Junior and Young Riders advance to Individual Finals at NAJYRC

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Kaitlyn Blum aboard Carnell July 18, 2013, Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championship, Lexington, KY. Photo credit: Anthony Trollope for Shannon Brinkman Photography

Kaitlyn Blum aboard Carnell July 18, 2013, Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championship, Lexington, KY.
Photo credit: Anthony Trollope for Shannon Brinkman Photography

Canada’s Junior Rider, Kaitlyn Blum of Gormley, ON, and Carnell, her 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Carnute, qualified to move onto the Individual Final Saturday morning at the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships after completing three rounds with 34 faults today in the Rolex Stadium. Team-mates Mikala Chesler of Orangeville, ON and her mount Ilian de Taute, Ruth Armstrong’s 19-year-old Selle Francaise stallion by Narcos II, and Adrien Vilcini of Peterborough, ON and John Jamieson’s, I AM, a 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, gave their best efforts over the course improving each round. Both riders have qualified for Friday’s Farewell Class however only Vilcini will compete.

“I’m very proud of the team’s efforts on course today. They improved with every round showing their incredible ability to learn from each ride making the next even better,” said Hyde Moffatt, Chef d’Equipe. “They are a talented group of junior athletes. This event gave them invaluable insight into this level of competition. It will make them all that much more equipped for future competitions. The team earned their stripes this year gaining mileage that will serve them well in the years to come.”

Canadian Young Rider Lexus Arbuckle of ON, riding Castor Van De Kranenburg, 2013 Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championship, Lexington, KY. Photo: Anthony Trollope for Shannon Brinkman Photography

Canadian Young Rider Lexus Arbuckle of ON, riding Castor Van De Kranenburg, 2013 Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championship, Lexington, KY.
Photo: Anthony Trollope for Shannon Brinkman Photography

In the Young Rider division the team finished 5th overall and all four riders made it through three challenging rounds to each make it through to Saturday’s Individual Finals, where the top 25 athletes will compete.

“This Young Rider Team finished in 5th place today with scores improving from the first round to the second. They managed to qualify all four riders for the Individual Final, which is hard to do,” said Moffatt. “I’m looking forward to seeing them take what they have learned so far and apply it in the ring on Saturday.”

Competing in the Young Rider Individual Final on Saturday will be; Lexus Arbuckle of Guelph, ON riding Castor Van De Kranenburg, her 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kimball; Jacqueline Steffens of Harriston, ON riding Double C Stables’s, Quercus Van Generhese, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Darco; Muhammad Itani on his horse Tax Free, an 11-year-old Selle Luxembourgeois gelding by Toulon and Hayley MacKinnon and her mount, Class Action, Synergy Farm’s 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Libero. 

 
YR – Top Three Standings 
Gold – (Zone 2) USA 
Silver – (Zone 8/10) USA 
Bronze – (Zone 3) USA  
5th – Team Canada

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JR – Top Three Standings 

Gold – (Zone 2) USA
Silver – MEX
Bronze – (Zone 4) USA

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The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, and is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent.