Postcards From Kentucky – Day 3

Team Alberta with their championship ribbons, flowers and team sheets made by Equine Essentials - THANKS NOVA! - NAJYRC

My Stable Life and Western Horse Review were the first to report to you yesterday that Team Alberta at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Kentucky, won gold medals in the Team Competition held July 29. Check out: Postcards From Kentucky – Day 2.

Said Kim Magnuson, mother of youth team member Chloe Beveridge and “groom extraordinare”, “It’s just so exciting! The girls all put in really good, solid runs. There were some tough contending teams here and the US had some nice runs, but in the end they didn’t add up to as much cumulatively. Team Alberta  beat 2 American teams in the process!”

Nancy Pratch, a member of Team Alberta and the highest scorer in Wednesday’s Welcome class revealed, “It has just been an AWE-some day. We are having a blast.”

Team Alberta listens to the Canadian National Anthem while standing atop the podium.

The Canadian flag is raised to the tallest height.

“The girls each got a championship sheet, big ribbons, flowers and a medal. And they got to do a couple of laps around the arena in celebration. They put their blankets on over their saddles and rode their victory laps – it was pretty cool!!” said Magnuson.

The girls enter the arena for the championship presentation.

Golf carts are a necessity to get around the park.... there are approximately 2,000 horses stabled on the ground with all the horse shows going on.

And here is the official Press Release:

The Alberta Reining Team won the gold medal on July 29 at the 2010 Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships. Presented by Gotham North, these Championships are being held July 28–August 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, also the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

From a start list of 20 competitors representing six regions throughout Canada and the United States, the Team from Alberta handily won the competition with a score of 629.5. The Team, comprised of Chloe Beveridge of Calgary, AB, Kaylynn Malmberg of Carseland, AB, Nancy Pratch of St. Paul, AB, and Sage Sapergia of Cochrane, AB, finished three points ahead of the USA-East Team. The bronze medal was awarded to the USA-West team with 622.

Team Alberta gets their picture taken with their mothers.

The Ontario Reining Team which consists of Lyndsay Kloster of Newmarket, ON, Darcy Wilson of Goodwood, ON, and Lane Wilson of Goodwood, ON, finished just out of medal contention in fourth with 620. Fifth place went to the Combined Team from Quebec/British Columbia. Laurianne Gagnon-Duval of St. Augustine de Desmaures, QC, Gabrielle Martel of Repentigny, QC, and Vanessa Strotmann of Salmon Arm, BC, earned a score of 618. Rounding out the top six was Megan Robinson of Dufresne, MB, Christine Simpson of Winnipeg, MB, Kylie Wasiuta of Winnipeg, MB, and Kelsey Wiens of Winnipeg, MB, of the Manitoba Team that posted a score of 608.5.

Vet drug testing was done randomly in competition horses.

“The Team competition was a very tight, exciting display of power and horsemanship,” said Wendy Dyer, who is the Chef d’équipe for all four Canadian teams. “The scores were so close it was incredible. Everyone did their best and showed their maturity and skill.”

The riders from the Team competition go forward to the Individual Final competition, which will be held on Saturday, July 31.

Complete results are available at www.youngriders.org.

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