Ian Stark’s CIC3* cross-country course was testing to all horse and rider combinations with just two double clear rounds today in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup division at Woodside International. James Alliston and Parker were the first pair around the course clear and inside the time, followed by Mary Burke and Prince William.
Overnight leaders Frankie Thieriot Stutes and The Chatwin Group’s German Warmblood, Chatwin had a great ride around the CIC3* cross-country course. Unfortunately, they picked up 7.6 time faults, knocking them down to second place after Mary Burke and Prince William galloped around double clear to clinch the win on a 48.0.
Jordan Lindstedt and her family’s Hanoverian gelding, Revitavet Capato jumped around clear with just 1.6 time penalties to end on a 52.3, maintaining their overnight third place position.
Jordan Lindstedt and Revitavet Capato take home third. USEA Photo.
Mary Burke was very happy with her own Prince William this weekend, who is an OTTB by Sand Tunnel and out of Shesapick. “This year has been about building confidence at the three-star level, as it’s both his and mine second year at this particular level,” Burke stated.
“He [Prince William] brings a great deal of energy to everything he does, which is why dressage can be very difficult,” explained Burk. “With that said though, he is so well broke now, that we’ve built the confidence to be able to ride whatever questions arise and that’s how he felt today on cross-country. He was very rideable and was able to go fast when we needed to, and was able to gather and come back quickly before the technical questions.”
Mary Burke and Prince William. USEA Photo.
Burke, who runs her own business and trains herself out of Ellensburg, Washington, purchased Prince William indirectly off the track when he was a four-year-old. The pair recently won the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced level division at Aspen Farms in September, as well as in 2015. She plans to take Prince William to Galway this fall to compete in the CCI3*.
Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin in the CIC3*. USEA Photo.
Despite the time penalties, Thieriot Stutes was quite pleased with Chatwin, who ended the competition on a score of 49.4. “He was really good for the most part. I felt like he was a bit green in a few places, but he was still keen to do his job. It was a tough course that kept coming at you all the way around, but [Chatwin] definitely gained some good experience over this course,” she explained. “On a day where the warm up was a very difficult place to be, and since I had to go out last, it was very nerve-wracking, but I’m happy we were able to rely on our partnership and make it happen. My heart goes out to Sara [Sellmer] for the loss of such an amazing horse today.”
The USEA is sad to report that Sara Sellmer's TF Kreisler suffered a fatal fall on the CIC3* course today. Sellmer was uninjured. We extend our deepest condolences to all those connected to Sara Sellmer and TF Kreisler. The official statement can be found 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.