Articles: Press Release
U.S. Takes Four Gold Medals at the North American Young Riders'
Championships, Presented by State Line Tack
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladstone, NJ-Young riders from the United States won team and individual
Gold Medals in eventing and dressage at the 2000 North American Young Riders'
Championships (NAYRC), Presented by State Line Tack, a showcase of the top
young riders from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico going head to head in
eventing, dressage, and show jumping at High Prairie Farms Equestrian Center
in Parker, CO.
Canadians also made their presence felt by capturing both the individual and
team championships in show jumping.
U.S. Area 2 staged a stunning sweep of the team and individual medals in the
CCI-YR**. Sara Kozumplik of Middleburg, VA with What You Will, Holly Payne
of Oldwick, NJ with The Federalist, Sean Brescia of The Plains, VA with Von
Otto, and Mary Grantham of Charlottesville, VA with Ides of March, won the
team Gold Medal.
"This is the best day of my life," said Kozumplik, 21, who also captured the
individual Gold Medal with 63.6 penalties. "We've been a very close team, so
it means a lot to do this together."
Taking the individual Silver Medal was Brescia with 68.2 penalties, while
Payne brought home the Bronze with 73.8. Grantham was fourth individually.
The CCI-YR** team Silver Medal went to the combined U.S. Areas 6/9/2 team of
Kate Weil, Doug Payne, Jolie Sexson, and Adam Weiser. The U.S. Area 3 team
of Kimberly Haynes, Aaron Stuckey, Amy Stegman, and Jesse Akers earned the
team Bronze Medal.
In the CCI-YR*, Maisy Grassie of Unionville, PA and Heyday moved from fifth
place into first place with a clear show jumping round . They scored a total
of 55.6 penalties to claim the win. Grassie's horse, Heyday, is well-known as
Bruce Davidson's 1996 Olympic horse. Scoring 61.4 penalty points, Lindsay
Smith of U.S. Area 7 finished second in the CCI-YR*.
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 points.
"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 at the NAYRC. Both Gwen and Katherine are
the daughters of Michael Poulin, a U.S. Equestrian Team veteran and 1992
Olympic team Bronze 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 1999 Silver Medal team, U.S. Region 2,
finished in third earning the team Bronze Medal. The Region 2 team was
comprised of Jacqueline Paxton of Cincinnati, OH, Joanne Chmiel of
Northbrook, IL, and sisters Reese and Lindsay Koffler of Lexington, KY.
In the individual dressage competition, Louise Labrucherie made NAYRC history
by winning her third individual Gold Medal as well as the Fiona Baan Pursuit
of Excellence Award. The Fiona Baan Award is given to the dressage rider who
receives the highest average percentage score of all the rides at the NAYRC.
Scoring 68.55% in the Prix St. Georges Freestyle, Labrucherie left no doubt
that she would again be victorious and stand on the top of the medal podium.
She previously captured Gold in 1997 and 1998 on her other horse, Artiste.
Labrucherie now holds the record for most individual Gold Medals won in NAYRC
"This time is the most special for me," Labrucherie, 21, stated of her third
Gold Medal. "I'm just thrilled." Labrucherie and her
Hanoverian/Thoroughbred cross gelding, Picone, train with U.S. Equestrian
Team veteran Debbie McDonald, the 1999 Pan American Games individual and team
Gwen Poulin of Deleon Springs, FL took the Silver Medal after receiving a
score of 67.328% in the Freestyle. "I did not expect to win an individual
medal," she commented, "but I was hoping to!"
The Bronze Medal went to Joanne Chmiel of Northbrook, IL. Chmiel moved up
from fifth place to third overall with a strong performance in the Prix St.
Georges Freestyle. In the Freestyle, she choose a medley of Polish folk
songs that showed off her horse's gaits and personality to the best
advantage. Chmiel's parents are originally from Poland, and her choice of
music "made them very proud" she happily related.
This was the first year that a Prix St. Georges Freestyle was included in the
Dressage Championship. The Prix St. Georges Freestyle was compulsory for the
top 15 competitors after the individual dressage test.
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!"
The CSIOY individual Gold Medal in show jumping was awarded to Lindsay
McLean, while Ricardo Nizri of the Mexico North team and his horse, Inocente,
galloped home with the individual Silver Medal. Jennifer Williams of
Oakland, CA and her mare, Mariska, won the Bronze Medal.
Carly Campell-Cooper and Rex Get Busy of the Ontario team won the individual
CSI-JY competition. Second place went to Kiera Steele from U.S. Zone 9, and
third place to Randy Sherman of U.S. Zone 10.
High Prairie/ACORD Team Challenge
Riding I Believe in Magic, Schoena Townsend won the individual championship
in the High Prairie/ACORD (American Competition Opportunities for Riders with
Disabilities) Team Challenge. Megan Strigh and That's a Rocket finished
second, while Chris Lipe and Halloh were third.
In the team competition, the Gold Medal was taken home by Team Vail. The
Silver Medal went to Team Loveland, while the Bronze Medal was awarded to
The Captain Andrew B. De Szinay Memorial Sportsmanship Trophy
The 2000 Captain Andrew B. De Szinay Memorial Sportsmanship Trophy, known
fondly as the Captain Andy Award', was presented to dressage rider David
Marcus of Lincoln, NE.
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
The 2001 North American young Riders' Championships will be held at Tempel
Farms in Wadsworth, IL.
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represent our country in major international competition, including the
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