Camille Bergeron (14, Mascouche, Quebec, Canada) and Lowelas had another winning performance at the 2014 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championship presented by Gotham North, this time in the Junior Freestyle Championship.
The pair's performance garnered a score of 71.275% and the Gold medal. Bergeron and Lowelas rode to upbeat music, helping to highlight the power in Lowelas' gaits. "I was wanting powerful music so that people wouldn't just think 'oh, he's cute.' I wanted people to go 'Wow,' so I chose this music," Bergeron explained. Bergeron said she had an excellent warm-up with Lowelas, with him being calm and attentive. "When I came in the ring I was really confident and it was amazing," Bergeon shared. "I do my best to be the most precise I can be."
The judges for the Junior class were Cesar Torrente (COL) at E, Lorraine MacDonald (CAN) at H, Lilo Fore (USA) at C, Mercedes Campdera (MEX) at M, and Marian Cunningham (PER) at B.
Cassie Schmidt (17, Aledo, Texas) rode Velasquer to the Silver medal after earning a score of X. The pair's freestyle mainly used music containing pianos, including piano version's Taylor Swift's Love Song, Bach's The Cello Song done by The Piano Guys and a song from the Twilight movie soundtrack. After Velasquer making it clear in a clinic with Karen Robinson that he did not enjoy powerful music, Schmidt realized he enjoyed piano music.
"Eventually [Robinson] tried the piano music and he just took a deep breath and felt so good," Schmidt said with a smile. "Everything just felt perfect about it.
Despite being excited by the nearby cross country action in the warm-up, Velasquer listened to Schmidt and laid done a great test
"He just felt so with me. Everything just fell into place today," Schmidt explained, coming back from some minor mistakes earlier in the week.
Molly Paris (18, Charlotte, N.C.) and Diamante Sky executed a strong freestyle to music from the Harry Potter soundtrack, put together by Marlene Whitaker, to claim the Bronze medal. The music fit Diamante Sky well and emphasized his elegance
"We tried not to make it too powerful since he's a powerful horse but also kind of elegant," Paris commented. "So we just tried to get something that matched his personality."
Diamante Sky was also a bit unsettled in warm-up with the eventing horses galloping nearby, but was all business in the arena.
"He gave me all he had and that's all I can ask for," Paris said.
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/.
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