Crowned at the North American Young Riders Championships
Presented by State Line Tack
Mill Creek, IL August 11, 2002 Jacqueline Paxton 21,
of Cincinnati, OH, Cayce Harrison, 18, of Burridge, IL and Brittany
Kart, 18, of Atlanta, GA, won individual gold medals at the 2002
North American Young Riders Championships (NAYRC), presented
by State Line Tack, at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL on Sunday.
the Dressage division, Paxton, riding for US Region 2, led throughout
the competition and received a 71.200%, her best score ever, to
win Sundays culminating Freestyle Championship and clinch
the Gold Medal with a three-round score of 212.040. Paxton could
not believe her good fortune.
cant believe I did it again, said Paxton of her high
score. I am really happy with the way things went, I am so
Webb, 19, of Region 7, moved up from fourth on the final day to
win the silver medal on Hugo with an overall score of 197.800. The
bronze medal went to Lindsey Anderson of Region 6 riding Intrepid
with an overall score of 197.560.
a nailbiting fight to the finish, Cayce Harrison of US Zone 5 won
the individual gold medal in the Show Jumping Championship with
the only double clear rounds of the day for an overall score of
10.81 faults. Going last and with not even a time fault in hand,
Harrison was extremely nervous.
was so nervous, said Harrison. I never had been in that
position before, knowing that I had to go clean to win. I knew my
horse could do it because he is amazing.
silver medal went to Andrew Ramsay and Lisa of US Zone 10. Ramsay
went clear in the second round, but had eight costly faults in the
first that put him in second with an overall score of 11.26 faults.
The bronze medal was won by Catherine Boettcher and Cordelia B,
also of Zone 10, with a final score of 17.25 faults.
the eventing championship, Brittany Kart of US Area 3/4/7 remained
on top although she knocked down a rail in Stadium Jumping, still
capturing the gold medal riding Semper Fidelis with a score of 60.00
was great, said Kart. I knew I had a couple of rails
in hand going into stadium jumping, but I was still extremely nervous.
Last year was a good experience, but this year was even better.
Hansel of US Area 1/5 won the silver with 63.80 penalties and Katie
Evans of CAN - Ontario received the bronze with the score of 66.40
penalties aboard Forest Glen.
the CCI** team championship, the medal race was extremely close
with the Team from US Area 2 snagging the gold by less than one
penalty to win with an overall score of 237.82 penalties. The four
riders on the team champions were Stephanie Butts aboard Bungee,
Kathleen Dingus and Springcroft tia Maria, Erin Freedman on Captain
Hook and Maisy Grassie riding Heyday.
silver medal team of US Area 1/5 had 238.80 penalties. The team
included Sara Hansel on G & R, Prudence Ruzicka and Giselle,
Julian Stiller riding Market Mover and Meredith Robins aboard Kid
spirited team from Brazil won the bronze with a score of 264.02
penalties. The four from South America were Ricky Candi and Justiceiro,
Rafael Mauridio Gouveia, Jr. riding Ava, Paulo Eduardo Limongi Pacheco
on Planetarius J. Men and Jesper Sigfrid martendal aboard Nijord.
the CCI*, the Team gold medal went to US Area 1 with a score of
159.97. Courtenay Brines on Which Ones That, Alexandra Small
and Azlan, Hillary Moses on Madox and Charlotte Merle-Smith riding
Sportsfield Twist made up the winning team.
silver medal went to US Area 3 with Rebecca Huy riding Fancy Solo
Flight, Megan McGregor on Sunday Surprise, Andrea Leatherman on
Yoshi and Elizabeth B. Barron aboard Cornas Courageous with
a score of 173.55. The US Area 2 team took the bronze with Lucia
Strini and Stella, Valerie Vizcarrando on Bumbershoot, Jennifer
Morse and Mt. Colebrook and Daniel Clasing and Yardley with a score
in the CCI* Young Rider division, Charlotte Merle-Smith of US Area
1 stayed on top to win the gold medal going clean in cross-country
and in stadium jumping with a score of 42.18 penalties. Ashely Dalton
took the silver with 50.97 penalties and Alexandra Small received
the bronze with a score of 53.79 penalties.
the CCI* Junior division, Jessica Pye clinched the gold medal riding
Carte Blanche with a clean Stadium Jumping round to finish with
a score of 54.14 penalties. Rachel Zoller and Ben Starr took the
silver with a score of 54.87. Megan McGregor and Sunday Surprise
took the bronze with a score of 58.14 penalties.
Mills Team Challenge was won by the Triangle Gold team featuring
NDSA rider Rebecca Hart with dressage rider Lindsey Anderson, CCI**
event rider Maisy Grassie, CCI* event rider Kurt Martin, Junior
Show Jumper Ashleigh Robin and Show Jumper Raymond Butterfield of
Bremuda. The Mills Team Challenge is a competition for riders with
physical disabilities who range from 16-25 years of age. They are
teamed with able-bodied riders who are also competing at the NAYRC.
The competition is run under the auspices of the National Disability
Sports Alliance (NDSA), the national governing body for equestrian
sports for riders with disabilities.
and gifts were presented to all the winners at the NAYRC in a moving
ceremony that included all riders competing in the Championship.
The Olympic-style closing ceremony was a fitting way to end the
USA Junior Olympic Equestrian event.
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.
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 was first held at Tempel Farms
in Old Mill Creek, Illinois, setting the stage for their continuing
support of the Championships.
NAYRC will be televised on Outdoor Life Network (OLN) on September
7 at 4:30 PM Eastern. For full information and results, please visit
the website at: www.youngriders.org.