Soon-to-be-21-year-old Laura Noyes won the CDI Young Rider Freestyle at the 2008 Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y, thus keeping Julie McKean from sweeping the CDI Young Rider category. McKean and Stavinsky had won both Friday's Young Rider Team Test and Saturday's Young Rider Prix St. Georges. Noyes and Syncro won the Freestyle with a score of 69.35 percent. McKean scored 65.70.
Noyes and McKean are both originally from Maine. McKean is now in college in Florida and Noyes goes to college in Ohio where she now trains with George Williams. She's owned Syncro, a 14-year-old Trakhener gelding by Enrico Caruso, for five years and has brought him up the levels, but they missed out on last year's show season. "Unfortunately, last year he was injured and we couldn't train at all."
Hence, the Derby was the first time she's competed with her freestyle in more than a year. "I was really happy that it all came together. There were a few mistakes but overall, I thought it was rather well," Noyes said. Ruth Hogan Poulson helped her with the freestyle and Noyes said the most difficult part is the canter work because it changes rather quickly. "There are a lot of movements that come right after another so he really had to be with me in order not to have mistakes."
Noyes turns 21 this month and this will be her last year as a young rider. Hence, not only is she aiming for the national championships in California, but she is also hoping to make it to the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships in Colorado.
More news coming soon on the winners of the Intermediaire Freestyle