Five Champions Crowned at 6th Annual Florida International Youth Championship

Wellington, Fla. – March 18, 2018 – On the final day of the 6th Annual Florida International Youth Dressage Championships, 30 horse and rider combinations made their way down the centerline to compete one last time for the weekend. After the final salute in the Under-25 freestyle, the winner’s of the five divisions were crowned and the overall results from the weekend were announced.

Florida International Youth Championship Winners: Rodrigo Encina Fuentes, Beatrice Boucher, Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt, Tori Belles and Lily-Rose Lemaire
Florida International Youth Championship Winners: Rodrigo Encina Fuentes, Beatrice Boucher, Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt, Tori Belles and Lily-Rose Lemaire

Capturing the Under-25 division champion title was Spain’s Rodrigo Encina Fuentes riding Van the Man, a 16-year-old KWPN gelding (Obelisk – Lady, Fruhling/Landjonker) owned by Cesar Parra. The 22-year-old from Madrid, Spain, left home at 18-years-old to pursue his riding career and now trains with Cesar Parra, spending time in New Jersey and Wellington. This is his first year competing in the Youth Championships, and his first year competing in the international ring in Wellington. Encina Fuentes earned fourth place in the FEI U-25 Intermediate II with a score of 66.147 percent, first place in the U-25 Grand Prix with a score of 68.376 percent and second place in the FEI U-25 Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 71.425 percent. They earned a total score for the weekend of 68.094 percent.

Rodrigo Encina Fuentes won the Overall FEI U25 Grand Prix Championship

Claiming the trophy in the Young Rider Division was Canada’s Beatrice Boucher aboard Delfiano, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Del Piero – Kayruekitta, Laurie Crusador) owned by Gilles Bergeron. Boucher has only been riding the gelding for a year, and was not originally planning on showing him in Florida this season, but when plans changed she jumped on the opportunity to compete in Wellington. The pair earned fourth place with a score of 69.804 percent in the FEI Young Riders PSG Team Test, first place with a score of 68.725 percent in the FEI Young Riders Individual test and fourth place with a score of 70.017 percent in the FEI Young Rider Freestyle. Their total score for the weekend was 69.415 percent.

Beatrice Boucher and Delfiano

Bringing home the blue ribbon in the Junior Division was Spain’s Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt aboard Dhannie Ymas, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Crusador – Welina) owned by Yeguada de Ymas and previously competed by Juan Matute. This is the 16-year-old rider’s second year competing in the Youth Championships and she was able to earn the highest score of the weekend, earning a total score of 71.336 percent, as well as winning the overall high score average of the entire championship. Danguillecourt scored a 71.111 percent for first place in the FEI Junior Team Test, a 71.716 percent for first place in the FEI Junior Individual Test and a 71.025 percent for second place in the FEI Freestyle Test for Juniors.

Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt and Dhannie Ymas

The championship title in the FEI Children Division was claimed by Lily-Rose Lemaire of Canada aboard World Lady, an 18-year-old chestnut mare, who was previously a broodmare. The 14-year-old rider has only been riding for three years, and began her partnership with World Lady six months ago. The pair earned a score of 67.372 percent in the FEI Team Children’s test and a score of 63.095 percent in the FEI Individual Children’s test, claiming first place for both rides. Their total score for the weekend was 65.234 percent.

Lily-Rose Lemaire won the Overall Childrens Championship
Lily-Rose Lemaire won the Overall Childrens Championship

Winning the FEI Pony Division was Tori Belles from Pennsylvania aboard Prince Z, a 14-year-old German Riding Pony gelding owned by Peacock Ridge. This is the 13-year-old rider’s first season competing in Wellington. Prince Z is a previous Pony Champion in Europe and has been ridden by Belles for a month with Lars and Melissa Peterson. The pair earned a score of 67.762 percent in the FEI Pony Team Test for first place, a score of 66.982 percent in the FEI Pony Individual Test for first place, and a score of 68 percent in the FEI Freestyle for Pony Riders for first place. The pair’s overall score for the weekend was a 67.498 percent.

Tori Belles and Prince Z

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Rodrigo Encina Fuentes – FEI U-25 Grand Prix Division Champion
On His Rides:
“This weekend I’m very happy with my horse – I felt like he was truly with me from the beginning and he gave me 100%. I am truly happy with how he was, and his attitude and the feeling he gave me. This is only my first year doing the CDIs in Wellington, and my second show of the season actually, but I feel like we’re getting better and better with each test.”

Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes and Van the Man
Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes and Van the Man

On Winning the Division:
“It means a lot to win! I work really hard to be here and to have these opportunities. I sacrificed a lot to be able to be here and to compete – just to be here to compete at this level is incredible and if I can win that’s great!”

Beatrice Boucher – FEI Young Rider Champion
On Winning the Division:
“I’m really happy to be here today but I wasn’t expecting to win it all — it’s a really nice feeling! I wasn’t expecting to ride him and compete in Florida. He’s owned by Camille Bergeron’s father and when she was too busy to ride him, I took him over – it’s been a bit of a journey. Now that we were able to compete here I think we are going to be able to do the [FEI North American] Young Rider Championships in July!”

