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July 21,2014(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 Eventers Medal in CH-Y** and CH-J*Divisions

Winning the gold medal in the CH-Y** Division was David Ziegler of Beiseker, AB riding Critical Decision (Consul x Two a Day), his 18-year-old Oldenburg gelding. With a 13.9 lead heading in to jumping, Ziegler added only three rails, for 12 faults, to his dressage score to complete the three days with a final score of 58.3.

“We really used up the spread and our lead. I miscounted the stride which messed up the last line,” said Ziegler, who also won a silver medal in the Young Riders Individual Championship Test in dressage riding his other horse, Peninsula Top Man. “Critical Decision came great off the cross country yesterday. He felt good, he felt like he had good energy around the course. Richard’s courses are always fantastic, and so we got it done.”

The individual bronze medal was awarded to April Simmonds of Uxbridge, ON and Impressively Done, Don Simmonds’ nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding sired by Eulogize. Simmonds, who was sitting in sixth after dressage, added only 3.2 cross country time penalties and four jumping faults to her dressage score of 57.0 for a three day total of 64.2. 

“My horse was amazing, he jumped so well. It was just that one rail that I just kicked up to little too much, but other than that he was amazing.” said Simmons. “It felt great to be up there with some of my best friends on the podium. 

Along with Simmonds, Hanna Bundy of Toronto, ON; Lauren Clark of Uxbridge, ON and Jamie Kellock of Cedar Valley, ON of Team Ontario’s CH-Y** won the team bronze medal.

United States Area III won CH-YR** team gold with a total of 238.9.The top Canadian in CH-J* Division was Moira de Ste Croix-Laframboise of Kars, ON and Blue Ben, a 13-year-old Westphalian gelding sired by Gambit Z, and owned by de Ste Croix-Laframboise and Teddie Laframboise. The pair added two rails for eight faults in jumping to their dressage score of 49.2 to finish with 57.2 for a fourth place finish overall.

Team Ontario’s CH-J* riders Emma Green of Hockley Valley, ON; Sophie Ochocinski of Brooklin, ON; de Ste Croix-Laframboise and Autumn Wells of Whitby, ON ended up in fifth place with a team total score of 208.6.

The team from United States Area II won the CH-J* with a score of 165.9.Photo Credit — Cealy Tetley 

David Ziegler of Beiseker, AB takes the gold medal in the CH-Y** Division aboard Critical Decision, with final a score of 58.3. 

Riding Blue Ben, Moira de Ste Croix-Laframboise of Kars, ON finished in fourth place with a score of 57.2 in the CH-J* Division.

Ontario’s CH-Y** Team members Hanna Bundy of Toronto, ON; Lauren Clark of Uxbridge, ON; Jamie Kellock of Cedar Valley, ON and April Simmonds of Uxbridge, ON won the bronze medal.

Canadian Jumpers Finish Strong in Final

Calgary native, Katelyn Cooper and her nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Casino Royale (Cassini II x Coriander) added only a foot in the water and two time faults in her Final round at the Championships, which moved the pair up two places to finish in 18th place individually.

In her first Young Riders Final round, Carlie Fairty of Markham, ON, and Ladyplane (Levisto x Lad) her 10-year-old Brandenburger mare, had jumps 9a and b, a skinny vertical combination, and the last oxer down on course to finish with very respectable 12 faults over the large Young Riders Championships course.

Advancing to the second round, as part of the top 15 riders going forward, the pair added three rails to their score to finish in 14th place overall, Muhammad Itani of Essex, ON rode his 12-year-old Cheval de Selle Luxembourgeois gelding, Tax Free (Toulon x Pilot) to a final placing of 17th in the Final.

“I’m very, very happy with all my riders,” said Hyde Moffat, chef d’equipe. “When we come here, it’s always an overwhelming experience the first time-the big park, the big competition and the championship format. All those things can be a bit daunting at the start of the competition. But every year for the last few years we have managed to, almost without exception, have the riders produce better scores throughout the competition, and I think that is what we are really here for. They come back the next year and you can see how the learning and experience translates in to success in the successive years.”

Photo – Cealy Tetley

Katelyn Cooper of Calgary, AB and Casino Royal finish in 18th place individually.

Carlie Fairty of Markham, ON, and Ladyplane finish in 14th place overall.