This article has been updated to reflect the declared entries that will compete at the 2018 North American Youth 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, riders from five of the 10 USEA Areas and Canada will compete in the CICOY2*. Definite entries will be declared later this week and the 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 CICOY2* at the North American Youth Championships at Rebecca Farm.
Katie Lichten and RF Luminati (Cranach x Concha), Harold Lichten’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, and Sapphire Blue (Heritage Fortunus x Lucy Blue), her own 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Katie and RF Luminati were seventh in the NAJYRC CCI* division in 2016 and stepped up to Intermediate in the spring of 2017, earning several top 10 finishes. This spring they were sixth the CIC2* at Pine Top and completed the CIC2* at Jersey Fresh. Sapphire Blue moved up to Intermediate this spring, placing eighth at Fair Hill and completing the CIC2* at Jersey Fresh.
Madeline Lichten and Yarrow (Yvari x Amelia II), her own 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding. Madeline and Yarrow first stepped up to Intermediate in the spring of 2017 and have several top three finishes at the level. Most recently they were 14th in the CIC2* at Virginia.
Alexa Lapp and Cambalda. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Olivia Dutton and the Mr. Medicott Syndicate’s 19-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Mr. Medicott (Cruising x Slieveluachra). Olivia took over the ride on Mr. Medicott from her father Phillip Dutton in the summer of 2017 and moved up to Intermediate in the spring of 2018. They placed ninth at Carolina International and completed the Jersey Fresh CIC2* in May.
Ryan Keefe and Flintstar (Zabalu x Croftlea Firequeen), Rumsey Keefe’s 18-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. As a pair, Keefe and Flintstar have never placed outside the top 10 at any level and have been inside the top five at every event this year, including second place in the Fair Hill International CIC2*.
Alexa Lapp and and Cambalda (Balda Beau x Cathy’s Lady), Nina Gardner’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Lapp took over the ride on Cambalda from Jennie Brannigan this spring, picking up second place in the Intermediate at Carolina International, 12th at Fair Hill, and third in the CIC2* at Jersey Fresh.
Tayler Stewart and her own and Tyler Stewart’s 15-year-old Westphalian gelding Ideal Contini (Contini x Riviera Wonder). Stewart and Ideal Contini stepped up to Advanced this spring, placing 13th in their first attempt at the level at Pine Top. They were sixth at The Fork CIC2*, first in the Intermediate at Plantation, and most recently completed the Jersey Fresh CIC3*.
Greta Schwickert and Matchless. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Greta Schwickert and Matchless (Lemon Drop Kid x Literary Legend), her own 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Schwickert and Matchelss earned several top placings at the Intermediate in 2017, including seventh at the Poplar Place CIC2*, and this year were fifth in the Intermediate at Pine Top in February and sixth in the Bromont CIC2* in June. Schwickert will also ride Charles Owen (Cassini II x Just In Time), the 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding she owns with Jane and Kent Schwickert. The pair were ninth in the CIC2* at Fair Hill and 10th in the CIC2* at The Fork earlier this year.
Sophie Tice and Mojo. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.
Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima (Limmerick I x Briza), her own 11-year-old Holsteiner mare. Hogan and Clarissa Purisima won individual bronze and team gold at the 2017 NAJYRC at the one-star level and are back this year to contest the two-star. Since their move-up to Intermediate last summer, they have not placed outside the top 10, including fifth in the CIC2* at Galway Downs and second in the CCI2* at Twin Rivers.
Kaley Sapper and her own Tuscan Sun (Midnight Royalty x C Alyssa), a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. This pair competed individually for Area VI at the 2017 NAJYRC CCI*. This spring they were 14th in the CIC2* at Galway Downs.
Lisa Takada and Wishbone (Luganda x Predictablemary), her 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Takada and Wishbone’s partnership is just a year old, but they have several Intermediate completions under their belt and most recently finished second in the CIC2* at Aspen Farms.
Madison Temkin and Dr. Hart (Skimming x Moving Memo), her 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Temkin has produced Dr. Hart up the levels and they stepped up to Intermediate last fall. They were seventh in the CIC2* at Fresno Conuty Horse Park in February and second at the CIC2* at Galway Downs in March. Temkin has represented Area VI at two previous NAJYRC competitions, finishing fifth individually in the CCI* in 2015 and fourth individually in the CIC2* in 2017.
Sophie Tice and James Alliston and India McEvoy’s 16-year-old Thoroughbred Mojo (Private Talk x Meaux). Tice and Mojo were on the bronze medal Area VI team at last year’s NAJYRC and are back this year to compete in the two-star. They won the Intermediate at Woodside last fall and were 13th in the CIC2* at Galway Downs this past March.
Delaney Vaden and her own RedRox Jazzman (Budlite x Jiwani Dancer), a 14-year-old American Warmblood gelding. Vaden and RedRox Jazzman competed at both the 2016 and 2017 NAJYRC, where they were eighth individually in the CCI*. Last fall they completed the Fair Hill International CCI2* and this spring they competed in the CIC2* at Galway Downs, where they finished 12th, Jersey Fresh International, and the CCI2* at Bromont.
Heather Jane Morris and Jos Ufo de Quidam. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz (OBOS Quality x Rocklea), Altorac Farm’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, and Mr. Candyman (Canto 16 x Montara), Altorac Farms’ 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Baugh and Ballingowan Pizzaz were second individually in the CCI* at NAJYRC last summer and picked up wins in the CIC2* at Virginia last fall and The Fork this spring. Baugh and Mr. Candyman have been partnered together since January and placed ninth in the CIC* at Carolina International, fourth in the Intermediate at The Fork, and 11th in the CIC2* at Virginia.
Heather Morris and Jos Ufo de Quidam (Lobby Des Fortes x Remonta Guinea), her own 10-year-old Argentine Silla gelding. Morris and Jos Ufo de Quidam represented Area V at the 2016 NAJYRC and moved up to Intermediate this spring. They were third in the Intermediate at Ocala Horse Properties in March, won the Intermediate at Rocking Horse that same month, and completed the Ocala International CCI* and Jersey Fresh CIC2*.
Tosca Holmes-Smith and Tom Riddle (Towkay x D'Pix), Ali Holmes-Smith's 12-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding. Holmes-Smith and Tom Riddle were sixth in the CIC2* at Woodside last fall and earned several top finishes at the Intermediate level in 2017, inclding third at Rebecca Farm and fifth in the Area VII Intermediate Championship at Aspen Farms.
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