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.

Emily Thompson's horse, Paddington. Photo courtesy of Brittany Olliffe.

Emily Thompson’s horse, Paddington. Photo courtesy of Brittany Olliffe.


Saturday morning everyone jogged up their horses and they are all looking in fine form.

Official "Eh Team" jog up outfits.

Official “Eh Team” jog up outfits. Photo courtesy of Ailsa Morrison’s Facebook.


Later that morning everyone had a light dressage lesson with Momo Laframboise, working on some key issues while keeping things light for the horses after their long drive.

Ailsa Morrison and Princess Sophia


After lessons were finished, the team received a collection of items from their generous sponsors. The team took time for for a photo shoot with their new sponsored gear. Clearly Ontario will have the best outfitted team!

Models or riders? Photo courtesy of Lisa Smith.

Models or riders? Photo courtesy of Lisa Smith.


Sunday morning, Emily Thompson, Alexis Murray and Autumn Smith had a light jump school with Momo. They were working on getting their horses adjustable and keeping a good canter through a series of exercises and the horses were jumping superbly.

Autumn and Mercury


Alexis and My Principle


Two team members, Linnea Given and Shannon Finnegan, headed out for a quick cross-country school in the afternoon and their horses also went very well.

Shannon on Quinte and Linnea on Uptown Girl.

Shannon on Quinte and Linnea on Uptown Girl.


The Ontario riders and horses are in top notch shape and ready to bring home the GOLD!


Stay tuned for updates this week from NAJYRC.


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