Lexington, KY- The three-day journey to the Eventing CH-J 1* (Junior) and CCI2* (Young Rider) medal podiums started on Friday with the dressage phase of the USEA North American Junior and Young Rider Eventing Championship. In the CH-J 1* Team competition, the team from Area II leads the way on a score of 126.6 penalties, while Area VI sits second with a score of 144.8 penalties and Ontario currently rounds out the top three on a score of 146.1 penalties.
The Area II team includes:
- Camilla Grover-Dodge (16, Lancaster, Pa.) on Remington XXV (38.3 penalties)
- Morgan Booth (18, Charlottesville, Va.) on Twizzel (41.8 penalties)
- Amanda Beale Clement (16, Phoenixville, Pa.) on Peter Pan (46.5 penalties)
- Skyler Decker (16, Mount Airy, Md.) on Inoui Van Bost (53.2 penalties)
This year marks Booth's third time competing at the NAJYRC, and after learning experiences the past two years, she hopes this will be her best one yet. "I think the third time is the charm, and I'm really happy to be back because it's so great," Grover-Dodge said. "It's the best week as a junior. It's so inspiring and, who doesn't want to come ride in the Rolex arena?"
In the CH-J 1* Individual competition, Grover-Dodge on Remington XXV leads the standings with 38.3 penalties for Area II. Booth also of Area II, sits in second riding Twizzel with 41.8 penalties, and Makenna Rold (15, Delano, Minn.) of Area IV rounds out the top three with 44.9 penalties. "We went in there and [Remington] put on his game face," Grover-Dodge said. "He was so rideable for all the moments; he was great." Grover-Dodge continued, "He's 19, so he always has to be in work: always walking, keeping him really fit because he's older. I'm so lucky to be able to ride Remington, and I just want to do well on him."
In the CCI2* Individual standings, Nicole Doolittle (Reddick, Fla.) tops the leaderboard with 47.7 penalties riding Tops. Paige Pence (Louisville, Ky.) sits in second on Class Action with 59.6 penalties. Diane Portwood (Marietta, Ga.) and Cinerescent round out the top three on 60.5 penalties. The CCI2* will not be competing for FEI medals and the team competition is not being held this year due to insufficient international entries.
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.
USEF Network presented by SmartPak will live stream the entirety of Saturday's events from the Rolex Stadium and Stonelea Ring during NAJYRC. Visit www.usefnetwork.com to tune in and to find out more.