July 22, 2012—Congratulations to Canadian Endurance riders Lee Hutten, Emma Webb and Jessica Yavis, who won the team gold medal at the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Riders Championships in the NAJYRC-CH 4* 120 km FEI Championship race held July 20, 2012.
In an incredible display of team unity, all three members crossed the finish line together to earn top honours in the first ever FEI 4* 120 km race held at the Championships. Hutten of Chesterville, ON, riding Parker AES, Dessia Miller’s 12-year-old Arabian gelding, finished in seven hours and 33 seconds for fifth place individually. In sixth place was Emma Webb of Flesherton, ON, and and Serloki, Janice Worthington’s 12-year-old Arabian gelding, in a time of seven hours and 34 seconds. Jessica Yavis of Winfield, AB, riding Jahlad, a 10-year-old Arabian gelding owned by Jaye Yavis, rounded out the Canadians in a time of seven hours and 35 seconds.
The gold medal winning Canadians finished in a total time of 21:01:42, and they were the only team to finish the race and be awarded a medal.
“We came to the 2012 NAJYRC with an incredible team of young ladies, and their performance was fantastic which resulted in a team gold,” said chef d’équipe Maura Leahy. “We are so proud of you. We also had a great team of grooms and team vets.”
The North American Junior/Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYRC) are held annually under the rules of the Federation Equestre Internationale—the international governing body for equestrian sport. The 2012 competition hosts the Olympic disciplines of eventing, dressage and show jumping as well as FEI disciplines of reining, endurance and vaulting. Many of the world’s top event riders, including many Olympic gold medalists, began their careers at the NAJYRC.