Two days of the Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage Championships have now concluded, meaning that the 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, Developing Prix St. Georges and Developing Grand Prix horses have done one test each. Champions will be crowned starting tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are some facts about horses in each of the divisions
The top 18 individual riders after the Grand Prix and Special have advanced to the Grand Prix freestyle, which determines the individual medals. They start on a clean slate score-wise, so the freestyle score alone determines the individual medal finish.
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Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen elected to stop Parzival in the middle of their Grand Prix test today at the Rio Olympics, thus ending her chances of further competition at these Games. Cornelissen said the 19-year-old gelding was ill yesterday, but she’d hoped to still provide a score for her team.
When Erica Jarrell, sitting in the press conference with a gold medal around her neck, talked about the day of show jumping in the CCI* at the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, it wasn’t even her own round and success with Uni Sprite she referenced.
“It was overwhelming,” she said. “I was holding on for support to one of my grooms while my teammates were riding. Cornelia [Dorr] had the most beautiful show jumping round I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Annick Niemuller started the day of Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships CCI* cross-country in fourth place on FE Akari. But by the end of the day, she found herself sitting first after her own double-clear trip.
In 2014, Nicholas Hansen listened as his veterinarian told him some devastating news about his mount, Ritter Benno. The horse had a stifle injury, and the chances he’d come back to full dressage work? They were not good.
But fast forward to today, when Hansen and “Ritter” led the victory gallop for the FEI Young Rider Individual test at the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, gold medal draped around Hansen’s neck, and Ritter outfitted in a championship cooler.
After a day of FEI Junior Team tests at the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, Region 3 triumphed over Region 4 and the combined team from Regions 1 and 6 with a final tally of 65.76 percent.