Category Archives: Endurance Riding

Uruguayan Endurance Horse Tests Positive for Prohibited Substance

Lausanne (SUI), 1 October 2015 – The FEI has imposed a provisional suspension on a Uruguayan Endurance rider whose horse has tested positive for a prohibited substance.

Samples taken at a CEI2* event in Trinidad (URU) on 8 August 2015 from the horse LG Muneerah (FEI ID 104TQ89/URU), ridden by Fernanda Villar (URU) to win the 120-kilometre competition, have returned positive for the banned substance Guanabenz, a sedative with analgesic effect.

The athlete has been provisionally suspended from the day of notification (29 September 2015). Additionally the horse has been provisionally suspended for two months. The athlete and the horse owner/s have the opportunity for a preliminary hearing before the FEI Tribunal to request the lifting of the provisional suspensions.

The FEI’s Prohibited Substances List is divided into two sections – Controlled Medication and Banned Substances. Controlled Medication substances are those that are regularly used to treat horses, but which must have been cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition. Banned substances (doping) are substances that should never be found in the body of the horse.

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UAE Takes Gold and Spain Completes Podium

Gold medalist Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui (centre) was joined on the podium by Spain’s silver medalist Alex Luque Moral (left) and bronze medalist Jordi Pons Serra, with (front) Manuel Bandeira De Mello, FEI Director, Endurance. (Alessandra Giorgio/FEI)

Lausanne (SUI), 28 September 2015 – The 120km FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Horses 2015 at Valeggio Sul Mincio (ITA) saw the UAE’s Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui take individual gold and Spain’s Alex Luque Moral and Jordi Pons Serra return home with individual silver and bronze respectively last weekend.

These Championships for seven year old horses were first held during Valeggio Sul Mincio’s annual Italia Endurance Festival in 2013.

The four-loop course wound its way through the rolling countryside typical of the province of Verona, onto the shores of Lake Garda and into the stunning public park Parco Giardino Sigurta.

The event attracted a field of 73 combinations from across Europe as well as the UAE, Turkey and Kuwait. The competitors left the venue at 7am on Saturday morning and tackled the first loop of 38km. Consistency and quick presentation times were to prove influential throughout the day and vet gate 1 was no exception. A small group had made headway in the first section, comprising mainly representatives from the UAE but including Annelie Erikssen (SWE) and Luque Moral. Presentation times of under two minutes allowed Al Mazroui, Saif Salem Al Farasi (UAE) and Erikssen to continue their lead on to loop 2.

The second loop was slightly shorter at 33km, but proved too much for Erikssen on Penelope Del Ma, and the pair retired at the second vet gate. A slow presentation time from Al Farasi resulted in him slipping behind Luque Moral with his mare Surena MB, but only by eight seconds. Luque Mural, just back from winning team gold and narrowly missing out on an individual medal at the FEI European Endurance Championships in Slovakia just two weeks ago, was out to better his fourth place and come home with individual honours this time.

Al Mazroui left on the third 26.5km loop with a 3.5 minute lead and put in the fastest loop of the day, extending his lead by another two minutes at the final vet gate. This last check before the final loop was a real game changer for so many, with no less than 16 combinations having their chances dashed and being judged not fit to continue at this tantalisingly close stage.

While it looked like it would be an exceedingly tight last loop between Al Farasi and Moral, as both left within 10 seconds of one another, Al Farasi cruised home over the final 22.5kph with the Portuguese-bred grey Arabian gelding Descardo.

Moral was nevertheless ecstatic to secure his second FEI Championship medal within two weeks. Ten minutes later, bronze was snapped up by compatriot Pons Serra and his grey mare Cata de Montfluq, after they had worked their way up the leaderboard from seventh at the first vet gate.

Facts & Figures

Tactical riding and good horse management was key on this technical course, which saw 40% of the athletes complete from nine nations including Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and the UAE.

The top ten horses were of all bred in Europe, with half of these bred in France.

Spain held its head high yet again at these Championships, taking home two of the three medals on offer, after securing team and individual gold at the FEI European Endurance Championships 2015 in Slovakia just two weeks ago.

All eyes are now on the upcoming FEI Endurance World Championships for Seniors in Ruse (BUL) on 2-4 October and the FEI Endurance World Championships for Juniors & Young Riders in Santo Domingo (CHI) on 23-24 October.

Full results www.enduranceonline.it.

By Berry Pattison

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FEI Tribunal Decision on Salahdin Du Lauragais Case

Lausanne (SUI), 18 September 2015 – The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in the case involving Sheikha Najla Bint Salman Al Khalifa (FEI ID 10018633/BRN) and the horse Salahdin Du Lauragais (FEI ID 103GE90/BRN).

Samples taken from the horse at the CEIO2* 120 in Verona San Martino Buon Albergo (ITA) on 26 July 2014 returned positive for the Banned Substance Reserpine, a long-lasting tranquiliser used to sedate horses.

The FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on Al Khalifa, in accordance with Article 10 of the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs) and Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations. A Provisional Suspension, served by the athlete since 29 September 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed.

