The USHJA North American Junior and Young Rider Show Jumping Championship competition also got underway on Wednesday with the First Individual Qualifier. The Junior riders opened the day in the Walnut Ring, where team Mexico North's Juan Pablo Gaspar Albanez (17, Guadalajara, Mexico) earned victory in the opening speed class aboard Puertas So What.
Albanez was part of the 2014 Bronze medal winning Junior team, as well as a top 10 finisher individually. This year, he looks to improve upon his record. "Every year that passes you have more experience, and you learn," Albanez said. "We came here with a great team, and we hope this year that we have gold!" Albanez continued, "I really like everything about coming here. You get to know people. You get to compete here. You can see how you stand against everyone in your level and with all of your age riders. You just have fun."
Second place in the Junior First Individual Qualifier went to Daisy Farish on Triviant, while Vivian Yowan rounded out the top three aboard Vornado Van Den Hoendrik. In the Young Rider First Individual Qualifier it was Meredith Darst (18, Lebanon, Ohio) who claimed victory aboard Quester De Virton.
"It's fun being here with all of the other disciplines. If I wanted to go watch something I don't get to usually watch all the time, I can, and that makes it a lot of fun," Darst said. Darst continued, "Today I just thought go for it. My horse went great, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the week." Lucy Deslauriers and Hester finished second behind Darst, and Victoria Colvin and Lumiere earned the third-place honors.
Competition at the NAJYRC continues Thursday morning with endurance beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET. Show jumping team competition kicks off with Junior riders showing in the Rolex Stadium beginning at 8 a.m. Eventing begins shortly after with eventing dressage starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Stonelea Ring.
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.