Articles: Press Release
Show Jumping Begins at the NAYRC -
Young Riders Raise Funds to Attend Event
Hallie McEvoy (802)233-2415
Parker, CO - August 2, 2000 - Show jumping began today at the 2000 North
American Young Riders' Championships (NAYRC), Presented by State Line Tack,
at High Prairie Farms Equestrian Center in Parker, CO.
In CSIOY show jumping, Tara Coombs of Ruidoso Downs, NM and her mount,
Mondavi, galloped to victory in the Preliminary Competition in a time of
56.15 seconds, more than five seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
Morgan Fauth of Wayzata, MN and her horse, Iveco, captured the CSI-JY show
jumping warm-up in 63.87 seconds, while Summer Bruington of Boerne, TX and
Aerolite won the non-championship jump-off.
Equestrian action continues tomorrow with the dressage team championship, the
eventing dressage phase, and more exciting show jumping action.
Young Riders' Fundraising Activities
Many of the young riders competing here at the NAYRC have worked as hard at
fundraising as they have on their equestrian pursuits. One such group is the
Region 2 Dressage Team.
Comprised of Jacqueline Paxton, 19, of Cincinnati, OH, Joanne Chmiel, 20, of
Northbrook, IL, and sisters Reese, 20, and Lindsay Koffler, 16, of Lexington,
KY, the Region 2 Team raised funds for their journey to the NAYRC by selling
raffle tickets for a trip to Paris. Along with their Chef d' Equipe, Deirdre
Toner, the teammates sold raffle tickets at horse shows and to local
businesses in their hometowns. The eventual raffle winner was Al Nahra of
Lexington, KY who has little interest in horses, but bought raffle tickets to
encourage the dreams of these fine riders.
The riders also asked many businesses and organizations for their support.
Sallee Horse Vans, Inc. of Lexington, KY sponsored travel for the team's
horses from the mid-west to Colorado. Kentucky Dressage Association and the
Mid-South Combined Training and Dressage Association each gave $500 to help
defray competition expenses. Many other businesses and individuals, such as
KBC of Lexington, Bob Michlers, Florabunda Designs, Fast Signs, and Schmidt's
Signs all donated goods or services.
Through their fundraising activities, the team has grown close to one another
and has developed great team spirit. Paxton, who will be a freshman at the
University of Cincinnati in September, echoes the sentiment of the team. "I
want to ride my best and get the best out of my horse to help the team. And,
as a team, we want to give everyone a run for their money!" This is Paxton's
second year competing at the NAYRC; in 1999 she was a member of the Region 2
Silver Medal team.
Chmiel, a former team silver medalist, is in her third year competing at the
Championships. She wants to "show off all our work. The hard work and
dedication we've put into our riding has led to this opportunity, as
individuals and as teammates."
Meanwhile, sisters Reese and Lindsay Koffler are relishing the chance to ride
on the same team. "This is our first time on a team together," said Reese.
"It is very special to share this experience with my sister as well as with
the rest of the team."
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