Region 3 Turns Focus into Gold at USDF North American JRN Team Championship

Credit : Sue Stickle

Friday 03 August - 12h02 | Edited Press Release

Region 3 Turns Focus into Gold at USDF North American JRN Team Championship

The United States Region 3 dressage team used consistency and concentration to secure gold in the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) North American Junior Dressage Team Championship at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), presented by Gotham North, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.         

 - Region 3 Turns Focus into Gold at USDF North American JRN Team Championship

Credit : Sue Stickle

All four riders on the Region 3 team claimed the top spot with a combined score of 202.78. The U.S. Region 4 team claimed silver with 199.36, just fractions of a point ahead of the Canada Central team that took bronze with 199.15 on the second day of NAYC on Thursday, August 2.
Competition was tight down to the last riders in the order, and Caroline Garren of Atlanta, Ga., kept her cool to ride Bell Angelo, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Caroline, Charles and Michele Garren, to the high score for her team (68.60%) to clinch the gold. “I was pretty nervous going last, but I was also excited because that’s traditionally a pretty good spot to go in,” said Garren. “I work with a really great sports psychologist, Laura King, and I was listening to some relaxing MP3s of her talking before I rode. That helps me really calm down and it helps me to go straight from listening to my ride. I just went in and tried to stay focused and in the zone.”
Garren, 18, also competed in the junior division of NAYC last year. “It’s so much fun to be able to come to NAYC and be with all these other young riders and have such a good time competing,” she said. “I was very happy with the canter aspects of the test and that went smoothly. I wasn’t thrilled with my geometry, so that’s something that I’ll look at for the following days of competition.”
Juliette Cain, 18, helped boost the team to gold with her 67.87% score riding her own Mariska, an eight-year-old Friesian mare, in her first NAYC appearance. “I can’t believe I’m here,” said Cain, who is from Charleston, S.C. “It’s been an awesome experience and it’s gone better than I ever thought possible. Thanks to everyone for making it possible for us.

All of the team riders were enormously appreciative of the support of the event’s sponsors, their team sponsors, and the people who helped them compete. “I’d like to thank the USDF and USEF for putting on such an amazing competition, Adequan for doing such a great job sponsoring it, and all our wonderful sponsors,” said Braden. “It’s been such an honor to be here and we thank everyone so much for helping us get here and achieve this.”
The U.S. Region 4 team rode into silver with Sammie Fritz riding her own eight-year-old KWPN mare Ferra (64.42%), Katarina Tedlund riding Linnea Tedlund’s 15-year-old Andalusian gelding Eclipse BR (63.00%), Marie Elise Matern riding William Solyntjes’ 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding Don Akzentus (66.27%) and Bianca Schmidt on Eliana Schmidt’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding Lou Heart (68.66%) for a total of 199.36.
Canada Central claimed bronze with Jade Buchanan riding Cassandra Jessop’s nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding Qaro GS (65.97%), Kiara Williams-Brown riding Margaret, Robert and Simone Williams’ 16-year-old Hanoverian mare Ladybug (62.03%), Anna Swackhammer on Melissa Sinclair’s 15-year-old KWPN gelding Wrazzmatazz (65.90%) and Brooke Mancusi on her own 10-year-old Westphalian gelding Wellknown (67.27%), which gave them a total of 199.15.
Check out the live stream of the NAYC on USEF Network continuing Friday, August 3, with the USDF North American Young Riders Dressage Individual Championship at 9:00 a.m. EST and the children’s, junior and young rider Team Finals of the North American Youth Show Jumping Championships, presented by the USHJA, at 8:30 a.m. EST.

View the NAYC schedule and results.

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