NAJYR Championships Marked by Controversy

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USA Region 5 Young Rider team of Aylin Corapcioglu, Madeline Birch, Brandi Roenick and Catherine Chamberline on the medals podium. © 2011 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 27–The North American Junior & Young Rider Championships on opening day Wednesday were marked by controversy over wildly different dressage scores–as much as 10 percentage points apart–a veterinary check on gravel different from jumpers and eventers on competition footing and enforcement of “too much bling” that forced one rider to switch from a safety helmet to a top hat.

The championships of dressage–the largest component of the championships–eventing, jumping and reining began with the junior and young rider championships in the same arena that hosted the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park last year.

The dressage team results:

YOUNG RIDERS
Gold: USA Region 5
Alyin Corapcioglu-Ruhman
Madeline Birch-Uoeri
Catherine Chamberline-Verdicci
Brandi Roenick-Pretty Lady

Silver: Canada BC/QC
Emily Fownes-Frapuccino
Mathilde Tetrault-Michealango
Anne Mylai Messier-Marzipan
Esmee Ingham-Norseman

Bronze: USA Region 8
Alexandra Potasky-Chackomo
Isabelle Leibler-Watson 108
Madeleine VanVleet-Top
Marlee O’Neil-Leonardo

JUNIORS

Gold: USA Region 1
Kyra Endreson-Pik L
Julia Burtt-Aaron VI
Dominique Cassavetis-Charming Princess

Silver: USA Region 5
Taylor Lindsten-Raoul
Talia Hershaf-Westfalica
Brook Santiagelo-Daylight
Devon Wycoff-Power Play

Bronze: USA Region 8
Ciara Cummiskey-Queens delilah
Jannike Gray-Di Maestro
Katelyn Kok-Morgan Enshoj
Rachel Chowancec-Embrujado XI

The scores of the Junior competition showing the wide disparity in judging are below.

About one-fourth of the junior rides showed a difference of at least six per cent between the highest and lowest scores for the ride.

The vet check of dressage horses was conducted on a gravel track while the vet check for jumping and eventing horses was performed on the same footing used in competition. No organizer explained the difference in the vet check procedures for the three disciplines.

One of the controversial decision was that of Cara Whitham of Canada, an Olympic-level judge and technical delegate for the competition, who stopped a rider on the entry ramp to the competition arena and ruled they not wear a safety helmet with pink bling. The rider offered another helmet with crystal decoration. The TD refused to allow the rider to enter the arena and insisted on a top hat.

The safety helmets that were disallowed.

FEI rules, which apply to this competition, do not appear to specify adornment on a rider’s helmet.

