California Dressage Society
Region 7 NAJYRC 2013
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The 2013 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) features 261 young athletes that compete in five disciplines from. The NAJYRC is held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. This year, young equestrians will come from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. The Dressage Competition features 80 Young Riders and Junior Young Riders from across the nation.
2013 REGION 7 NAJYRC
Young Rider Team - Gold Medal: Jamie Pestana / Winzalot 71.05, Jaclyn Pepper / Taboo 68.132, Ariel Thomas / Montfleury 67.184, Teresa Adams / WeeJee 64.237.
They had a team total of 206.421 for victory. Region 7 won the Silver medal last year, so the team was happy to improve on that performance in 2013. The riders attributed part of their victory to great teamwork and the advantages of their region.
Pepper noted, "We're all here to support each other and we have a really great team this year. We're all rooting for each other to do our best, even in the individual competitions. Our Chef, Jan Ebeling, has been awesome this year. There are a lot of great opportunities in our region in general. We have some really great shows and getting the CDI experience before we get here is a really big advantage. Some regions don't necessarily have that advantage."
Pestana, who was the 2010 Junior Individual and Freestyle Gold medalist and a two-time Team Silver medalist, added, "it's great when you're out there and your team is cheering for you and you know that you're not just there for yourself, but for your teammates and your region."
Adams, who is at her second NAJYRC, said that she was excited to see her other teammates do so well. "It's so different than any other show," she said. "It makes us all just ride that much better to help our team members because this represents everyone here. We want to give each other a good name, make our horses look good, and have fun together."
Thomas noted that California has helped produce great riders that consistently do well at NAJYRC. "California is really nice because we have so many shows and CDIs, so it really helps us get the feel of what it's going to be like before we come here," she said.
Young Rider Team: Left to Right Teresa Adams, Ariel Thomas, jaclyn pepper, Janie Pestanaand Chef Jan Ebeling
Junior Rider Team - Silver Medal: Olivia Zeilinger/ Stentano 68.811, Rison Naness / Venezia 66.73, Lindsey Brewin / Vaillant 65.919, Gabriela Glumac / Zodessa 63.838
Junior Rider Team: Left to Right Olivia Zielinger, Gabriela Glumac, Rison Naness, and LIndsey Brewin
Young Rider Individual Silver Medal: Jamie Pestana / Winzalot
Young Rider Freestyle Silver Medal: Jamie Pestana / Winzalot
Junior Rider Individual Bronze Medal: Rison Naness / Venezia