July 29, 2010 — The Alberta/Manitoba Reining Team won the gold medal and the Saskatchewan Team won the Bronze medal on July 28 at the 2010 Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships. Presented by Gotham North, these Championships are being held July 27–31 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
From a start list of 20 competitors representing six regions throughout Canada and the United States, the Team from Alberta handily won the competition with a score of 623. The Team, comprised Jessica Green of Dugald, MB; Lisa Hiebert of Grunthal, MB; Nancy Pratch of St. Paul, AB; and Kylie Wasiuta of Winnipeg, MB, finished 3.5 points ahead of the Team Mexico. The bronze medal was awarded to Brett Dembisky of Saskatoon, SK; Shelbie Friesen of Saskatoon, SK; Jon Katzman of Saskatoon, SK; and Lindsay Wankel Elbow, SK, who formed the Saskatchewan Team earned the bronze medal with a combined score of 615.
The Ontario/Quebec Team which consists of Antony Jolin St-Laurent of St Francois Xavier de Brompton, QC; Lyndsay Kloster of Newmarket, ON; and Darcy Wilson of Goodwood, ON, finished in fifth place with 596.
In the Junior Rider division the Ontario Junior Team of Lane Wilson of Goodwood, ON, and Emily Wilson of Uxbridge, ON, finished in second place.
“Riders from Manitoba have been coming to the Championships since reining was introduced in 2008, so it was a well deserved medal for all their dedication and hard work,” said Wendy Dyer, who is the Chef d’équipe for all four Canadian teams. “Mexico was really good and it was a tough competition between all three of the top teams.”
The riders from the Team competition go forward to the Individual Final competition, which will be held on Saturday, July 30.
Complete results are available at www.youngriders.org.
For additional information on the CRC and its programs, including selection criteria, please visit the Reining section of the Equine Canada website at www.equinecanada.ca/reining or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.