Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 10, 2022 – The 2022 Gotham North FEI North American Youth Jumping Championships (NAYC) presented by USHJA returned for the second consecutive year to Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City, Mich. Wednesday, August 10, welcomed Children’s and Pre-Junior competitors to the International Arena for the first day of individual qualifying competition, with each athlete battling for pole position heading into the team and individual final events to come later in the week.
USA Zone 10 reigned supreme on day one as Lilah Nakatani (Temecula, Calif.) and Dianett secured the win in the Children’s Jumping Individual Qualifier. In the Pre-Junior Jumping Individual Qualifier presented by USHJA, Leila Diab (San Francisco, Calif.) rode to victory with Quind. Both are competing at NAYC for the second time and were teammates on the gold medal-winning team in the Children’s division in 2021. Wednesday’s competition counted toward each team’s overall score.
Gotham North/FEI North American Children’s Jumping Championship Qualifier presented by USHJA
Opening the day for Zone 10, Nakatani piloted Dianett, her own 8-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare, to the fastest single-round time in the Children’s First Individual Qualifier, setting up both her team and herself for success in the days to follow. In 71.88 seconds, Nakatani (Temecula, Calif.) claimed top honors out of 21 entries as one of the final pairs on course over Anderson Lima’s (BRA) course.
Making a repeat appearance, Nakatani was part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2021 NAYC where she competed on the same horse as a seven-year-old. Over the three days of competition, Dianett had only one rail down.
“She’s a great little mare,” Nakatani said of Dianett. “She’s so friendly and super kind. She has a little bit of spice so sometimes she can get wild, but she’s great.”
Nakatani trains with U.S. grand prix rider Kyle King on the West Coast and is receiving help from Savannah Jenkins while at NAYC.
“Last year was great,” Nakatani said of her gold medal-winning team performance. “I did have one down in the second round but thankfully my other teammates were great. It’s also a good team this year and I’m excited because so far, our team is doing well. Everyone was clear today, so we are ready for tomorrow.”
Earning second-place honors was Allison Orth (USA Zone 5) and her 10-year-old Zangersheide mare Chabada d’Ysieux Z, who rode to a clear round effort in 74.04 seconds. Tarin Kiely (USA Zone 2) and Nikita Jolie, the Ashland Farms and Major Wager LLC-owned 12-year-old mare, claimed third in a clear-round effort of 74.38 seconds.
Gotham North/FEI North American Pre-Junior Jumping Championship Qualifier presented by USHJA
Continuing an incredible outing for Zone 10 on day one of NAYC, Leila Diab (USA) took the win in the Gotham North/FEI North American Pre-Junior Jumping Championship Qualifier presented by USHJA aboard Quind, her own 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding. First to go in the order of 23 was Campbell Brown (USA Zone 7), riding Indira, the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Ashlynn Crowley, who stopped the timers in an impressive 57.56 seconds. It would be 17 more rounds before the lead would change hands, as Diab (San Francisco, Calif.) raced to a clear effort in 56.70 seconds. Brown ultimately claimed second place and third-place honors went to Taylor Landstrom (USA Zone 6) and Eleanor, her own 10-year-old Holsteiner mare.
“I had a different plan going in,” Diab said of her game plan for the day. “We watched [Campbell Brown] go and she was so fast. That really changed my plan. I knew I had to get him going from the get go and a good angle to the first fence. He’s so quick once you get him going that you don’t want to stop him at all. In most of the lines I walked one more, then I did the leave-outs. He was really going.”
Diab and Quind are competing in their second appearance at the FEI NAYC. Following up on a team gold medal, a medal she shared with Nakatani in the Children’s in 2021, the pair has had a breakout year, winning five NAYC Pre-Junior Zone 10 Trials across the West Coast in 2022.
“He’s a great guy,” she continued about her partner for a year and a half. “He has a really big stride when you get him going, so this course suited him well. He’s really fun and easy to turn. He was a superstar and amazing out there.”
Having the experience on their side, Diab is not letting nerves or mindset impact the way she performs, and is comfortable with the added pressure of the championship format and competing for a team. “The team part is the most nerve wracking because you don’t want to let down your teammates,” she continued. “We’ve all worked so hard to get here and we don’t want to be the one who hurts the team. Going out there with the right state of mind is the best thing you can do for your team rather than stressing out about being clean and going fastest.
“For me this is any other day,” Diab remarked on her approach. “When I focus on this being a big championship that’s when I get the most nervous and I may ride differently than what my horse is used to and what makes us a good match. We’re all here doing the same thing we always do. Changing my ride isn’t going to help my team.”
