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Results from June 29 Para-Equestrian Video Dressage Competition | Print |
Equine Canada and Para-Equestrian Canada are pleased to announce the results of the third leg of the Coast to Coast and Sea to Sea June 29 video dressage competition.
NAJYRC Daily Wrap Up for July 19, 2015: Canadians Close Out NAJYRC on High Note | Print |
Equine Canada is pleased to provide daily coverage on Canadian results from the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), taking place July 14-19 in Lexington, KY.

Held annually, NAJYRC is a world-class equestrian competition that provides junior and young riders between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to represent their country in a team format. This year's event includes the FEI disciplines of dressage, endurance, eventing, jumping, para-equestrian, and reining and will welcome a total of 222 athletes from Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Team Silver & Individual Gold Across the Board for Para-Dressage Riders

In the first-ever para-equestrian competition held at NAJYRC, Team Canada, comprised of veteran, Madison Lawson of King City, ON, and future stars, Sara Cummings of Cranbrook, BC, and Nel Godin-Keating of Dartmouth, NS, was awarded with the team silver medal. Combining the scores from the Team Test on July 16 and the Individual Test, held July 18, the Canadians earned a team total of 380.191. The United States won gold with a total of 393.02.

All three team riders also earned individual gold medals throughout the week.

Lawson, 21, who was a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, rode her new horse Lawrence (Lynx x Ferro), a 14-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding she co-owns with her mother Nathalie Lawson. The pair won gold in the Grade IV Individual test with a score of 65.298%. In the Freestyle, held July 19, Lawson and Lawrence earned 71.400%, for the gold medal.

Godin-Keating, who was competing in her first international team event, also rose to the top of the podium, earning back-to-back gold medals in the Grade 1a Individual Test with a score of 61.902%, as well as in the Freestyle (62.400%). Her partner was Mr. Itchy (Oxnead Allstar 591 x Sticky Lane Cassandra), a 17-year-old Haflinger gelding she owns with Lorraine Keating.

Also racking up two individual gold medals was Cummings and West Bay, her 11-year-old Swiss Oldenburg cross gelding. The duo scored 61.464 % in their Individual Test in Grade II and 63.350% for their Freestyle.

"This is a great start," said Mary Longden, National Team Coach. "We need to be encouraging young riders with a disability in Canada to recognize the opportunities and plan to start competing internationally at NAJYRC. I hope that young riders aim to represent Canada next year and in the future. I am really proud of Canada's three riders. They really rode as a very cohesive team."

More Medals for Canada's Young Dressage Stars

Naima Moreira Laliberte of Outremont, QC will return home with a gold medal under her belt from the Young Riders Freestyle test. Riding Belafonte (Belissimo x Wendekreis), an 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Fiducie Naga Trust, Moreira Laliberte handily won the class with a score of 71.825%.

"I'm really thrilled with my Freestyle performance," said Moreira Laliberte. "It is the best end to the week that I could ever imagine. We improved with every test."

Rounding out the top 10 in the Young Rider division on a score of 67.100% was Rakeya Moussa of Edmonton, AB and Merlin Nemorensis (Clintino x Larinero), Mohammed and Susan Moussa's 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Representing Canada on the podium in the Junior Freestyle was Camille Carier Bergeron of Mascouche, QC. Paired with Delfiano, a 12-year-old German-bred gelding sired by Del Piero and owned by Gilles Bergeron, Carier Bergeron rode to a bronze medal finish in the Junior Freestyle, scoring 71.375%.

Scoring 69.850% for sixth place was Vanessa Creech-Terauds of Caistor Centre, ON and Denzel BC, Melladee Marvin's 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Alexandra Meghji of Toronto, ON followed in eighth (69.150%) riding Iliado II (Idilio II x Ibiza), a 10-year-old Andalusian gelding owned by Diana Belevsky.

Eventing Bronze for Brost

Shelby Brost of Red Deer, AB, finished on her dressage score of 46.2 for the individual bronze medal in CH-J* eventing. After posting an eighth place dressage score riding Crimson (Etta x Cojak), her 12-year-old Thoroughbred mare, Brost moved up to fifth following a clean cross-country ride. A clear jumping round secured the pair's bronze medal finish.

"Crimson really felt great," said Brost. "She is a new mare to me, and she tries so hard. I was quite confident going in knowing that we are a good team and that she would take care of me."

Riding Princess Sophia, her seven-year-old Holsteiner-Trakehner cross mare sired by Riverman, Ailsa Morrison of Belle River, ON, earned a 15th place finish with a score of 53.7. In 17th place, with 54.9, was Annick Niemuller riding her seven-year-old German Sporthorse gelding, FE Black Jack (Blaxkstone x Severus).

