The June Poplar Place Farm Dressage show was the final qualifying show for the season and for some it was their final young rider class. It came down to the very last ride. And when the scores were tabulated, the two leading the Region 3 Young Rider Team into the North American Young Rider Championships will be two doing it for the final time as riders.
[#25970 override="Mary-Cameron Rollins" title="Mary-Cameron Rollins"], 21, of Jacksonville Florida will be riding her first and final NAYRC. Her horse is Rose Noir 2, a 12 year old black Oldenburg mare. They were last year’s regional champions in the YR team and individual tests. They finished 5th overall at the June Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF YR Championships.
The other rider who will be making her last appearance at the NAYRC is. She is 21, from Wellington Florida and already has two individual and two team bronze medals from previous NAYRC. Her mount this year is Accent Agiu FRH, a bay Hanoverian gelding was is 14 years old. This pair finished 3rd in the overall Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF YR Championships.
At 16 years old, [#26644 override="McKenzie Jenkins" title="McKenzie Jenkins"] of Gallatin Tennessee, has moved up from the juniors. She rode at the NAJC last year and was individual bronze medalist. She will be riding Tsarina Bint RII, a 13 year old dark bay Half Arabian mare. They finished 8th overall at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF YR Championships.
The fourth rider is 18 year old Amanda Stearns of Royal Palm Beach Florida. She rides Revanche, a 14 year old black Hanoverian mare. In 2006 she was on the Junior team at the championships and was the bronze medalist in the individual test and freestyle.
The reserve rider is 21 year old Jordan Wright of Huntsville Alabama. Her horse is Kaspar, a 17 year old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding.
The Championships are 22-27 July at the Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky. It is always nice to have a cheering section, if you are up that way. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Sandi Bishop, the Region 3 Director.