On paper, Region 4 likely would not have been the team picked to win the dressage Junior team gold medal at the FEI North American Youth Championships on Thursday.
Lexie Kment, Kylee Kment and Ella Fruchterman were each competing at the NAYC for the first time, and, as a team of three, they lacked the advantage of a drop score that the four-person teams benefitted from.
Off paper however, it quickly became apparent that Region 4 was a top contender, even before they ultimately rode to the team gold medal and led the victory gallop in Traverse City, MI.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet!” said Kylee, 17, of the gold medal win. “I’m just so proud of all of us.”