were mostly my fault. I really enjoyed it.
The design was really nice, Curtis added. It was pretty intimidating, but we
had a double clear round so I was really proud.
The Team Silver medal was awarded to the group from Ontario and British
Columbia: Bethany Healey and Wonderee Strike, Madeiline Morra and Mail Order
Bride, Rachel Vear and Chocco do Pomme and Katelyn Lafranier and
Charleston. The team started the competition in fifth place, but moved all
the way up to second thanks to some stellar cross-country and show jumping
rounds. Their final score was 214.3.
Finally, rounding out the top three with a score of 216.8, was the ladies
from Area VI. The team was made up of Aiuto and Billy, Madison Reeb and
Raquel and Moraya Cleary and Double Take. Because there were only three
riders on the team, all of their scores had to count towards the team total.
Reflecting on her Young Riders experience, Gold medalist Roberts said that
she was happy with how her week went.
My horse did everything I asked of him. I cant think of any phase that was
harder or easier. I wouldnt change anything.
To learn more about the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider
Championships presented by Gotham North, visit www.youngriders.org.
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