Al Khalifa has been fined CHF 2,000 and will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure. She has 30 days from the date of notification (17 September 2015) to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision on this case can be viewed here.

Banned Substances & Controlled Medications

Banned Substances are substances that are prohibited for use in FEI horses at any time. Controlled Medications are substances that are regularly used to treat horses, but which are not allowed in competition in order to maintain a level playing field. As part of FEI Clean Sport, the live Prohibited Substances Database provides an easily accessible online platform on which Banned Substances and Controlled Medications are clearly distinguished.

The FEI’s General Regulations are here and the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations are here.

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USEF Names Athletes for 2015 FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders & Juniors

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the combinations that will represent the U.S. at the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders & Juniors in Santo Domingo, Chile, October 23-24, 2015. The U.S. representatives will be led by USEF Chef d’Equipe, Mark Dial.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations (in alphabetical order) will represent the U.S. in the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders & Juniors:

Katie Baldino (Marietta, Ga.) and Mary Kathryn Clark’s Kalilas Legacy, a 2006 Arabian gelding

Mallory Capps (Cumming, Ga.) and Lori Shifflett’s Magical Mikada, a 2003 Arabian gelding

Mary Kathryn Clark (Eatonton, Ga.) and her own Questafir, a 2004 Arabian gelding

Christina Kimery (Bixby, Okla.) and Kathryn Downs’ Bey Gibby, a 2001 Arabian gelding

Maria Muzzio (Clifton, Va.) and Natalie Muzzio’s Laconic, a 2002 Arabian gelding

Find out more about the 2015 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders & Juniors.

From the USEF Communications Department

FEI Tribunal Decisions

Lausanne (SUI), 30 July 2015 – The FEI Tribunal has this week issued Final Decisions in two cases involving positive findings for Prohibited Substances in 2014.

Samples taken from the horse In Situ (FEI ID FRA40513) at the 120-kilometre two-star Endurance competition at Mesaieed in Doha (QAT) on 22 February 2014, returned positive for the Banned Substance Propoxyphene, a painkiller with local anaesthetic properties.

The FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on the rider Ali Yousef J Y Al Kubaisi (QAT), in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations and Article 10 of the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs). A Provisional Suspension, served by the athlete from 4 April 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed.

Al Kubaisi has also been fined CHF 1,000, will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure and pay the costs of the B Sample analysis. He has 30 days from the date of notification (29 July 2015) to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision on this case can be viewed here.

The second case involved Moh’d Shafi H Al Rumaithi (UAE) and the horse Royal des Fontaines, who competed at the two-star Jumping competition in Ghantoot (UAE) from 30 October to 1 November 2014.

Samples taken from the horse on 1 November 2014 returned positive for the Banned Substance Propoxyphene and its metabolite Norpropoxyphene.

The FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on Al Rumaithi, in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations and Article 10 of the FEI EADCMRs. A Provisional Suspension, served by the athlete from 9 December 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed.

The athlete has also been fined CHF 1,000 and will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure. The athlete has 30 days from the date of notification (29 July 2015) to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Additionally, the FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on the owner of Royal des Fontaines, following his admission of having administered Fustex, which contains Propoxyphene, to the horse. The owner has also been fined CHF 2,000 and will pay costs of CHF 1,000.

The FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision on this case can be viewed here.

Banned Substances & Controlled Medications

Banned Substances are substances that are completely prohibited for use in FEI horses at any time. Controlled Medications are substances that are regularly used to treat horses, but which are not allowed in competition in order to maintain a level playing field. As part of FEI Clean Sport, the live Prohibited Substances Database provides an easily accessible online platform on which Banned Substances and Controlled Medications are clearly distinguished.

The FEI’s General Regulations are here and the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations are here.

FEI Media contacts:

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Director Media Relations
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+41 78 750 61 45

UAE National Federation Suspension Lifted by FEI Bureau Following Signature of Agreement

Lausanne (SUI), 27 July 2015 – The FEI Bureau has unanimously approved the immediate reinstatement of the United Arab Emirates National Federation to full membership of the FEI following signature of a legally binding agreement between the two parties in which the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) guarantees that horse welfare will be fully respected and that FEI Rules will be stringently enforced at all Endurance events, both national and international, in the country.

The agreement has been signed by FEI President Ingmar De Vos and Secretary General Sabrina Zeender, and by EEF President HE Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Secretary General Taleb Dhaher Al Mheiri, and Mohammad Al Kamali, Secretary General of the UAE National Olympic Committee.

The EEF was provisionally suspended by the FEI Bureau in mid-March following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI Rules and Regulations in Endurance in the UAE.

Following the suspension and at the request of the FEI Bureau, the EEF proposed an extensive list of actions it would undertake to address the issues. These were integrated into a draft agreement that the EEF sent to the FEI in early June. The FEI Bureau unanimously welcomed the proposals, but informed the EEF that more areas needed to be covered before the agreement that would allow the provisional suspension to be lifted could be signed. The two parties have spent the intervening weeks reviewing and revising the terms of the agreement.

