Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Canada: Katya Levermann and TEF Sunflash to represent Canada at NAJYRC

EnduranceCanada

Ottawa, ON, July 15, 2014 - Endurance Canada is very pleased to announce that Katya Levermann, from 100 Mile House, BC, will be attending the North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in the endurance competition, which will be held on Friday, July 18. Levermann is both excited and honoured to again be a member of the Canadian Team heading to Kentucky. Unfortunately, her endurance teammates have been forced to withdraw, so Levermann will be our sole representative. Her dad, Peter, will accompany her to this competition, and chef d'équipe Maura Leahy and team veterinarian Glenn Sinclair, DVM, will be there to support Levermann as well.

Levermann will be riding a leased horse, TEF Sunflash, a 14.2 hh 14-year-old Arabian gelding, bred and owned by Tracy Reynolds from Pennsylvania. There is a wonderful story behind this horse- last year Levermann actually had, as her first choice, the opportunity to take Sunflash to Kentucky. She declined, since she was also qualified on Parker AES (a Canadian-bred), which enabled a US Young Rider, Michael Bishop, to ride him instead. Bishop rode Flash to a fifth place finish and won the best conditioned award. This year it's Levermann's turn. On her 15th birthday her parents surprised her with the announcement that she was going to the NAJYRC with Flash, and she was thrilled.

The entire endurance community, from coast to coast, will be following her every stride as she canters along the 75 miles of Kentucky bluegrass pathways. Good luck!

A complete biography for this most accomplished young rider can be found here.