This article is based on the nominated entry list released by the USEF and is not a reflection of final team selections.
The Event at Rebecca Farm has played host to the Adequan North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North (NAYC) for the last two years and will do so for the third year running on July 24-28, 2019. The country's top junior and young riders will compete for team and individual medals at the CCI2*-L and CCI3*-S levels in breathtaking Kalispell, Montana. This year, six USEA Areas are sending representatives to vie for top honors at the CCIY3*-S Young Rider Team Championships. Final team and individual riders will be announced after the first horse inspection.
Without further ado, meet the horses and riders who have been nominated for the CCIY3*-S at the North American Youth Championships at Rebecca Farm.
Madeline Lichten and Yarrow (Yvari x Amelia II), her own 12-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding. Madeline and Yarrow have been named to the Area I Young Rider team twice before in 2016 and 2018. This spring they were fifth in the CCI3*-S at The Fork, fourth in the Intermediate at Carolina International, and sixth in the Intermediate at Waredaca.
Katie Lichten and RF Luminati (Cranach x Concha), Harold Lichten’s 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, or Sapphire Blue B (Heritage Fortunus x Lucy Blue), her own 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Katie and RF Luminati have been named to three Young Rider teams in 2015, 2016, and 2018, each time with a top-15 finish. They were third in the CCI3*-S at The Fork this spring and won the Intermediates at Carolina International and Pine Top. Together with Sapphire Blue B, Katie represented Area I in 2018 in the CICOY2*, finishing 13th. The gelding has been campaigned by Allison Springer for the last eight months.
Sami Crandell and her own 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Fernhill Chaos (Chacoa x KEC Donna Diamond). Crandell and Fernhill Chaos were on the Area I CCIJ* team in 2018 where they finished 14th. They moved up to Intermediate this spring and were fourth at Ocala and Chattahoochee Hills and then ninth in the CCI3*-L at Bromont.
Alexa Gartenberg and her own 14-year-old Rheinlander gelding Louis M (Lissabon 29 x Angelique M). The pair have been partnered together since the fall of 2018 and recently finished 16th in the CCI3*-S at Bromont in Canada and had a top-20 finish in the CCI3*-S at the Maryland International.
Meghan Loughnane and Linford (Landos x Napoline), her 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Loughnane and Linford rose up the levels together, starting at Training in 2015, and represented Area II at the NAJYRC CCIJ* in 2017, finishing sixth. In their CCI3*-S debut at Carolina International, they earned a top-20 finish.
Grace Smith and her own Sir Saulsford Nazar (Nazar x Ballydarton), a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Smith and Sir Saulsford Nazar were on the Area III Young Rider team in 2018, competing in the CCIJ* at NAYC. They were sixth in their first Intermediate at Pine Top in February and were 12th in the CCI3*-S at Virginia in May.
William Kidwell and Tremolo
(Sempatico x Avalo’s Rhapsody), Michelle Donlick's 14-year-old KWPN gelding. Kidwell and Tremolo began their partnership at Training level last June and have quickly risen up the levels to Intermediate with several top-three finishes at Training and Preliminary. They were seventh in the CCI3*-S at Jersey Fresh in May.
Ivie Cullen-Dean and Michael Dean’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Fernhill Full Throttle (Cyrano x Euro Glory). Cullen-Dean and Fernhill Full Throttle partnered up at the beginning of the 2019 season and have several top-three finishes, including a win in the Intermediate at Chattahoochee Hills and third place in the CCI3*-S at Virginia.
Emma Fettig and her own and Sherry and Elizabeth Fettig’s 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Spanning the Globe (Greenwood Lake x Shock Me Forever). Fettig and Spanning the Globe are longtime partners who moved up the levels together. They won the Intermediate at River Glen in April and were fourth in the CCI3-S there in June.
Greta Schwickert and Charles Owen (Cassini II x Just In Time), her own and Jane and Kent Schwickert’s 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding. The pair began their partnership in 2017 at Training level and amassed several top-three finishes at the Preliminary level in 2018. This year they were second in the Intermediate at Pine Top and second in the CCI2*-S at Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T.
Sophie Click and her own Quidproquo (Quidado x Waleila), an 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Click and Quidproquo first competed together in the summer of 2018 and this year were ninth in the Intermediate at Galway Downs and 10th in the CCI3*-S at Aspen Farms.
Heather Morris and Jos UFO de Quidam (Lobby des Fortes x Remonta Guinea), her 11-year-old Argentine Silla gelding. This pair competed at both the 2016 and 2018 NAYC, placing fifth in the CICOY2* in 2018. They’re back again this year in the CCI3Y*-S after a fifth-place finish in the Chattahoochee Hills CCI3*-S and an eighth-place finish in the Jersey Fresh International CCI3*-L.
Cosby Green and Edie and Clay Green’s 12-year-old Selle Francais mare Takine de la Barbais (Mylord Carthago *HN x Taquine Rouge). This spring, Green and Takine de la Barbais were seventh in the Intermediate at Rocking Horse, fifth in the Intermediate at Ocala, and completed the CCI3*-S at Jersey Fresh International.
Ninety percent of training a horse is getting the horse to understand exactly what you want them to do. In general, horses are generous and willing creatures who want to please us; very seldom do they behave badly on purpose. Horses don’t come out and say, ‘Let’s make Mom’s (or Dad’s) life miserable today by going as poorly as possible - most prefer to do the right thing, as long as they know what that is.
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.
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.
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