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.
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Land Rover/USEF and USET Foundation eventing competition grants for the Millstreet International Horse Trials CCI3*, August 23-27 in Cork, Ireland; Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI4*, August 31 – September 3 in Stamford, England; Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3*, September 13-17 in Woodstock, England; Military Boekelo-Enschede CCIO3*, October 5-8 in Boekelo, The Netherlands; and Etoiles de Pau CCI3*, October 25-29 in Pau, France.
The following athletes have received Grants for the autumn 2017 competition season.
Ian Stark has been designing the courses at Rebecca Farm since 2011 and each year he has expanded, innovated, and created breathtaking courses. Stark is quick to give credit to course builder, Bert Wood for his fantastic carpentry skills and creativity. Since Wood has recently earned his course design license he is now designing alongside Stark through the one-star level.
The Bucks County Horse Park Horse Trials, located in Revere, Pennsylvania (Area II), hosts two recognized events a year, in June and September, in addition to numerous other equestrian events for a variety of disciplines. Entries for their September Horse Trials open next Tuesday, July 25, where they are offering Beginner Novice through Preliminary/Training divisions.
It was a full day of veterinary inspections at The Event at Rebecca Farm starting with the USEA Classic Series Novice and Training Three-Days at 10:00 a.m. and running all the way through the CCI3* at 3:00 p.m.
In the final two divisions of the day, the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and the CCI3*, the Ground Jury members were keeping the hold box full as three (Ashlyn Dorsey and RF Kinetic, Clara Cargile and White Indian and Allison Sparks and Mystic Mojo) of the 14 CIC3* pairs and two (Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy) of the eight CCI3* pairs were sent to the hold. At the end of the day all horses who were presented to the Ground Jury in the two three-star divisions passed and will move on to dressage.
All but one of the 54 horses presented to the Ground Jury of Wayne Quarles (USA), Nikki Hebert (GB), and Helen Christie (NZL) this afternoon at the 2017 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) will continue to compete after the first horse inspection.
Big sky Montana is the perfect setting for NAJYRC at the beautiful Rebecca Farm in Kalispell. Teamwork and camaraderie were prevalent at today’s first horse inspection with lots of smiling faces, sharp coordinated team outfits, and lots of helping hands to ensure the horses were properly looked after. Hugs, high-fives and group cheers were seen and heard as teams were accepted, and enthusiasm filled the mountain air.