Category Archives: Riders

How well do you know the NAJYRC riders? – Tosca Holmes-Smith

Tosca Holmes-Smith & Paddington. Photo credit to Diana Caparulo.

In Canada teams are split by province and in the United States teams are split by ‘Area’, and each area may include multiple states. Junior riders (ages 14-18) compete at the CCI1* level and Young riders (ages 16-21) compete at the CCI2* level. Many eventers never even make it to the CCI1* level, competing at these levels is no small accomplishment for riders so young. Many of today’s top riders in North America once competed at NAJYRC, including Waylon Roberts (CAN), Jennie Brannigan (USA) and Karen O’Connor (USA). This week, the NAJYRC is once again taking place at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, KY. The competition kicked off…

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Ontario NAJYRC team report – First horse inspection

Ailsa Morrison & Princess Sophia. Photo via Ailsa Morrison on Facebook.

Eventing kicked off yesterday at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, with the first horse inspection. Riders from all over North America are at the Kentucky Horse Park, ready to compete at this prestigious FEI Championship, dressage runs tomorrow. Ontario’s Junior CCI1* team has been in training camp in Kentucky since Friday and they are in fine form to bring home some medals. Here is an update straight from Lexington, Kentucky. Thank-you Brittany Olliffe for giving us all the inside scoop. Keep up with all the NAJYRC action: [Website] [Schedule] [CCI1* Times] [CCI2* Times] [Results]   All riders had a great day yesterday! It was a long day…

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How well do you know the NAJYRC riders? – Renée Kalkman

Renée Kalkman & El Tivo, clearing a 5ft6 wall, when Renée was 9-years-old.

All horse crazed kids in North America aspire to one day compete at the FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). The NAJYRC is sometimes referred to as the Junior Olympics for equestrians and it is the only FEI Championship event to be held annually in North America. In Canada teams are split by province and in the United States teams are split by ‘Area’, and each area may include multiple states. Junior riders (ages 14-18) compete at the CCI1* level and Young riders (ages 16-21) compete at the CCI2* level. Many eventers never even make it to the CCI1* level, competing at these levels is no small…

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Ontario NAJYRC team report – Opening ceremonies

The custom built Moose and Beaver carts, Canadians only drive the finest golf carts. Photo courtesy of Lisa Smith.

Eventing kicks off this afternoon at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, with the first horse inspection. Riders from all over North America are at the Kentucky Horse Park, ready to compete at this prestigious FEI Championship. Ontario’s Junior CCI1* team has been in training camp in Kentucky since Friday and they are in fine form to bring home some medals. Here is an update straight from Lexington, Kentucky. Thank-you Lisa Smith for giving us all the inside scoop.   The Team is all settled and organized at the Kentucky Horse Park.    The horses are feeling pretty important hacking around this impressive venue. …

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How well do you know the NAJYRC riders? – Annick Niemuller

Annick and FE Black Jack. Photo credit to Brianna Creighton.

All horse crazed kids in North America aspire to one day compete at the FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). The NAJYRC is sometimes referred to as the Junior Olympics for equestrians and it is the only FEI Championship event to be held annually in North America. In Canada teams are split by province and in the United States teams are split by ‘Area’, and each area may include multiple states. Junior riders (ages 14-18) compete at the CCI1* level and Young riders (ages 16-21) compete at the CCI2* level. Many eventers never even make it to the CCI1* level, competing at these levels is no small…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Eventing movies you must see

MICHAEL JUNG-MAGIC MIKE

It’s been a few years since Michael Jung’s retirement from stripping. However, the former dancer misses the excitement and feeling of being on stage. His horses dancing in the dressage ring and the adrenaline rush on cross-country, just does not give him the same thrill. Now, he is torn between taking his horses to the Burghley CCI4* or going to the world’s largest stripper convention. Will Mike be able to resist taking it off again?   WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone…

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Eventing dreams to Para Dressage at NAJYRC – Madison Lawson is an inspiration

Madison seeing her beloved K-Low for the first time after the accident.

Madison Lawson is my best friend and she introduced me to the sport of Eventing when we were 10-years-old. We dreamed of Eventing at the upper levels together, but two years into our friendship, Madison’s Eventing dreams came to an abrupt end after a freak riding accident. Together, we learned early that life is unfair and that you need to make the best from every situation. She has taught me more life lessons about sport than anyone else. Quitting is not an option when you have dream. Madison and her amazing mom Nathalie are two of my biggest supporters and…

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How well do you know the NAJYRC riders? – Shannon Finnegan

Shannon & Quinte. © Andrew Bailini/www.photosbybailini.com 2015

All horse crazed kids in North America aspire to one day compete at the FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). The NAJYRC is sometimes referred to as the Junior Olympics for equestrians and it is the only FEI Championship event to be held annually in North America. In Canada teams are split by province and in the United States teams are split by ‘Area’, and each area may include multiple states. Junior riders (ages 14-18) compete at the CCI1* level and Young riders (ages 16-21) compete at the CCI2* level. Many eventers never even make it to the CCI1* level, competing at these levels is no small…

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Ontario NAJYRC team report – Training camp in Kentucky

Team Ontario!

The North American Junior Young Rider Championships are this week, and Eventing kicks off on Wednesday afternoon with the first horse inspection. Riders from all over North America are either already in Kentucky or they are making their way there. Ontario’s Junior CCI1* team has already arrived and they have been in team training camp. Here is an update straight from Lexington, Kentucky. Thank-you Brittany Olliffe and Lisa Smith for giving us all the inside scoop. Everyone arrived safely on Friday evening, and all ponies were tucked into the gorgeous stalls at Team CEO Eventing.   Saturday morning everyone jogged…

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Helping, preventing and intervening – Meet Pan Am games steward, Maureen Walters

Maureen Walters and her three Swedish Warmblood horses

Stewards perform important functions at all FEI competitions in a variety of capacities. Maureen Walters (CAN), an FEI steward, will be working at the 2015 Toronto Pan Ams Eventing compeition. She refers to herself as a ‘hands on, in the dirt steward.” She courteously took the time to help us understand her role and share information on how to become a steward. It How long have you been involved with horses? I have been involved with horses almost since birth. I begged and pleaded with my parents (as so many little girls do) and they finally gave in. In 1963, they…

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