Zone 2 Lights Up at NAYRJC First Individual Qualifier

[Lexington, KY] Show jumping at the 2012 Adequan /FEI North American Junior & Young Riders Championships, presented by Gotham North, is looking good for Zone 2 Young Riders after the Day One Individual Qualifier.

The top three, Callie Smith, Meg O’Mara and Mattias Tromp, all call Zone 2 home. Tomorrow we’ll see if that individual victory translates into top-notch team spirit. For the Junior Riders, Abigail McArdle of Barrington, IL (Zone 5) took home the top ribbon, followed by Shawn Casady of Zone 4 and Gabrielle Bausano from that hot Zone 2.

Callie Smith helped Zone 2 dominate today. Photo ©

Smith smoked ‘em with a time of 78.59 and no faults added. O’Mara was actually faster but with a splash in the water and a rail down, added eight for a final score of 84.30. The water jump was a factor for quite a few from toes in the tub to refusals and unfortunate dismounts. Even the liverpool caught a few by surprise, with rails falling and horses stopping. Overall the Richard Jeffrey courses were challenging but not overwhelming and set to specs. 

However in the championship format, Day One is just the tip of the iceberg, so a job well done in the first round is promising but not a probability for a medal. Day Two includes two rounds that count both towards the Team Medals and the Individual Medals. To further complicate scoring, the Junior riders will carry their faults from today into tomorrow’s competition. However the Young Riders faults are converted via multiplier, so Smith carries a zero, O’Mara comes in with a 2.86 and Tromp a 3.55 score. See details at

The Show Jumping schedule had to be adjusted when after just three competitors rode Wednesday’s course, a rather nasty storm cruised in. Management put the competition on hold for 20-30 minutes, but the weather turned from bad to worse as giant black clouds filled the air. Then the wind huffed and puffed and blew the jumps down. Management jumped into action with a new schedule and the class resumed this morning at 8:00 am. Further shifts include Day Two Rounds on Friday at 4:30pm for the Juniors and 8:30pm for the Young Riders. So Team Medals will be a late night affair. On Saturday the top 25 will return for individual competition in the afternoon, approximately 3:00pm for Juniors and 6:00pm for Young Riders. (All times EST) So stay tuned as the excitement unfolds.

A Bit About NAJYRC

The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, ages 14-21. Equestrians come from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, and Guatemala to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. A total of nine championships for juniors and young riders in five disciplines are awarded in the only FEI Championship of this kind held annually in North America. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport. Considered a significant stepping stone for serious riders, many of North America's finest equestrians who went on to represent their country on Olympic, World Championship and Nations Cup teams got their first taste of International experience at NAJYRC.

The Rider's Meeting on Tuesday brought all competitors together. Photo ©Jennifer Wood

The annual golf cart decorating contest and subsequent golf cart parade to Spy Coast Farm for a rider's barbeque on Tuesday brought out the creative side in all the Teams. Photos ©Jackie McFarland

Top Ten – NAYRJC First Individual Qualifier - Young Riders

Rider | Horse | Team | Score

  1. Callie Smith | Upstaire | Zone 2 | 78.59
  2. Meg O’ Mara | Sinatra IV | Zone 2 | 84.30
  3. Mattias Tromp | Vosqinus | Zone 2 | 85.67
  4. Kaitlin Campbell | Grand Pleasure | Zone 3 | 85.68
  5. Kilian McGrath | Salerno | Zone 10 | 90.41
  6. Hasbrouck Donavan | Deliah | Zone 4 | 90.66
  7. Charlotte Gadbois | Semira de Saulieu | Zone 10 | 92.14
  8. Navona Gallegos | No Fear | Zone 8 | 93.65
  9. Lisa Kent | Olympic Lad | Zone 5 | 96.47
  10. Sage Flynn | Hot Pants | Zone 10 | 96.62

Top Ten – NAYRJC First Individual Qualifier - Junior Riders

Rider | Horse | Team | Time | Score

  1. Abigail McArdle | Cosma 20 | Zone 5 | 79.13 | 0
  2. Shawn Casady | Zubantos | Zone 4 | 84.17 | 0
  3. Gabrielle Bausano | Ubico H | Zone 2 | 86.72 | 0
  4. Ashley Foster | Indy | Zone 3 | 88.20 | 0
  5. Savannah Talcott | Recover | Zone 7 | 93.30 | 1
  6. Claudia Billups | Quick n Easy | Zone 4 | 93.48 | 1
  7. Hannah Von Heidegger | Candle Light van de Warande | Zone 10 | 97.75 | 2
  8. Lillie Keenan | Vanhattan | Zone 2 | 80.84 | 4
  9. Sydney Shulman | Gun du Desfi | Zone 1 | 82.05 | 4
  10. Kira Kerkorian | Malcolm | Zone 2 | 83.75 | 4