Under the key terms of the agreement, the EEF must ensure that:

  • Protocols are put in place to avoid equine fatalities;
  • Applicable rest periods are respected;
  • Horses on rest periods are blocked from entry in national events (the FEI system already blocks entries in international events);
  • Use of prohibited fluid administration and any substances prohibited under the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs) in and around the Field of Play and at the Vet Gate is prevented;
  • Prohibited substitution of horses is prevented;
  • Prohibited vehicles on the Field of Play are prevented;
  • Any individual or horse suspended by the FEI is automatically blocked by the EEF IT system from competing at national events;
  • The role and authority of officials in carrying out their duties is respected at all times;
  • Training and education of Athletes, Trainers, Support Personnel, National Federation Staff Members and Stable Veterinarians is conducted prior to the start of the 2015/2016 Endurance season in October;
  • FEI rules on post mortems are adhered to and, where possible, the same procedure is applied in the event of fatalities at national competitions;
  • A national Independent Governance Advisor, approved by the FEI is appointed;
  • Conflicts of interest are avoided;
  • Distribution of prize money is in accordance with the FEI approved schedule;
  • Rules for National Endurance events in the UAE are fully compliant with the FEI Rules and Regulations.

The EEF will provide monthly written reports during the 2015/2016 season on steps taken to ensure ongoing compliance with FEI Rules and Regulations, and agrees to abide by any further recommendations put forward by the FEI. Following completion of the 2015/2016 season, the EEF will provide reports whenever requested by the FEI.

Additionally, the EEF will support a research project to evaluate the causes of injuries linked to the design of desert endurance courses. Endurance Trainers will be obliged to cooperate with this research project.

The agreement also details the new legislation that has been introduced in the UAE prohibiting the trade or use of banned substances in horse racing and equestrian sports in the country and the sanctions that will be imposed for breaches.

“We are very pleased that, after four months of very hard work, the United Arab Emirates have demonstrated with the signature of this agreement that they are fully committed to ensuring horse welfare and complying with FEI rules at both international and national level in the country,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina said. “They are absolutely committed to making this work so that they can return to playing an active and leading role in Endurance once again and, to demonstrate that commitment, they have included the UAE’s highest sporting body, the National Olympic Committee, in the agreement.”

“We are very pleased that the FEI Bureau has unanimously agreed to lift the suspension based on the considerable actions and solutions we have put in place together,” EEF Secretary General Taleb Dhaher Al Mheiri said. “We will continue to work with them to ensure all their requirements are applied in endurance racing across the UAE. As the governing body of equestrian sports in the UAE we take our responsibility seriously. It is our goal to pursue excellence while promoting the growth of the sport and safeguarding the welfare of equine and human athletes.”

Separately, the FEI had commissioned the Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU) to conduct an extensive inquiry into allegations of fake events and duplicate results in the UAE. These allegations were not taken into account when the FEI Bureau imposed the suspension, and were dealt with independently, but provisions have been included in the agreement to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

The EEF cooperated fully with the inquiry and the detailed report has now been received by the FEI. The report is currently being reviewed by the FEI and a file will be submitted to the FEI Tribunal for further action. Sanctions will be taken against any FEI Officials found to be involved. In addition, the FEI will annul all duplicated results and review any connected results.

At the same time, the EEF Endurance Committee conducted its own investigation into the allegations and has authorised sanctions on any Organisers and EEF staff that are found to be involved. The EEF is currently restructuring its organisational policies to ensure that similar events cannot occur again and will put rules in place for all future FEI events under which either the National Federation or the Organising Committee must provide all equipment, including the timing system.

The EEF accepts that the FEI will be entitled to impose sanctions in case of non-compliance with all the terms of the agreement. These sanctions would include, but are not limited to, the immediate reinstatement of the suspension and withdrawal of the allocation of the 2016 FEI World Endurance Championships, which are due to be held in Dubai in mid-December next year.

The agreement will remain in effect for a three-year period. During that time, the FEI and EEF will meet at least once a year for an in-depth review, in addition to the monthly written reports required under the agreement. The FEI reserves the right to extend the term of the agreement if appropriate.

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World Equestrian Brands Cheers on Sponsored Riders at Rebecca Farm Eventing Competition

Buck Davidson (Photo courtesy of Mike McNally)

Kalispell, MT (July 23, 2015) – World Equestrian Brands, the North American distributer of the leading brands Equilibrium, Amerigo, Vespucci, and E. A. Mattes, is happy to be attending the much-anticipated Rebecca Farm eventing competition in Kalispell, Montana this week. Robin Moore, CEO of World Equestrian Brands, is offering her popular products for sale at Gallops Saddlery’s booth and cheering on World Equestrian Brands’ sponsored riders who are competing in the CCI3*, CCI2*, and CCI1* at the event.

Show attendees can visit World Equestrian Brands at the booth of Gallops Saddlery, who World Equestrian Brands traditionally partners with at Rebecca Farm. Gallops Saddlery provides riding equipment to the eventing, hunter/jumper, dressage, and endurance disciplines within the Northwest region. “We’re happy to have maintained a long-term partnership with Gallops Saddlery,” said Moore. “We’ve set up with Gallops Saddlery at Rebecca Farm for years.” At Gallops Saddlery’s booth, Moore has World Equestrian Brands items such as saddles, bridles, girths, leg protection, saddle pads, and therapeutic equipment available for purchase.

