Jul 10, 2018

Meet the Teams: NAYC CCI* Junior Eventing Championship

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
William Jarrell and Grey Area. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

This article has been updated to reflect the declared entries that will compete at the 2018 North American Younth Championships.

For the second year in a row, The Event at Rebecca Farm will also host the Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), July 18-22, 2018. The nation’s top junior and young riders will travel to Kalispell, Montana, to vie for team and individual medals at the one-star and two-star levels. This year, eight of the 10 USEA Areas will be represented by competitors in the Junior Eventing Championship. Team and individual riders for each Area will be designated following the first horse inspection.

Without further ado, meet the horses and riders that will compete in the Junior Eventing Championship at the North American Youth Championships at Rebecca Farm.

Area I

  • Sami Crandell and her own Fernhill Chaos (Chacoa x KEC Donna Diamond), a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Crandell and Fernhill Chaos began their partnership at the end of the 2017 season and have never finished outside the top five in a Preliminary level horse trial. They were fifth at the Ocala Horse Properties CCI* in April.
  • India Doyle and Little Oliver (Oliver’s Twist x Little Dyna), her own 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. This pair have been competing at the Preliminary level for the last year and have earned several top five finishes. They also completed the CCI* at Ocala Jockey Club last fall.
  • William Jarrell and Brenda Jarrell’s Grey Area (Accondy x Merry Gypsy), a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Jarrell and Grey Area are returning to NAYC for the second time after competing there in 2017. Most recently, the pair stepped up to the Intermediate level at Ocala International, finishing second.
  • Kanyon Walker and Kenneth Street, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Crystal Class x Pray For Booger) owned by the rider. Walker and Kenneth Street have not finished out of the top 10 at the Preliminary level this spring and most recently completed the CCI* at Ocala International.

Area II

Haley Carspecken and Center Stage. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

  • Macy Beach and Dawn Beach’s 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Chasing Moonlight (Grand Slam x Feminine). Beach and Chasing Moonlight completed both the Carolina International and Fair Hill CIC*s this spring and were fifth at the Virginia Horse Trials CCI* in May.
  • Haley Carspecken and her own Center Stage, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding of unknown breeding. Carspecken and Center Stage were eighth in the Plantation Field CIC* and fifth at the Virginia Horse Trials CCI* last fall. They stepped up to Intermediate this spring, finishing third at both Rocking Horse and Carolina International, and just completed the Fair Hill CIC2*.
  • Katherine Christopher and Frodo of the Shire (Concerto x Bon Mimi), her 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Christopher and Frodo of the Shire have been competing at the Preliminary level since 2016, collecting several wins over the last two years. Last fall they completed the CCI* at Ocala Jockey Club and this spring competed in the Carolina International CIC*.
  • Maia Kantorowski and Kiltubrid Rebel (Cascaletto St. Ghyvan Z x Kiltubrid Heather), her own and Pamela Kantorowski’s 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Kantorowski and Kiltubrid Rebel stepped up to the Preliminary level last summer and have several top five finishes under their belt. They completed the CCI* at Ocala International this spring.
  • Olivia Wall and her own Swedish Warmblood gelding Mandolin R (A-Dur x Maradonna). This pair was most recently fourth in the CCI* at the Virginia Horse Trials and this spring placed second in the Preliminary divisions at both The Fork and Southern Pines.

Area III

Jessie Schwartz and WHF Kitaro. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

  • Leila Saxe and her own Mr. Bojangles (Mystic Replica x Memorial Cap), a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Saxe and Mr. Bojangles moved up to Preliminary at the beginning of 2017 and have earned several top 10 finishes at the level. They were 12th in the Preliminary division at the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships and completed both the Ocala International and Ocala Jockey Club CCI*s.
  • Jessie Schwartz and WHF Kitaro (Healing Thunder x WHF Luna), her own 13-year-old Thoroughbred cross gelding. This pair completed the Hagyard Midsouth CCI* last fall and the Ocala International CCI* this spring and won the Stable View Horse Trials Preliminary division in January.
  • Grace Smith and her own 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Sir Saulsford Nazar (Nazar x Ballydarton). Smith and Sir Sualsford Nazar completed the Virginia Horse Trials CCI* and Ocala Jockey Club CCI* in 2017 and were most recently fifth in the Preliminary at Chattahoochee Hills.
  • Ryan Wood and her own Galway Blazer, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding of unknown breeding. Wood and Galway Blazer finished in the top five at their three Preliminary level outings this spring and most recently completed the CCI* at Ocala International.

