Tosca Holmes-Smith of Chase, BC represented the maple leaf with a top-10 finish in the CICO-Y2* division at the Eventing Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) presented by Gotham North, held July 18-22, 2018, in Kalispell, MT.
Partnered with Tom Riddle, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by her mother, Ali Holmes-Smith, and sired by Towkay, Holmes-Smith kicked off the competition on July 19, earning a score of 36.0 in the dressage phase for an initial placing of ninth.
The following day, Holmes-Smith tackled the cross-country course, featuring 19 obstacles and 32 jumping efforts brought to life by FEI 3* Course Designer Ian Stark of Great Britain. She rode Tom Riddle to a strong, double-clear round, achieving one of the fastest times of the day after clocking in at 6:19 minutes to rise to fifth place in the standings.
Holmes-Smith’s last hurdle was the show jumping phase on July 22. There, she conquered the course inside the time allowed with just two rails down to end on a final score of 44.0 penalties for ninth place.
The competition marked Holmes-Smith’s fourth consecutive NAYC appearance. In 2017, she captured the individual gold medal and helped Team Canada earn bronze in the CHJ 1* Junior eventing division. Her NAYC success contributed to Holmes-Smith being honoured at the 2017 EC Awards Reception as the Junior Equestrian of the Year and recipient of the Gillian Wilson Trophy.
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