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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Any riding exercise is about the art of the possible. This is especially true with jumping exercises, when a step too far will compromise safety. Exercises and a method should be developed progressively that build confidence and competence for both horse and rider, and in particular also allows room for error.
In the show jumping phase, where a ribbon can be won or lost based on a fraction of a second, it is important to understand the rules that determine how time is kept. After reviewing the rules concerning time and other show jumping penalties, one should also examine the rules that outline the faults incurred for each of the different types of penalties.
Sue Ockendon, organizer of the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event and the FEI Eventing Nations Cup announced today that the event has decided to consider dates further along the calendar. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for Bromont to confirm that it would be possible for competitors to travel on August 15-18.
There were 14 USEA recognized events that took place in June, the first month back from the suspension of the eventing calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no one finished with a score in the teens, Erin Walker and Zydeco Nights came very close. By finishing on a score of 20.0, Walker and Zydeco Nights won the Novice Rider division at the Chattahoochee Hills H.T. on Sunday, June 28.