KALISPELL, Mont. — Two riders from Pennsylvania helped the Area II team win at the Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North (NAYC). Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana welcomed exceptional riders from ages 14 to 21.
Area II took the CICOY2* win with Alexa Lapp (Lancaster County, Pa.) on Cambalda; Olivia Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) on Mr. Medicott; Ryan Keefe (Sandy Spring, Md.) on Flintstar, and Tayler Stewart (Damascus, Md.) on Ideal Contini
Stewart was second individually and Lapp finished third overall. It was an emotional win for the team.
"I cried watching Olivia's ride," said Lapp. Stewart agreed, adding, "I can't say enough about this team. We've always competed against each other, but to be on a team together is really special. And our coaches are amazing - our area is the bomb!"
Dutton's horse, Mr. Medicott, will retire after the The Event at Rebecca Farm. "I've been so lucky to ride him. He's been good to me," Dutton said. Mr. Medicott has competed in two Olympics with other riders, including Dutton's father, Phillip Dutton. "Cave" as he is known in the barn, demonstrates the caliber of equine athletes vying for honors at Rebecca Farm.
Spectators were encouraged to donate a recommended $10 parking donation per car to support Halt Cancer at X, a special initiative spearheaded by the Broussard family, owners of Rebecca Farm.
In 2018, the Halt Cancer at X fundraising goal was $100,000. The Broussard family reported that nearly $95,000 had been raised to date from The Event through parking donations, competitor contributions and special gifts from event patrons.
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