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The biggest headline that came from today’s Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery, may have been Buck Davidson’s big win in the $40,000 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final. However, it wasn’t the story that Buck wanted to talk about.
In fact, the most meaningful story of the weekend wasn’t even in the upper levels – it was in the Novice Horse division.
It was written all over Buck Davidson’s face – he was thrilled with Caroline Martin’s Petite Flower and proud to win the $40,000 2014 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final. They jumped double clear over Richard Jeffery’s challenging course, edging out overnight leaders and defending Gold Cup Champions Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch.
We took a walk out to the barns to get to know a few of our Championship competitors. We asked them to tell us a little bit about themselves, their horses and their weekend here in Texas. Here’s how it went!
So far this morning, Texas competitors have been dominating in the Training divisions which show jumped to crown the 2014 champions.
Heather Morris, of Lewisville, Texas didn’t have to travel far to win a Champion title in the Training Horse division. She rode Elizabeth Radar’s Russell to a win after adding nothing to their dressage score of 30.0. Beau Guimond had been leading the division until the show jumping, where he and Filibuster ST dropped an unlucky rail. They finished second.
The USEA Adult Rider Championships (ATC) are included in the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery, for the first time this year. Adult Riders from more than half of the ten Areas came together at the Texas Rose Horse Park to compete in a fun and friendly team environment.