Heavy rains the previous night made for wet conditions but did not cause problems for riders at the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. Riders uniformly said the course was fair, well designed and rode as they expected. In the CH-J 1* Team competition, Area II retained its lead after cross-country and will head into Sunday's stadium phase with a total score of 129.0
The Area II team roster is:
Camilla Grover-Dodge (16, Lancaster, Pa.) on Remington XXV - 38.3
Morgan Booth (18, Charlottesville, Va.) on Twizzel - 41.8
Amanda Beale Clement (16, Phoenixville, Pa.) on Peter Pan - 48.9
Skyler Decker (16, Mount Airy, Md.) on Inoui Van Bost - 56.8
Grover-Dodge, who had only competed at the CCI1* level once before, said her horse, Remi, was "really good. He was a little excited. He felt so great, so rideable to everything. All the combinations and everything rode really well." Booth said that when she left the start box aboard Twizzel, Will Coleman's former four-star mount, "I felt like I was riding a hurricane because he thought he was at Rolex. I just let him go through the first three because I knew that those were just galloping fences. He was amazing. It was probably the cross-country ride of my life, so I was really happy."
In the Individual competition, Grover-Dodge and Remington XXV lead the field, followed by teammate Booth and Twizzel. Sitting is third is Madison Temkin (14, Sonoma, Calif.) of Area VI and Kingslee with a score of 45.2. In the CCIYR2* division, Diane Portwood (19, Marrieta, Ga.) of Area III moved into the Individual lead Saturday on Cinerescent a double clear cross-country round, maintaining their dressage score of 60.5. Nicole Doolittle (17, Reddick, Fla.) and Tops, who led the after dressage, slipped into second individually after 20.8 time faults on cross-country, for a total of 68.5. Paige Pence (16, Louisville, Ky.) and Class Action, with 18.4 time faults, stand in third (78.0 total).
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.