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.
Three horses, Emily Thompson’s Paddington (CAN), Mikensey Johansen’s Grey Prince (Area III), and Magdalena Valenti’s Romolo’s Friar (Area III), were sent to the hold box. Romolo's Friar pulled a shoe prior to the jog and was sent to the hold box where Valenti ultimately elected to withdraw sadly ending their weekend early. Both Paddington and Grey Prince were accepted after representing.
Thirty-five horses move forward in the CH-J* and 18 horses will continue in the CICOY2*. Dressage gets underway tomorrow for the CH-J* at 8:30 a.m. (MST), and the CICOY2* will head into the dressage arena on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.
For other helpful links, read the USEA article, Rebecca Farm Fast Facts.
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This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).