Isabelle Leibler Wins Young Rider Freestyle Dressage Gold, Sarah Loewen Takes Junior Title

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Young Rider Freestyle medalists. © 2011 SusanJStickle.com

By ERICA LARSON/USEF

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 30–Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108 representing Region 8 won the North American Young Rider Championship musical freestyle gold medal Saturday night after a severe storm temporarily shut down the Kentucky Horse Park part way through the Junior Rider freestyle competition.

Isabelle and Watson, who earlier in the championship won individual gold and team bronze, scored 74.00 per cent for the closing night victory aboard the 14-year-old Westphalen gelding to music from the movie “ET.”

Silver medal went to Chase Hickok and Palermo from Region 1 won silver with a score of 70.725 per cent and Region 1 team mate Mackinzie Pooley and Jonkara won bronze on 70.004 per cent.

Isabelle said of the freestyle to music from her favorite movie,

“This is the third time we’ve performed it in competition, so we’re going through the ropes, trying to see how it ends up, and how the striding work. Today, he just felt like he was right there for me and he had my back. He was ready for everything. I was so excited to have a feeling that my horse was there with me… it was the most amazing feeling.”

“He was right there with me, and we fought for every point. It was a stressful week, but he was a trooper the whole time.”

Junior freestyle medalists. © 2011 SusanJStickle.com

In the Junior division, Sarah Loewen of Manitoba, Canada, aboard Ricardo rode as an individual from Manitoba, Canada, to win gold with a score of 69.675 per cent.

Sarah and “Ricky,” a 13-year-old KWPN, performed to big band music.

Team Canada West’s Monica Houweling and Stentano were in the ring twice today as the show was suspended in the middle of their first performance, but they returned several hours later to earn 67.70 per cent for the silver medal.

“The second time in the ring he was pretty tired, so I just pushed for everything I had,” she said. “He was super tired, but I’m really proud. He just dug deep and pulled it together.”

Julia Burtt and Aaron IV of Region I won bronze with a score of 67.15 per cent.

Young Rider Freestyle Results

E: MacDonald – CAN H: Myhre – NOR C: Zang – USA M: Gardner – GBR B: Armando – ARG
Rider Ctzn Horse E % H % C % M % B % T % Pl.
Leibler (Reg 8), Isabelle USA Watson 108 73.000% 75.375% 76.000% 75.000% 70.625% 74.000% 1
Hickok (Reg 1), Chase USA Palermo 70.750% 68.125% 72.500% 72.125% 70.125% 70.725% 2
Pooley (Reg 7), Mackinzie USA Jonkara 68.375% 70.520% 70.750% 70.250% 70.125% 70.004% 3
Roenick (Reg 5), Brandi USA Pretty Lady 66.375% 68.625% 70.750% 69.375% 66.000% 68.225% 4
Birch (Reg 5), Madeleine USA Uoeri 66.375% 68.375% 67.000% 67.625% 66.250% 67.125% 5
Tetrault (Can-BC/QC), Mathilde Blais CAN Michealango 66.375% 65.500% 66.500% 67.625% 66.000% 66.400% 6
Foster (Reg 2), Katie USA Sacramento 65.875% 64.750% 67.250% 67.875% 65.250% 66.200% 7
Newton (Reg 7), Kelli McLean USA Luciano 66.625% 66.375% 66.250% 66.875% 64.625% 66.150% 8
Pepper (Reg 7), Jaclyn USA Taboo 64.500% 66.875% 66.750% 65.875% 65.000% 65.800% 9
Kitchen (Reg 3), Alexandra USA Guardian Angel 63.375% 63.625% 66.250% 68.500% 64.250% 65.200% 10
Dvorak (Can-ONT), Alexandra CAN Fling 64.500% 64.875% 63.750% 64.625% 63.750% 64.300%
Yanney (Reg 3), Anne Ferris USA Rocky Road Trip 62.750% 64.625% 59.250% 64.125% 67.375% 63.625%
Lane (Can-ONT), Megan CAN Caravella 61.375% 62.000% 63.750% 66.375% 64.375% 63.575%
Wright (Reg 2), Emily USA Florestano 62.000% 66.250% 62.500% 64.625% 59.250% 62.925%
Cahill (Reg 3), Bryn USA Bon Renoir 61.625% 62.375% 63.000% 64.000% 61.875% 62.575%

Junior Rider Freestyle Results

E: Rohr – ARG H: Campdera – MEX C: Poulin – USA M: Vega de Purcell – DOM B: Stubbs – CAN
Rider Ctzn Horse E % H % C % M % B % T % Pl.
Loewen (Can-MAN), Sarah CAN Ricardo 67.000% 70.000% 69.750% 70.500% 71.125% 69.675% 1
Houweling (Can-W), Monica CAN Stentano 67.750% 65.750% 69.500% 68.250% 67.250% 67.700% 2
Burtt (Reg 1), Julia USA Aaron VI 64.500% 65.500% 74.250% 65.250% 66.250% 67.150% 3
Santangelo (Reg 5), Brook USA Daylight 67.250% 67.250% 66.750% 67.375% 67.000% 67.125% 4
Lahey (Reg 6), Sadie USA Up To Date P 66.250% 67.500% 67.500% 64.625% 67.750% 66.725% 5
Cassavetis (Reg 1), Dominique USA Charming Princess 65.125% 65.500% 67.750% 65.125% 66.250% 65.950% 6
Wycoff (Reg 5), Devon USA Power Play 63.750% 64.750% 68.250% 66.125% 66.750% 65.925% 7
Sutton (Can-ONT), Anneka CAN Fidelio 64.750% 67.000% 67.250% 64.125% 66.125% 65.850% 8
Zillinger (Can-W), Monika CAN Nucari 65.750% 63.500% 63.250% 68.750% 67.250% 65.700% 9
Overwater (Can-W), Megan CAN Wind Walker 63.000% 64.000% 65.500% 61.875% 66.625% 64.200% 10
Hershaft (Reg 5), Talia USA Westfalica 61.500% 65.000% 63.500% 65.125% 65.250% 64.075%
Bauer (Reg 9), Courtney Clary USA Novarredo 61.750% 64.500% 66.500% 62.250% 64.625% 63.925%
Wisniewski (Reg 2), Megan USA Bentley 59.500% 66.000% 65.750% 62.625% 65.000% 63.775%
Chowanec (Reg 8), Rachel USA Embrujado XI 64.500% 62.250% 64.500% 61.125% 59.500% 62.375%
Bergeron (Can-ONT), Noemie Gagnon CAN Vavite Fortuna 58.000% 57.250% 59.250% 57.625% 59.000% 58.225%
Kok (Reg 8), Katelyn USA Morgan Enshoj 0.000% 0.000% 0.000% 0.000% 0.000% 0.000%