The USHJA North American Show Jumping Individual Qualifying Competitions took place across the children’s, junior and young rider divisions on Thursday at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) presented by Gotham North. With the focus on speed and handiness, The United States’s Mia Albelo (Children’s, Zone 4) and Daisy Farish (Young Rider, Zone 5) as well as Puerto Rico’s Claudia Villamil (Junior) topped their respective divisions. Today’s class counted towards their team’s overall score.
After winning the Overall Grand Championship in the 3’6” section at the 2018 USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – East Coast with Style on Tuesday, Farish’s week got even better when she teamed up with Great White to win the $10,000 USHJA North American Young Rider Show Jumping Individual Qualifying Competition at the NAYC. Going seventh in the order, Farish (Versailles, Ky.) and her 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding’s time of 62.46 seconds held up against the 29 other entries.
“I was a little nervous coming into today. I didn’t do a warm-up class yesterday, so going straight into the speed [round], I wasn’t sure I would be able to be on my game, but Bruce [Great White] was, so he gave me a lot of confidence in [the ring]. We just followed our plan, and luckily it worked,” said Farish, who has owned Bruce for three years.
The United States’s Tali Dejong (Zone 8) and Amadeus, the 13-year-old KWPN gelding she owns with Tessa Dejong, placed second with a time of 62.54 seconds while Canada’s Sabrina Lefebvre and Alaska, her 11-year-old Zangersheide mare, followed in third with a time of 63.51 seconds.
Check out the live stream of the NAYC on USEF Network continuing Friday at 8:30 a.m. EST.