It definitely came down to the finish line for the CCI2* riders at NAJYRC today. Double clear rounds were few and far between, with three out of 13 pairs producing faultless rounds.
David Ziegler entered the ring with a comfortable 13.9 point lead, meaning he had three rails in hand should they be needed. David and Critical Decision ended up with three rails down to finish on a 58.3, still more than enough to win the 2*. This is certainly a rider to watch, as we noted earlier that he also competed in the Dressage portion of NAJYRC this weekend and is clearly a jack of all trades. Critical Decision is quite the experienced mount, running around Rolex three times previously with Missy Ransenhousen.
Calvin Ramsay and Flintstar ended a phenomenal weekend highlighted by a steady move up in the standings. After sitting in 15th after dressage, the pair turned in a faultless cross country round as well as a double clear show jumping to end up in silver medal position individually.
April Simmonds and Impressively Done win one of my favorite rounds of the day, knocking just one rail to take home bronze individually.
Area III, leading after cross country, claimed two of the three double clear rounds to clinch the team gold medal and score a repeat win in the CH-Y**. Area V & VI moved up from third after cross country to secure silver, and Ontario took home bronze with just two members remaining on their roster after cross country. Area II, IV & VIII round out the team standings in fourth place.