The team from Zone 4, Chase Boggio, Jordan Coyne, Liza Finsness and Samantha Senft, struck Gold at the North American Young Riders in Lexington, KY
Lexington, Kentucky – July 29, 2011 – On another blistering day in the Bluegrass State, and at the Adequan FEI/North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham North, there was nothing hotter than the eight talented horsemen and women that made up the Junior and Young Rider teams from Zone 4, a zone that encompasses the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Zone 4 led two victory gallops and stood atop two podiums as the winners of both the Junior and Young Riders Team competitions. It’s the first Zone 4 sweep in the long and storied history of the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.
In the Junior division, the Gold medal didn’t come easy. In fact, after two grueling rounds of show jumping on a very uncomfortable day, the issue still hadn’t been settled. It took a head to head battle in a Gold medal jump-off between Zone 2 and Zone 4, tied with 12 faults apiece, to finally decide the 2011 champion.
Twelve, as it turned out, was the magic number on Friday for the Zone 4 teams.
The Zone 4 Young Riders struck Gold with a brilliant two round performance that saw the team again total only 12 faults over a challenging Richard Jeffery track. In so doing, they edged out the team from Zone 10, whose members had to settle for Silver with 15 penalty points on the scoreboard. Bronze in the Young Riders Team competition went to Zone 2, finishing their day with 16 faults.
Zone 4 Gold Medal Junior team, Land Hughes, Barnhill and Donovan
The Zone 4 Juniors blitzed thru the jump-off with three clear rounds and a round of 4. Hayley Barnhill, who produced an amazing three clean rounds on the day led the way back with Toucan Tango and immediately put the pressure on with her third fault free go of the afternoon. When Zone 2’s Callie Smith, who hadn’t had a fault through two rounds, posted 12 in the jump-off, the pressure was clearly on the shoulders of the riders from Zone 2.
A ray of hope, following a clear round by Gabrielle Bausano of Zone 2 and a subsequent rail down for Hasbrouck Donovan from Zone 4, quickly faded away when Michael Hughes and Francis Land each went clean again for Zone 4 to force the issue. Zone 2’s Charlotte Jacob’s rail down finally sealed the deal for Zone 4.
Hayley Barnhill and Toucan Tango
Zone 2's Callie Smith and Captain Krutzman
Michael Hughes smiled and said, “It is amazing winning a Gold medal here. This is a premiere competition and we were up against some great riders.”
Hasbrouck Donovan echoed teammate Hughes’ thoughts, saying, “This is my first time here and it was great to be successful today. It was a challenging course, especially the triple combination.”
Hayley Barnhill, with three clear rounds, refused to take any personal credit for today’s stay atop the Junior podium. “Our horses went really well today. They were unbelievable for all of us,” she said.
Zone 4’s Chef d’ Equipe Kim Land said of her talented young squad, one that included daughter Frances, “I am really proud of them for how they came together today over a very challenging course in very tough conditions.”
Silver Medal winner Callie Smith of Zone 2 was honest in her assessment of today’s action, “I had a rough jump off,” she smiled and added, “he went incredibly well this week. I couldn't have asked for more. He was a little tired by the time we got to the jump-off.”
Michael Hughes and Frances Land
Zone 1/6's Brooke Cudmore and Ocelot NAYJ
“She was great,” Zone 2’s Charlotte Jacobs said of her equine partner. “We did the inside turn in the jump-off. It was a quick jump off, it was fun, but I wish I hadn’t had the rail.”
Gabrielle Bausano, at her first Young Riders, noted, “It was a little stressful that we had to jump off, but my horse was awesome today.”
The Junior Team Bronze went to the combined team from Zones 1/6, comprised of Sydney Shulman, Brooke Cudmore, Dana Scott and Avery Waite. The group quickly faded from an excellent four fault start in the first round. They picked up 12 more in the second round and missed the jump-off by a single rail down.
Cudmore said of her mount, “My horse tried so hard yesterday. Today he was great in the first round, but a little tired by the time we got to the second round.”
Team members Dana Scott and Avery Waite both agreed that their mounts had performed nicely in the first round, but tired as the long day wore on, and Scott said, “Today in the first round we were in sync, but not in the second round.”
