North American Youth Championship Young Rider Gold Won by Region 7 of California Riders, Silver to Region 1, Region 4 Bronze

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USA Region 7 team of California riders celebrating North American Youth Championship Young Rider gold. Photo: USDressage

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, Aug. 13, 2021–The Region 7 Young Rider team of California riders, two team medalists at Germany’s Future Champions event in June, one a world championship vaulting medalist and another also competing in hunter/jumpers, won North American Youth Championship gold Friday. Mid-Atlantic Region 1 took silver and Midwest Region 4 bronze.

The winning team was Christian Simonson, 18, of Ventura on Zeaball Diawind, nine-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, the highest placed individual on 73.588%; Miki Yang, 16, of Los Altos Hills on Donavan, 13-year-old KWPN gelding, second individually on 68.970%; Erin Nichols, 18, of Yorba Linda on Handsome Rob AR, nine-year-old American-bred KWPN gelding, and Katherine Mathews, 18, of San Marcos on Solière, 17-year-old Hanoverian stallion tied for sixth on 67.677%.

Christian Simonson, ranked 17th Young Rider in the world on Zeaball Diawind, led the U.S. team that also included Katherine Mathews on Solière to bronze at the Hagen, Germany Future Champions. Christian competed at NAYC as a junior in 2016 and on the gold medal team in 2017. He moved up to Young Riders in 2018 to capture team silver.

Miki Yang began competing at CDIs this year, riding Donavan to first and second places in two starts. Donavan was competed at Small Tour by her mother, Akiko Yamazaki, in 2017/2018 and by Steffen Peters also at Small Tour in Europe in the summer of 2018.

Miki competed in vaulting on both sides of the Atlantic, including the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014 and was on the world championship bronze medal team in 2015.

Erin Nichols on Handsome Rob AR swept the Young Rider CDI in Temecula, California in May. She competed in jumpers in 2020.

Team results: 1. Region 7 210.235; 2. Region 1 202.089; 3. Region 4 199.735; 4. Region 3 197.059; 5. Region 2 189,117; 6. Region 6/8 187.118.

Results:
Young Rider Team

Sandra Hotz Brenda Minor Evi Eisenhardt Monique Peutz-Vegter Christof Umbach
Place Score Region Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 73.588 US7 Christian Simonson Zeaball Diawind 72.059 72.353 74.853 74.853 73.824
2. 68.970 US7 Miki Yang Donavan 66.176 67.941 70.294 72.059 68.382
3. 68.765 US1 Hannah Irons Scola Bella 70 70.441 66.765 69.559 67.059
4. 68.735 US4 Tillie Jones Qi Gong TF 66.471 70.294 70.735 69.853 66.324
5. 68.412 US1 Allison Nemeth Tiko 66.912 67.794 69.118 70.147 68.088
6. 67.677 US7 Erin Nichols Handsome Rob AR 69.853 64.265 64.412 68.382 71.471
6. 67.677 US7 Katherine Mathews Solière 68.088 69.118 70.294 69.118 61.765
8. 67.618 US3 Suzannah Rogers Paladine Of Elysium 66.765 69.559 68.824 66.912 66.029
9. 67.294 US2 Madeleine Perry Smile 66.912 65.147 68.971 66.618 68.824
10. 65.529 US4 Nicolas Beck Campari 67.5 65.441 64.706 65.735 64.265
11. 65.471 US4 Averi Allen Superman 69.118 65.882 62.794 65 64.559
12. 65.470 US3 Melanie Doughty Fascinata 67.353 63.088 65.735 65.588 65.588
13. 65.382 5_9 Sarah Evans Carzanola 65.147 67.206 66.176 64.853 63.529
14. 65.118 6_8 Caroline Cadorette Dustin 63.235 65.588 67.353 64.853 64.559
15. 64.912 US1 Megan Peterson Amoretto 66.618 67.353 60.588 66.912 63.088
16. 64.794 CAN Anna Swackhammer Wrazzmatazz 67.206 65.147 66.029 64.412 61.176
17. 63.971 US3 Savannah Mixon Florence-Ra 62.941 65.735 62.5 64.412 64.265
18. 62.000 US4 Emma Lavin Bella Mia 65.147 61.471 59.853 63.235 60.294
19. 61.882 BER Robin Stempel Rossano Royal 2 63.971 62.353 60.588 61.765 60.735
20. 61.647 6_8 Rose Keller Dievittorio O 64.853 64.265 60.147 58.824 60.147
21. 61.000 US2 Maggie Tifft E-Ros 62.206 59.706 60.588 62.794 59.706
22. 60.823 US2 Alexander Dawson Raven Black 58.676 60.588 62.647 62.353 59.853
23. 60.353 6_8 Ashley Anderson Dr Zeuss 62.353 59.265 57.059 61.324 61.765
24. 60.265 6_8 Jessica Beck Elewaard 59.118 62.353 63.824 56.912 59.118
EL. 5_9 Claire Gunther Easy Breezy
EL. US2 Margaret Putnal Zon Primaire
EL. US3 Sierra Inabnett Buttercup
EL. 5_9 Olivia Patton Lorino
EL. 5_9 Sydney Lipar Herzkönig