Upchurch and Greystoke Take Gold in Junior Rider Individual Test

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Jenna Upchurch (17, Chesterfield, MO) and Greystoke, a flashy dapple grey gelding, rode to a class high 70.632% in the Junior Individual Test at the USDF North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships. Upchurch, who stood atop the gold medal podium for the first time this week, accepted the gold medal with poise and grace, having bested a competitive class. 

Vanessa Creech-Terauds (16, Caistor Centre, ON) and Fleur de Lis L were awarded with the silver medal for their score of 70.184%, while Carlos Maldonado Lara (17, Guadalajara, MEX) and Massimo, the only representatives in the dressage discipline from their home nation of Mexico, received the bronze medal with a final score of 69.974%.The Junior Rider Individual Test is the only class of all disciplines hosted so far this week that has

Jenna Upchurch and Greystoke (SusanJStickle.com)

Jenna Upchurch and Greystoke (SusanJStickle.com)

seen each participating country represented on the podium.

Upchurch and Greystoke only began working together this past December and have solidified a strong relationship to this point. Upchurch defined herself as a dressage enthusiast who loves the challenge, preciseness, and accuracy of the sport.

“Winning gold, that’s something you dream about the minute you find out about these championships,” she said. “It was huge for me and it’s always been a dream of mine, so this is wonderful. I really like the challenge of dressage. That’s why I was drawn to it.”

Upchurch has bounced around the disciplines, riding in the hunter/jumpers and also competing in the Arabian pleasure world before transitioning full time to the sport of dressage. The commute for Upchurch is a long one, as she drives over two hours to her home base each week to train. 

“This has been an interesting transition going from the hunter/jumpers to the Arabian circuit to open dressage. Last year I was lucky enough to lease a horse and that as a great experience,” she added. “I felt like he was very balanced and correct in our test today and I’m so pleased with the result.”

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L (SusanJStickle.com)

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L (SusanJStickle.com)

Vanessa Creech-Terauds aboard Fleur de Lis L narrowly missed the gold medal as the final rider the class for the afternoon, scoring just four-tenths off the winning ride. 

“I was so pleased with her today and I felt like she gave me her all in the ring. It was a great feeling to earn that score and I’m so happy to be here,” said Creech-Terauds. “This competition means so much to everyone and it’s an incredible experience for each of us.”

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