Class: 1 – FEI North American Junior Team Ring: FEI Junior Rider
E: Vega de Purcell – DOM H: Poulin – USA C: Stubbs – CAN M: Rohr – ARG B: Campdera – MEX
Rider Ctzn Horse E % H % C % M % B % T % Pl.
Lahey (Reg 6), Sadie USA Up To Date P 71.892% 66.486% 66.892% 65.676% 67.027% 67.595% 0
Burtt (Reg 1), Julia USA Aaron VI 61.892% 71.081% 69.054% 66.622% 66.622% 67.054% 0
Kok (Reg 8), Katelyn USA Morgan Enshoj 69.730% 66.757% 65.270% 65.811% 65.135% 66.541% 0
Endreson (Reg 1), Kya USA Pik L 70.270% 66.486% 65.541% 64.595% 65.270% 66.432% 0
Loewen (Can-MAN), Sarah CAN Ricardo 60.000% 69.459% 66.757% 66.757% 67.432% 66.081% 0
Santangelo (Reg 5), Brook USA Daylight 67.568% 67.568% 63.919% 64.865% 64.865% 65.757% 0
Cassavetis (Reg 1), Dominique USA Charming Princess 64.595% 67.027% 65.811% 67.703% 63.378% 65.703% 0
Hershaft (Reg 5), Talia USA Westfalica 65.405% 65.946% 66.081% 63.649% 65.676% 65.351% 0
Julian-Simoes (Reg 2), Rosemary USA Proteus 64.324% 66.216% 64.730% 66.081% 65.270% 65.324% 0
Keasler (Reg 3/4), Sean Sierra USA Fabulous LHF 64.595% 69.730% 65.676% 62.973% 63.108% 65.216% 0
Bergeron (Can-ONT), Noemie Gagnon CAN Vavite Fortuna 68.649% 64.324% 63.649% 65.676% 63.649% 65.189% 0
Houweling (Can-W), Monica CAN Stentano 65.405% 65.946% 63.243% 65.811% 64.865% 65.054% 0
Overwater (Can-W), Megan CAN Wind Walker 64.865% 64.865% 64.865% 65.541% 63.919% 64.811% 0
Lindsten (Reg 5), Taylor USA Raoul 64.595% 62.703% 65.946% 66.081% 64.459% 64.757% 0
Eastridge (Reg 6), Molly USA Donnerspiel 64.595% 65.676% 65.000% 65.541% 61.892% 64.541% 0
Chowanec (Reg 8), Rachel USA Embrujado XI 67.027% 62.703% 63.514% 64.459% 64.054% 64.351% 0
Myers (Reg 7), Leah USA Divinci 66.757% 64.865% 64.324% 62.838% 62.568% 64.270% 0
Bauer (Reg 9), Courtney Clary USA Novarredo 64.865% 64.865% 63.514% 64.189% 63.649% 64.216% 0
Uhlir (Reg 9), Ayden USA Sjapoer 62.703% 64.865% 62.703% 65.946% 63.243% 63.892% 0
Charbonnet (Reg 7), Maggie USA Sipriano 63.784% 65.135% 62.973% 64.865% 62.568% 63.865% 0
Cahill-Gaudet (Can-E), Marah CAN Leo 67.838% 64.324% 62.162% 62.027% 62.432% 63.757% 0
Manibusan (Reg 2), Matthew USA Hojvangs Moonlight 63.514% 65.946% 64.730% 60.946% 63.108% 63.649% 0
Zillinger (Can-W), Monika CAN Nucari 63.108% 64.054% 65.000% 65.135% 60.676% 63.595% 0
Phipps (Can-ONT), Ashley CAN Dark Dandy 61.081% 66.486% 63.514% 64.595% 61.892% 63.514% 0
Gray (Reg 8), Jannike USA Di Maestro 61.892% 63.514% 62.568% 63.919% 65.135% 63.405% 0
Shostak (Can-E), Tanya Strasser CAN Dancing Tyme 71.081% 63.243% 60.676% 61.892% 59.054% 63.189% 0
Wycoff (Reg 5), Devon USA Power Play 61.351% 64.054% 62.973% 63.378% 61.081% 62.568% 0
Cohen (Reg 3/4), Rebecca USA Optimus B 68.649% 58.649% 61.892% 63.378% 59.054% 62.324% 0
Early (Reg 7), Stephanie USA Panash 63.514% 62.432% 62.297% 63.108% 60.135% 62.297% 0
Gerlt (Reg 2), Allison USA Samurai 61.892% 61.351% 61.486% 63.243% 62.568% 62.108% 0
Channell (Can-E), Julie CAN Rela 64.865% 60.270% 61.351% 62.838% 60.946% 62.054% 0
Gagnon (Can-W), Dalyce CAN Weynox 63.784% 62.703% 61.216% 62.162% 59.730% 61.919% 0
Wisniewski (Reg 2), Megan USA Bentley 62.162% 62.162% 59.189% 61.757% 61.081% 61.270% 0
Freedman (Can-ONT), Jonah CAN Ulex 61.892% 62.703% 59.865% 60.135% 60.541% 61.027% 0
Sutton (Can-ONT), Anneka CAN Fidelio 63.243% 60.270% 60.541% 60.946% 59.189% 60.838% 0
Wolfe (Reg 7), Morgan USA Lunas 4 59.730% 64.054% 58.649% 60.946% 58.378% 60.351% 0
Cummiskey (Reg 8), Ciara USA Queen’s Delilah 63.514% 56.486% 60.405% 60.946% 59.189% 60.108% 0
Winger (Reg 9), Benjamin USA Southernwood Komnietus 62.432% 59.459% 58.108% 59.324% 59.459% 59.757% 0
Morin (Can-E), Nicole Babich CAN Foxfire 58.378% 61.351% 60.000% 60.270% 58.378% 59.676% 0
Slaughter (Reg 6), Meghan USA Spinnaker 55.676% 60.811% 59.189% 62.027% 58.108% 59.162% 0
Bayley (Reg 6), Brooke USA My Kona Boy 63.243% 55.676% 59.595% 55.811% 58.919% 58.649% 0
Harrison (Reg 3/4), Codi USA Avalon 56.351% 57.568% 57.027% 56.486% 55.541% 56.595% 0
Campbell (Reg 9), Anna USA Mai 56.486% 57.297% 56.351% 55.811% 55.135% 56.216% 0