Zone 3 wins the Team Gold at NAJYRC - The team included Kalvin Dobbs (19, Carmel, Ind.) and Bukato, ESP's Jacob Pope (20, Columbia, Md.) on Zilvana, Noel Fauntleroy (20, Manakin-Sabot, Va.) on Cabras and Meredith Darst (18, Lebanon, Ohio) on Quester De Virton. The Zone 3/5 team was led by Chef d’Equipes Sandra Ruiz and Abby Blankenship. Read more here.
Jacob Pope on Zilvana, trained by Kaitlin Campbell and Rachel Kennedy at NAJYRC, finished 10th in the Individual Finals.
Meanwhile 300 miles away Ben Phillips is training the rest of the ESP group to multiple championships and top ribbons. Rachel joins Ben in Tryon (20 stitches in her finger after dropping a jump cup on her hand at NAJYRC) and rides Suzanne Smith's Blue Monday to a top placing (5th) in the USHJA National Hunter Derby.
Sarah Brooks is Champion on Royale in the Special Hunter Division (34 entries). Whitney Lind on Wanant wins the Adult Jumper Class and is Reserve Champion and takes away top ribbons on Carnaval Elite including a class win, Will Kennedy is well in the money (6th) on the NAL/WIHS Children's Jumper Classic on Ontario, Bridgette Hallman is Champion on Gala, winning three classes in the Amateur Owner 3'3" 36+ Division and takes away top ribbons (1st, 2nd. 3rd) on Lulu and Blue Monday in the Adult Amateur Hunters.