Following the cancellation of key qualifying competitions due to COVID-19, the US Equestrian Board of Directors has unanimously approved a resolution to cancel the 2020 Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC) for Eventing CCIJ2*-L and CCIOY3*-S, which had been scheduled for July 23-26 at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana.
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This has been a difficult decision, but with the current pandemic situation at hand, we feel that this is the correct and ‘common sense’ direction to take. We are developing a plan to host a shorter, smaller, and more focused competition. We will be using state and local protocols to help guide us through this. Safety is paramount at Rebecca Farm, for both equine and human participants.
Two years ago, the USEA announced the selection of the Kentucky Horse Park as the 2019 and 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) host site. The partnership was contracted between the USEA and Equestrian Events, Inc. (EE) and Mary Fike, with the option to add a third year should the partnership mutually agree to it.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to announce the continued partnership with Rebecca Farm. Rebecca Farm is coming back as a Gold Level Sponsor of the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention and will be the exclusive sponsor for the Annual Meeting continental breakfast.
“It’s been a long ride for me, and a long ride for her,” Jennie Brannigan said after she clinched the win in the CCI4*-L at Rebecca Farm with the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, Stella Artois. Brannigan suffered injury from a fall this spring, which threw a wrench in her competition schedule, so she wasn’t sure if a CCI4*-L competition was in the cards for her this summer.
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.
The Hylofit USEA Classic Series divisions tackled show jumping under the big Montana sky today at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell. Seventy-nine riders competed across the Novice and Trianing level Classic Series divisions to experience the classic long format of eventing.