The Bermuda Equestrian Federation announced that Bermuda Dressage rider Robin Stempel has successfully achieved the requisite qualifying scores to participate in the 2023 North American Youth Championship (NAYC).
Riding Rossano Royal 2 at the Bruce’s Field Dressage held in Aiken South Carolina Stemplel scored 67.3% in both the Team Test and the Individual Test. More recently, Stempel and Rossano scored 65.7% in the Team Test, 67.1% in the Individual Test, and a commendable 70.1% in their Freestyle Test.
Having gained valuable experience competing in the Junior Division at the 2021 NAYC Championship, it is Stempel’s intention to compete, this year, in the Young Rider Division in which participants compete at Prix St. George level. Stempel is thrilled to have secured her qualifying scores well within the qualification period of 26th July 2022 and 19th June 2023.
Going forth, Stempel intends to focus on further improving and tweaking her Freestyle test. Stempel will continue in the competition as she finds it extremely beneficial and helpful to receive feedback and scores from a variety of dressage judges.
Stempel is a third-year biochemistry student at High Point University. With the academic demands of university, Stempel did not compete last season. Rather, Stempel chose to concentrate on developing her Dressage skills under the guidance of highly regarded coach Tami Batts of Fellowship Farm, North Carolina.
The FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) is the Premier Equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders (ages 14-21) and U25 (ages 16-25). Young Equestrians vie for team and individual FEI Medals in the Olympic Equestrian disciplines of dressage as well as Show Jumping.
The competition is run under FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body of Equestrian sport. The 2023 Championships will be held from August 7th – 13th 2023 in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.