Twelve Area II Young Riders To Travel To Montana for 2019 International Championship

Area II of the United States Eventing Association (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia) is proud to announce the following Young Riders have been chosen for the travel squad competing at the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North, at The Event at Rebecca Farms, Kalispell, MT., July 24-28, 2019.

The Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North, is the premier equestrian competition in North America for children, junior and young riders, age 12-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, and is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent.

Representing Area II and rocking the girl power in 2019 (with 10 female riders and four mares among the named horses) are the following pairs in alphabetical order, by division qualified:


  • Alexa Gartenberg, Gladwynne, PA., on Cornelia Dorr’s 2005 Rheinland Pfalz-Saar gelding Louis M, a student at the University of Delaware
  • Megan Loughnane, Bryn Mawr, PA., on her 2009 Holsteiner gelding Linford, a student at the University of Virginia – Charlottesville.


  • Madison Chisholm, Elon, NC., on Hooked On Ridin’s 2009 Thoroughbred gelding Beechcraft; a student at The Burlington School
  • Sofie Harangozo, Haymarket, VA on Cynthia McNemar’s 2007 Oldenburg gelding Rain Dancer; a student at Seton School
  • Colette Leber, Pinehurst, NC., on her 2005 Thoroughbred gelding Willie Wiggins; she is a graduate of the O’Neal School and will attend the University of Kentucky
  • Caitlin O’Roark, Centreville, VA., on Shannon O’Roark’s 2005 warmblood gelding Lucky Devil; a student at Westfield High School
  • Dylan Philipps, Pittsboro, NC., on her 2008 Irish Sport horse mare, Fernhill Fierce; a student at the Chatham School of Science and Engineering
  • Sydney Shinn, Egg Harbor City, NJ., riding her 2005 Thoroughbred mare Paprika; a student at the US Performance Academy
  • Traveling reserve is Julianne Elliott, Clarksville, MD., on Beth Sokohl’s 1999 Thoroughbred gelding Buckharo; a student at River Hill High School.

Junior/Young Rider Training Three-Day Team:

  • Jackson Dillard, Port Matilda, PA., on his 2011 Hanoverian mare Layla Q; he is a student at State College Area High School
  • Ashley Stout, Port Matilda, PA., on her 2012 warmblood gelding Avant Garde; she is a student at Park Forest Middle School
  • Caitlin O’Roark, Centreville, VA., named on her second horse, Shannon O’Roark’s 2011 Thoroughbred mare, On A Mission.

The three-day event is an equestrian triathlon, taking place over three consecutive days of competition in dressage, cross-country jumping and show jumping. The Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championship presented by Gotham North is styled after Olympic equestrian competition to encourage the development of elite youth equestrian athletes to the international standard.

The Area II riders and horses named are among the top 100 elite youth three-day event equestrians of the nation.

Riders and horses must qualify over approximately two seasons of competition, they were chosen based on performances to represent Area II on the squad which will travel in July to Montana, a trip of over 2,000 miles. The final teams for each level (4 riders and 2 individuals) will be named following the initial veterinary inspection on the first day of competition.

Area II will be fielding a full team for the 2* division and the other squad members will be added at the competition to “scramble” teams for the 3* division, and Training 3-Day event.

The USEA governs the sport of three-day eventing in the United States, which is divided into 12 areas. Area II is the largest (membership and number of recognized events) in the US and the most competitive Area in the country.

 Area II’s Young Riders have dominated the last two NAYC competitions, coming home with 3* Team Gold Medal, individual 3* Silver and Bronze Medals, and Team 2* Bronze medal and individual Silver Medals in 2018; and Team 2* Silver medals in 2017. (Two of the 2017 Area II riders, Alexa Gartenberg and Megan Loughnane, return on this year’s squad.)

This is the first year the Training Level three-day event has been added to the international youth championship.

The Area II Chairman is Melissa Stubenberg, West Grove, PA., and the Young Rider program is served by Young Rider Coordinator and 2019 Area II “Chef d’Equipe” Chris Donovan. The coaching staff in Montana will be headed by Pam Wiedemann, ICP Level III Instructor, and USEF “S” Eventing Judge.

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