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It was the scramble team of Area I/IV that took home the gold medal in the CICOY2* at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. Finishing on a cumulative score of 198, the Area I/IV Team reached a whopping 17.8 lead over silver medal team, Area VII, who finished on a 215.8.
After Emily Thompson withdrew her 12-year-old Connemara gelding Paddington (Yavari x Glen Abbey) before show jumping, and the other three members of the team took down rails, overnight leading team Canada dropped two podium places to end up taking home the bronze medal instead.
Chris Barnard’s show jumping course shook up the CH-J* leaderboard today at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. In the end, Area VI came out on top as the 2017 NAJYRC CH-J* Champions after laying down a couple double clear rounds, cumulating a final team score of 161.6.
When overnight leaders Area I fell down to fourth place position after dropping numerous rails, Area II was able to move up to take home silver after putting in three clear rounds on a final score of 164.1. Canada, who sat in second place position overnight, had no room for error today, but unfortunately the team pulled some rails, knocking them down a podium position to take home the bronze medal on a 165.2.
There was a moment of tension in the final veterinary inspection of the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships when overnight second-placed CH-J* horse, Indie, was sent to the hold box, but upon reinspection he was accepted and will move forward to show jumping with Sloane Pierpont representing Area II.
Mojo (ridden by Sophie Tice) for Area VI was also sent to the hold box, but passed upon reinspection.
In the CICOY2*, Emily Thompson’s Canadian Team mount Paddington was held, but was also accepted after his second presentation to the Ground Jury.
Tamra Smith rode Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal clear around the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* cross-country track with 10.4 time faults, and still managed to maintain their overnight lead. The 8-year-old Holsteiner mare by Riverman and out of Marisol had scored a 42.6 in dressage yesterday, claiming an eight point lead over the second-placed pair, so she had some room to spare, and Smith chose to run the horse a bit slow and take her time on course today.
The USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event divisions wrapped up with show jumping today at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. The USEA Classic Series offers competitors the opportunity to compete in the traditional long-format of three-day-eventing, and The Event at Rebecca Farm hosts Novice and Training Three-Day divisions, allowing a unique experience for competitors.
When overnight leaders, Area V, didn’t have their first two riders finish the cross-country course the field was wide open for the other six teams to move up the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships CH-J* leaderboard.
Together all four of the Area I riders added only 3.2 time penalties to their team dressage score which enabled them to move into gold medal position. As the reigning gold medal team, the Area is out to defend their title so will be looking for all clear show jumping rounds since they only have a a rail in hand over second-placed Canada. The team from Area VI rounds out the team standings on a 157.6.
Team Canada held onto their lead in the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) CICOY2* after cross-country today. Three of the four team riders jumped around clear with just a bit of time against them, and only one had trouble on course with jumping penalties, for a cumulative team score of 180.8.
“I am pretty proud of the girls, and they did a great job,” stated Penny Rowland, Team Canada Chef d’Equipe. “They all supported each other, and we all got great feedback from each other as they came back from the course. This event is just amazing, and we owe a huge thank you to the Broussard family for hosting us.”
Best friends, business partners, supporters and coaches – Tamra Smith and Heather Morris wear many hats together including topping the three-star divisions at The Event at Rebecca Farm following dressage day today. Both Smith and Morris were the only three-star riders to earn scores in the 40s from the Ground Jury of Christian Landolt, Robert Stevenson and Helen Brettell.
While the two are in different divisions this weekend, that often isn’t the case and the fiercely competitive duo don’t mind going head-to-head. “I feel like I’m competing against myself,” explained Smith. “I don’t feel like I’m competing against Heather – the best one wins that day. If I don’t win, I want her to win and vice versa. There’s no rivalry at all. It’s very cohesive.”
The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. is host to many USEA programs, including Young Event Horse (YEH), Future Event Horse (FEH), Classic Series, Charles Owen Technical Merit Award, Young Riders (NAJYRC), and more. The USEA Classic Series offers competitors the opportunity to compete in the traditional long-format of three-day-eventing at the Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels. The Event at Rebecca Farm hosts Novice- and Training-Three-Day divisions, allowing competitors the experience the thrill of the ‘chase.
There are five teams competing for a chance to be named as the top Young Riders in North America, and it is Team Canada who has claimed the early lead in the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships CICOY2*. With a combined score of 158.4 they have a 3.6 lead over the hometown team of Area VII. The combined team of Area I/IV is on a 173.6 for third.
The FEI General Assembly last year approved major changes to the Olympic format for eventing, including limiting nations to a three-member team with no drop score. Tune in to hear from the current chair of the FEI Eventing Committee, Giuseppe della Chiesa, on these changes and their intended effects on Olympic participation in eventing from countries around the world. Then, listen to David O’Connor, who has begun his campaign to be elected as the next FEI Eventing Committee Chair, as he discusses his global vision for the sport of eventing and how the sport might continue to grow around the world.
The long road to Montana was conquered, jogs were passed and teams were selected so competition could officially get underway at the 2017 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) with dressage. Thirty-five horses entered the arena today, representing seven teams from the United States and Canada in the CH-J* at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont.