NAJYRC is one of my favourite competitions. For some, this is the end goal. For others, this is the beginning of what is will be a wonderful career as a professional rider. For all, this is one of their biggest competitions to date.
Every rider I spoke to all week was having a great time. Whether they were winning or losing, they were all classy, thrilled to be there and spoke highly of their horses and support teams. The Organizing Committee of the competition does a great job – there is A LOT going on for nearly an entire week. The competitors (and media!) are treated very well and the entire competition has a world class feel.
Below are a few of my favourite pictures that, to me, highlight what NAJYRC is all about:
April Simmonds & Impressively Done after their clear show jumping round that moved them up from 8th to win the bronze medal in the Junior Eventing Championships
Tanya Strasser Shostak & Action Tyme after their bronze medal freestyle performance
Rae Becke & Tyne Be Merry after an awesome clear show jumping round in the CCI*
Nicole Doolittle’s Fan Base After Her Gold Medal Performance
Nicole Doolittle & Tops after their clear show jumping round to win the Junior Eventing Championships (CCI*)
Jillian Weston & Focus from Canada after their Young Rider freestyle
Dasha Ivandaeva and Autorytet after their dressage test in the CCI**
Caroline Martin & Quantum Solace after their clear round that ultimately won them the Young Rider Eventing Championships