Two of the accomplished riders that World Equestrian Brands sponsors are competing at Rebecca Farm, sporting their favorite tack from the company. World Equestrian Brands is cheering on Buck Davidson Jr. in the CCI3* division. Davidson operates out of his self-owned facility in Ocala, Florida in the winters and Riegelsville, Pennsylvania during the summer months. He has been successful coaching young riders as well as experienced professionals, and is best known for his own successes in competition. His mount at Rebecca Farm is Petite Flower, an eleven-year-old Thoroughbred mare owned by Caroline and Sherrie Martin.

In the CCI2* division, World Equestrian Brands is cheering for sponsored rider Hawley Bennett-Awad. Bennett-Awad is competing on Bodark, a 2007 Thoroughbred gelding owned by Jan and Jerry Hawthorne. Originally from Canada and currently located in Temecula, California, Bennett-Awad has represented Canada in the Olympics and also provides training services to riders of all levels. She is a strong believer in the importance of flatwork, and credits it as a secret to her success.

Bennett-Awad is also competing in the CCI1* division on High Duty, a 2009 Thoroughbred gelding also owned by the Hawthornes, as well as on Cheval de Tonnerre, a 2007 Irish Thoroughbred owned by Ina McRoy.

Of course, part of the fun of a horse show is socializing with fellow equestrians and enjoying the atmosphere of excitement. Moore is enjoying being back in Montana to show her company’s support for Rebecca Farm. “The huckleberry pie is also a big draw!” she added.

World Equestrian Brands wishes excellent rides for Davidson and Bennett-Awad, and invites everyone at Rebecca Farm to stop by Gallops Saddlery’s booth to see the World Equestrian Brands products that top eventers like Davidson and Bennett-Awad always have on hand. For more information about World Equestrian Brands and the tack and equipment it offers, visit www.worldequestrianbrands.com or call 1-888-637-8463.

Robin Moore
World Equestrian Brands
540-264-0154
rmoore@worldequestrianbrands.com
www.worldequestrianbrands.com

Super Sport at FEI North American Championships 2015

Area ll’s Skyler Decker, Camilla Grover-Dodge, Amanda Beale Clement and Morgan Booth claimed the Junior Eventing Team Championship at the FEI North American Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2015. Grover-Dodge also claimed the Individual Junior Eventing title. (FEI/Brant Gamma)

Kentucky (USA), 20 July 2015 – The 41st FEI North American Championships for Juniors and Young Riders came to a close yesterday after six hectic days of competition at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, USA.

This is the only FEI Championship held annually in North America, and the 2015 fixture, open to competitors from 14 to 21 years, offered medal opportunities in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing along with Endurance and Para-Dressage. A total of 222 riders were entered, and Para-Dressage joined the programme of events for the very first time.

Dressage

Region 7 made it a sensational back-to-back hat-trick of wins in the Young Rider Team Dressage competition. “It was super close, so kudos to the silver medal team for really giving us a run for it!” said gold-medallist Catherine Chamberlain who, together with Lindsey Brewin and Cassidy Gallman, was also a member of last year’s winning side. Samantha Jenny completed the Region 7 side that earned a total of 199.658 to pin Region 3 into silver medal spot by a narrow margin, while Canada’s Alberta/British Columbia team took the bronze.

And Chamberlain was back on the podium for the individual prize-giving, the 2014 Young Rider Individual champion this time having to settle for silver when posting 68.711 with her relatively inexperienced 10-year-old Avesto Van Weltevreden, while team silver medallist, Natalie Pai, took the gold. Pai steered Fritz San Tino to an individual test score of 69.132 to secure victory, and the 18-year-old from Wellington, Florida said afterwards, “I honestly just came here to have a lot of fun. I’m so thrilled with how it turned out.” Individual bronze went to Quebec team member Naima Moreira Laliberte who scored 68.447 with Laliberte, and this 18-year-old rider from Montreal then came out to win Freestyle gold on Saturday, posting 71.825 to a musical score that she put together herself. “I won’t lie. I only rode it once and qualified!” she said. Hannah Bauer from Virginia, USA took Freestyle silver with Trustful on a mark of 70.000 while bronze went to Kerrigan Gluch from Michigan who posted 69.050 with Vacquero HGF.

The Junior Dressage Team title went to Canada’s Ontario foursome of Vanessa Creech-Terauds, Yanina Woywitka, Georgia Wade and Alexandra Meghji whose total of 200.92 left them less than two marks ahead of the silver medallists from Region 7. Ontario’s anchor rider, Meghji, said, “We’re so lucky to be at this amazing championship at this amazing venue with all of these other girls from across North America who share the same passion for horses that we have. For all of us winning the gold medal today is just the icing on the cake!”

