Junior Riders Enjoy a Big-Time AEC Experience

Jr. Novice riders walk their show jumping course. Photo by Leslie Wylie. Jr. Novice riders walk their show jumping course. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Imagine being a junior rider competing in this year’s American Eventing Championships. It’s likely the biggest event of your life, and everything just feels like a big deal to match: the huge arena, the giant video screens, the thrill of jumping the very same jumps (if perhaps lower by several holes) as the big-name riders you look up to.

And if you end up in the top three of your division? Get ready! A beautiful ribbon, medal and heap of prizes from the AEC’s generous sponsors are coming your way. But first, you’ve got to do your very first press conference!

Congrats to the top three finishers in the Broadstone Jr. Beginner Novice 14 and Under division! #1 - Annabelle Kress and Batteries Not Included, #2. Mackenzie Lea and The Man in Black, #3. Chloe Johnson and DaVinci. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Congrats to the top three finishers in the Broadstone Jr. Beginner Novice 14 and Under division! #1 – Annabelle Kress and Batteries Not Included, #2. Mackenzie Lea and The Man in Black, #3. Chloe Johnson and DaVinci. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

We here in the media center were incredibly impressed by the poise of the winning junior and young riders who stopped by to answer our questions and recap their rides. Here’s a sampling of interviews from the 2016 AEC Junior and Young Rider Champions:

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Congratulations to the Junior/Young Rider Preliminary and Broadstone Junior Beginner Novice winners, who also show jumped today:

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Go Eventing.

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