Canadian Jumpers Move Forward to Individual Finals

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July 19,2014(ISN) – Lexington, KY — Equine Canada is pleased to provide daily coverage of the Canadian junior and young riders competing at the Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), presented by Gotham North, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Canada, the United States, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Mexico are competing for FEI team and individual medals in the three Olympic disciplines of jumping, eventing and dressage, and the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) discipline of endurance. This year’s event, running from July 15 – 20, welcomes 216 young athletes.

Canadian Jumpers Move Forward to Individual Finals 

Today’s two-round Nations’ Cup acted as the second and third individual qualifiers, and all the members of the Canadian Junior Team enjoyed success in the big Rolex Stadium ring. Jumping American Steve Stephens’ course, Katelyn Cooper of Calgary, AB and her nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Casino Royale (Cassini II x Coriander), posted a clear first round and had 12 faults in the second, which put the pair in 20th place individually after three rounds, with a two day total of 16.98.

Adrien Vilcini of Selwyn, ON and his horse Gervantus, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Gesmaray, had great rounds, posting two clear efforts today, but when combined with their score from yesterday, the duo finished in 34th place.

Riding RRC Black Magic (King’s Master x Ricardo Z), a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by 944700 Alberta Ltd, Meagan Beunder of Calgary, AB had a challenging first round but returned to complete the course with 12 faults to finish 37th place.

The top 25 Junior riders will move forward to the Junior Individual Final on Sunday and the remaining riders will be invited to compete in Saturday’s Farewell class.

“We had a great day today. Adrien Vilcini jumped double clean and Katelyn Cooper was zero and 12 faults. Unfortunately, Meagan Beunder’s horse became a little disconcerted with the third jump, which was a funny-looking light stand, in the first round, but came back with a very hard fought second round, so all in all, the juniors rode quite well,” said chef d’équipe Hyde Moffat. “Katelyn qualified for the Individual Final on Sunday, and she is quite excited to even improve on her performance.”

Following Young Riders Nations’ Cup and the First Individual Qualifier, Carlie Fairty of Markham, ON and Ladyplane (Levisto x Lad), her 10-year-old Brandenburger mare, are in 22nd place. After three rounds, Muhammad Itani of Essex, ON and his 12-year-old Cheval de Selle Luxembourgeois gelding, Tax Free (Toulon x Pilot) finished in 24th place overall.

“Our Young Riders were quite good. The senior course took its toll, but both our riders completed,” added Moffat. “They did have some rails down; however, they finished in mid-pack with the group. It was a very taxing track, as it should be in a championship format. Both of our senior riders are pleased to be in the Final.”

In the Young Riders division, the top 25 riders will also be invited to Sunday’s Young Rider Individual Final, and both Fairty and Itani will take part.

Photo Credit — Cealy Tetley

  

Katelyn Cooper of Calgary, AB and Casino Royale posted a clear first round and had 12 faults in the second, which put the pair in 20th place individually after three rounds, with a two day total of 16.98.

  

Adrien Vilcini of Selwyn, ON and his horse Gervantus had great rounds, posting two double clear efforts in the Junior Riders Nations’ Cup.

Canadian Endurance Rider, Katya Levermann, Finishes in Fourth

 

Riding Tracy Reynolds’ TEF Sunflash (CRF Jalal x Lewisfield Sunraf), a 14-year-old Arabian gelding, Katya Levermann of One Hundred Mile House, BC finished in fourth place in the NAJYRC-CH 4* FEI Championship race.

The race, 120 km in length, consisted of five loops around and just outside of the Kentucky Horse Park grounds.

After the first loop, Levermann and TEF Sunflash were in 11th place, and the pair moved up to fifth place after the second loop. Following the third loop, they slipped to sixth place. They were sitting in fifth place, 13 minutes off of third place, heading in to the last loop. With a very fresh, fit horse, Levermann strategically planned her advance. The pair quickly gained ground and completed the ride just over a minute behind the bronze medal winner.

“First and foremost I would like to thank Tracy Reynolds for lending me such a wonderful horse, Flash,” said Levermann, who is attending her first NAJYRC. “I am just thrilled with his performance, and I couldn’t be prouder to represent Canada. Coming in fourth was dream come true.”

“Katya did an absolutely incredible job and her fourth place finish today will be a personal best,” said Maura Leahy, chef d’équipe. “She worked every loop to progress, and we are absolutely thrilled with where she finished. Our whole team–Tracy Reynolds, the owner; Glenn Sinclair, the team veterinarian; Peter Levermann, Katya’s father and Katelyn Reynolds, as a guest–did a huge job helping Katya and bringing her through to the finish today.”

 

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Riding Tracy Reynolds’ TEF Sunflash, Katya Levermann of One Hundred Mile House, BC finished in fourth place in the NAJYRC-CH 4* FEI Championship race.

  

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