Silver medallists Veronica West, Shelby Rocereto, Brianna Relucio and Mia Slaughter finished less than a mark ahead of Region 9’s Chloe Taylor, Madison Lacy, Bronwyn Cordiak and Allison Hopkins in bronze.

The top three in the Junior Individual decider all finished within less than one percent of each other, with 15-year-old Helen Claire McNulty of Region 2 posting 70.816 with Checkmate for gold. Camille Bergeron from Team British Columbia/Quebec took the silver with 70.079 riding Delfiano and bronze went to Region 9’s Chloe Taylor with Calecto V. McNulty, who finished 11th individually and fifth in the Junior Freestyle at last year’s NAJYRC, said, “It’s pretty cool to come back here and win it!” And it was pretty cool for her again on Saturday when she took Freestyle silver while Bebe Davis from Florida clinched gold with a score of 71.825. Bergeron was back on the podium again too, this time taking bronze. New Freestyle champion, Davis, said, “This is my last year of Juniors; I’m aging out this year. I’ve been working toward this moment for a very long time.”

Jumping

Zone 4’s Brett Burlington, Louise Graves, Mackenzie McGehee and Sophie Simpson led from the outset to clinch the Junior Team Jumping title boosted by a total of five zero scores including double-clears from both Burlington and Simpson. They were already in command when carrying just the single time fault collected by Graves and Zavira at the end of round one, and when Graves’ double-error second time out was the discard they added nothing further to finish well ahead of Zones 5/9 who took silver with a final tally of 12 faults.

The silver medal team consisted of Annika Faught, Emma Wujek, Daisy Farish and Vivian Yowan and the bronze medal winning side of Mexico North included Alfonso Diaz, Carlos Hank Guerreiro, Fernanda Rodriguez de Haene and Juan Pablo Gaspar Albanez whose finishing total was 20 faults. This was a back-to-back double of bronze for Mexico.

Gold medallist, Simpson, said, “I think I can speak for all of us when I say that this has been a huge dream for us. Everything was aligned for us today, and we had a great day.”

Team silver medallist, Yowan, was out in front going into the individual medal decider on a score of 3.08 and she never faltered, completing all five tracks set by Irish course designer, Alan Wade, without a single rail down with Vornado vn den Hoendrik. On Saturday she added just a single time fault to take the title ahead of Mexico’s Juan Pablo Gaspar Albanez who showed great consistency all week. The 17-year-old rider joked, “This is good, but I think next year I’m going to do Juniors again. I want to have that gold medal around my neck. The first year I was 10th, and last year I was seventh, so I’m moving up!” he said. Bronze went to 17-year-old Sophie Simpson.

The Young Rider Team title went to Zones 3/5’s Kalvin Dobbs, Meredith Darst, Noel Fauntleroy and Jacob Pope. Carrying nine faults at the end of the first round they were trailing Zone 2, Zones 4/8 and Zone 10 who each registered an eight-fault scoreline at the halfway stage. But when Darst’s four faults with Quester de Virton was all that had to be added to their tally at the end of round two, Zones 3/5 came out on top on a final total of 13, while with eight to add Zone 2 had to settle for silver and with 12 more on their scoresheet Zones 4/8 took the bronze.

The Zone 2 silver medallists were Katherine Strauss, Sima Morgello , Kira Kerkorian and Lucy Deslauriers, while the Zones 4/8 bronze medallists were Kaely Tomeu, Brittni Raflowitz, Kelli Cruciotti and Victoria Colvin.

In the race for the Young Rider individual medals, 16-year-old Lucy Deslauriers threw down the gauntlet when collecting just a single time penalty on the final afternoon with her horse Hester, and that was good enough to pin Raflowitz into silver and Fauntleroy into bronze. It was desperately close between the two young ladies, only one-tenth of a point separating the pair at the end of the day but Raflowitz paying the price for two fences down in the final round.

Deslauriers, whose famous father Mario was only three years older than his daughter is today when claiming the FEI World Cup™ Jumping title with Aramis way back in 1984, was adding Young Rider gold to the silver medal she took last year. “I really didn’t think going into this that this would be the end result,” she said. “My horse jumped incredibly; he’s really a dream!”

Eventing

The Junior Eventing Championship came to a dramatic conclusion yesterday with Area ll taking both team and individual gold despite a last-minute hiccup. The CH-J 1* winning side of Camilla Grover-Dodge, Morgan Booth, Amanda Beale Clement and Skyler Decker had a commanding lead going into the final Jumping phase and could afford to have five fences down and still take the title until Booth’s ride, Twizzel, was withdrawn after being held for re-inspection on Sunday morning. That changed the picture completely, giving them only a one-fence advantage as the final test got underway, but they held firm to win through ahead of Area V in silver and Area Vlll in bronze.

And Grover-Dodge led the individual rankings from the outset, steering her 19-year-old veteran, Remington, into gold medal spot when finishing on her dressage score of 38.3. Individual silver went to 15-year-old Madelynn Snoozy with Udealer while Shelby Brost and Crimson took the bronze.