Rounding out the top 20 for Canada was Tosca Holmes-Smith of Chase, BC, and Paddington, Ali Holmes-Smith's 20-year-old Welsh Quarter Horse cross gelding, with a three phase total of 58.1. Paddington was also awarded the Horsepower Trophy that recognises an outstanding horse in any championship division that best demonstrates determination, courage, class and heart. Paddington has competed successfully for 16 years and said his farewell to competition at NAJYRC, as this was his last competition before retirement.

"It is really cool that Paddington got to win an award like this at his last event," said Holmes-Smith.

Canadian Jumpers Make their Move in Individual Final

Jacqueline Steffens of Harriston, ON rode Double C Stables' Quercus van Generhese (Darco x Zeoliet) to eighth place individually in the Young Riders division after five rounds of competition. Riding the 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, Steffens finished with a total of 23.15 faults. Teammate Veronica Bot of Burlington, ON, rode her nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Calato's Charles (Calato x Lord) to 12th place overall with a score of 32.54.

In the Junior Division, Jessica Blum of Gormley, ON finished in eighth individually after riding her 10-year-old Westphalian gelding Cooper R (Celano x Corlando) to a five round total of 23.05.

Equine Canada congratulations the entire Canadian contingent on all of their success at NAYJRC 2015.

For more information and complete results for NAJYRC, please visit www.youngriders.org.
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Naima Moreira Laliberte of Outremont, QC earned the Individual Gold Medal in the Young Riders Dressage Freestyle aboard Belafonte at NAJYRC.

PHOTO CREDIT - Susan J. Stickle

Shelby Brost of Red Deer, AB took Individual Bronze in the CH-J* Eventing at NAJYRC after finishing on her dressage score with Crimson.

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Camille Carier Bergeron of Mascouche, QC rode to an Individual Bronze Medal finish at NAJYRC in the Junior Dressage Freestyle, paired with Delfiano.

PHOTO CREDIT - Susan J. Stickle

NAJYRC Daily Wrap Up for July 16, 2015: Canadians Shine During First Ever Para-Dressage Competition at NAJYRC | Print |
Canada’s Para-Dressage Riders Earn Great Scores Towards Championship

Canada’s inaugural NAJYRC para-dressage team, formed by team veteran, Madison Lawson of King City, ON, and up-and-coming riders, Sara Cummings of Cranbrook, BC, and Nel Godin-Keating of Dartmouth, NS, earned solid Team Test scores across the board.
Canadian Para-Equestrian Riders Wrap-Up European Tour at CPEDI3* Hartpury with Two Podium Finishes | Print |
Canada's Para-Equestrian riders have completed the third and final stage of their European Summer Tour with two podiums finishes at the CPEDI3* Hartpury in United Kingdom.
Canadian Para-Equestrian Riders Underway at Third & Final Stage of European Tour at CPEDI3* Hartpury | Print |
Four of Canada’s top Para-Equestrian riders have commenced competition at the CPEDI3* Hartpury, United Kingdom, marking the third and final stop on their European Summer Tour, running July 8 through July 10.
Canadian Para-Equestrian Riders Post Strong Performances Despite Record-breaking European Heat at CPEDI 3* Überherrn | Print |
Canada's Para-Equestrian Team completed the CPEDI 3* Überherrn in Germany, which ran from July 3 to July 5, with impressive performances amidst a European heat wave.
Canadian Para-Equestrian Riders Set to Continue Summer European Tour at CPEDI 3* Überherrn | Print |
Four of Canada's top Para-Equestrian riders are set to compete at the CPEDI 3* Überherrn in Germany, which kicks off on July 3 and runs to July 5.
Para-Equestrian Athletes Named for 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships | Print |
The Para-Equestrian Canada High Performance Committee is pleased to announce the talented young athletes who will represent Canada in the Para-Dressage portion of the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championship (NAJYRC), set to take place July 14-19, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
Canadian Para-Equestrian Team Tops Podium & Finishes with Freestyle Hat Trick at CPEDI 3* Mulhouse | Print |
Canada's Para-Equestrian Team from the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) was reunited for the first time since WEG at the CPEDI 2* Mulhouse, held June 19-21 in France, where they achieved remarkable results, including a hat trick in the Freestyle classes.
Canadian Para-Equestrian Team Ready to Kick off European Summer Tour | Print |
Following their great success at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in France last summer, Canadian Para-Equestrian Team riders, Robyn Andrews, Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock and Roberta Sheffield have been reunited once again in Europe in a bid to qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games next September.The team is set to compete at three FEI CPEDI 3* competitions during a Summer European Tour, consisting of:
Canadian Para-Equestrian Riders Beat the Heat at Rancho Murieta CPEDI3* | Print |
Ottawa, Ont., June 16, 2015 -- Canadian Para-Dressage riders overcame soaring temperatures to compete for Canada at the Rancho Murieta CPEDI 3*, held June 12-14 in Rancho Murieta, Calif.
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