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Canadian Eventers Double the Gold at NAJYRC
Lexington, VA, USA
Photo: Anthony Trollope/
Kendal Lehari and Understudy
Canada successfully defended its 2005 titles at the CN North American Junior/Young Riders' Championships (NAJYRC), with the Ontario team claiming both the Team and Individual Gold Medals in the CCI* Junior/Young Rider Team Non-Championship division.

Held August 1 - 6 at the Virginia Horse Center, in Lexington, VA, the Championships featured a full phase, long format three day event competition for the Non-Championship division.

With a final team score of 196.6, Uxbridge, ON native Kendal Lehari , Robyn Miller of Milverton, ON, Dana Carlin of  Elizabethtown, ON, and Amanda Doucette of Carleton Place, ON found themselves at the top of the podium. Kendal, who was competing in her first ever full three day event, also took home the individual Gold Medal after claiming the top of the leader board from start to finish.

Carrying forward a score of 155 and sitting second after dressage, the team added no cross-country jumping faults, and only a few combined time penalties, bringing their score to 168.6, and putting them in first place.

Although Carlin unfortunately had to withdraw her nine-year-old Thoroughbred mare, As Time Goes By after cross-country, the other three members went on to show jumping with the added pressure of all three scores to count, without the opportunity of dropping the lowest score.

Lehari put in a clean performance aboard her mother, Gwen Lehari's nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Understudy.  Miller added just four show jumping faults aboard Don Good's 17-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding T'Jean, while Doucette had eight show jumping faults with her 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Charlie Horse to bring the team's final score to 196.6.

"With the dropped score we knew we had to do well to win, and I'm so proud of us for succeeding in getting the Gold Medal," said Lehari, who was at the Championships for the first time.  

Earning the Silver Medal was USA Area II, while USA Area VIII earned Bronze.

 "Winning the Individual Gold was awesome. I didn't expect it, especially not by such a big gap," explained Lehari, who finished 20.4 points ahead of the Silver Medalist.

Miller finished fifth individually, while Doucette placed eighth overall.

Also competing in the Non-Championship division was the combined team of Alberta, Quebec, and British Columbia, which finished in eighth place. The three-member team consisted of Brittany Des Cotes of St. Albert, AB, who finished 11th individually aboard Zanetti,  Danica Moore of Salmon Arm, BC riding Dunlavins Token and Caitlan Wallace of St. Bernard, QC with Take the Chance.

"It was really cool seeing the best riders in the three disciplines. The experience was really amazing," commented Lehari.

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