Articles: Press Release
Show Jumping Gets Underway at NAYRC
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USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today that the first competitions
toward the individual medals in both the show jumping Championship division
and the Junior-Young Rider (JY) division at the 2001 FEI North American
Young Riders' Championships sponsored by State Line Tack began on Thursday,
August 9, 2001. The Championships run through August 12th at Tempel Farm,
Thirty-five riders in the Championship division contested the challenging
track set by Guillherme Nogueira Jorge of Brazil. Many riders had trouble
with the combination set late in the course requiring riders to ride past
the in-gate. The location, combined with the airy nature of the jumps
caused a number of stops and several unplanned dismounts. Most show jumping
riders in the United States are unfamiliar with FEI rules, and the riders
who fell off did not realize they could remount and continue as is allowed
in an FEI Championship.
Emily Williams, who rode on the 1999 Zone 5 gold medal team, took over the
lead aboard Oyster. She carries no penalty points into the second and third
rounds, which also serve as the team competition. Ashlee Bond representing
the Zone 10 team finished in second, only .91 points behind Williams. Bond
is in her first year of riding in big jumper classes and dominated the Zone
10 selection trials. Zone 1 Teammates Ashley Baker and Amanda Baird took
third and fourth place respectively with scores of .99 and 1.12. Randy
Sherman of Zone 10, the 2000 NAYRC Junior-Young Rider bronze medalist,
qualified for the Championship division this year and finished fourth aboard
Charles R with a score of 1.35. Only one rail separates the top 15 horses.
Going into the team competition tomorrow, both Zones 1 and 10 look very
strong. Zone 1 had three riders finish in the top ten, Baker, Baird and
Sarah Willeman. Zone 10 had four riders in the top ten, Bond, Sherman,
Jennifer Williams and Kelly Fong. However, other teams cannot be
discounted. Both Ontario and Quebec of Canada have some strong horses and
riders, and Zones 2 and 5 are hungry for a medal. Eight teams will compete
for the team medals tomorrow.
In the JY division, seventeen riders participated in the first round.
Andrew Ramsay of Zone 10 threw down the gauntlet aboard Nighty and earned
the blue ribbon. Chanel Creview of Quebec came closest to catching Ramsay,
but remains 2.48 points behind, a much greater difference than the top six
Championship riders. Once again, Zone 10 had four riders in the top
standings with Natalie Rhoades in third, Travis Lubow in fifth, and Matthew
Sereni in sixth. Katie Vrbicek of Ontario slipped into the fourth spot
between the Zone 10 riders. Only two riders are within a rail of Ramsay,
however the third through tenth horses are within one rail of one another.
Five JY teams will compete for medals tomorrow.
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