Heavy rain on the eve of the cross-country phase made for wet conditions, but the course rode well. Booth can look back on her tour of the track with Twizzel, who enjoyed such a tremendous career with American star Will Coleman in his earlier years, as an experience to remember despite her later disappointment. After finishing the course Booth said she felt like she had been “riding a hurricane! It was probably the best cross-country ride of my life, so I was really happy!”

Skyler Decker put the emotion of the team success into perspective. She said that, following Booth’s withdrawal on Sunday morning, “We had a moment, and then we said, ‘Okay ladies, we have to do this for Morgan. Let’s get it together and go jump some double-clear rounds!’” Both she and Grover-Dodge succeeded in doing just that, and with just one mistake from Clement their final score of 148.0 was good enough to clinch it. Area V’s silver medal winning score was 157.4, posted by Margaret Stocker, Caroline Testi, Olivia Alland and Barrett Phillips. Bronze medallists Jackie Lemastus, Emily Hagan, Mary Peabody and Hope Walden from Area Vlll posted 161.9. Grover-Dodge said, “I’m so excited. I was just so happy for everyone. Everyone worked so hard, so it’s just the best feeling.”

In the Young Riders CCIYR 2*, Area lll’s Diane Portwood and Cinerescent claimed the top step of the podium ahead of silver medallist Area lll’s Nicole Doolittle with Tops in silver and Area Vlll’s Paige Pence with Class Action in bronze. “I’m so happy with Leila (Cinerescent),” said Portwood. “I’m super happy with her cross-country, that’s both our best phase. She’s a fantastic cross-country horse.”

Para-Dressage

Yesterday’s presentation of the Para-Dressage Individual Freestyle medals marked the end of a successful debut for this discipline at these Championships. It all kicked off with Team gold going to USA’s Kate Shoemaker (Grade lll), Cambry Kaylor (Grade 1b) and Sydney Collier (Grade 1b), while Canada’s Nel Godin-Keating (Grade 1a), Sarah Cummings (Grade ll) and Madison Lawson (Grade lV) claimed the silver.

Collier is a sports personality in her own right, and winner of the FEI’s Against All Odds Award at last year’s FEI General Assembly in Azerbaijan. The 17-year-old, who has the Paralympic Games at Rio 2016 clearly in her sights, steered her trusty 12-year-old Hannoverian, Wentworth to also collect Grade 1b gold ahead of silver medallist Kaylor, but the tables were turned when it came to the Freestyle – team-mate Kaylor coming out on top with Markgard Donnewind with a strong score of 70.750 against Collier’s 66.100 in silver medal spot.

The Grade lll Individual and Freestyle gold went to another of the winning US side, Shoemaker with Pacifect M, while the 1a Championship and Freestyle gold went to Canada’s Nel Godin-Keating and Mr Itchy. And the remaining Canadians were not to be outdone either, Cummings and West Bay scooping Grade 11 Individual and Freestyle and Lawson and her horse Lawrence topping Grade lV Individual and Freestyle.

Speaking after her team’s victory, Collier said, “It’s such an honour to be here as a team, and I’m so impressed with my team-mates and incredibly happy with our horses!”

Endurance

A field of 14 competed in the Endurance Championship including one Canadian and three US teams. And the USA Southeast selection of Mallory Capps, Mary Kathryn Clark, Kelsey Russell, Annie Whelan and Katie Baldino dominated the podium when taking both team and individual gold, while USA Northeast claimed team silver.

Team medals were determined by the top three highest-placed combinations and USA Southeast finished best with a cumulative time of 19:35:15 while USA Northeast registered 20:30:41. The silver medal team consisted of Hanna Weightman, India Orino, Maria Muzzio and Hunter Green. The course designed by Emmett Ross drew plenty of compliments from the competitors and 11 of the 14 starters completed.

USA Southeast’s Kelsey Russell topped the individual podium after another great ride with My Wild Irish Gold who also helped her take the 2011 individual title. The mare is about to be retired and Russell said with emotion, “I won my first ride on her, and she took me to two world championships. It’s a bond I don’t think anyone will ever take away.” The pair’s winning time was 5:43:56, while Hanna Weightman and Syrocco Rabia took individual silver in 5:46:07 and bronze went to Hope Misner with Sweete Legacy who stopped the clock on 5:52:03.

Full results at http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2015najyrc/.

By Louise Parkes

Helen Claire McNulty and Natalie Pai Earn Dressage Gold Medals at NAJYRC

Dressage Junior Individual medalists – Chloe Taylor (Bronze), Helen Claire McNulty (Gold), and Camille Bergeron (Silver) (SusanJStickle.com)

Endurance Medals Awarded and Eventing Underway

Lexington, Ky. – Dressage riders from across the United States and Canada competed for Individual medals at the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) on Friday at the Kentucky Horse Park.

In the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior and Young Rider Dressage Championship, it was Helen Claire McNulty (Region 2) who claimed the Gold medal in the Junior division. In the Young Rider division, the Gold medal went to Natalie Pai (Region 3).

Endurance riders competed in their 75-mile race on Thursday, and on Friday morning Kelsey Russell was presented with the Individual Gold medal. The Team Gold was awarded to Team USA Southeast. CH-J 1* Junior eventing competition also got underway on Friday with the dressage phase of competition.

