United States Eventing Association’s mid-Atlantic Area II has announced its long list of Young Rider candidates that will be representing the area at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championship Three-Day Event presented by Gotham North. (#FEINAYC) The NAYC takes place again this year in Kalispell, Montana, in conjunction with The Event At Rebecca Farms, July 18-22, 2018, an existing CCI1*, CCI2* and CCI3* competition. The Area II team will be finalized on or after June 17, 2018, and selected athletes will attend a mandatory Young Rider Training Camp, to be held at the USET Headquarters at Gladstone, NJ, June 30-July 7, 2018. Following the camp, the team (consisting of the allowed 4 team horses and riders and two individual horse and rider pairs at each of the two levels of competition) will stage at Morningside Equestrian Center in Middleburg, VA., in mid July to travel to Montana to compete at the NAYC.
Following are Area II Young Rider Long Listed Team Athletes as of 6/1/2018. These horses and riders are expected to participate, following the formal naming of the team members on 6/17/2018. Youth athletes in alphabetical order:
Olivia Dutton, 16, from West Grove, PA., attends Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA., riding Mr. Medicott, a 1999 chestnut ISH gelding, owned by the Mr. Medicott Syndicate. In 2018, they placed 4th in May at the Jersey Fresh CIC2*; in April, placed first at Fair Hill International Spring CIC1*; and in March, placed 6th in Intermediate Rider horse trial division at Carolina Horse Park. Mr. Medicott is an Olympic team and World Equestrian Games veteran, representing Germany in Hong Kong (Gold Medal) and the USA in London, as well as placing 4th at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event CCI4* in 2012. Olivia trains at True Prospect Farm in West Grove, PA. In addition to riding, Olivia plays varsity lacrosse, and was recently elected co-head of her schools’ athletic association. This is her first experience on an Area II Young Rider team.
Ryan Keefe, 18, Sandy Spring, MD., a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Olney, MD and enrolled in the University of Kentucky, riding Flintstar, a 2000 New Zealand bred Thoroughbred bay gelding, owned by Rumsey Keefe. In 2018, they placed 2nd in an Open Intermediate horse trial division at Plantation Field horse trials; in April, placed 1st at Fair Hill International Spring CIC2*; in March, placed 1st in an Intermediate Rider horse trial division at Carolina International. Flintstar is an Olympic veteran, representing New Zealand in London; completed Burghley CCI4* twice; and attended the 2014 NAYC with youth athlete Calvin Ramsey. Ryan trains with Rumsey Keefe, Sandy Spring, MD., and Sharon White of Last Frontier Eventing, W. VA.This is Ryan’s first experience on an Area II Young Rider team.
Alexa Lapp, 19, Gap, PA., a graduate of Pequea Valley High School, Kinzers, PA., riding Cambalda, a 2002 bay ISH gelding, owned by Tim and Nina Gardner. In 2018, they placed 3rd at Jersey Fresh CIC2*; 12th in April at an Open Intermediate horse trial division at Fair Hill International; and 6th in March at Red Hills CIC1*. Cambalda is a former United States Eventing Association Horse of the Year (2017), completed Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event CCI4* in 2014, and was a member of the winning FEI Great Meadows US Nations Cup team CIC3* in 2017. Alexa trains with Brannigan Eventing in Coatesville, PA., and this is her second time on an Area II Young Riders Championship team, having attended in 2016 as a CCI1* youth athlete on her horse Paprika.
Tayler Stewart, 18, Damascus, MD., a graduate of Damascus High School, Damascus, MD., riding Ideal Contini, a 2003 grey Westphalian gelding, owned by herself and Taylor Stewart. In 2018, they completed a CIC3* in May at Jersey Fresh; in April, placed 6th at The Fork in CIC2*; in 2017 in October, completed Fair Hill International CCI2*. Ideal Contini and Tayler competed at the NAYC in 2016, placing 7th in the CCI1*; this is Tayler’s second time representing Area II Young Riders. Tayler trains with Packy McGaughan, Clarksburg, MD., and Marilyn Little, Frederick, MD.
Macy Beach, 17, from Millsboro, DE., a senior at Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, DE, riding Chasing Moonlight, a 2008 bay Thoroughbred gelding. In 2018, in May they placed 5th at Virginia Horse Trials CCIY1*; in April, placed 13th at Fair Hill International CIC1*; in March, completed at Carolina International CIC1*. Chasing Moonlight is a Kentucky-bred off-track Thoroughbred with 33 racing starts, earning $165,000, prior to his eventing career. Macy has attended US Pony Club championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017; this is her first time as a youth athlete on Area II Young Riders. She trains with Dawn Beach at Winswept Stables, Millsboro, DE.
Haley Carspecken, 18, Purcellville, VA., a graduate of Tuscarora High School, Leesburg, VA., riding Center Stage, a 2006 grey Holsteiner gelding, owned by the rider. In 2018, they placed 20th in April at Fair Hill International Spring CIC2*; in 2017, placed 5th in October at Virginia Horse Trials CCI1* and 8th in September at Plantation Field International CIC1*. Center Stage has competed through the the CCI3* level and has been an international level horse since 2015. Haley attended the 2016 NAYC as a groom, and she trains with Mara DePuy, Round Hill, VA.
Katherine Christopher, 18, Bahama, NC, a graduate of Northern High School, Durham, NC, and enrolled at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, riding Frodo of the Shire, a 2003 bay Thoroughbred gelding. In 2018, they placed 4th in March at Carolina International CIC1Y* and lst in a junior Preliminary Rider horse trial division at Carolina Horse Park; in February, placed 2nd junior in a Preliminary Rider horse trials division at Sporting Days; and in 2017, placed 18th in November at Ocala Jockey Club CCI1*. Frodo of the Shire is an off-track Thoroughbred with one lifetime start prior to his eventing career; with a former rider, he completed a CCI2* in 2014. Katherine has qualified for and competed in the American Eventing Championships. Katherine trains with Holly Hudspeth, Rougemont, NC. This is Katherine’s first experience as a youth athlete for Area II Young Riders.
Maia Kantorowski, 17, Pinehurst, NC, attends The O’Neal School in Southern Pines, NC., riding Kiltubrid Rebel, a 2009 chestnut ISH gelding. In 2018, in April, they completed at Ocala Jockey Club CCI1*; in March, placed 4th in a Jr/YR Open Preliminary horse trial division at Carolina Horse Park; and in February, placed 13th in a Jr/YR Open Preliminary horse trial division at Pine Top. This is Maia’s first experience as a youth athlete for Area II Young Riders. She trains with Bobby Costello, John Zopatti, and Lizzie Snow, Southern Pines, NC. Maia participated as a groom at the 2017 NAYC.
Olivia Wall, 18, Apex, NC, a graduate of Apex Friendship School, Apex, NC and enrolled in the University of Kentucky, riding Mandolin R, a 2008 SWB bay gelding, owned by the rider. In 2018, in May they finished 4th at Virginia Horse Trials CCI1*; in April, completed at the Florida/Ocala International CCI1*; and placed 5th in February in a Jr/YR Open Preliminary horse trial division at Pine Top. Oliva trains with Doug and Jess Payne of Hillsboro, NC. This is her first experience as a youth athlete representing Area II Young Riders.