Champions Crowned at the North American Young Riders

Jaqueline Paxton and Sangmelima Dominates Dressage To Earn Double Gold at 2002 NAYRC

Old Mill Creek, IL – August 11, 2002 – Jacqueline Paxton 21, of Cincinnati, OH, Cayce Harrison, 18, of Burridge, IL and Brittany Kart, 18, of Atlanta, GA, won individual gold medals at the 2002 North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAYRC), presented by State Line Tack, at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL on Sunday.

In the Dressage division, Paxton, and her mare Sangmelima, an 11-year-old bay, 17-hand Oldenburg mare (Sacramento Sox x Pik Bubes Lady H), riding for US Region 2, led throughout the competition and received a 71.200%, her best score ever, to win Sunday’s culminating Freestyle Championship and clinch the Gold Medal with a three-round score of 212.040. Paxton could not believe her good fortune.

“I can’t believe I did it again,” said Paxton of her high score. “I am really happy with the way things went, I am so excited.”

Leahe Webb, 19, of Region 7, moved up from fourth on the final day to win the silver medal on Hugo with an overall score of 197.800. The bronze medal went to Lindsey Anderson of Region 6 riding Intrepid with an overall score of 197.560.

In a nailbiting fight to the finish, Cayce Harrison of US Zone 5 won the individual gold medal in the Show Jumping Championship with the only double clear rounds of the day for an overall score of 10.81 faults. Going last and with not even a time fault in hand, Harrison was extremely nervous.

“I was so nervous,” said Harrison. “I never had been in that position before, knowing that I had to go clean to win. I knew my horse could do it because he is amazing.”

The silver medal went to Andrew Ramsay and Lisa of US Zone 10. Ramsay went clear in the second round, but had eight costly faults in the first that put him in second with an overall score of 11.26 faults. The bronze medal was won by Catherine Boettcher and Cordelia B, also of Zone 10, with a final score of 17.25 faults.

HorsesDaily "On the Scene" at the 2002 NAYRC