The Gotham North FEI North American Youth Jumping Championship presented by USHJA will continue Thursday, August 11, when the Children’s and Pre-Junior competitors vie for top honors in team competition. Following team events, the Junior and Young Rider divisions will take to their individual qualifiers.
Samuel Parot Sails to the Top in Hippo Data CSI3* Speed Classic
It’s not often that the fourth horse in a 44-horse class holds the lead the whole way through, but it was Samuel Parot’s (CHI) day to do just that during the final week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors. Fourth in the ring on Koblenz van de Vinusakker in the $37,000 Hippo Data CSI3* Speed Classic, Parot sped to a time of 55.06 seconds and held the lead through all remaining combinations to test the track during the opening class of the week.
Over Anderson Lima’s (BRA) course, Parot set the time to beat on his first of three rides by speeding around the rollback turns and taking efficient paths down the lines, ultimately securing a time of 55.06 seconds. “The first horse I won on, I turned very quickly,” he said of his strategy. “I turned very fast to number six and number nine; I think I won there. He’s very fast. I like a horse with a lot of blood.”
Margie Engle (USA) and the Gladewinds Partners, LLC-owned Royce went in immediately following Parot and his first mount, and scored themselves a podium finish in 55.55 seconds. Coming in just a few from the end and finding a spot just between Parot and Engle was Mattias Tromp (USA) and Infuria P&P for owner Beyaert Farm Inc, finishing in 55.27 seconds. Tromp ultimately finished all three of his mounts in the top ten.
Wednesday’s win marks the second FEI win for Koblenz van de Vinusakker, the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Toulon x Leader M). In its second year under Parot’s guidance, the horse has taken two top victories and several other high placings up to the CSI5* level, jumping along the Major League Show Jumping tour in Mexico.
“The first time I came [to Traverse City] was early on,” Parot said of his trip to Traverse City Spring. “I love it here; it’s a really fantastic place with the lake and the atmosphere. Congratulations [to the Morrisseys] because the show is really big and they’ve done a good job.”
Parot plans to jump his two other mounts in the $37,000 Downtown Traverse City CSI3* Welcome Stake Thursday, then aim Koblenz van de Vinusakker for the $138,600 CaptiveOne Advisors CSI3* Grand Prix Saturday, before a two-week break. His team will stay in Traverse City for the fall, featuring the American Gold Cup CSI5*, before Parot heads to South America for the South American Games in October.
With her top finish, Margie Engle reclaimed her lead in the CaptiveOne Advisors Open Jumper Rider Bonus standings.
Final Results: $37,000 Hippo Data CSI3* Speed Classic
- KOBLENZ VAN DE VINUSAKKER: 2010 BWP gelding by Toulon x Leader M
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/55.06
- INFURIA P&P: 2013 KWPN mare by Cascadello x President
MATTIAS TROMP (USA), Beyaert Farm Inc: 0/55.27
- ROYCE: 2004 OS stallion by Cafe Au Lait x Grandilot
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Partners, LLC: 0/55.55
- LAMBORGHINI: 2010 OLDBG gelding by Lord Pezi x Grannus
NICK DELLO JOIO (USA), Caroline Mawhinney: 0/55.67
- BLUE MOVIE: 2006 AES mare by Chacco Blue x Pilot
ROWAN WILLIS (AUS), Rowan Willis: 0/56.21
- ICARUS: 2008 BWP stallion by Douglas x Sioux de Baugy
FRANCISCO GOYOAGA MOLLET (ESP), Strasburg Moring Inc.: 0/56.80
- NAMASTE VAN HET EYCKEVELD: 2013 BWP gelding by Elvis Ter Putte x Coriall
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak Farm: 0/56.90
- MANHATTAN VAN’T LEEUWERIKENHOF: 2012 BWP gelding by Emerald x Kashmir Van Schuttershof
FILIP DE WANDEL (BEL), Five Way Farm LLC: 0/57.29
- ILON: 2013 KWPN gelding by Toulon x Indoctro
MATTIAS TROMP (USA), Beyaert Farm Inc: 0/57.67
- NOEMI VH WUITENSHOF: 2013 BWP mare by Castelino vd Helle x Quidam de Revel
MATTIAS TROMP (USA), Beyaert Farm Inc: 0/59.14
- EL BALOU OLD: 2012 OS stallion x Eldorado vd Zeshoek x Balou du Rouet
DAVID O’BRIEN (IRL), Chansonette Farm LLC: 0/60.37
- CONNOR 69: 2013 HOLST gelding by Connor x Contender
OLIVIA CLIVER (USA), On The Mark Equestrian LLC: 0/60.64