Zone 4 Clean Show Jumping Sweep At NAJYRC

Zone 4 Makes A Clean Show Jumping Sweep At NAJYRC

From: The Chronical of the Horse
Date: July 29, 2011
Article & Photos By: Caroline Culbertson and Lisa Slade

In the junior team show jumping, Zone 4 was victorious after tying with Zone 2 in the first two rounds. A jump-off separated the two teams. The Zone 4 team—Michael Hughes (15) on Shockwave, Hayley Barnhill (18) on Toucan Tango, Hasbrouck Donovan (17) aboard Delilah, and Frances Land (17) on Merlin—earned 8 faults in the first round. They added just 4 in the second round, and 0 in the jump-off to sweep the gold with 12 faults over Zone 2 and their 28 total team faults. Sixteen of Zone 2’s faults came from the jump-off.

The Zone 2 team consisted of Callie Smith (17) aboard Captain Krutzmann, Gabrielle Bausano (16) aboard Ubico H, Charlotte Jacobs (16) aboard Karonda V Schlosslihof Ch and Maria Van Buskirk (18) on VDL Theresa Lady. Competition was fierce in the final round, and many noted the difficulty of the tracks. A four-stride bending line caused problems, as did the open water in the first two rounds. “We didn’t walk the jump-off because we didn’t know there would be one,” said Jacobs. “It was a quick jump-off and kind of twisty and turny, but it rode well.”

Barnhill, Collierville, Tenn., jumped all clean rounds aboard Toucan Tango and will head into Sunday’s individual competition in good standing. “It feels amazing, winning the gold,” said Barnhill. “Our horses all went great.”

Land had one rail down aboard Merlin in the first round. Donovan contributed two 4-fault rounds for the team, and Hughes had one rail down in the first, and one rail and 1 time fault in the second. In the jump-off, Donovan was the only team member to pull a rail, serving as the drop score in that round.

After jumping one round last night, and then two full rounds and a jump-off between Zone 4 and silver medalists Zone 2 today, several riders noted they had tired horses. “I had a rough jump-off, and he’s a little tired,” said Smith. “My horse has the biggest stride in the world. But he was awesome, and he’ll have off tomorrow, so Sunday he’ll be ready to go.”

Frances Land’s mother Kim was chef d’equipe for the Zone 2 team. “Michael, Hayley and Frances have jumped on several teams together before this week,” Kim said. “This has been a building of synergy between these kids. There’s just something special about a team event. Kids really come to the plate and support each other. It’s wonderful to come and support them.” Though Frances, Alpharetta, Ga., admitted it can be difficult to train with her mother, she said it mostly went smoothly at NAJYRC. “We have our issues just because she’s my mom, but we just really worked through it, and we got along great this week,” said Frances.

Ralph Caristo served as chef d’equipe for all of the Zone 4 riders.

The CCI* eventing did their dressage today. Area V leads the team competition, while Florence Miller leads the individuals on 47.3 penalties.

Both the CCI** and CCI* division run cross-country tomorrow morning, and dressage concludes in the afternoon with the freestyle competition.

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