Dressage Kicks Off Five Disciplines at North American Junior/Young Rider Championships

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2012 North American Junior Individual dressage medalists (L to R) Ariel Thomas, silver;  Ayden Uhlir, gold, and Laurence Blais Tetreault, bronze. © 2012 SusanJStickle.com
2012 North American Junior Individual dressage medalists (L to R) Ariel Thomas, silver; Ayden Uhlir, gold, and Laurence Blais Tetreault, bronze. © 2012 SusanJStickle.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 16–Dressage Junior and Young Rider team competitions on Wednesday kick off the North American Championships of five disciplines, the only International Equestrian Federation (FEI) annual championship in the Americas.

A total of 81 dressage combinations from Canada and the United States start in the junior and young rider tests with the individual tests scheduled for Friday and the freestyle on Saturday.

The five disciplines in the championships are the three Olympics sports of dressage, eventing and jumping plus the World Equestrian Games sports of reining and endurance. Riders from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are participating.

NAJYRC began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the U.S. and Canada, dressage was added in 1981 and jumping in 1982. Reining was included in 2008 and endurance in 2011.

Returning dressage individual medalists from 2012 include:

Ayden Uhlir with Sjapoer – Junior Individual gold and Freestyle bronze;
Ariel Thomas and Montfleury – Junior Individual silver;
Laurence Blais Tetreault – Junior Individual silver and Freestyle gold;
Mariah Sutton and Renoir – Junior Freestyle silver, and
Mathilde Blais Tetreault – Young Rider Freestyle bronze.