Sunday, July 20, 2014

Canadian Endurance Rider, Katya Levermann, Finishes in Fourth in NAYRER


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Riding Tracy Reynolds' TEF Sunflash (CRF Jalal x Lewisfield Sunraf), a 14-year-old Arabian gelding, Katya Levermann of One Hundred Mile House, BC finished in fourth place in the NAJYRC-CH 4* FEI Championship race.

The race, 120 km in length, consisted of five loops around and just outside of the Kentucky Horse Park grounds.

After the first loop, Levermann and TEF Sunflash were in 11th place, and the pair moved up to fifth place after the second loop. Following the third loop, they slipped to sixth place. They were sitting in fifth place, 13 minutes off of third place, heading in to the last loop. With a very fresh, fit horse, Levermann strategically planned her advance. The pair quickly gained ground and completed the ride just over a minute behind the bronze medal winner.

"First and foremost I would like to thank Tracy Reynolds for lending me such a wonderful horse, Flash," said Levermann, who is attending her first NAJYRC. "I am just thrilled with his performance, and I couldn't be prouder to represent Canada. Coming in fourth was dream come true."

"Katya did an absolutely incredible job and her fourth place finish today will be a personal best," said Maura Leahy, chef d'équipe. "She worked every loop to progress, and we are absolutely thrilled with where she finished. Our whole team--Tracy Reynolds, the owner; Glenn Sinclair, the team veterinarian; Peter Levermann, Katya's father and Katelyn Reynolds, as a guest--did a huge job helping Katya and bringing her through to the finish today."

For more information and complete results for NAJYRC, please visit www.youngriders.org.