Sixty-one horses were presented and accepted at the first horse inspection today at the Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC). This is the third consecutive year the NAYC has been held at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. and the first time in a long time that all 10 USEA Areas have been represented. Canada also has a presence at the NAYC this year with riders from Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.
The CCIJ2*-L has eight U.S. teams competing from all 10 USEA Areas and two Canadian teams, totaling 48 horses, while the CCIY3*-S has 13 pairs competing all on scramble teams. The NAYC ground jury of Mark Weissbecker and Peter Gray sent Sofie Harangozo’s CCIJ2*-L mount Rain Dancer, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Ruffian x Lady Logan) owned by Cynthia McNemar to the hold box, but then accepted him upon reinspection. Tosca Holmes-Smith’s CCIY3*-S mount Tom Riddle (Towkay x D’pix), a 13-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding owned by Ali Holmes-Smith was also sent to the holding box and then accepted after a second look.
All of the horses will now move onto dressage with the CCIY3*-S kicking off tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. (MT) and the CCIJ2*-L will enter the arena Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. (MT).
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Regardless of the level at which a horse is competing, its veterinary team is at the forefront of most decisions regarding its career and well-being. Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, has been working with equine athletes for over two decades. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2001, she worked in private practice with a focus on sports medicine and pre-purchase exams until joining Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Field Service team in 2013. Situated in the heart of Area II’s eventing scene, the team provides ambulatory services to the surrounding area, which is home to multiple Olympians.
US Equestrian (USEF) announces the appointment of David O’Connor to the newly created position of Chief of Sport beginning October 3, 2022.
Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington was host to this year’s USEA Area VII Championships on September 16-18 and put on a spectacular show where 10 horse and rider pairs celebrated victory by being awarded the title of Area VII Champion in their respective divisions. Hear about each pair’s weekend below.
A double clear cross-country round propelled Rebecca Braitling and Arnell Sporthorses' 11-year-old British Sport Horse gelding Caravaggio II (Vangelis-S x Courtesan) to their first blue ribbon together in the CCI4*-Short, and Haley Turner and her own 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Shadow Inspector (Tinaranas Inspector x Caragh Roller) continued their run of sub-30 dressage tests to win the CCI3*-Short at the 2022 Twin Rivers Fall International in Paso Robles, California.