Beatrice Boucher won the Overall FEI Young Rider division

On Delfiano:
“He’s such a puppy dog! He’s always in your pocket and is so nice to be around. He always wants to be your teammate and is such a nice horse to ride. He’s super consistent too, which is a really nice thing – it’s really a pleasure to work with him.”

Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt – FEI Junior Champion
On Winning the Division:
“I’ve only been riding Dhannie Ymas for three months, and this is our second CDI – I’m very excited about how our journey is starting out and I’m looking forward to competing him more. Dhannie Ymas was previously ridden by Juan Matute, so he really knows his job, you just have to ride him and not make mistakes. I think our changes and the trot work were big highlights of our rides this weekend – my best test was the individual on the second day. I’m super happy! I’ve wanted this for a long time and I’m very happy I finally won!”

Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt won the Overall FEI Junior Championship
Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt won the FEI Junior Championship and Overall High Score 

On Her Future Plans:
“We’re finished in Wellington this season, so we’re going back to Spain. We’re going to be competing in Europe – first in Spain, then Germany, maybe France and then back to Spain. I hope to improve my riding over there and improve my career in dressage – I have hopes to become another big champion.”

Lily-Rose Lemaire – FEI Children Champion
On Winning the Division:
“My rides were very good this weekend! I had a very good ride and my horse was very with me I think today was my best ride I’ve ever had with her. I have done the national shows here but this is my first CDI in Wellington, it’s also my first season here. I think it is beautiful here!”

Lily-Rose Lemaire and World Lady
Lily-Rose Lemaire and World Lady

Tori Belles – FEI Pony Champion
On Prince Z:
“I’ve only had this pony for a month now, I got the privilege from PJ Rizvi to ride him. This is our first time doing the Youth Championships and it’s just a privilege to be here. He is such a good pony – he’s always supporting you out there, even if you have a mistake, he’s there to help you figure it out. I’m so grateful that I am able to show him.”

Tori Belles won the Overall Pony Championship
Tori Belles won the Overall FEI Pony Championship

RESULTS

Overall Championship Results: FEI Pony Division
Rider / Country / Horse / Team Score / Individual Score / Freestyle Score / Total
1. Tori Belles / USA / Prince Z / 67.762 / 66.982 / 68.000 / 67.498
2. Scarlett Hansen / CAN / Reve De Glatigny / 64.095 / 60.626 / 67.605 / 63.409
3. Annelise Klepper / USA / HB Virginia / 62.286 / 62.653 / 59.625 / 61.901
4. Nicolas Beck / SUI / Gallod Welsh Thyme / 54.762 / 60.901 / 61.775 / 58.62

Overall Championship Results: FEI Children Division
Rider / Country / Horse / Team Score / Individual Score / Total
1. Lily-Rose Lemaire / CAN / World Lady / 67.372 / 63.095 / 65.234

Overall Championship Results: FEI Junior Division
Rider / Country / Horse / Team Score / Individual Score / Total
1. Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt / ESP / Dhannie Ymas / 71.111 / 71.716 / 71.025 / 71.336
2. Emma Asher / USA / Traneenggaards Akondo / 69.899 / 69.118 / 71.225 / 69.852
3. Juliette Cain / USA / Mariska / 65.101 / 64.020 / 66.952 / 65.039
4. Sophia Schults / USA / Samour M / 62.576 / 64.363 / 63.700 / 63.516
5. Mathilda Von Guttenberg / GER / Fly Rio / 70.000 / 66.912 / NA / 54.765
6. Emma Asher / USA / Don Fredo HD / 67.778 / 65.441 / NA / 53.288

Overall Championship Results: FEI Young Rider Division
Rider / Country / Horse / Team Score / Individual Score / Freestyle Score / Total
1. Beatrice Boucher / CAN / Delfiano / 69.804 / 68.725 / 70.017 / 69.415
2. Vanessa Creech-Terauds / CAN / Fleur de Lis L / 69.412 / 67.892 / 70.417 / 69.005
3. Camille Carier Bergeron / CAN / Baldacci / 68.186 / 68.431 / 71.075 / 68.862
4. Callie Jones / USA / Don Philippo / 68.529 / 67.451 / 71.325 / 68.657
5. Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt / ESP / Rihanna Ymas / 70.686 / 66.039 / 69.525 / 68.595
6. Jade Ellery / GBR / Porsche’s Eloy / 69.902 / 66.333 / 68.625 / 68.219

Overall Championship Results: FEI Under-25 Division
Rider / Country / Horse / Team Score / Individual Score / Freestyle Score / Total
1. Rodrigo Encina Fuentes / ESP / Van the Man / 66.147 / 68.376 / 71.425 / 68.094
2. Natalie Pai / USA / Unlimited / 67.235 / 66.068 / 72.125 / 67.746
3. Codi Harrison / USA / Katholt’s Bossco / 65.941 / 65.940 / 71.208 / 66.994
4. Molly Paris / USA / Countess / 66.559 / 65.427 / 69.625 / 66.719
5. Kerrigan Gluch / USA / HGF Brio / 64.118 / 65.256 / 69.333 / 65.616
6. Tanya Strasser-Shostak / CAN / Renaissance Tyme / 67.029 / 63.675 / 66.375 / 65.557

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