Area IV

Caitlyn Ruud and Light Speed Equestrian LLC’s Up to You De Lorage. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

  • Grace Peters and her own Whynot Glen (Glenlara x Rynot), a 13-year-old Irish Draught Sporthorse gelding. Peters and Whynot Glen only have two starts this spring but finished in the top five both times. They were fourth in the Preliminary at Texas Rose Horse Park in March and fifth at the CCI* in May.
  • Caitlyn Ruud and Light Speed Equestrian LLC’s Up to You De Lorage (Mylord Carthago*Hn x Mirande de Saunoir). Ruud and the 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding were eight at both the CIC* at Red Hills International and Carolina International in March and 13th at the Ocala International CCI* in April. They most recently were fifth in the Preliminary at Essex.

Area V

McKinsey Wickman and Dassett Profile. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

  • Georgia Dillard and her own Galileo WP (Ustinov x Alexia), a 7-year-old KWPN gelding. Dillard and Galileo WP were second in the CCI* at the Virginia Horse Trials last fall and fourth in the CCI* at Texas Rose Horse Park in May. Most recently they finished third in the Preliminary at Chattahoochee Hills.
  • Georgia Phillips and Menue Rendezvous, her own and Genna Phillips’ 7-year-old Thoroughbred mare of unknown breeding. This pair finished eighth at the Virginia Horse Trials CCI* this spring and have several top five finishes at the Preliminary level from the 2018 season.
  • McKinsey Wickman and Dassett Profile, her own 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Crosstown Dancer x Edergole Ellen). Wickman and Dassett Profile competed at the 2017 NAJYRC and are the only other competitor returning to compete in the CCI* this year. In the last year, they have earned three Preliminary level wins and completed the Ocala Jockey Club CCI*, the Carolina International CIC*, and The Fork CIC*.
  • Annah Yoder and Ern More Cash, her own 15-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse gelding (Ernwells King x January Wind). Yoder and Ern More Cash completed the CCI*s at the Virginia Horse Trials and Rebecca Farm in 2017 and finished fifth in their most recent start at the Preliminary level.

Area VI

Rachael McGregor and Catch Me If You Can IV. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

  • Brianna Maroney and Kaala Jaadu, her own 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred gelding (Titan x Rambler). Maroney and Kaala Jaadu were second in the Fresno County Horse Park CIC* in February and 11th in the Twin Rivers CCI* in April in addition to two Preliminary level top 10 finishes this spring.
  • Rachael McGregor and Catch Me If You Can IV (Libra K x Lizzy). McGregor and her 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding were second in the Preliminary division at Rebecca Farm last summer and completed both the Woodside CIC* and Galway Downs CCI* last fall. The pair also earned a top five finish at Twin Rivers in April.
  • Kaitlin Vosseller and her own Clear Approval, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding out of All Best Wishes. Vosseller and Clear Approval were ninth in the Twin Rivers CCI* in April and seventh in the CIC* at Fresno County Horse Park in February. They also picked up top five finishes at Copper Meadows and Twin Rivers in the last year.

Area VII

Harper Click and Rubia. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

  • Harper Click and Amy Click’s Rubia (Romantic Star x Pik Abou), a 9-year-old Oldenburg mare. Click and Rubia won the CIC* at Galway Downs in March and were seventh in the Twin Rivers CCI* in April and the CIC* at Aspen Farms last month. Since their partnership began last fall, they also picked up wins in the Preliminary divisions at Galway Downs and Copper Meadows.
  • Callia Englund and Xyder (D D D-Cromwell Prince 2 x Cosyland Star Kandi), her own and Michelle Drewien’s 8-year-old Canadian gelding. This pair moved up to Preliminary last fall and have picked up several top 10 finishes, including sixth place in the CCI* at Twin Rivers and eighth place in the CIC* at Aspen Farms.
  • Isabella Gunningham and Calicool (Calido I x Michelle), her own 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Gunningham and Calicool finished in the top five at Woodside last fall and Rocking Horse this spring and also completed the Carolina International CIC*, the Ocala International CCI*, and the Aspen Farms CIC*.


Blake Park and Factor Five. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

  • Blake Park and Factor Five (Mokieba x Solomay), Tonya Park’s 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Area VIII’s sole representative pair were 12th in the CCI* at the Virginia Horse Trials earlier this spring and were fifth in the Preliminary at River Glen in April.
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