FEI North American Junior and Young Riders Championships

JuniorTeamReiningReining Results – Provided by FEI – As it did during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2010, the Reining Championships took place in the air-conditioned Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park and excitement was at fever-pitch throughout the competitions. This was a two-way contest all the way between USA and Canada and team medals were equally shared, with USA clinching Junior team gold and Canada topped the Young Rider podium.

(Photo: Team Junior Gold Medal for USA in Reining, Victoria Cartillar, James Michael Phillips and Matthew Verser at the 2013 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. By StockImageServices.com/FEI)

JamesMichaelPhillipsUSAGoldIt was a sensational US Junior team victory as they pulled it off with just two riders when Gimme Major Bucks, ridden by Victoria Cartillar, didn’t pass the veterinary inspection. Against the odds, Matthew Verser and James Michael Phillips riding Sunrise in Hollywood and Shining Shoes respectively really rose to the occasion with scores of 206.5 and 213 to win it. Chef d’Equipe, Dell Hendricks said, “they had huge hurdles to overcome with only two horses to show, but they kept fighting their way through. That’s the real fun of being on a team – when you come through even though you’re not supposed to!”

(Photo: Individual Junior Gold Medal in Reining, James Michael Phillips (USA) and Sunrise In Hollywood at the 2013 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. By StockImageServices.com/FEI)

The Junior silver team medals went to Canada’s Emily Wilson (Miss Cielo Chex), Maxine Whiteside (Sailors Good Sackett), Hannah Sted (Lil Cat n Gun and Haley Franc (Jacs Shy Boy).

YRTeamReiningIn Young Riders the Canadian gold medalists Pearl Aebly (Ms Smart Holywood), Stephanie Thomson (Jacs Docsan) and Madison Steed (Jumpin Jack Trash) were all first-timers at the NAJYRC. Steed said “we went in with a plan to have a good, easy, calm round and show the judges that Canada is here. It means a lot, to be able to represent your country at an event like this. To come here and get the gold, with us being beginners, was awesome!”

Young Riders Reining Team silver went to USA South Central’s Jonathan Stepka (Sweet Mega Brown), Jake Letner (A Genuine Diamond) and Jamie Erickson (Rock Mountain Whiz).

(Photo: Gold Medal Canadian Young Rider Reining Team, Emily Wilson, Hannah Steed, Maxine Whiteside, Haley Franc and Wendy Dyer (Chef) at the 2013 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. By StockImageServices.com/FEI)

Madison-SteedCanada’s Madison Steed and Jumpin Jac Trash took the Young Rider Reining Individual gold medal, showing with great confidence and skill to secure an emphatic five-point win over the USA’s Jamie Erickson and Rocky Mountain Whiz whose US team-mate, Jonathan Stepka, took bronze with Sweet Mega Brown. Steed said of her victory “it all goes back to my horse. He doesn’t stop, he has so much try in him. He’s a cool horse that way. You can push him as hard as you want. I really owe it to him”. Erickson, also 16 years of age, was only competing in his fifth show with Rocky Mountain Whiz and said “each time we ride, we’re always improving.”

(Photo: Individual Gold Medal Reining Young Rider, Madison Steed (CAN) and Jumpin Jac Trash at the 2013 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. By StockImageServices.com/FEI)

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