Harrisburg, Pa. - The 2015 Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championship concluded this afternoon at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with Phase III welcoming back 13 combinations to jump for the national championship title. Lucy Deslauriers was the ultimate victor, adding nothing to her three-phase total of one fault to secure the Gold medal. In a jump-off for the Silver medal, Victoria Colvin secured the second spot on the podium with a clear jump-off round ahead of Vivian Yowan who took Bronze.
Deslauriers (New York, N.Y.) and Lisa Deslauriers' Hester entered Phase III on just a single fault, having jumped two double-clear rounds in Phase II's Prix des States, where she contributed to the Zone 2 Gold medal win. As the penultimate to go in the order, the seasoned combination put in a beautiful effort over the Michael Vaillancourt-designed course.
Last to go and leading coming into the day on zero faults, Colvin (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Take the High Road LLC's Cafino, had a rail down at fence 11, sealing the win for Deslauriers. "It's been an incredible week. I am so lucky to not only have Hestor, but to come up with this result. My horse was really amazing all week and I'm just really thankful."
Yowan (Versailles, Ky.) and Stone Hill Farm's Vornado Van Den Hoendrik began the day on three faults and were clear over the course, but added a single time fault to their total. Following Colvin's knock-down, the two were tied on four-faults, forcing a jump-off for the Silver medal. This was a familiar position for Colvin, having jumped-off for the Silver medal against Deslauriers at the 2014 Championship. First to go over the shortened course, Yowan had a rail down at fence 12b. Determined to go one better over last year's result, Colvin put in a clear effort to secure the Silver medal.
Prior to the class, Deslauriers was awarded the William C. Steinkraus Style Award, presented by Karen Healey, as the Prix des States Junior Jumper rider who best exemplified the American style of equitation, and the respectful, dignified, courteous, and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman.