NORTH AMERICAN YOUNG RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIPS July 30 to August 5, 2007
Being a member of the North American Young Riders Zone II team was an amazing experience and another dream fulfilled for 2007. Although the Zone II Young Rider's team chances for a medal ended on Friday after some unfortunate circumstances, the Junior team received the Bronze Medal. During the individual competition, Marga and I were one of three Zone II Young and Junior horse/rider combinations to place in the top ten on Friday and one of two horse/rider combinations to place in the top ten individual and overall competition on Sunday.
The NAYRC and NAJC Championships at the Virginia Horse Park, Lexington, Virginia featured the disciplines of dressage, eventing, and show jumping. Using a Nations Cup format with adherence to FEI rules, representation from most of the USEF Zone and Regional designations and regions in Canada and Mexico provided young riders with a unique opportunity to experience the individual and team format used during international competition. Qualifying for the event varies depending on your Zone or Regional specifications.
Two bonuses of being at NARYC were getting a chance to watch some of the eventing and dressage competition and spending time with young riders and trainers from all over the United States, Mexico and Canada.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ralph and Holly Caristo, Frank and Stacia Madden, my parents, the parents of my fellow team members, the junior and young rider team members, and the grooms for their support, encouragement, commitment, effort and positive spirit which helped make the experience at Young Riders one that I will remember for years to come!
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