Articles: 2009 Horse News
US Riders Kylie Wright and Mavis Spencer Top Two in
Individual Qualifier at 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival
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January 16, 2009
By Joanie Morris
Lexington, KY - The US show jumping riders got off to a fantastic start
at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival on January 16, 2009. Led
by 16-year-old Kylie Wright from Sparks-Glencoe, MD, the US filled the
top two spots in the Individual Qualifier. She went first out of the 24
riders and produced one of only six clear rounds. No one went clear in
the jump off but Wright, riding Pacific Wave, was the fastest of the
four faulters with a time of 39.13.
Mavis Spencer, 17, from Santa Monica, CA, was right on her heels with
another brilliant clear in the first round and a jump-off time of 39.46.
Spencer rode Jencoyeh to her second place finish.
"Our intention was to just get a nice comfortable round in for everyone
and to not think about competing until the next day's Nations Cup," said
Team Leader Jennifer Haydon. "But they were just really good today."
Jennifer Waxman, 17, Chagrin Fall, OH, had two rails down on Shekky
Express but felt confident that she learned a significant amount from
her first round.
All 24 riders rode borrowed horses generously donated by their owners to
use in the competition. This round was the first chance for the riders
to compete the horses.
Taylor Land didn't have the introduction she had hoped in the first
round with Markovitch but is looking forward to taking what she learned
and putting in an improved performance in tomorrow's Nations Cup.
The four riders are being guided through their first international
experience by Chef d'Equipe Dick Carvin and his wife Francie.
"I really can not imagine how a chef and coach could possibly be any
better," said Haydon. "I feel they are the reason these girls are
feeling like the confident, clam, cool team that they are."
The Nations Cup takes place tomorrow, Saturday August 17.
For complete results please see: http://www.olympics.com.au
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