August 3, 2007

Canadian Junior Dressage Team Win Gold at 2007 North American Junior & Young Riders’ Championships

Canada’s Junior Dressage Team won the Team Gold Medal on August 2 at the 2007 CN North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYRC), being held July 31 – August 5 in Lexington, USA.

The team reached the top of the standings with a total score of 204.450, with great scores being contributed by Ontario natives Jade Deter of Kemptville and Jaimie Holland of Caledon, along with Sara Regehr of Vernon, BC and Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar of Bluffton, AB.

Not only leading the team for the win, but also the current leader in the individual standings is Deter, who scored 69.750% aboard her 10-year-old Westphalian gelding Mastermind.

“I’m really happy with my performance and with my horse. He’s been amazing this whole season, and he kept up his performance here,” said Deter, who at 16-years-old is competing in her first year at the FEI Junior Level after enjoying great success at the FEI Childrens level. “The Team really pulled through and did an awesome job.”

Her fellow team members also put in stellar performances, with Holland scoring 67.800% paired with her nine-year-old Westphalian mare Fleurina, to help secure the Team Gold and put her in third place individually. The final two team members earned very close scores, with Regehr piloting Beth Regehr’s nine-year-old Canadian Sport Horse Danika to a score of 66.900%, while Seidel-Wassenaar received 66.750% with her 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Oslo. 

“The Junior Team did such a great job, and they are so excited,” commented Chef d’equipe Tina Busse-Irwin. “All four riders are in their first Junior year with some representing Canada for the first time, but they put in great tests and didn’t crack under pressure.”

The USA Region 2 were the Silver Medalists, with USA Region 1 taking Bronze. All four Canadian riders are currently in the top ten heading into the Individual Final, to take place Saturday, August 4.

“I’m excited for the Individual. I feel confidant and am looking forward to see what happens,” commented Deter. “The whole team is in a really good place.”

Busse-Irwin is confident in the riders for the Individual Final, and is impressed with Canada’s younger generation. “Last year’s Junior Team won the Silver Medal at NAJYRC and winning Gold this year shows we have a strong base of young talent coming up the ranks.”

Exclusively for Junior riders, aged 14 – 18, and Young Riders, 16-21, the NAJYRC gives up and coming riders the opportunity to experience representing their country as a team, and prepares them for future international competition. Featuring the three Olympic disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping, the 2007 NAJYRC features competitors from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Argentina.

“It’s been really exciting, and it was great to meet the two girls on the team from out west,” explained Deter. “It’s been a really good experience, and I would love to come again next year and try for gold again.”


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