On Friday, Naima Moreira Laliberte (18, Montreal, Que.), earned the Young Rider Individual Bronze medal at the 2015 Adequan/FEI NAJYRC, and on Saturday she returned to claim the Young Rider Freestyle Gold medal. Laliberte and her mount, Belafonte, earned a score of 71.825% in one of their first times performing their freestyle test together in full. "I won't lie. I only rode it once and qualified," Laliberte said.
"I just know the music and know the patterns. That's kind of my style - just feel the groove, practice everyday, and build up. You practice a little piece here and a little piece there. It's much easier when you put the music together yourself because you know when you make the cues and the timing. You know your music."
The judges for the Young Rider class were Gabriel Armando at E, Lorraine Stubbs at H, Janet Foy at C, Ulrike Nivelle at M, and Cesar Torrente at B. The ground jury scored the combination of Hannah Bauer (16, Purcellville, Va.) and Trustful with a 70.000%, securing them the Silver medal. "I'm super excited," Bauer said. "My freestyle went pretty well. There are some things where you think, 'oh if I just could have fixed that,' but I'm super happy. My horse was in a good mood; I was in a good mood. I think I'm most happy with that feeling of it." The Bronze medal went to Kerrigan Gluch (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) who earned a score of 69.050% on Vacquero HGF.
For full results or to learn more about the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North, please visit www.youngriders.org.