The Junior riders set the stage for the team championship for the Young Riders.
All the Gold to Zone 4
On the strength of clear rounds from Samantha Senft and Jordan Coyne and a four fault total from Chase Boggio, the Zone 4 team was able to discard the eight faults added by teammate Liza Finsness and finish round one with only 4 faults on the scoreboard.
That total gave them a rail advantage over the team from Zone 2 after the first round. Katie Dinan led the way for Zone 2 with two brilliant clear rounds. Danielle Cooper and Karen Polle added four in the first round, allowing a drop score from Francesca Bolfo and leaving the team from Zone 2 on 8 faults going into round two.
Jordan Coyne of Zone 4 and Lazaro
Zone 2's Katie Dinan and Vancouver, #1 going into NAYR Indiv Final
Two faults further back of Zone 2 was the team from Zone 10, with a score of 10 in round one. A single time fault for Danielle Korsh led the way for the West Coasters. Kendall Skreden had a single rail, Cayla Richards had a rail and a time fault, while Sage Flynn with 16 faults, became the drop score.
As the second round unfolded, the team from Zone 4 never let off the gas or let up on the pressure on the two teams nipping at their heels.
Samantha Senft duplicated her first round clear and in round two, Chase Boggio improved from four faults to fault-free. Single knockdowns from Jordan Coyne and Liza Finsness allowed for a brilliant second round of 8 faults and a two round total of 12 for Zone 4.
But, they couldn’t breathe a sigh of relief until the final riders competed for their two closest challengers.
Zone 4's Chase Boggio Hennessey currently 5th going into NAYR Ind Final
Zone 2's Danielle Cooper and Calantus, sitting 4th going into NAYR Ind Final
Danielle Korsh of Zone 10 and San Diego are 9th going into NAYR Individual Final following rounds of 0 and 1 on Friday
Zone 2, despite Dinan’s second spotless round and a beautiful clear from Danielle Cooper couldn’t overcome the 8 fault score of Karen Polle and the 16 added by Francesco Balfo. Zone 2 matched their first round 8 fault score to total 16 for the day, leaving daylight for the riders from California.
As the team championship’s second round unfolded, Zone 10 came out of the gate smoking, with a 4, a 1 and a clear, from Richards, Korsh and Flynn, respectively. With a clear round from their final rider, the team would only have to add a single time fault and the Gold would be theirs with an 11 fault total. The Californians had to settle for Silver though, when anchor rider Kendall Skreden put an 8 on the scorecard. Their second round total of five, was added to the 10 from round one, to give them 15 total faults on the day.
For Zone 4’s anchor rider, Chase Boggio, that meant when he went in the ring, the Gold Medal had already been secured. “I am happy to make history for the Zone 4 Young Riders. For the second round we had already clinched the Gold, so I just went in there and tried to replicate my first round, other than the last jump,” he smiled.
For Jordan Coyne, a Gator from the University of Florida, competing at Young Riders was uncharted territory, “This is my first 1.50m show,” she smiled. “Lazaro was great today. I think my horse is the best horse in the world. I've had him for almost 6 years. I am very lucky to have him. I also want to thank Kim Land, because she really has contributed to our success.”
Zone 10 Silver Medal NAYR team
“I thought this whole week was great,” said Silver medal winner Kendall Skreden.
Zone 10 Silver medal teammate Sage Flynn talked about her improvement from the first to second round, “This is the highest I ever competed on him. In the first round, I had two rails, so in the second round I rode him more aggressively and as a result he felt more comfortable for me.”
Californian Danielle Korsch stated, “The heat and humidity was also hard, but they are handling it well. I thought today’s course was very technical and challenging.”
Cayla Richards, a NAYRC veteran agreed, saying, “It was a big and really
technical course today. It was really tough. In addition to the heat, for those of us coming from California, the jet lag is also a little difficult when that sets in.”
Zone 2 Bronze Medal NAYR team
From the Bronze medal Zone 2 team, Daniella Cooper talked about the challenge of this national championship. “This format of 5 rounds is tough - you have to be sure to condition your horse well when you’re coming to Young Riders. It's nice to be in Kentucky horse country, but it sure is hot,” she laughed.
