Amanda Barr and Nicole Diesel go Europe

For NAYRC dressage team silver medallists Amanda Barr and Nicole Diesel their trip-of-the-year to the North American Young Riders Championships, August 2000, got an unexpected spin-off. Both Region 7 young riders received a personal invitation from Olympic judge Linda Zang to compete at the CDI-YR in Braine L'Alleud, Belgium. Of course, they took the opportunity with both hands.

"Nicole Diesel and I were asked during the NAYRC, if we would be interested in competing at Braine L'Alleud. We were given about two hours to decide as the preliminary entries had to be sent that day," Barr explained. "The show was a real eye-opener for us," Barr said, "the quality is much stronger than we are used to but Nicole and I did OK in the team test with scores round 62%." Unfortunately, the individual test did not go as well as planned. Roma is quite inexperienced - it was his fifth show - and Jamelone felt a bit tired. Even so, they stayed in the middle of the pack. "It was wonderful to see such nice pony and junior rider horses. The facility was beautiful and it was fun staying at a place with so much history."

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