North American Junior/Young Rider Champs End With Freestyle Medals

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Junior gold medalist Jaime Pestana on Winzalot. © 2010 SusanJStickle.com
Junior gold medalist Jaime Pestana on Winzalot. © 2010 SusanJStickle.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Aug. 1–Jamie Holland on the Fleurina won the Young Rider gold in the musical freestyle, adding to her tally of three medals, while Jamie Pestana and her aptly named Winzalot won the Junior division for their second gold.

The freestyles at the main stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park marked the conclusion of the 2010 Adequan® FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North.

Jaimie Holland, representing Canada-Ontario, and her mare claimed her first gold with a version of “Georgie Girl” that earned them 72.700 per cent.

Jhesika Wells, who represented Region 5/6, rode the Intrepid for a score of 70.550 per cent and silver medal to add to their double golds from earlier competitions. Megan Lane, also of Canada-Ontario, and the nine-year-old Dutch mare Carvella scored 70.350 per cent for the bronze to add to two silver medals won earlier.

In the Juniors, Region 7’s Jamie Pestana and  her six-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Winzalot scored 74.250 per cent to earn their second gold of the competition, having captured the individual medal earlier.

Catherine Chamberlain and Verdicci, representing Region 5/6, won silver while bronze went to Esmee Ingham and Norseman for Team Canada.

 Jaime Holland on Fleurina at Young Rider championships. © SusanJStickle.com
Jaime Holland on Fleurina at Young Rider championships. © SusanJStickle.com

“Nina is really fluid and really easy to bend, so I could really show it here,” Jamie Holland said of her winning Young Rider performance. “And it was really a special thing to be under the lights and under the big grandstand. I was amazed at how well she responded to all of that.”

Jamie Pestana rode to an ABBA medley for the Junior title.

“It was one of several choices I had, but more powerful music makes Winzalot very tense, so really, he picked the music for me,” she said.

“Winny is so young, I tried to make it fairly simple. I tried to lean toward doing everything consistently and correctly rather than adding in difficulty points.”