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DelGiorno Dances Her Way to a Dressage Freestyle Gold at NAJYRC
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By USEF News/Erica Larson
Lexington, KY--The 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider
Championships presented by Gotham North went out rocking with the Junior
freestyle dressage tests. The top 15 Juniors came back to perform their
choreographed routines in the USDF/Platinum Performance North American
Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships, and the crowds cheered them on
under sunny Kentucky skies.
After the scores were tallied, Nicole DelGiorno and Lamborghini Dane
continued their winning ways and were named the freestyle Gold medalists.
The pair wowed the judges with their well-choreographed test to the music of
Pirates of the Caribbean to earn a total score of 68.550%. Even after
performing two other stunning tests this week, Lamborghini performed a fluid
and expressive test for DelGiorno.
I had a good test today, DelGiorno said. It started off a little shaky. I
turned into the arena, and he kind of flew to the left. It started out
crazy, kind of like a rodeo, but then it got better. I think that actually
helped him relieve some of his energy, and that was really good for the rest
of the test.
The freestyle Gold is the third medal and second Gold for DelGiorno and
Lamborghini this week; they earned the Individual Gold medal, as well as the
Team Bronze medal. Their score in the freestyle was the highest Junior
score of the competition.
Finishing in the Silver-medal position was Megan Lane and Caravella. The
pair turned out a flashy test to earn them a score of 68.000%. This was the
third medal of the competition for Lane and Caravella. The pair also earned
a Team Gold medal and an Individual Bronze medal this week.
Finally, Heather Ots and Varekai made their first medal appearance this
week. They were awarded the Bronze medal with a score of 68.000%. This was
the best showing for Ots and Varekai this week by more than five points.
Individual Silver medalists Lauren Knopp and Rho Dance had a few bobbles in
their test and received a score of 60.050%. The scores in the freestyle
were very close throughout with less than a point-and-a-half separating
first from 10th place.
Immediately after the Juniors finished their freestyles, the Closing
Ceremonies took place. All the medalists received their medals for their
accomplishments this week. There were also several special awards awarded
at the Closing Ceremonies. The awards and recipients included the Captain
Andrew B. De Szinay Memorial Sportsman Award, presented to eventer Huxley
Greer; the Howard B. Simpson High Five Trophy, awarded to Hugh Kincannon and
Robbie Murphy; The Fiona Baan Memorial Trophy, awarded to dressage rider
Kassandra Barteau, Show Jumping Style Award, awarded to Carolyn Lynn; the
Dressage Style Award, awarded to Carloine Roffman; the Caristo Cup, awarded
to show jumping Chef dEquipe Guy McElvain; the Eventing Style Award, awarded
to Waylon Roberts; and the Trish Gilbert Award, presented to eventer Maxance
To learn more about the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider
Championships, visit www.youngriders.org.
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