EPIC EFFORT AND GENEROSITY HALLMARK THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR THE 2016 NAJYRC TEAM RIDER AND GROOM CANDIDATES RAISING OVER
Groton House Farm – home of champion riders and champion fundraisers! This past weekend the 2016 Area I NAJYRC candidate riders and grooms were
out in force showing what they are made of. Three YR fundraising events happened this past weekend to make it a record-breaking fundraising effort.
Firstly, the entire weekend was anchored by a 3-day Area I YR Silent Auction – over 65 items were up for bid, ranging from non-horse related
entertainment such as Day Passess at Six Flags, lessons with some of the finest trainers in the US, plus a few select opportunities to bid on
highly sought after Patrons Tickets for GHF’s renowned hospitality tents!
Secondly, Aquila Farms, home of the Lichten family, played host to a splendid benefit dinner with garden-party style fun and entertainment with
some live auction bidding to keep the atmosphere light and fun and focused on raising funds for the 2016 NAJYRC Team.
And the wrap up event was an epic stall cleaning effort from all of the candidates, with a few parents helping hauling out tarps pilled high with
the contents of over 68 + stalls! The legs belong to Charlie Pierpont, who was not actually wearing shorts ... that was the mountain of grime he
absorbed through his jeans as he helped the team shift a mountain of manure from stall to field. There’s probably a name for the look .. not quite
golfer’s tan, this was rather "horse dad, drag the tarp for the stall cleaning kids, tan".
Area I Young Riders wish to pass along their increduble gratitude to Ann Getchell and Liz Wheaton for their extraordinary support along with every
person or company that donated ideas, time, effort and merchandise - it was a stunning effort raising over $11,000 towards the NAJYRC trip to
Colorado in July! And the candidates domination of the JYOP Division was just the icing on the stall!The road to Colorado continues! Go Area I!
Special 2016 Celebrate GOLD !!! North American Junior Young Rider Championship Update Page
PHOTOS AND TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
to these companies for
their sponsorship of the
2016 Area I NAJYRC Team:
LEDYARD FARM and THE AYER FAMILY
Holling Eventing, Ocala
The Vista, Aiken
COURSE BROOK FARM
and of course every rider candidate, family member, groom, volunteer, donor, individual and
corporation that contributed time, effort, finances
and merchandise...the “Road To Colorado” would not have been possible without you!
On behalf of the riders, the grooms, and their families, I write to THANK YOU for your support of the Area I NAJYRC Team. For those of you who
haven’t heard the news, I could not be more thrilled to let you know that the team BROUGHT HOME THE GOLD MEDAL to Area I!
I truly wish each and every one of you could have attended the event. It was a true privilege to watch these girls ride, to see how hard they
all worked, and to watch them support and enjoy each other. As always in the sport of eventing, not every ride went exactly as planned, and
there were moments of disappointment. But there were many more moments of beauty, grace, power, and elegance. Many observers commented on the
quality of the Area I riding. As Kyle Carter, former Canadian Olympian and coach of the Area III team put it, “Area I is back”! And how!
I think it’s fair to say that every Area I rider achieved some personal triumphs this weekend, and in large part the scores reflected those
achievements! Particular kudos go to Hailey Rosenberg, Cornelia Dorr, and Katie Lichten, all of whom finished in the top ten individually!
Hailey was on fire the whole weekend, laying down one of her best-scoring dressage tests ever, and following it up with two double-clear
jumping rounds! She ended up in a numerical tie for first place. Ties in this sport are broken by determining which rider was closest to
optimum time on cross-country, and Hailey and Munchkin ran a bit faster than the other girl, so took home the individual silver medal!
Cornelia had three stunning rides – gorgeous dressage and double-clear in both jumping phases. She earned both individual bronze and team gold!
Katie Lichten also turned in one of her signature beautiful performances. She professed to be somewhat disppointed with her dressage ride,
which says much more about her personal high standards than the quality of her ride. She also jumped double-clear in both phases, and earned
both individual 7th place and team gold!
Full individual scores
Chronicle of the Horse writeup
Only goes through cross-country day for some reason, but includes some lovely commentary from the Area I riders that I think you will enjoy.
Thank you AGAIN for all of your support. They could not have done it without you! I hope you will continue to follow these riders, and to
support future Area I teams; there’s more greatness to come!
Brenda Herschbach Jarrell
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The Road to Colorado started in Maine today as boxes of Area I NAJYRC merchandise and material was handed over to Jenn Eddy at Kennebunk
Services, Maine! Heading to Fairway Transport and Mark Choper’s huge 1 -wheeler that will transport team horses, tack and the many boxes and
trunks to Colorado. The horses start their journey tomorrow ...
Area I Team Rider Eliza Eddy and Mum Jennifer Eddy load up the "Area I Swag" at Kennebunk Maine Service Area with YR Coordinator Deb Meek -
carefully watched by Pippa the border Terrier sporting the Area I #1 Dog bandana