The 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is underway and we have the winners of the first qualifying events of the series on the show this week! Hear from Sabrina Glaser, who won the Aspen Farms Advanced with Patricia Yust’s Rembrandt and Colleen Rutledge, who won the Richland Park CIC3* with her own Covert Rights.
Winners of qualifiers in the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series are eligible to enter the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final Advanced division, which will be hosted at the 2018 American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
James Alliston and Happenstance jumped clean around Ian Stark’s CIC3* cross-country course to claim the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials in Woodside, Calif. today. Just ten of the thirteen CIC3* pairs completed Stark’s course, and seven of those finished without jumping penalties.
Thirteen riders competed today in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* division at the Woodside International Horse Trials in Woodside, Calif. as well as just one competitor in the Advanced division. The riders completed the dressage test this morning and tackled Michael Roy Curtis’ show jumping course beginning at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
Both the CIC3* and Advanced divisions at Woodside serve as qualifying divisions for the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series, which will culminate with the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final at the 2018 American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
The Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and Advanced divisions completed their dressage tests earlier this morning at the Woodside International Horse Trials in Woodside, California, and will show jump over Michael Roy Curtis’ course this evening at 5:00 p.m. The finale will take place on cross-country tomorrow morning.
Ian Stark has been designing the cross-country course at Woodside for the last three years. Riders in the CIC3* and Advanced division will tackle nearly exactly the same track, with just the corner combination at fence 12 presenting different questions for the two divisions. The 3,400-meter track comprises 20 obstacles and a total of 34 jumping efforts to be completed in five minutes and 58 seconds.
The 2017 Woodside International Horse Trials kicks off tomorrow in Woodside, California, with the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) West Coast Championships. The rest of the weekend will see competitors at the Beginner Novice through Advanced levels and in the CIC*, CIC2*, CIC3* divisions. Both the CIC3* and Advanced divisions at Woodside serve as qualifying division for the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series, which will culminate with the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final at the 2018 American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
The time on cross-country has traditionally been a factor in determining the winner of the Plantation Field International Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*, and this year was no different. The top ten riders were separated by a mere 5.3 penalty points going into the final phase of competition, and ultimately only five out of the 44 combinations that set out on course managed to come home clear and inside the time. The top three finishers were among the few who produced double-clean rides over Mike Etherington-Smith’s track this afternoon.
An influential day of show jumping competition in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at the Plantation Field International Horse Trials saw Buck Davidson and Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Copper Beach (Radolin x Cloverballen), rise to the top of the leaderboard, adding just a single time fault to their dressage score to carry 43.3 penalties into the final day of competition.
“He’s just an out and out trier,” said Davidson. “He might knock down all of the jumps in the warm-up and he might not be very good in dressage in the warm-up but he goes in and he just tries his heart out. He fights all the time to get the job done, and that’s what he did today.”
At the end of a full day of dressage competition in the Plantation Field International Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*, Boyd Martin and the Long Island T Syndicate’s 11-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding, Long Island T (Ludwig Von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight) sat on the top of leaderboard on a score of 41.3.
“I’ve been working with him for a year now,” commented Martin. “It’s taken this long for each of us to understand [the other] and it’s taken this long for me to learn how to operate him. He’s a fantastic mover and been produced by my good friend Peter Barry, who had a stroke, and he’s here watching. But [Long Island T] was fantastic today and I was very pleased that I finally could execute some of the work that I’ve been getting at home in the competition ring.”
Competition is well underway at Plantation Field International in Unionville, Pennsylvania with the CIC*Y, CIC2*-B, and Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* dancing in the sandbox today. The CIC* and CIC2*-A divisions completed dressage yesterday.
This is Mike Etherington-Smith’s third year designing the three-star course at Plantation Field, and this year's course will run in the opposite direction, creating a new and different set of challenges for the riders. “What we’ve tried to do is put the pieces of the jigsaw together in a slightly different way," explained Etherington-Smith, "so it should have a slightly different feel [for the riders]. . . [I’m trying to] get the riders to have to think their way around the track.”