2003 NAYRC Dressage Teams Selected

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) has announced the 32 advanced young riders that have been selected to represent the United States in dressage at the 2003 FEI North American Young Riders' Championships (NAYRC), August 19-24, in Bromont, Canada. The NAYRC is the premier competition in North America for young riders, age 16-21, in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of eventing, dressage, and show jumping. Riders are invited to compete from each province of Canada, USA Equestrian zone (for show jumping), USDF region (for dressage) and United States Eventing Association area (for eventing), as well as from Mexico and Brazil via each country's national equestrian federation. The
broad range of competitors attending the Championships produces an Olympics-like atmosphere.

To be selected to compete at the NAYRC, a rider must compete in a minimum of three official NAYRC Qualifying Competitions at the FEI Young Rider Level during the August-July Qualifying Season and obtain a minimum 60% average. The riders with the top-four qualifying averages in each region are placed on an NAYRC team and selected to compete. More than 100 young riders have been vying for a spot on their regional team this year.

The following riders will be representing the United States in dressage at the 2003 FEI North American Young Riders' Championships:

Region 1 (DE, D.C., MD, NJ, NC, PA, VA)
Mary Haskins Gray and Fregrat, NC
Catherine Malone and Kashmir, PA
Mary Alice Malone Jr. and Marko, PA
Lauren Hopper and Mephisto, NC
Alternate - Emily Andon and Wendol, MD

Region 2 (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, WV, WI)
Lindsay Koffler and Alfredo, KY
Martin Kuhn and Romulus, IL
Courtney Massie and Galateo, MI
Lauren Sprieser and Bellinger, IL
Alternate - Kathryn Fleming and Ariba of Alsan, IL

Region 3 (AL, FL, GA, SC, TN)
Jodie Kelly and Weltkar, FL
Michael Schondel and Wallaby, NJ
Meghan McKoy and Volsung, SC
Trae LaPorte and Fleetwood, FL
Alternate - Nicole Levy and Korrado, FL

Region 4 (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
Kathie Westphal and Epigram, KS
Lindsay Cross and Rubicon, MO

Region 5 ( AZ, CO, MT, NM, TX, UT, WY)
No riders qualified

Region 6 (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)
Danica Yates and Schmelze, ID
Lindsay Anderson and Intrepid, WA
Josh Davies and DaVinci, OR
Dora Dean and Sapphire, WA
Alternate - Kelly Irving and American Graffiti, WA

Region 7 (CA, NV)
Christina Beal and Ray Ace, CA
Kelly Bennet and Lucarlos, CA
Josslyn Chandler and Domani, CA
John Murry and Festival, CA
Alternate - Bridget DiPasquale and Dublin, CA

Region 8 (CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT)
Nora Batchelder and Rue Facile, NH
Elisabeth Austin and Hierarch, VT
Dawn Sapanaro and Muchacho, NJ
Lindsay Whipple and Hermes, VT
Alternate - Marissa Mastronardi and Ustinov, NY

Region 9 (AR, LA, MS, OK, TX)
Katie Tharp and Bandalero, LA
Sarah Christy and Madoc Patriot, TX

Breezy Burgoon and Wishes Do Come True, HI
Tricia Silva and Winsom Appeal, HI

Complete qualifying results can be found at www.usdf.org. Additional information concerning the FEI North American Young Riders' Championships can also be found at www.youngriders.org. For more information, please contact Sheila Forbes, USDF director of programs at 859-271-7879 or sforbes@usdf.org.

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