Four Win Individual Gold at NAYRC

Brianne Goutal, Catherine Malone, Jessica Pye and Nate Chambers won individual gold medals at the 2005 North American Young Riders Championships on July 31.
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Brianne Goutal, Catherine Malone, Jessica Pye and Nate Chambers won individual gold medals at the 2005 North American Young Riders Championships on July 31.
David O'Connor, USEF President, with Jessica Pye, CCI** individual gold medalist | © Brant Gamma

David O'Connor, USEF President, with Jessica Pye, CCI** individual gold medalist | © Brant Gamma

August 2, 2005 -- Individual gold medals in dressage, eventing and show jumping were awarded July 31 at the 2005 CN North American Young Riders' Championships (NAYRC) presented by Adequan at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va., the Championships' first appearance in the mid-Atlantic region.

In show jumping, Brianne Goutal of New York City rode clear in both of her two rounds on Onira to clinch the individual gold to go with the team gold Zone 2 won July 30. Her Zone 2 teammate, Addison Phillips of New York City, scored 0 and 4 on Flight to win the silver, and Laura Faulkner of Zone 1 scored 4 and 0 on ABC Fantasie to win the bronze.

The medals by Goutal and Phillips gave Zone 2 a total of 7 medals, including all 4 golds in the two show jumping divisions at this year's championships.

In dressage, Catherine Malone of Coatesville, Penn., rode Michigan to a score of 70.050% in the freestyle for a three-round score of 208.978 to win the gold. She was followed by Dani Judy of El Cajon, Calif., who won the freestyle with a score of 70.875% to take the silver with a score of 208.547 on Antaeus. The bronze went to Anna Wood of Boulder, Colo., who finished with 206.989 on Novarredo after her freestyle score of 70.800. Region 2 won team gold in dressage.

In the eventing CCI** for young riders, Jessica Pye of Lewisville, Texas, won the individual gold with a score of 51.3 penalties
on Carte Blanche. Laine Ashker of Crozier, Va., won the silver with 56.9 penalties on Frodo Baggins, and Julia Briskin of Radnor, Penn., won the bronze with 60.6 penalties on Stina. Area V won the team gold in the CCI** for young riders.

The team gold in eventing went to Pye and her Area V teammates Rebecca Brown on Twinkle Toes, Bonnie Carpenter on Acapulco Jazz and Ashley Bailey-Classen on Ballynoe Rum. Area II won the team silver and Area III won the bronze.

In the CCI* for junior riders, Nate Chambers of Vienna, Va., won the individual gold medal on Rolling Stone II. Chambers, who finished with a score of 49.7 penalties, also led Area II to the team gold. Joining him on the gold medal team were Madeline Blackman of Flemington, N.J. on Meadow Sparrow, Julia Ward of The Plains, Va., on Squeesable Softly, and Alexandra Zavoyna of Unionville, Penn., on Merloch.

Winning the individual silver medal was Katlyn McMorris who had 52.3 penalties on Clifton Peekachu. The bronze went to Paige Hewlett of of Area V, the silver medal team, who scored 56.1 on Steely Dan. The team bronze went to Area VIII.

The NAYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for young riders, age 16-21. Young equestrians come from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual medals in show jumping, dressage and eventing. This year also featured select riders from outside North America.

For full results and further information on the 2005 NAYRC, visit www.youngriders.org. Dressage Today and Practical Horseman were silver medal sponsors of the event.