Helen Claire McNulty Wins Individual Gold

The top three in the Junior Individual dressage competition all finished within less than one percent of each other, but at the top of the list was Helen Claire McNulty of Region 2. The 15-year-old and her mount, Checkmate, finished the day on a score of 70.816% to claim the Individual Gold medal.

“I did [the NAJYRC] last year, and I finished 11th individually and fifth in the freestyle. It’s pretty cool to come back here and win it,” McNulty said.

McNulty (Holland, Mich.) continued, “My horse and I, we have had a lot of problems. Last night I said to myself that if you want to do well, you have to start pushing a little bit more and asking a little bit more because he can give it to you. I just did that today, and it paid it off. I took some risks that maybe could have ended badly, but they didn’t.”

Camille Bergeron (15, Mascouche, Que.) of Team British Columbia/Quebec rode Delfiano to the Silver medal after earning a score of 70.079%.

“We train all year to get here. Just to be here and to win is a dream come true. It proves all of our hard work paid off,” Bergeron said.

The Bronze medal was awarded to Region 9’s Chloe Taylor (17, Wimberley, Texas) riding Calecto V.

“I’m really pleased with my test and my horse, and I really want to congratulate my teammates because I think everybody did a really, really good job today. All of the tests were beautiful,” Taylor said.

Young Rider Gold Goes to Natalie Pai

On Wednesday Natalie Pai claimed Team Silver alongside her Region 3 teammates, and after Friday’s Individual competition she will also be going home with a Gold.

Pai (18, Wellington, Fla.) and Fritz San Tino finished Friday’s Individual test with a score of 69.132% to secure their victory.

“I honestly just came here to have a lot fun,” Pai said. “I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. He was such a good boy, and I’m so happy with him.”

Fresh off the USEF Young Rider European Tour, last year’s Individual, Team, and Freestyle Gold medalist, Catherine Chamberlain, came into this year’s competition feeling the pressure of returning as the defending champion, and now, she is thrilled to be leaving with another Young Rider medal. She claimed the Individual Silver medal on Avesto Van Weltevreden with a score of 68.711%.

“I was on a different horse this year. He’s really green; he’s only 10,” Chamberlain said. “We just did our first Prix St. George test in February. It’s been quite the journey with him. He’s a very talented horse. I’ve been thrilled with how he’s really developed over the last few months, and I couldn’t be happier with him. He’s trying really hard, and he’s just such a good boy. This is my last year here; I age out. To come here and to get this result is amazing. I’m very happy.”

Finishing in third and taking home the Bronze medal was Naima Moreira Laliberte (18, Montreal, Que.) on Belafonte. The pair from the team of Quebec earned a score of 68.447%.

Double Gold for Team USA Southeast in Endurance

Team USA Southeast dominated the podium on Friday morning at the NAJYRC. The team took both Team and Individual Gold, while USA Northeast earned Team Silver.

Kelsey Russell, 19, of Williston, Fla., rode off with both the Individual Gold and the Best-Conditioned Horse Award aboard My Wild Irish Gold, a 12-year-old Anglo-Arabian mare owned by Valerie Kanavy. Her teammate, Annie Whelan (Louisa, Ky.), won the Style Award.

Team medals are determined by the top three highest-placed combinations. The USA Southeast team finished with the best cumulative time of 19:35:15, followed by USA Northeast (20:30:41).

In the individual rankings, Russell had the best time of 5:43:56 hours. The Silver medal went to Hanna Weightman (Shamong, N.J.) with Meg Sleeper’s Syrocco Rabia (5:46:07 hours), and the Bronze to Hope Misner (Webster City, Iowa) with Roxi Welling’s GDE Sweete Legacy (5:52:03).

Eleven of 14 starters completed the course designed by Emmett Ross, which drew numerous compliments from competitors.

“Emmett Ross got us out of the mud, and we’re very grateful for that,” said Whelan. Ross spent the entire day before the race rerouting the course because portions of the original route were belly-deep in water from torrential rains earlier in the week.

At the press conference after the awards, there was laughter and tears, particularly when the competitors talked about their horses (three of which are being retired after this event). Among the retirees is My Wild Irish Gold, Russell’s champion mount whom she has been riding for six years and whom will now become a broodmare. The pair previously won this event at the Horse Park in 2011.

“I won my first ride on her, and she took me to two world championships,” Russell said. “It’s a bond I don’t think anyone will ever take (away).”

The Gold medal team roster included:

Kelsey Russell with Valerie Kanavy’s My Wild Irish Gold
Katie Baldino (Marietta, Ga.) with Mary Kathryn Clark’s Questafir
Annie Whelan with Nicki Meuten’s RF Priceless
Mary Kathryn Clark (Eatonton, Ga.) with her own Kalilas Legacy
Mallory Capps (Cumming, Ga.) with Jeremy Olson’s SA Belshazzar

The Silver team members were:

Hanna Weightman with Meg Sleeper’s Syrocco Rabia
India Orino (Albany Township, Maine) with Thomas Hutchinson’s Frontier Random
Maria Muzzio (Clifton, Va.) with Natalie Muzzion’s Laconic
Hunter Green (Star Tannery, Va.) with Cheryl Van Desusen’s Spotless Summer Magic

Area II and Camilla Grover-Dodge Lead Eventing after Day One

The three-day journey to the Eventing CH-J 1* (Junior) and CCI2* (Young Rider) medal podiums started on Friday with the dressage phase of the USEA North American Junior and Young Rider Eventing Championship.

