Area II Repeats CH-J* Win, Diane Portwood Tops CCIYR2* in NAJYRC Finale

Area II stands in gold medal position, Area V in silver and Area VIII  in bronze. Photo via Wayne Grover on Facebook. Area II stands in gold medal position, Area V in silver and Area VIII in bronze. Photo via Wayne Grover on Facebook.

Big congratulations are in order to your 2015 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships CH-J* winning team: Area II! Area II picked up back to back wins after also winning gold in the CH-J* in 2014, and the team combined for just four jumping penalties today to take the win.

The day began on an unfortunate note for Area II as second placed individual rider Morgan Booth elected to withdraw Twizzel from the holding box during the trot-up. Morgan later posted on her Facebook page that Twizzel had some sore skin from the mud on cross country, but it sounds like he is well and will be back to fight another day.

Even without Morgan, who then became the team’s dropped score, Area II easily clinched the win over Richard Jeffery’s show jumping course in Rolex stadium today. Their final penalty score ended up 148.0, giving them a handy victory over Area V. Camilla Grover-Dodge and Remington XXV led from start to finish and jumped a double clear round to ultimately finish on their dressage score of 38.3.

Camilla wins Gold!!!!!!!

Posted by Wayne A. Grover on Sunday, July 19, 2015

Camilla and Remington have been top class all weekend, and they pick up their first CCI* win in a quite memorable way. In silver individually are Area VII’s Madelynn Snoozy and Udealer, who also jumped double clear to move up from fourth place. Picking up individual bronze is Alberta team member, Shelby Brost and Crimson, a former ride of four-star rider Daniel Clasing. In total, 15 pairs in the CH-J* added nothing to their two day score.

Area V also enjoyed a phenomenal weekend, picking up team silver on a total penalty score of 157.4. This team steadily moved up the board, beginning the weekend in fifth after dressage and third after cross country. Big congratulations to Margaret Stocker, Caroline Testi, Olivia Alland and Barrett Phillips!

Also grabbing a spot on the podium are “home” team Area VIII consisting of Jackie Lemastas, Hope Walden, Emily Hagan and Mary Peabody Camp. This team also slid into a podium spot with today’s efforts after lying fourth following cross country. Area VIII ends on a total penalty score of 161.9.

Despite picking up eight jumping penalties in today’s show jumping, Diane Portwood and Cinerescent held on for the win in the modified CCIYR2* division. Diane and her gray mare moved into first place following cross country when overnight leader Nicole Doolittle picked up a few too many time penalties on course.

Diane and Cinerescent will end their weekend on a 68.5, followed by Nicole Doolittle, the 2013 CH-J* individual gold medalist, and Tops who finished with 12 jumping and four time penalties for a three day total of 84.5. In third place and completing the division are Paige Pence and Class Action, who picked up 16 jumping penalties for a final score of 94.0.

Certainly this year was quite a bit different from what we’re used to seeing at NAJYRC with the modified two-star format. To that end, the USEA is seeking feedback on how to make the CH-Y** more feasible for the young riders who are working hard to qualify before they age out. You are encouraged to contact your area coordinators with constructive feedback on the future of the NAJYRC.

We’d once again like to thank Samantha and Lily Clark for all of their hard work bringing us coverage from NAJYRC this year. It’s always a privilege to see the next generation of event riders competing in a team environment, and we’d like to congratulate all on a successful (albeit hot!) weekend.

We’ll be updating this post with quotes from the riders, so keep checking back for more. You can also check out both RNS Video and The Horse Pesterer as they upload their videos from the weekend. Go Eventing!

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