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U.S. Wins Five Gold Medals at 2003 North American Young Riders' Championships

Bromont, QC—August 26, 2003—U.S. riders won five of the six Gold Medals awarded at the North American Young Riders’ Championships, held August 20-24 in Bromont, Quebec, Canada.

Winning individual Gold Medals for the U.S. were Mary Haskins Gray of USA Region 1 (dressage), Ashley Dalton of USA Area 4-9 (eventing), and Georgina Bloomberg of USA Zone 2 (show jumping). Team Gold Medals went to USA Region 3 in dressage, Canada-Ontario in show jumping, and USA Area 2 in eventing.

The USA Region 3 Gold Medal dressage team comprised Jodie Kelly riding Welt Kaar, Trae LaPoete with Fleetwood, Megan McKoy on Volsung, and Schondel aboard Wallaby. The team had a total combined score of 195.066.

The Silver Medal went to USA Region 1 with a total score of 192.888. The team consisted of Mary Haskins Gray and Fregat, Lauren Hopper riding Mephisto, Catherine Malone aboard Kashmir, and Mary Alice Malone, Jr. with Marko.

USA Region 2 received the Bronze with Lindsay Koffler riding Alfredo, Martin Kuhn with Romulus, Courtney Massie aboard Galateo, and Lauren Spreiser on Bellinger receiving a team score of 192.000.

Canada-Ontario won the team Gold Medal in show jumping with a combined total score of 24 faults. With 28 faults, USA Zone 2 took the Silver. The Zone 2 team comprised Bloomberg riding Riviera, Meghan Moran aboard Mr. Happy, Michelle Pia and Fairplay, and Jessica Siuda on Camerino. A combined team of USA Zones 4-6 and 7 earned the Bronze Medal with a team score of 46 faults. The team included Summer Bruington aboard VDL Mercedes, Courtney Frederick on Flocon de Mieilles, and Lauren Van Eldik with Glory Days.

In eventing, the medal race was very close with only 3.8 penalties separating the Gold and Silver Medal teams. In the end, USA Area 2 won the Gold with an overall score of 226.6 penalty points. The four riders comprising the Area 2 team were Hans Gerling aboard The Maneman, Skyeler Icke on Dillinger, Emilee Libby riding Special Excursion, and Kristin Schmolze with Rusheen Warrior.

The team Silver Medal went to USA Area 3/5/8, who finished with 230.4 penalties. The team included Ashley Bailey-Classen on Temperence Classic, Johanna Dufort and Northlight, Andrea Leatherman riding Yoshi, and Stephanie Schmidt aboard Capitol Hill. With a combined score of 322.2 penalties, Canada's Quebec-Ontario team earned the Bronze.

The North American Young Riders' Championships began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada in Jokers Hill, Ontario. Canada swept all three team medals in the competition that was then known as the North American Junior Team Championships. A dressage championship was added in 1981, and since that year the Young Riders' Championships have been recognized by the FEI and are conducted in accordance with FEI General Regulations. Show jumping made its debut in 1982 in British Columbia, when the first complete Championships were held.

Next year’s North American Young Riders’ Championships will be held at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, IL, August 11-15.

The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to represent our country in major international competition, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at


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