Articles: Press Release
British Columbia Captures Show Jumping Team Gold at NAYRC -
U.S. Region 3 Takes NAYRC Dressage Team Gold
Hallie McEvoy (802)233-2415
Parker, CO - August 4, 2000 - Canadians made their presence felt today in the
show jumping arena at the 2000 North American Young Riders' Championships
(NAYRC), Presented by State Line Tack, at High Prairie Farms Equestrian
Center in Parker, CO. Exciting show jumping victories were scored by British
Columbia in the CSIOY team competition and Toronto in the CSI-JY team
competition, while U.S. Region 3 ruled in team dressage.
The CSIOY team championship was decided by just 4 1/4 faults, with British
Columbia scoring 30.25 faults to triumph over U.S. Zone 10 - Nina Herrera,
Claire Prieto, Jennifer Williams, and Rebecca Wolfson - who took the Silver
Medal with 35.50 faults. Ontario earned the Bronze Medal with 41.50 faults.
Riding for the British Columbia team was Lindsay McLean, 18, of White Rock
and her horse, Caldero, Briana Hughes, 20, of Edmonton and her horse, Pele,
Sandra Hardy, 19, of Victoria and her horse, Keepsake, and Cathleen Calvert,
18, of Vancouver and her horse, Shania.
"We're thrilled," said Hughes. "It hasn't sunk in yet!"
Chef d' Equipe Morgan Thomas commented, "We're extremely proud today as
Canadians. Not only did British Columbia win the Gold Medal in the CSIOY
team competition but Toronto won the Bronze, and Toronto also won the CSI-JY
team competition. With this accomplishment, we hope to raise awareness of
the importance of young riders having the goal to come here."
The U.S. Region 3 team of Jodie Kelly, 17, of Destin, FL and Jericho, Amber
Walker, 19, of West Palm Beach, FL and Rabelais, Katherine Poulin, 21, of
Deleon Springs, FL and Winter's Impression, and Gwen Poulin, 19, of Deleon
Springs, FL and Herb Commander, took the team Gold Medal with a combined
score of 3836.
"We knew we would have to work really hard to achieve victory," Walker
related. "The quality of riders and horses here is tremendous."
"I'm ecstatic!" stated Gwen Poulin. "And, as a team, we're really proud of
what we have accomplished." The team not only worked hard at perfecting
their riding, but also spent a lot of time fundraising and looking for
sponsors to enable them to compete here..
Former 1997 and 1998 NAYRC individual Gold Medalist Louise Labrucherie of
Santa Rosa, CA led the U.S. Region 7 team to the Silver Medal. Riding for
Region 7 with Labrucherie were Maurine Frey of Riverside, CA, Nicole Diesel
of Highland, CA, and Amanda Barr of Reno, NV. The team secured the Silver
Medal with 3782 points.
Scoring 3760 points, the 1998 and 1998 Silver Medal team, U.S. Region 2,
finished in third earning the team Bronze Medal. The Region 2 team is
comprised of Jacqueline Paxton of Cincinnati, OH, Joanne Chmiel of
Northbrook, IL, and sisters Reese and Lindsay Koffler of Lexington, KY.
After the dressage phase of the CCI-YR** competition, U.S. Area 2 leads with
177.8 points, while the combined team of U.S. Areas 6/9/2 is narrowly behind
with 179.4 points. With 186.8 points, U.S. Area 3 stands in third place.
In the individual CCI-YR**, Adam Wieser of Park City, UT and his
Thoroughbred, Merlot, lead with 57.8 penalty points. Wieser is riding as
part of a combined U.S. Areas 6/9/2 team. Sara Kozumplik of Clifton, VA
stands in second with 58.6 points, while her Area 2 teammate, Holly Payne of
Califon, NJ, is just behind in third with 58.8 penalty points.
The premier equestrian competition in North America for young riders, age
16-21, equestrians come from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central
America, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for the Championships.
NAYRC riders compete in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of Show
Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. The competition is run under rules of the
FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale, the international governing body for
Many top international and Olympic riders began their successful careers at
the NAYRC. Such great riders as Olympic Silver Medalists Greg Best and Karen
O'Connor, as well as Megan Johnstone, Elise Haas, Buck Davidson, Abigail
Lufkin, Alison Firestone, Chris Kappler, Nicole Shahinian Simpson, Ray Texel,
Chris Pratt, Lisa Carlsen Lubitz, Kathleen Raine, Heather Mason, David
Wilson, Tiffani Loudon, Mara DePuy, and Julie Gomena all competed at the
The NAYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States
and Canada. A Dressage Championship was added in 1981, and Show Jumping
debuted in 1982. The first complete NAYRC was held in British Columbia,
Canada in 1982. The 1998 NAYRC was hosted by High Prairie Farms Equestrian
Center, while Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, Illinois was the site of the
1994-1997 and 1999 NAYRC.
NAYRC On Television
If you can't join the excitement of the NAYRC at High Prairie Farms
Equestrian Center, you can still watch it on TV. Both the Outdoor Life
Network (OLN) and Fox Sports will broadcast the competition. Fox Sports
coverage airs on Sunday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. (MDT).
High Prairie Farms Equestrian Center is located on Bayou Gulch Road, just off
Parker Road, in Parker. The beautiful facility is perfect for a family
picnic while watching talented horses and riders compete. Exciting
equestrian action at the NAYRC continues daily through Sunday and admission
is FREE Thursday and Friday, $6 per day on Saturday and Sunday (or $10 for
both days), and children 11 and under are free each day. For more
information, please call High Prairie Farms Equestrian Center at
(303)841-5550 or go to www.youngriders.org or highprairiefarms.com on the