Helen Bouscaren and her own Thoroughbred gelding, Ben claimed victory today in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at Woodside International. After the conclusion of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* division yesterday, just four combinations competed for the Advanced Division Title today.
Bouscaren and Ben scored a 38.2 after dressage on Friday, putting them into third place behind Dana Chase and Andrea Nielson after day 1. However, Nielson had an unfortunate fall on cross-country on Saturday, causing elimination, and Chase picked up 20 jump penalties on course. Both Bouscaren and Kim Liddell jumped around clean with just a few time penalties, bumping them both up in to the top two spots after cross-country.
Bouscaren studies her course before beginning. USEA Photo.
The big grey Thoroughbred (Ben) held the overnight lead heading into show jumping, and while both he and Liddell’s mount, Eye Of The Storm each had two rails down, they kept their same standings and Bouscaren remained victorious with Liddell taking home second place. Bouscaren and Ben ended the weekend on a 53.4, while Liddell and Eye of the Storm finished on a 60.7. Dana Chase jumped a double clean round today on her own Holsteiner, Aerolite, claiming the third place spot to round out the division.
The Equine Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Study at Woodside
Woodside International also hosted Dr. Catherine Kohn, VMD who is leading efforts for the USEA’s Equine Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Study. Competitors at the event this weekend were able to volunteer to participate in this important research effort, and the researchers worked with competitors to collect data during the cross-country phase at the event this weekend. “The idea behind this all, is to learn what healthy event horses’ hearts do, and learn more about their electrical activity,” Dr. Kohn stated.
Dr. Catherine Kohn, VMD uses the Televet monitor, which records the electro cardiogram, studying the actual electrical activity of the heart, not just the beats per minute, like a regular heart monitor does. This enables the study to be very descriptive, and tell us all a lot more about the heart. The monitor is strapped onto the horses, and the recording device is held in a pouch that was built into the saddle pads that the riders can use under their saddles while they compete.
Data was collected from approximately 10 horses on Saturday, and about 15 on Sunday, for a total of about 25 equine athletes studied this weekend. This analysis works toward the ongoing evaluation of equine exercise health and welfare, to include how efficiently a horse's cardiovascular and pulmonary systems function when galloping and jumping across country. To learn more about the USEA Educational and Research studies, click here.
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About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup
The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced Horse Trials and CIC3* levels. The 2016 final took place at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, September 1-4 in Tryon, North Carolina, and the 2017 final will also culminate at the AEC at Tryon on Labor Day weekend. This event at Woodside International will serve as a qualifier for the 2017 Final. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money and thousands of dollars in prizes in the Adequan Advanced Division and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion.
The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many loyal sponsors: Adequan, Standlee Forage, Nutrena, Merck, Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency, and FITS Riding.