The North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) were held July 15-20, 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The NAJYRC is an annual event that offers an opportunity for juniors and Young Riders to compete at world class venues such as The Kentucky Horse Park. Competition takes place in the Olympic disciplines of Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping and the kids vie for team and individual FEI medals. The FEI invites the North American countries, the U.S., Canada and Mexico as well as Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands. The U.S. is divided into 9 regions, and Region 8 is comprised of the New England states, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont as well as New York. This year, Region 8 came home with a Team Bronze Medal won by the Young Rider Dressage team as well as an Individual Bronze Medal for Region 8 team member Hope Cooper. The Juniors placed sixth out of eleven teams and altogether five out of the eight girls qualified for the Freestyle.
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Julie Welles of Wellington, FL, and Warren, VT, rode Twan to victory in the $10,000 Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Thursday, July 31, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Welles and Twan were the first pair to tackle the course designed by 1976 Olympic individual silver medalist Michel Vaillancourt of Canada. Despite having the unenviable position of going first in the order, Welles pulled out a win with Twan, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Welles also finished sixth on Bazooka de Muze and seventh with Ramses du Lavillon.
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The U.S. sends a promising group into this week’s FEI Nations Cup at CDIO3* Hickstead, running July 31-August 3. The team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Susie Dutta, Brian Hafner, and Lisa Wilcox, led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald, have drawn third in the order of five international teams. Nations Cup competition kicks off Thursday with the first day of Grand Prix competition, and continues Friday with the second half of the combinations performing the FEI Grand Prix Test. The 2014 victors will be crowned on Saturday following the FEI Grand Prix Special, as overall team scores will be calculated by the top three scores in Grand Prix being weighted equally with the top three scores from the Special.
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy held a ceremony at Locket’s Meadow Farm in Bethany, CT, on July 29, 2013, with farmers and other stakeholders from the state’s agricultural community to commemorate the passage of a new state law that protects the owners and handlers of domesticated horses from a recent court ruling by making it clear in state statute that the animals do not possess a “naturally mischievous or vicious propensity.”
Those who were present Saturday at the CSI5* competition in the Glock, were able to witness a true show-jumping spectacle. 38 top athletes entered the 1.55 m high world ranking jumping competition aiming for victory. The path to it was a one-off jump off and the quality of the top-notch starting group was proven in the moment of ruling.