A Journey Through Juniors
Molly Paris reflects on her NAJYRC experience and offers advice to others who might find themselves in her shoes.
The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) is the premier equestrian competition in North America for Junior and Young Riders age 14–21. Young dressage equestrians compete for team, individual and freestyle medals. For any aspiring Junior or Young Rider, this competition is the crème de la crème.
Eighteen-year-old Molly Paris, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was thrilled to just make the Region 1 Junior dressage team for the 2014 Adequan FEI NAJYRC. When competition day arrived, she didn’t expect to win the team test with her 8-year-old Westfalen gelding, Diamant Sky, nor did she expect that her win would lead her team to the gold-medal podium and that she would later earn an individual silver medal and a freestyle bronze. But that’s what happened. In retrospect, however, she knows it didn’t happen by accident. The right horse, the right training and perseverance paved the way.
Author: Jennifer Mellace // Original Source: Dressage Today