July 2015 - The Gallop: Kentucky Bound

West Coast show jumping, eventing and dressage stars ready to rumble at the NAJYRC this month.

by Kim F. Miller

The West Coast has proud traditions to uphold at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior Young Riders Championships and our region’s riders are ready to maintain them. The Championships take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, July 14-19.

Here’s a quick look at our area’s contenders in show jumping and eventing. We covered dressage, too, although that discipline’s team had not been completely finalized as we went to press.

Show Jumping

Zone 10 Junior Rider team member Rebecca Reyes and Let’s Dance. Photo: Katie Brown

A four-show series of qualifiers for USHJA Zone 10’s Young and Junior riders teams concluded with final rounds at the June Classic 1 in San Juan Capistrano. Over three days at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, the contenders accumulated points in a speed round, a jump-off round and a final, two-round conclusion on Sunday June 7.

Sydney Callaway and Wolf S on their way to earning a spot on the Zone 10 Young Riders jumping team. This was taken during the second of three trials at the June Classic in San Juan Capistrano in early June. Photo: Kim F Miller

The Young Rider Team for Zone 10 will be represented by Uma O’Neill and Sydney Callaway, both trained by Lori De Rosa of Newmarket, Harley Brown student Sarah Baz and Mackenzie Drazan, with Morgan Dickerson as the alternate.  Mackenzie and Morgan ride with top trainer Karen Healey, who will once again serve as chef d’equipe.

Zone 10 jumping teams.

The Junior Rider team is Rebecca Reyes (trainer, Bert Mutch), Peyton Warren (trainer, Jill Humphrey), Eve Jobs (trainer, Ben Hey), and Summer Hill (trainer, Sue Lightner), with Sophia Mossman (trainers, Cam and Becky Smith) named as the alternate. Peyton and Eve are NAJYRC returnees likely to provide valuable leadership from last year’s experience.

Area VI member Madelyn Holtzman and Footlight’s Ollie. Photo: Shannon Brinkman

Zone 10 jumping co-chair Fred Bauer was pleased with the turn-out for the selection trials in both divisions, in both quality and quantity. The initial lists had 20-plus horse/rider pairs declared for the process, reflecting great depth of talented riders and horses in our area.

Sami Clark


Area VI sends a team of up and coming stars to contest the Junior Championships in Kentucky, which are conducted at the One-Star level. We thank Eventing Nation and reporter Stephanie Nicora for letting us reprint this introduction to Sami Clark, Madelyn Holtzman, Amber Pearson, Madison Temkin and Megan Traynham. They’ll be coached by veteran Brian Sabo

Amber Pearson and Patagonia

Madelyn Holtzman is 18 years old and is thrilled to have made the team in her last year of qualification for the one-star. Coached by Robyn Fisher and riding the bay gelding Footlight’s Ollie, Madi qualified last year at the final CCI* at Galway Downs. She first started riding Ollie in 2012 and has ridden him from Novice to the one-star level.

Mackenzie Drazan and Rockford I ready for their Young Riders trial round at the June Classic I in San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Kim F Miller

First thing she plans to do after arriving at the Kentucky Horse Park: “Give Ollie a good graze! Grazing is definitely his favorite pastime (other than laying in the sun).”

Favorite food: “Definitely sushi!”

Madison Temkin is 14 years old and has already twice been named to the USEF Eventing 18 program. She qualified for Young Riders last year at Galway Downs on Kingslee, who she has been riding since June 2014. The pair has been making a name for themselves on the West Coast (and on Eventing Nation!) finishing 12th in the large CCI* division at Galway last fall, second at the March Galway CIC*, and most recently eighth in the highly competitive Preliminary Rider Challenge at Woodside.

Lindsey Brewin & Valliant at the NAJYRC in 2013

How she found out: “Madi Holtzman texted me while I was standing in my classroom getting ready to graduate eighth grade and said, ‘Did you get the e-mail?’ My heart dropped, and I went running and found my mom and checked her e-mail, and there it was! I was and still am thrilled!”

Favorite food: “Sushi is definitely number one. Sour apple rings are close behind, though!”

Catherine Chamberlain and Verdicci competing in San Juan Capistrano this spring. Photo: Kim F Miller

Amber Pearson is 18 years old and rides with Andrea Pfeiffer at Chocolate Horse Farm. She and her partner, Patagonia, qualified in March at Twin Rivers Ranch. Amber and Padi, a gorgeous bay Thoroughbred, have been together for about a year and a half.

How she found out: “I received an e-mail from Kim Littlehale, our area coordinator, and I was so excited! I immediately called my mom and shared the news with Andrea as well!”

Cassidy Gallman and Grand Makana, returnees to Kentucky for Region 7.

Megan Traynham is 14 years old and will be celebrating her 15th birthday in July. I’m sure we can all guess what she wants for her birthday this year! She rides Lord Lombardi, otherwise known as “Vinny,” who competed through the one-star level with Kristi Nunnink before Megan got him in September 2014. The pair went to work, completing four Training level events before moving up to Preliminary in 2015. They qualified for Young Riders at Greenwood Farm Horse Trials in Texas.

Madison Temkin and Kingslee

First thing she did after finding out: “I asked who else was on my team and went to ride my horse!” Favorite food: Nutella – “At least two jars will be making the trip to Kentucky with us!”

A Region 7 groom for the last two years, Breanna Relucio is excited to be a member of the Junior team this year. She’s pictured here with Wynsum. Photo: Terri Miller


USDF Region 7 had not yet fully finalized its selection process as we went to press, but there’s a high likelihood that the team will have three returnees on its Young Rider squad in Kentucky, highlighted by last year’s individual and team gold medalist Catherine Chamberlain.

Catherine is currently the top ranked young rider in the country and this will be her fifth Championship.  We expect she’ll be joined by 2014 teammates Cassidy Gallman and Grand Makana and Lindsey Brewin Valliant, plus Samantha Jenney and Domino. A student of Kathleen Raine and David Wightman at Adventure Farms in Murietta, Catherine has had a busy summer already. Along with Ayden Uhlir, she was part of the US team at the CDIO-Y in Hagen, Germany, in mid-June, for which Cassidy and Lindsey were alternates.

Sami Jenney

On the Junior team, Breanna Relucio and Wynsum and Veronica West and Nobleman seem sure bets, but the rest of the spots were yet to be assigned at press time.

Best of luck to all!

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