NAJYRC Region 1 Dressage - Mallory and Elizabeth
Organized by: Anne St Martin
I am pleased to report that reached 25% of our fundraising goal!! Thank you everyone who has donated so far!
June 26, 2016
EVENT DATE Jul 26, 2016
We are thrilled that this year two of Heather Mason's students were selected to represent Region 1 in the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships, the pinnacle of a young riders achievements. Mallory Chambers and Urithmic and Elizabeth Bortuzzo and Macao are well on their way to the NAJYRC in Denver Colorado July 26-31 2016. The journey to the NAJYRC is long, expensive, but very rewarding and unforgettable. The championships model the format of the Olympic games and all riders from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean assemble on one site to represent their region and their country. Riders must first go through a competitive qualification process and then are handpicked to represent their area and the U.S. Once qualified, it takes the support of the community to cover some of the expenses and get these young ladies to championships. Shipping estimates alone per horse range from $4000 -$5000, and total estimates with shipping, entry fees, stabling and housing costs are $10,000 per rider. These young ladies have worked very hard to get where they are and qualify for this prestigious competition. Let's do what we can to help them get there!
Mallory Chambers: Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and raised in Flanders, New Jersey, Mallory began riding horses at seven years of age, and was introduced to dressage at twelve. Besides dressage, Mallory's riding career also included membership in United States Pony Club and fox hunting. When she was twelve, Mallory became a working student for Heather Mason, a Grand Prix dressage rider, a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist, and a “S” USEF dressage judge. In November of 2014, Heather allowed Mallory the wonderful opportunity to ride Urithmic, KWPN. “Uri” had a rough start to his dressage career before ending up at his “forever home” with Heather. Together, Uri and Mallory have successfully competed at Fourth Level, FEI Prix St. George, and FEI Intermediare 1, and he helped Mallory achieve my USDF Bronze and Silver Medals. After competing at Young Riders, Mallory plans to compete with Urithmic in the Brentina Cup and achieve her USDF Gold Medal. In May of 2016, Mallory graduated with an Associate of Science Degree in Biology, and will continue at Centenary University to achieve her Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Science. Mallory's goal as a rider and competitor is to understand each individual horse and bring out the brilliance each one has to offer.
Elizabeth Bortuzzo: Elizabeth Bortuzzo is excited to make the trip to Colorado in July 2016 to compete at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships for Area 1 with the 14 year old Hannovarian gelding Macao. At age 20, unter the tuteledge of Heather Mason she competes in in dressage at Prix St. George level with both Omina and Macao and eventing at Intermediate level with her mare Omina. Elizabeth started riding at age 7 in Italy in show jumping competitions with ponies. After expanding her interests to dressage, Elizabeth competed at the Regional Championships (for Region Veneto), Pony Italian Championships and Poniady with her pony Welcome Straight Deal and won several titles in both dressage and show jumping. Following the pony categories, which end at age 16 in Europe, Elizabeth continued on with horses focusing on eventing with Omina. In 2013, Elizabeth and her family moved from Italy to the USA and brought the pets (horses: Macao and Omina) with them. After finishing the last year of high school at North Hunterdon and graduating in 2014, Elizabeth continued her academics at Rutgers. She intends to major in Biology in 2018.