Four gray horses earned four gold medals today for Area VIII in the 2019 Adequan North American Youth Championships.
The dream team of Elizabeth Henry/Charlotte La Bouff, Cierra Daratony/Rio De Janerio, Gracie Elliott/Ballylanders Finn McCool, and Tate Northrop/Fine With Me finished with 13.6 points to spare on a cumulative result of 90.6.
“Must be the gray horses–they’re kind of our good luck charm,” Gracie said at the press conference, but these girls deserve much more credit. They each truly rose to the pressure, delivering three clear rounds to make their gold medal dream a reality.
Looking polished as professionals, the all gray glam squad also cleaned up well individually with Elizabeth finishing 2nd, Cierra 6th, Gracie 10th and Tate 19th.
Here’s more of their thoughts from the press conference:
- Area VIII (90.6)
- Area II (104.2)
- Area IV (109.2)
Individually, Charlotte Babbitt secured gold, winning from pillar to post with her own 2 A.M., 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Sheraton x Regina K, by Ahorn) on a score of 24.
Elizabeth Henry said show jumping was her and Charlotte La Bouff’s most difficult phase, but they delivered a double clear round for individual silver today on a finishing score of 24.9.
Ben Noon rode tactfully around Marc Donovan’s track with his own Keep Kitty, 8-year-old Hanoverian mare (King Julio x Emelie, by Escudo I), for individual bronze. He’s also finishing on his dressage score of 27.