Trakehners Help Four Young Riders Strike Gold

September 10th, 2013 12:35 PM | Comments Off on Trakehners Help Four Young Riders Strike Gold

Lindsey Holleger and her Trakehner horse Friedensfurst turned in a beautiful gold medal individual dressage performance. Photo by MacMillan Photography

Newark, Ohio. – Four young equestrians rode Trakehner or part-Trakehner horses into Rolex Stadium in Lexington, Ky. this July for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, and they all rode out with medals around their necks.

Lindsey Holleger from Whigham, Ga., rode her Trakehner gelding, Friedensfurst, to win the Junior Individual Gold Medal in Dressage.

Laurence Blais Tetreault of Montreal, Quebec, riding the Trakehner gelding Lowelas in his first time competing at the Junior Championships, won two gold medals: one for their dressage performance in the Junior Division Freestyle and the second as part of the team representing Quebec who won first place in their division. Lowelas was later named ‘Omega Alpha Horse of the Month’ by Equine Canada.

Two U.S. teams also won gold medals for eventing with Trakehners.

Mary Atkins Hunt of Mobile, Ala. and her Trakehner gelding Nuance, rode to glory on the Area III team that took gold in the CCI** Junior Division and finished fourth individually.

Victoria Clayton from Columbus, Ga. and The Secret Agent, a part-Trakehner gelding, were members of the Area III CCI* Junior Division gold medal team, and finished 17th individually.

Mary Atkins Hunt and her Trakehner horse Nuance fly over a cross-country jump, helping to bring home gold for the Area III CCI** Junior Division eventing team. Photo by MacMillan Photography

The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders from 14-21 years old. The competition is run under rules of the Federation Equestre Internationale, the international governing body for equestrian sport, and is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent. Young riders from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands, compete for team and individual medals in the five equestrian disciplines.

Such a strong showing by the breed is remarkable, given its small numbers. Trakehners are the oldest warmblood breed in the world and have been carefully bred since 1732 for elegant movement, endurance and intelligence. But Trakehners are not just about the history–they’re about performance engineering. Trakehners today are recognized as both international performance horses and as refiners for other warmblood breeds. This was highlighted by the performances of the Trakehners taking their youthful riders to medals in the 2013 NAJYRC.

 

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