July 16, 2014--The first day of competition at the 2014 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships kicked off at the Kentucky Horse Park, with dressage riders taking to the Rolex Stadium. Region 7 and Region 1 proved unbeatable in the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior and Young Riders' Dressage Championship, as they clinched Young Rider and Junior Team Gold, respectively. The jumpers and eventers also took their first steps in championship competition, as they completed their first Horse Inspections.Region 7 won the Gold medal in the Young Rider division of the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior and Young Riders' Dressage Championship for the second year in a row, while the Canada/Quebec team won the Silver and Region 8 received Bronze medals. The team from Region 1 took home the Junior Gold Medal. Canada/Ontario won the Silver medal, while the Bronze medal went to Region 6/7.
The Region 7 Gold medal winning Young Rider team consisted of:
Anna Buffini (20, San Diego, Calif.) and Sundayboy - 68.921%
Lindsey Brewin (16, San Ramon, Calif.) and Vaillant - 65.526%
Catherine Chamberlain (19, Murietta, Calif.) and Verdicci - 72.132%
Cassidy Gallman (19, Poway, Calif.) and Grand Makana - 65.684%
They had a team total of 206.737 for victory. The riders attributed part of their victory to great teamwork and a large support system.
Buffini noted, "This has been an amazing experience. I've never been here before; I've been watching for years now. It's always been a dream of mine to be here, sitting here with this group of girls, who I'm so blessed to be sitting by. We're a family now. We haven't known each other that long, but we're BFFs now. It's been a huge blessing to be here. I'm very thankful to be here and for the outcome. Winning the Gold medal has just been icing on the top."
The Silver medal went to Canada/Quebec with a total of 201.395:
Laurence Blais Tetreault (17, Montreal, Que.) and Michaelango - 65.342%
Julie Channell (21, Longview, Montreal, Que.) and Furstin Anastasia - 67.053%
Naima Moreira Laliberte (17, Montreal, Que.) and Nao Guimeraie - 65.763%
Tanya Strasser-Shostak (19, Ste-Adele, Que.) and Action Tyme - 68.579%
Region 8 won the Bronze medal with a total of 197.026:
Giulia Cohen (17, New York, N.Y.) and Lasserre - 65.868%
Hope Cooper (18, Concord, R.I.) and Don Diamond - 64.684%
Elizabeth Fell (18, Winooski, Vt) and Superstarr - 61.921%
Hannah McCabe (18, Lee, N.H.) and Valparaiso - 66.474%
The Region 1 team won the Junior division on a total of 199.784, taking home the Gold medal.
The Junior team from Region 1 consisted of:
Hannah Bauer (15, Purcellville, Va.) and Trustful - 65.189%
Barbara (Bebe) Davis (16, Bedminster, N.J.) and Feivel Mousekewitz - 65.649%
Katie Lang (18, Chesapeake, Va.) and FA Patriot - 61.622%
Molly Paris (19, Charlotte, N.C.) and Diamant Sky - 68.946%
Davis noted that she enjoys competing in a team competition in a typically individual sport. "I love the team aspect; I love being able to support my other team members and have them support me," Davis said. "It's such a great experience and it's definitely great preparation for the future, for those who have aspirations to go to the next level and to be, hopefully, representing the United States in international competition."
The Silver medal went to Canada/Ontario with a total of 197.785:
Vanessa Creech-Terauds (14, Caistor Center, Ont.) and Finja - 58.676%
Alexandra Meghji (16, Toronto, Ont.) and Iliado II - 65.649%
Sophie Potter (16, Kleinburg, Ont.) and Frisbee - 63.568%
Liza Wilson (16, Collingwood, Ont.) and Fleurina - 68.568%%
Region 6/7 won the Bronze medal with a total of 196.584:
Danielle Bonavito (15, Danville, Calif.) and Wyoming - 68.216%
Heather Decent (14, Gig Harbor, Calif.) and Norra - 60.108%
Lauren Mack (17, Monte Sereno, Calif.) and Lada'at - 64.486%
Olivia Zeilinger (16, Danville, Calif.) and Stentano - 63.892%
More from Wednesday at the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships Presented by Gotham North
Competition in the USHJA North American Junior and Young Riders' Show Jumping Championship officially got underway on Wednesday morning, with 67 horses representing five countries presented at the First Horse Inspection. Three horses, Sabrina Rivera's Count Mystery (El Salvador-Junior), Adrian Berganza's Conovalenco (Mexico-Junior), and Megan MacPherson's Deep Snow (Zone 8-Junior), will be re-inspected Thursday morning prior to the start of competition. The First Individual Qualifier begins at 9:00am ET in the Walnut Arena, with Junior competition followed by Young Riders.
Wednesday afternoon hosted the first Horse Inspection for the USEA North American Junior and Young Riders' Eventing Championship, with all 65 competitors being accepted.
For full results or to learn more about the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North, please visit www.youngriders.org.
USEF Network presented by SmartPak will live stream the entirety of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday's events from the Rolex Stadium during NAJYRC. Visit www.usefnetwork.com to find out more and watch!