Ottawa, ON, July 20, 2012 - The Canadian Junior Reining Team won the silver medal and the Young Riders earned the team bronze on July 19 at the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships. Presented by Gotham North, these Championships are being held July 17-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
The Junior Team, comprised Emily Birch of La Salle, MB, Haley Franc of Prince Albert, SK, Micaela Maharaj of Oak Bluff, MB, and Emily Wilson of Uxbridge, ON, scored a total of 592.5, which won them the silver medal, and was just 1.5 points short of the gold medal winning team, USA South East, who were victorious with a total of 594.
In the Young Rider division the Team of Starr Boisvert of Chatsworth, ON, and Megan Robinson of Dufresne, MB, finished in third place to win the bronze medal.
"I was very proud of the Canadian riders," said Wendy Dyer, who is the chef d'équipe for the two Canadian teams. "Everyone stepped up their game showing skill, determination and desire. They represented Canada well and I am sure it has only heightened their determination to do better in the Individual competition on Saturday."
The riders from the Team competition go forward to the Individual Final competition, which will be held on Saturday, July 21.
Complete results are available at www.youngriders.org.
For additional information on the CRC and its programs, including selection criteria, please visit the Reining section of the Equine Canada website at www.equinecanada.ca/reining or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Canadian Reining Committee
The Canadian Reining Committee is the discipline committee of Equine Canada that is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of reining programs in Canada. The Canadian Reining Committee's objective is to foster the growth of reining and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. For more information, please visit www.equinecanada.ca/reining.