Brandi Roenick of Scottsdale, AZ, and Pretty Lady picked up their second Gold medal, adding individual honors to the Team Gold medal they won on Wednesday. The 13-year-old rider is the youngest Gold Medalist at the NAJYRC ever. Roenick's birthday is in October - under FEI rules she rides as a 14-year-old. Roenick impressed all the judges ending on a score of 69.900% to finish one point clear of 17-year-old Silver medalist Ari Lopez from Pleasant Hill, CA.
"It's really fun competing against the other prominent riders," said Roenick who also won the 2008 USEF Junior National Championship at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions at San Juan Capistrano, CA.
"I had a lot of confidence going to San Juan Capistrano," said Roenick. "And coming here I was feeling confident, I was really excited to win Team Gold for the first time and I was really confident."
Lopez finished on a score of 68.90% with Corlander II, a Rhinelander gelding that she used to event.
"This has been really great," said Lopez. "You get to meet all those people that you hear about."
15-year-old Mckenzie Jenkins riding Tsarina Bint RII won the Individual Bronze medal with a score of 66.800%. The Thoroughbred/Polish Arab cross is unique in her line of work.
"Everyone is really excited," she said. "It is a lot of fun and I have a lot of support. There isn't much competition in Tennessee."
Further information and results from the 2008 CN North American Junior and Young Rider Championships at the Colorado Horse Park, Presented by Gotham North is available on line at www.youngriders.org.