Meagan Davis & Bentley of USA to Compete at Young Rider World Cup Final
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Nov. 3–Meagan Davis will represent the United States on Bentley in the World Cup Final for Young Riders in Frankfurt, Germany in mid-December.
Meagan, 21, of the Hudson Valley town of Stone Ridge, New York, was the top ranked Young Rider after her first National Young Rider Championship at the Collecting Gaits/USEF Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey, in August to end the qualifying period with a score of 70.475 per cent.
Bentley is a 17-year-old Danish Warmblood owned by Kelly Roetto.
“I’m excited and nervous all in one,” Davis said. “I am very proud of Bentley and I as a team, I set a high goal for us in wanting to go to the Young Rider World Cup Final this year and we achieved that goal.”
Megan burst onto the equestrian scene in July, 2002 as a 12-year-old, when she finished first at the Dressage International de Quebec in Blainville, Canada. Aboard an 11-year-old bay pony, Van Gogh, she placed first in the Individual Pony Test and the Pony musical freestyle.
On the Hanoverian gelding Cachet, she won team silver at the 2008 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, after winning bronze in 2006 and 2007.
She was reserve NAJ/YR champion in 2009 and set her sights on the title in 2010 with hopes of making it to the World Cup Final.
Meagan takes online college classes through the State University of New York and mixes running a barn with working at a wine store and doing a lot of volunteering. A student of Olympian Lendon Gray, she seizes every opportunity to learn.
“I basically have four jobs, so I can afford to do this,” she said.