In the CH-J 1* Team competition, the team from Area II leads the way on a score of 126.6 penalties, while Area VI sits second with a score of 144.8 penalties and Ontario currently rounds out the top three on a score of 146.1 penalties.

The Area II team includes:
Camilla Grover-Dodge (16, Lancaster, Pa.) on Remington XXV (38.3 penalties)
Morgan Booth (18, Charlottesville, Va.) on Twizzel (41.8 penalties)
Amanda Beale Clement (16, Phoenixville, Pa.) on Peter Pan (46.5 penalties)
Skyler Decker (16, Mount Airy, Md.) on Inoui Van Bost (53.2 penalties)

Camilla Grover-Dodge and Remington XXV, CH-J 1* leaders (Brant Gamma Photos)
Camilla Grover-Dodge and Remington XXV, CH-J 1* leaders (Brant Gamma Photos)

This year marks Booth’s third time competing at the NAJYRC, and after learning experiences the past two years, she hopes this will be her best one yet.

“I think the third time is the charm, and I’m really happy to be back because it’s so great,” Grover-Dodge said. “It’s the best week as a junior. It’s so inspiring and who doesn’t want to come ride in the Rolex arena?”

In the CH-J 1* Individual competition, Grover-Dodge on Remington XXV leads the standings with 38.3 penalties for Area II. Booth, also of Area II, sits in second riding Twizzel with 41.8 penalties, and Makenna Rold (15, Delano, Minn.) of Area IV rounds out the top three with 44.9 penalties.

“We went in there and [Remington] put on his game face,” Grover-Dodge said. “He was so rideable for all the moments; he was great.”

Grover-Dodge continued, “He’s 19, so he always has to be in work: always walking, keeping him really fit because he’s older. I’m so lucky to be able to ride Remington, and I just want to do well on him.”

In the CCI2* Individual standings, Nicole Doolittle (Reddick, Fla.) tops the leaderboard with 47.7 penalties riding Tops. Paige Pence (Louisville, Ky.) sits in second on Class Action with 59.6 penalties. Diane Portwood (Marietta, Ga.) and Cinerescent round out the top three on 60.5 penalties.

The CCI2* will not be competing for FEI medals and the team competition is not being held this year due to insufficient international entries.

USHJA North American Junior and Young Rider Show Jumping Championship Farewell Round

Eight horses competed in the Farewell class in the Walnut Arena on Friday morning with Zone 2’s Lucy Matz (Coatesville, Pa.) and Cardella topping the field. The pair posted the quickest clear jump-off round in a time of 38.42 seconds.

Finishing just behind Matz were Zone 9’s Jennifer Gates (Medina, Wash.) and Cadence in second, while third went to Canada’s Ashlee Steffens and Braveheart de Muze.

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 Saturday’s events from the Rolex Stadium and Stonelea Ring during NAJYRC. Visit www.usefnetwork.com to tune in and to find out more.

From Phelps Media Group, Inc./USEF

2015 Adequan/FEI NAJYRC Welcomes 222 Riders

Tuesday’s dressage horse inspection (SusanJStickle.com)

Lexington, Ky. – Tuesday evening’s Opening Ceremonies marked the exciting start of the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC). The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that 222 entries are set to compete in the championships, which run July 14-19 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Of the 76 riders set to compete in the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior and Young Rider Dressage Championship, 41 will vie for medals in Young Rider competition, with 35 lining up in the Junior championship. Teams will be competing from nine regions of the United States, from Mexico, and from the Canadian territories of Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia/Quebec, and British Columbia/Alberta.

In the USHJA North American Junior and Young Rider Show Jumping Championship, 27 Young Riders and 46 Juniors compose the Individual competition. A Canadian team, two Mexican teams, and nine American teams will look to secure Team medals in Junior competition, with a Canadian team and eight American teams lining up in the Young Rider Championship.

Two Canadian and nine U.S. teams are set to go in the USEA North American Junior Eventing Championship. Four individual riders will stake their claim on Young Rider excellence in the CCIYR2*.

A field of 16 riders is set to race in the North American Young Rider Endurance Championship, with one Canadian and three U.S. teams composing team competition.

New to NAJYRC this year, the North American Young Rider Para-Dressage Championship has a U.S. and a Canadian team, with 6 individuals hoping to claim top honors.

Stay connected with all the action at the 2015 NAJYRC at usefconnect.com/najyrc.

To learn more about the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North, visit: www.youngriders.org.

Tune in to the USEF Network starting at 7:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 18 to see the live stream of these rising stars in the sport.

From Phelps Media Group, Inc./USEF