The CCIY3*-S was a small division, but the excitement was still large in the team competition. Area I/II dominated after both dressage and cross-country and had a nice lead heading into today’s show jumping finale, but when team member Megan Loughnane had to withdraw her horse Linford before the second horse inspection this morning, it dropped the team all the way down to bronze medal position. Area IV/VIII were now in the lead with Area III/VII hot on their heels.
It’s hard not to get emotional and be excited for Area VIII who just rose to the occasion to claim team gold in the 2019 Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC) in the CCIJ2*-L. Watching their team supporting each other, their coaches and Chef d’Equipe’s shedding tears of joy, and the endless hugs and high-fives all around, one cannot help but to be filled with joy just by being in their presence.
Fifty horses move forward in the Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC) after the final horse inspection this morning. Both the CCIJ2*-L and the CCIY3*-S divisions completed Ian Stark’s cross-country courses yesterday, with 52 horses galloping through the finish flags.
Charlotte Babbitt held both individual and team gold medal positions with Area VI after dressage in the CCIJ2*-L at the Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC), but things began to shake up once cross-country began today. Being one of the last riders to head out on course today, Babbitt watched her leading team start to crumble.
When overnight leader William Kidwell set out on Ian Stark’s CCIY3*-L cross-country course this morning, he knew it was going to be a forward, galloping track, but then he quickly realized Stark had setup some tricky questions that made him sit back and respect the combinations a bit more.
Area VI stormed into the arena today in the Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC), demanding all eyes on them. Forty-eight horses representing all 10 USEA Areas as well as two Canadian teams dazzled the judges in the CCIJ2*-L at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont., but Area VI declared that they came with one main objective: to win gold. The team finished the day with an impressive cumulative score of 76.2, holding an 11.6 point margin ahead of the second-place team.
The North American Young Riders Championships was a fun and exciting competition, extremely well organized and well attended. The competition has grown considerably since its inception in 1981, and this year's Event seemed to run quite smoothly.
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.
It’s been called the field of dreams and for many just getting to attend The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana is a dream come true. As has become tradition The Event filled completely on opening day with a robust waitlist which will surely make 2019 another stellar year of competition.
This year, all 10 USEA Areas are sending representatives to the Adequan North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North at Rebecca Farm to vie for top honors at the CCIJ2*-L Junior Team Championships. Final team and individual riders will be announced after the first horse inspection.