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US Zone 2 Takes Show Jumping Team Gold Medal at the North American Young Riders’ Championships Presented by State LineTack

Old Mill Creek, IL – August 9, 2002 –The show jumping riders from US Zone 2 snagged the Team Gold Medal with a faultless performance in a tiebreaking jump-off in one of the most exciting competitions in the history of the North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC), presented by State Line Tack, on Friday at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL.

An unprecedented jump-off for the gold medal caught the riders of Ontario and Zone 2 by surprise as no one expected a tie following the two round Nations’ Cup format. The jump-off became necessary when each team totaled 25 faults. The four riders of the Gold Medal Team in order of appearance were Kristy McCormack and Marga; Vanessa Stevenson and Galiana; Michelle Pia and Mable and Georgina Bloomberg and Riviera. Bloomberg was the anchor in the pressure cooker situation, but seemed to take it all in stride.

“There was a lot of pressure,” said Bloomberg. “It’s also a compliment because it means someone believes in you enough to come through. It makes you determined to do well. We all worked very hard to win.”

The silver medal team from Ontario was impressive with only eight jump-off faults and consisted of Carly Campbell Cooper and Rex Get Busy; Elliott Stone and Freestyle and Rebecca Irvine and Quincy.

The top twenty riders move on to the final round of Show Jumping for the Individual Medals on Sunday. Scores from the first qualifier on Thursday and the two rounds from Friday determine the placings.

Show Jumping was not the only competition going on. In the CCI** Eventing division, Team Brazil took the lead following dressage with 182.41 penalties. The enthusiastic team consisted of Ricky Candi riding Justiceiro, Rafael Mauridio Gouveia, Jr. on Ava, Paulo Eduardo Limongi Pacheco on Planetarius J. Men and Jesper Sigfrid Martendal aboard Nijord.

In the Dressage Championship, the top 25 competed in the Grand Prix Special test to qualify for the Individual Final on Sunday. Jacqueline Paxton and Sangmelima once again surpassed her personal best receiving 70.737% giving her a two day total of 140.840 to firmly place them in the lead going into the Freestyle competition that will feature the top fifteen. Lindsey Anderson and Intrepid are in second with a combined score of 132.635% and Christiana Beal on Artiste with a combined score of 130.436%.

The Mills Team Challenge, a dressage competition for young riders with physical disabilities who range from 16-25 years of age, also began on Friday. After the first day, Keith Newerla with a very impressive score of 68.788% on Atticus took the lead and Rebecca Hart and Miss Jane Marple took second with a score of 68.000%. The Mills team challenge, run under the auspices of the by the National Disabilities Sports Alliance (NDSA), continues Saturday with the musical Freestyle.

The NAYRC is the premier competition for young riders in the three Olympic disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and three-day eventing. Riders, ages 16 through 21 are eligible to compete in this USA Junior Olympic – Equestrian event.

The North American Young Riders’ Championships began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada in Jokers Hill, Ontario. Canada swept all three team medals in the competition that was then known as the North American Junior Team Championships. A dressage championship was added in 1981, and since that year the Championships have been recognized by the FEI and are conducted in accordance with FEI General Regulations. Show jumping made its’ debut in 1982 in British Columbia, when the first complete Championships were held. In 1985, the competition landed at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, Illinois, setting the stage for their continuing support of the Championships.

NAYRC competition continues through Sunday. Admission is $7.00 a day. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available at the gate. For further information, please call (847) 244-9207.


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