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Zone 10 Young Riders Sweep Individual Medals

Parker, Colorado. With two team gold medals to their credit, Zone 10 clinched the individual gold medals and a few more. Lucy Davis went into the final two rounds of the NAJYRC Individual Junior Championship with a two rail lead, but it proved unnecessary. She and Mister Mind continued to post clear rounds, and with nary a rail all week, Davis clearly earned the individual gold medal.

Annie Laurie Cook was also in medal contention and a clear round in the first round of today’s final kept her in the hunt. Unfortunately nerves came into play in the second round and a stop at the first jump proved costly. Although she re-grouped and jumped the rest of the course with no faults, the four faults for the stop and three time penalties dropped her out of the medals to fourth. However, for her first time at NAJYRC, Cook proved that she is a serious competitor and will find the top of the medal podium.

For the Young Rider Individual Championship, the jumps went up and the riders faced a course the equivalent of a small grand prix. Karl Cook, Paige Dotson, and Hannah Selleck were no more than two points apart at the top of the leader board. Sarah Tredennick (Zone 8) was a rail behind them. However, with two rounds to face, none of the riders could let down.

The gap between the three Zone 10 riders and the rest of the field widened after the first round, but the gap between the riders got closer. Tredennick accrued five faults, so she carried a score of 17.09. Cook galloped around and left all the rails up and he maintained his score of 8.00. Selleck caught the final rail in the first round and the additional faults left her with 11.76. Dotson was last to go and she too had a rail which resulted in a score of 10.73. The gold medal would come down to the last riders in the last round, and the crowd was on its feet.

In the second round, Selleck was first to go of the three Zone 10 riders. She put the pressure on by posting a clear round on Bauer, and a final score of 11.76. Friponnier II CH jumped so hard in the warm up that Dotson was jumped off. She was unhurt, but her horse refused to be caught. Cook graciously moved up and posted a solid round, but four faults midway through put him just behind Selleck with 12 faults after five rounds of jumping. Re-grouped and re-mounted, Dotson rode into the ring, with a narrow lead over Selleck. A heartbreaking rail at the final jump added four faults to her score, which dropped her to third and a final score of 14.73.

No Young Rider team in recent history has clinched all three individual medals, and Selleck was further honored by earning the Style Award which is chosen by the show jumping jury. Sonia Rabbow (MEX) who served as President of the Jury said, "She rides beautifully. She is forward, soft, and very accurate. It is a pleasure to watch her. We noticed her the first day and she continued to impress us."

Sophie Benjamin was the fourth Zone 10 rider to make it into the final round, and she earned a clear first round which propelled her up the standings. A four fault round left her just a rail out of the top ten and she was very pleased to have improved her scores from the team day.

The Zone 10 team heads home with four gold medals, a silver, and a bronze.

For complete results and all the scores of the day, visit the NAJYRC website at: http://www.youngriders.org.

Langer Equestrian Group, Inc. is pleased to be producing the NAJYRC on behalf of the United States Equestrian Federation. This is the third time LEG has produced the event, although LEG representatives Larry Langer, Charlotte Skinner, and Marnye Langer are involved with the event every year in various official capacities. The NAJYRC is the only international (FEI) championship held in North America.


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