Area IV NAJYRC Team Announced

Posted Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:13pm

The Young Riders Program is pleased to introduce the 2017 North American Junior Young Rider Championships representatives for Area IV.

Lily Geelan and her 14 year old Polish Warmblood, Luksor, will return to NAJYRC at the CIC** level this year after representing Area IV in 2016 at the CCI*. Lily is a senior at Orono High School in Independence, MN. She spent the winter working with Judy McCoy in North Carolina, Peter Gray in Florida and spring training with Sara Kozumplik Murphy in Berryville, VA.  She and Luksor won the 2017 CIC** at Roebke's Run in June. They earned a top 20 finish at the Virginia CIC** and the Fork CIC** as well as third place at Rocking Horse Intermediate and a victory in the Intermediate at Otter Creek. Fiona Cotter, an Area IV NAJYRC former competitor, will support Lily as her groom at this year's event. 

Melanie Rousseau and her 11 year old thoroughbred, Sullivan, will compete at the CIC** level this year at NAJYRC in Montana.  Melanie represented Area IV in 2013 and 2014.  She is a graduate of Barrington High School in Barrington, IL.  She is attending Roanoke College studying international business.  She was a working student for Peter Gray in 2015.  She and Sullivan completed Rocking Horse, Roebke's Run and Carolina International at the Intermediate Level and had a strong 11th place finish at Fair Hill CIC**.  Elizabeth Clarke has been chosen to assist Melanie as official groom for the 2017 NAJYRC competition. Elizabeth groomed for Melanie in 2013 and 2014 as well. 


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