Crowned at the North American Young Riders Championships
Presented by State Line Tack
Mill Creek, ILAugust 19, 2002The North American Young
Riders' Championships (NAYRC) presented by State Line Tack, returned
to Tempel Farms, in Old Mill Creek, IL August 6 11, 2002.
Paxton 21, of Cincinnati, OH, Cayce Harrison, 18, of Burridge, IL
and Brittany Kart, 18, of Atlanta, GA, won the individual Gold Medals
in dressage, show jumping and eventing respectively.
the team competitions, Gold Medals went to USA Region 2 in dressage,
USA Zone 2 in show jumping and USA Area 2 in eventing.
Dressage, Paxton, riding for USA Region 2, led throughout the competition
and received a 71.200%, her best score ever, to win the culminating
Freestyle Championship and clinch the Gold Medal with a three-round
score of 212.040.
cant believe I did it, said Paxton of her high score.
I am really happy with the way things went, I am so excited.
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 close fight to the finish, Cayce Harrison of USA Zone 5 won the
individual Gold Medal in Show Jumping with the only double clear
rounds of the final day for an overall score of 10.81 faults. Going
last and with not even a time fault in hand, Harrison entered the
ring knowing she needed to go clean.
was so nervous, said Harrison. I had never been in that
position before, knowing that I had to go clean to win. I knew my
horse could do it though because he is amazing.
Silver Medal went to Andrew Ramsay and Lisa of USA Zone 10. Ramsay
went clear in the second round, but his faults in the first had
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 the combined USA Area
3/4/7 team 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 penalties.
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 USA Area 1/5 won the Silver with 63.80 penalties and Katie
Evans of Canada - Ontario received the Bronze with the score of
66.40 penalties aboard Forest Glen.
Region 2 won the Dressage team Gold Medal, the first time Region
2 won top honors at the NAYRC since 1990.
Gold Medal team consisted of: Lindsey Holcomb of Batavia, IL, riding
Chevriot; Lindsey Koffler of Lexington, KY on Alfredo; Martin Kuhn
of New Berlin, IL aboard Romulos and Jacqueline Paxton of Batavia,
OH and Sangmelima. The Region 2 team won convincingly with a total
score of 3809. Paxton helped the team accomplish their goal with
an outstanding score of 1367 and 70.103% and was thrilled with her
was the most fun I ever had in a test, said Paxton. I
worked so hard to get here and have a good test. The fact that it
happened at Young Riders makes it ten times better.
The Silver Medal went to Region 7 with a combined total score of
3773. Christina Beal of Fullbrook, CA on Artiste, Josslyn Chandler
of San Juan, CA riding Domani, Natalie Hamilton of Murrieta, CA
and Donnerworth and Leahe Webb of Temecula, CA aboard Hugo made
up the second place team.
Region 3 received the Bronze with Brittain Knight of Greensboro,
NC and Diodor, Nicole Levy of Ft. Meyers, FL riding Korrado Krista
Peek of Rosewell, GA and Legatto and Courtney Raiser of Liburn,
GA on Pegasus receiving a team score of 3672.
show jumping riders from USA Zone 2 won the team Gold Medal with
a faultless performance in a tie breaking jump-off in one of the
most exciting competitions in the history of the North American
Young Riders Championships.
unprecedented jump-off for the Gold Medal came as the riders of
Ontario and Zone 2 were tied 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.
was a lot of pressure, said Bloomberg. Its 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.
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; Rebecca Irvine and Quincy; and Keean
White and Libidou.
is just a great experience for the kids, said Zone 2 chef
dequipe Ralph Caristo. I came here when my daughter
Heather was riding and it was just so great for her that I was happy
to come back this year when they asked me.
the CCI** team championship, the medal race was extremely close
with the Team from USA 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 on Springcroft tia Maria, Erin Freedman on Captain
Hook and Maisy Grassie riding Heyday.
Silver Medal team of USA Area 1/5 had 238.80 penalties. That 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 USA 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 USA 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 USA 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 USA Area
1 stayed on top to win the Gold Medal after 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 on Ben Starr took the
Silver with a score of 54.87. Megan McGregor with 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 young rider show jumper Raymond Butterfield
of Bermuda. 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.
2002 North American Young Riders Championships, Presented
by State Line Tack, gave young riders a real feel of what its
like to compete in an FEI event. The Championships opened with the
veterinary examination of all horses and also featured a welcome
party with Olympic veteran rider and chef dequipe Jessica
Ransehousen as the featured speaker. Ransehousen addressed a full
house during the party that included competitors, coaches, chefs
dequipe and officials. The veteran of six Olympic Games spoke
of the NAYRC as the experience of a lifetime for the young riders.
those of you who see this as the ultimate experience, savor the
memories, said Ransehousen. But most of all have fun!
also thanked the generous hosts of the NAYRC, event director Howard
Simpson, and Honorary Presidents Martha Smith Simpson and Linda
Smith Buonanno, as well as the entire Tempel family for their unlimited
support of the Young Rider program.
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,
setting the stage for their outstanding and continuing support of
Complete results are available at www.youngriders.org.