Dressage is Largest Discipline of North American Junior/Young Rider Championships

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Rachel Chowanec on Embrojado XI. a rider on the U.S. Region 8 team. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 26–Dressage is the largest discipline in the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships that start Wednesday with 250 riders from six countries scheduled to compete in dressage, endurance, eventing, jumping and reining.

As expected, the United States fields the largest contingent with a total of 174 riders, 57 dressage, with Canada presenting a squad of 59 riders, 21 dressage. The 78 dressage competitors compare with 67 jumper riders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Lendon Gray, a two-time U.S. Olympian, trainer and organizer of of Dressage4Kids and the Youth Dressage Festival, and Ilse Schwarz, a dressage competitor and trainer and special correspondent for dressage-news.com, will file reports throughout the competition.

For both the Junior and Young Riders, team tests are scheduled for Wednesday, individual classes Thursday and the Freestyle Saturday.

The dressage teams of riders aged 14 to 21 years are:

Junior
Canada East (Marah Gaudet, Julie Channell, Tanya Strasser Shostak, and Nicole Babich Morin)
Canada Ontario (Anneka Sutton, Noemie Gagnon-Bergeron, Ashley Phipps, and Jonah Freedman)
Canada West (Monika Zillinger, Monica Houwelling, Megan Overwater, and Dalyce Gagnon)
Manitoba (Sarah Loewen)
U.S. Region 1 (Kya Endreson, Julia Burtt, and Dominique Cassavetis)
U.S. Region 2 (Rosemary Julian-Simoes, Allison Gerlt, Matthew Manibusan, and Megan Wisniewski)
U.S. Region 3 (Rebecca Cohen, Sean Sierra Keasler and Mallory Kent)
U.S. Region 4 (Codi Harrison)
U.S. Region 5 (Devon Wycoff, Brook Santangelo, Talia Hershaft, and Taylor Lindsten)
U.S. Region 6 (Brooke Bayley, Molly Eastridge, Sadie Lahey, and Meghan Slaughter)
U.S. Region 7 (Maggie Charbonnet, Leah Myers, Stephanie Early, and Morgan Wolfe)
U.S. Region 8 (Rachel Chowanec, Katelyn Kok, Jannike Gray, and Ciara Cummiskey)
U.S. Region 9 (Courtney Clary Bauer, Ayden Uhlir, Anna Campbell, and Benjamin Winger)

Young Rider
Team Ontario (Megan Lane, Alexandra Dvorak, Bronwyn Barlow Cash, Kristin Sutton)
Team British Columbia/Quebec (Esmee Ingham, Anne-Mylaine Messier, Mathilde Blais Tetrault, and Emily Fownes)
U.S. Region 1 (Chase Hickok, Nicole Del Giorno, and Melanie Montagano)
U.S. Region 2 (Katie Foster, Emily Wright, Victoria Retamoza, and Jennifer Harding)
U.S. Region 3 (Alexandra Kitchen, Bryn Cahill, Abby Pritchard, and Anne Ferris Yanney)
U.S. Region 4 (Clare Krska and Katie Cumberford)
U.S. Region 5 (Brandi Roenick, Catherine Chamberlain, Madeleine Birch, and Aylin Corapcioglu)
U.S. Region 6 (Brooke Bayley, Molly Eastridge, Sadie Lahey, and Meghan Slaughter)
U.S. Region 7 (MacKinzie Pooley, Kelli McLean Newton, Ari Lopez, and Jaclyn Pepper)
U.S. Region 8 (Ali Potasky, Isabelle Leibler, Madeleine Van Vleet, and Marlee O’Neil)
U.S. Region 9 (Julia Handt and Mary Kathryn Nommensen)

The NAJYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada. A dressage championship was added in 1981, and show jumping was added in 1982. The first complete Young Riders championship was held in British Columbia, Canada, in 1982. The championships were expanded to officially include a championship division for Juniors in 2006. The discipline of reining was added to the official schedule in 2008.