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Chasing The Dream - Canadian Young Rider Junior Endurance Team Brings Home Gold

Article Written by Misha Green The Canadian Junior Endurance Team comprised of Emma Webb of Flesherton ON, riding Serloki (owned by Jan Worthington USA), Jessica Yavis of Winfield, AB, riding Jahlad and Lee Hutten of Ottawa, ON, riding Parker AES (owned by Dessia Miller ON), were the sole team to podium at the FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. The 75 Mile FEI CEI4* Endurance Championship, held on June 20, 2012, was held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexing- ton, Kentucky.

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the FEI officials to determine their official individual placings! Throughout the duration of the race, the horses were examined by veterinary staff a total of 4 times to ensure their fitness to continue. Following each “vet check”, each horse/rider team entered into a mandatory “hold” to allow the horses and riders a period of rest and time to refuel. The ride time for each of the Canadian team members to com- plete the 75 mile race was 7 hours, earning each of them plac- ings in the Top Ten individual standings, with Lee and Parker placing 5th overall, Emma and Serloki placing 6th overall, and Jessica and Jahlad placing 7th overall! . The total combined

an adult. There were some tense moments for Lee before even starting the race when the vets were concerned about Parker’s gait at the initial vetting. Luckily, the vets decided to allow Parker to start because he was sound and forward the entire race with Lee constantly fighting him for a slower pace all day!

Next for Emma is the FEI CEI2* 75 Endurance Race being held in New Lowell ON at Coate’s Creek Farm on her regular mount, Zillary (owned by Nancy Beacon ON) where she hopes to accumulate addi- tional points towards the Top Junior award in her home club, The Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association ( Emma recently gradu- ated from grade 12 and hopes to spend the next year focusing on endurance racing and

her goals, which include NAJYRC in 2013 and if the stars aline, the World Endurance Young Riders Championships in France in 2013! Emma credits much of her success on the world stage to the neverending sup- port of her family and Nancy Beacon, Equine Canada Hall of Fame Member, and Robert Gielen, Canadian Endurance Team Member and top Canadian endurance athelete at the World Equestrian Games in 2010. In addition, Emma would specifical- ly like to thank Jan Worthington, past member of the United States Equestrian Team, and the owner of her mount, Serlo- ki.

Once she completes the long voyage back to Alberta, Jessica’s goals include her education, perhaps Tevis (the most difficult 100 mile race in endurance) and like

Emma, the World Endurance Young Rid- ers Championships in France next year! For Jessica, the pivotal moment of the ride was being tied for the individual gold medal at 40 miles and her horse Jahlad for- got to pick up his feet walking across the pavement and fell and skinned his right knee. At that time, Jessica chose to give up her placing and to drop back to 5th place, which she maintained until realizing that her teammates, Emma and Lee, were running just a few minutes behind. At that time Jessica chose to slow her pace so that she could ride with them and so that Team Canada could cross the finish line together! Luckily for Canada, Jessica, Lee and Emma hope to continue to qualify to repre- sent Canada in the sport of endurance on the international stage!

mier equestrian competition in North America for Junior and Young Riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from around the continent to vie for medals in show jumping, dressage, event- ing, endurance and reining.

team time of 21 hours earned our three Canadian girls gold medals in the team competition. This is truly an outstanding achievement and an indication of exciting times to come for Canada on the endurance stage!

The endurance race, a true test of horse and rider endurance, perseverance and teamwork began at 6:30 a.m. with a total of 16 young riders heading out on

This gold medal win is like- ly to be somewhat bittersweet for Lee, who at 20 years of age is no longer qualified to compete for Canada on the young rider stage.

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trail with their equine partners. The three Canadian team mem- bers finished the 75 mile race three abreast at the finish line at 4:10 p.m. with their hands raised in a victory salute. They made the decision out on trail to finish together as a team and to allow

However, Lee is off to the Uni- versity of Guelph in September where she will start studying her 3rd year in the Bachelor of Bio Resource Management program with an Equine major. We are sure to see Lee competing on the international endurance stage as


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