Articles: Press Release
U.S. Area 2 Leads in CCIYR** Team Competition at NAYRC -
Kozumplik Moves to the Top
Hallie McEvoy (802)233-2415
Parker, CO - August 5, 2000 - The eventing cross-country phase showcased many
examples of brave riding at the 2000 North American Young Riders'
Championships (NAYRC), Presented by State Line Tack, at High Prairie Farms
Equestrian Center in Parker, CO. The individual and team championships in
eventing will be decided tomorrow, while the individual championships are at
stake for the dressage riders and show jumpers.
In CCI-YR** team competition, U.S. Area 2 continues to lead after all four
members of the squad put in strong cross-country rides. Comprised of Sara
Kozumplik of Clifton, VA with What You Will, Holly Payne of Califon, NJ with
The Federalist, Sean Brescia of The Plains, VA with Von Otto, and Mary
Grantham of Charlottesville, VA with Ides of March, the team has led since
the opening dressage phase.
Kozumplik went penalty-free during the cross-country phase today to move to
the top with her dressage score of 58.6 penalty points in the individual
CCI-YR** championship. Close behind is her Area 2 teammate, Payne, with
58.8. Kurt Martin from McMurry, PA, riding for the combined Area 8/5 team,
stands in third with 64 penalty points.
Yesterday's individual CCI-YR** leader, Adam Wieser of Park City, UT and his
Thoroughbred, Merlot, added 20 penalty points to their score due to a refusal
on course. He is now ranked in 7th place with 77.8 points.
U.S. Area 7's Katie Cyr of Gig Harbor, WA and her horse, Holy Mackerel
finished clear in the cross-country phase of the CCI-YR* to maintain first
place with their dressage score of 51.4. Keeley Rankin of Paradise Valley,
AZ and her Quarter Horse, Copper Jet, are in second place with 53.8 penalty
The final phase of both eventing competitions, show jumping, takes place on
Sunday in the Grand Prix arena at High Prairie Farms Equestrian Center..
Former 1997 and 1998 NAYRC individual Gold Medalist Louise Labrucherie of
Santa Rosa, CA leads after the Dressage Individual Test Competition and team
competition with a combined score of 67.818%. Labrucherie and her horse,
Picone, were members of the Silver Medal Dressage Team on Friday.
Gwen Poulin of Deleon Springs, FL now stands in second place with a score of
65.792%. Jacqueline Paxton of Cincinnati, OH is in third with 65.221%.
The final and deciding competition for the individual dressage medals, the
Prix St. Georges Freestyle, begins on Sunday at 9:30 am.
The CSIOY Farewell Competition was captured by Ashley Bewick of the Ontario
Team in 35.94 seconds, while Sandra Hardy of the British Columbia Team
finished second. In the CSI-JY Farewell Competition, U.S. Zone 10's Lauren
To of Santa Monica, CA took the blue ribbon. Summer Bruington of Boerne, TX
won the Non-Championship Jump-Off class.
The CSI-JY individual championships will be decided tomorrow at 9:00 am,
while the CSIOY individual championship kicks off at 12:30 pm.
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