“The format of the competition is a marathon,” agreed Zone 2’s Katie Dinan, who will lead the way in the race to the Individual Championship on Sunday, “It's more than I would usually do. But this is a lot of fun and I really enjoy being around our Chef D’ Equipe Ralph Caristo, he's always known for his enthusiasm and I think that rubs off.”
When Sunday’s Individual Final gets underway, just a tenth of a point behind Dinan will be team Gold medalist Samantha Senft, competing in her first North American Young Riders Championship. Senft talked about the team camaraderie and the somewhat strange idiosyncrasies of her mount, Early Morning. “She is interesting. During the week we only trail ride. Before we go in, I have to sing a Justin Bieber song. She listens to that music all the time. In fact, I have an Ipod in the stable with Justin Bieber music on it,” she laughed.
Zone 4's Samantha Senft with Early Morning, second going into the NAYR Indiv Final
“We had so much team spirit,” Senft remarked of the Zone 4 sweep. “Back in the barn we all painted out nails,” she said, noting with a laugh that Chase Boggio was not part of that ‘spirit.’
And of course, that’s what the Adequan FEI/North American Junior and Young Rider Championships are all about, right? Great horsemanship, a fabulous learning experience, the advancing of a show jumping career, and most importantly, team spirit.
Our coverage will continue on Sunday, with the Individual Finals for the Junior and Young Riders.
We hope you’re enjoying the reporting.
YOUNG RIDER'S and JUNIOR PHOTO GALLERY FROM SATURDAY AT THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK
Katie Dinan and Vancouver #1 going into NAYR Indiv Final
Zone 5's Lisa Kent and Olympic Lad, 6th going into NAYR Ind Final
Zone 10's Cayla Richards and Faustino sitting 7th going into NAYR Ind Final
Kaitlin Campbell of Zone 3 and Rocky W are 8th going into NAYR Ind Final
Taylor Land of Zone 4 and Nepal sit 10th going into NAYR Ind Final
Zone 2's Karen Polle with Cachette Z, 11th going into NAYR Ind Final
Kendall Skreden of Zone 10 and Esparanto 12th into the NAYR Ind Final
Liza Finsness of Zone 4 and Ormsby Hill, 13th going into the NAYR Ind Final
Zone 10's Sage Flynn with Hot Pants, #14 going into NAYR Ind Final
Paulena Johnson of Zone 3, with Quastor Van De Helle Z is 15th going into NAYR Ind Final
JUNIORS AND OTHER PHOTOS FROM FRIDAY
Zone 5 Chef D' Equipe Abby Blankenship
Catherine Tyree of Zone 5
Charlotte Jacobs pf Zone 2 and Karonda V Schlosslihof Ch, NAYJ member Zone 2 Silver Medal team
Frances Land and Merlin NAYJ, member, Gold Medal Zone 4 team
Gabriela Mershad of Zone 5
Gabrielle Bausano and Ubico H, NAYJ member Zone 2 Silver Medal team
Hasbrouck Donovan of Zone 4, and Delilah, NAYJ member Gold medal
Hayley Barnhill, Zone 4
Hayley Barnhill and Toucan Tango
Jorge Canedo MEX
Kalvin Dobbs of Zone 5
Lindsay Moss of Zone 7
Maria Van Buskirk with VDL Theresa Lady, member Zone 2 Silver team
Matt Cyphert and Ralph Caristo
Michael Hughes and Shockwave, members Gold medal Zone 4 team
Ralph Caristo and Margie Engle
Zone 3/8's Samantha Schaefer was double clear on Friday
Sydney Shulman and Gun Du Desfi NAYJ, clear and four for the Bronze Medal team
Zone 1/6 - Bronze Medal NAYJ team - podium
Zone 2 Silver Medal NAYJ team - podium shot
Zone 4 Gold Medal Junior team returns to the arena
Zone 4 Gold Medal Junior team, Hughes, Land, Barnhill and Donovan
Zone 4 Gold Medal Junior team, Land Hughes, Barnhill and Donovan
Zone 4 Gold Medal Junior team, Land Hughes, Barnhill and Donovan portrait
RESULTS AND STANDINGS
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