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Daigneault Leading Canadian in CCI* at NAJYRC
Lexington, VA, USA
by Amber Heintzberger
Emily Daigneault (CAN) and Misty Vale Bacardi
Competitors took to the dressage ring today in the USEA CCI* Junior Championship at the CN North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Lexington, VA. Emily Daigneault of Gatineau, QC is the leading Canadian rider in 13th place on a score of 57.9 with her Morgan horse Misty Vale Bacardi.

The pair qualified for the eventing championships in 2006, but on the trip to the competition Misty Vale Bacardi fell ill with a respiratory illness (shipping fever). He was in a Virginia veterinary clinic for one week and another two weeks in a clinic at home. After she was forced to scratch from the competition, Daigneault volunteered to be a groom for the Canadian team.

Happy and healthy, they qualified for this year's championships at Bromont a couple of months ago and have been training at the Farm of the Mountain near Luskville, Que., with Quebec coach Lorraine Laframboise of Ottawa.
Anisa Tracy (USA) and Tigger VIII
31 horses performed their tests for the panel of judges today and there is currently a tie for the individual lead between Area II's Nina Ligon of Manakin Sabot, VA on Pacific Storm and Area IX's Anisa Tracy of Parker, CO on Tiger VIII on a score of 48.1. 2006 team gold medalist Cassidy Lundmark, Area IV, riding What's Shakin' is in third (48.3).

Ligon, 15, said, "This is my first time competing here so it has been a little nervewracking. It was pretty stressful leading up to the selection trials and we were concerned about his soundness on the hard ground. So far we've been doing well, and hopefully he'll be fine all weekend."

Tomorrow competitors face the cross-country phase of the competition and Ligon said, "The course looks like it'll ride well - I need to stay aggressive and not take anything for granted."

The Area IV team has the lead on a score of 157.4 followed by Area IX with 162.6. Area II is third with 164.3. The Quebec and Ontario team of Erika Koczi, Sopie Laframboise, Emily Daigneault and Ali Kraushaar is in sixth place (178.8).

Cassidy Lundmark has the lowest score on the leading team. The 16-year-old from Barrington, IL said that she has come back to make up for last year, when a rail down prevented her taking home the individual silver medal. "I want to beat my scores from last year and I'd really like to take home individual gold," she said. Looking to tomorrow she said, "The cross-country course is similar to last year and I had a good ride then, so I feel confident about tomorrow."

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