Although I grew up as an eventer and typically attend events not dressage shows as media, I mainly ride dressage these days. I had so much fun watching the freestyle dressage this afternoon. I hope one day I ride half as well as these wonderful juniors and young riders.

In the Junior Freestyle Championship, the top 3 were:

1st – Laurence Blais Tetreault and Lowelas of Quebec, Canada (71.525%)

Freestyle Gold Medal winner Laurence Blais Tetreault on Lowelas © Cheryl

Freestyle Gold Medal winner Laurence Blais Tetreault on Lowelas © Cheryl

2nd – Naima Moreira Laliberte and Windbreaker 3 of Quebec, Canada (71.200%)

Naima Moreira Laliberte on Windbreaker 3 © Cheryl

Naima Moreira Laliberte on Windbreaker 3 © Cheryl

3rd – Barbara Davis and Rotano representing Region 3 (69.875%)

In the Young Rider Freestyle Championship, the top 3 were:

1st – Ayden Uhlir and Sjapoer representing Region 6 (72.175%)

Young Rider Freestyle 1st - Ayden Uhlir and Sjapoer representing Region 6

Young Rider Freestyle 1st – Ayden Uhlir and Sjapoer representing Region 6

2nd – Jamie Pestana and Winzalot representing Region 7 (70.975%)

Jamie Pestana and Winzalot representing Region 7 - photo by Cheryl

Jamie Pestana and Winzalot representing Region 7 – photo by Cheryl

3rd – Tanya Strasser Shostak and Action Tyme of Quebec, Canada (70.500%)

Tanya Strasser Shostak and Action Tyme - photo by Cheryl

Tanya Strasser Shostak and Action Tyme – photo by Cheryl

After the medal presentations and victory gallops, we were all treated to a freestyle demonstration by Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks and her wonderful Grand Prix horse D Niro.

Jacqueline Brooks & D Niro - Freestyle Demonstration at NAJYRC

Jacqueline Brooks & D Niro – Freestyle Demonstration at NAJYRC

Jacqueline Brooks & D Niro - Freestyle Demonstration at NAJYRC

Jacqueline Brooks & D Niro

Cheryl