The Spirit of Champions

"Due to our new status as the North American Youth Reining gold medalists we signed a menu at Malon's ... we opted for it to be placed by Toby Keith's. We'll have to come back next year to see if it made it onto the wall!" - Nancy

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard that Canada literally rocked the podium in Kentucky at the North American Junior & Young Riders Championships last week. Not only did Team Alberta walk away with the Team Competition gold medals, this past Saturday, July 31, 2010, our country took the individual gold, silver AND bronze medals. At precisely 7:59 am, I received a text message alerting me of the wonderful news and via folks on My Stable Life, Facebook, etc., word spread like wild fire.

Nancy Pratch receives the individual gold medal.

Congratulations goes to Nancy Pratch from Alberta aboard Rooster Kicker for marking an incredible 215 to capture Gold in the Individual competition. Fellow Canadian, Darcy Wilson from Ontario and Miss Cielo Chex marked a 213.5 to slide into Silver and closing the medal race was Vanessa Strotman from British Columbia and her mount, Listos May Day Hobby with a 212.5 for Bronze.


Here are a couple more pics from Kentucky and some of Team Alberta’s behind-the-scenes action:

(L-R) Nancy Pratch, Chloe Beveridge, Kaylynn Malmberg and Sage Sapergia.

The fabulous Gary Boan.

Chloe: a girl with a killer outfit. I think I've seen this before somewhere...

Rooster Kicker has blood drawn for veterinarians to assess.

...And Kicker gets a pee test.

Chloe Beveridge, Kaylynn Malmberg and Sage Sapergia.

The girls got to enjoy other events occurring at the NAYRC including, Eventing. The eventers were fortunate enough to ride on the same course that is being prepared for the upcoming WEG.

What many readers may not know is that amongst the Gold Medal Team (Alberta), is a 19-year-old member who put forth a fantastic effort in Kentucky despite her current ongoing battle with brain cancer. In the true spirit of a champion, Kaylynn Malmberg helped to bring the gold medal to Canada all while dealing with a stress no person should ever have to face, let alone a young woman with so much talent and passion. Take a look at the following video clip done by a local Kentucky news crew and before I sign out for today, I’d like to leave you with the following quote:

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them.  When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?  We have two options, medically and emotionally:  give up, or fight like hell.”

~Lance Armstrong

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Comments

  1. Susan Los says:

    I am so proud of Kaylynn for continuing on with her ride. She did a wonderful job!!! “Hats off” to Kaylynn for riding proud for her province and her country. You are an inspiration to everyone!!!

  2. Congratulations, Team Canada, what an amazing effort with a fantastic reward Canadian riders can all share in. Kaylynn, I wish every youth rider in Canada could see that video – what an inspiration you are.
    . . . my only question, girls. . . Toby Keith?

  3. awesome story!!! great job kaylynn, way to ride strong! pretty inspiring.

  4. A huge “Congrads” to all of you girls, what a remarkable statement your team makes to young riders everywhere! You inspire, you make us proud! Looking forward to watching you all in your future endeavors. BRAVO!!!

  5. Fantastic job Jenn,
    I always enjoy reading My Stable Life. Congratulations to Kaylynn on her success and lets pray for her complete recovery.

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