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The top two places of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at The Fork Horse Trials remained unchanged following the show jumping phase as both Marilyn Little with RF Scandalous and Kim Severson with Cooley Cross Border jumped fault-free rounds. Chris Barnard’s show jumping course in the George Morris Arena at the Tryon International Equestrian Center caused very little trouble for the three-star competitors with 14 of the 19 pairs leaving all of the rails in their cups.
It’s been a blustery day here at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Ga. resulting in some fresh horses in the dressage arena this morning. Of the 19 pairs in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and only Buck Davidson on Copper Beach were able to break into the 30s. Davidson and "Sean" (Radolin X Cloverballen), an 11-year-old Irish gelding, earned a 38.7 the gelding’s best score to date at the CIC3* level.
“He knows the job now, he’s maybe not the biggest mover and I’ve been really trying to get him longer in the neck and get his nose out more and I felt like I did that today. I couldn’t be happier with him. He was fantastic,” said Davidson of the gelding owned by Carl and Cassie Segal and Sherrie Martin.
Not only is this the first year of the Fork Horse Trials at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, but it is also the first event to use the new cross-country course on the White Oak property adjacent to the horse park. Both the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and Advanced divisions will be leaving the first hoof prints on the future 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) gallop paths.
While a connecting road and bridges have been constructed, the recent storms have made them impassible so horses will be trailered to the property to tackle Tremaine Cooper and Capt. Mark Phillips’ course on Sunday. The land features a large pond, multiple streams, wide galloping lanes and old established turf that gives course a bucolic feel of “over the river and through the woods.”
Major storms and tornados came through North Carolina yesterday resulting in a cold and windy morning at the Fork Horse Trials at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. Combine that with the atmosphere of the George Morris Arena and only four of the 20 horses that competed in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* earned sub-50 dressage scores from judges, Christian Landholt and Gretchen Butts.
In her first FEI start since winning the 2016 Fair Hill International CCI3*, Marilyn Little rode RF Scandalous, 12-year-old Oldenburg (Carry Gold x Richardia), to the top of the leaderboard earning a 41.7.
Lexington, Ky. - The US Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of Land Rover/USEF eventing competition grants for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI4*, Tattersalls International Horse Trials CCI3*, and Luhmühlen CCI4* presented by DHL.
The following combinations have received grants for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI4* taking place May 3-7 in Gloucestershire, England:
Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) with Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) with The Donner Syndicate’s Donner, a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding
It is a big weekend for the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series with two qualifying events happening. The USEA will be both The Fork and Chattahoochee Hills, so make sure to follow along for daily reports and live social media updates.
Lexington, VA — The Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington is pleased to announce Capt. Mark Phillips as the new FEI course designer for the May 25-28, 2017 and October 26-29, 2017 CCI/CIC and horse trials.
The Virginia Horse Center, a state-of-the-art equestrian facility nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, features two separate cross-country courses, each with rolling terrain and a stunning view of the mountain range.
Capt. Phillips will design the CCI*, CIC2*, CCI2* and Intermediate tracks, with VHT Organizer Andy Bowles assisting at the two-star level and John Michael Durr, designer of the Beginner Novice through Preliminary courses, assisting at the one-star level.
Two-time USEA Lady Rider of the Year, Olympic and Pan-Am Games rider, Lauren Kieffer is taking the USEA along on “bringing up babies” as she shares a year in the life of four of her 6-year-olds in their journey to become top level event horses.
I’m very excited to bring everyone along on my journey producing what hopefully will be future stars of our sport. Before we begin there are a few rules:
• No pointing out my lack of writing ability; I spent a lot more time riding then writing in school
• These horses are like my children, so I am allowed to point out their weaknesses and make fun of them, but if any of you do you better bet I will hunt you down…. just kidding, sort of . . .
It always helps to see a warm, friendly face when heading to the warm-up ring before that all-important test or jump round. In this new series, the United States Evening Association (USEA) is partnering with Athletux, to feature the volunteers who help make these events possible; without them, horse shows and programs could not succeed. These volunteers go above and beyond to make sure every rider feels comfortable and confident. Do you know a volunteer who should be nominated as Volunteer of the Month? We are looking for our May feature. Email your tips to [email protected]
“This one was for him,” a teary eyed Thieriot Stutes said proudly after clinching the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* win at Galway Downs with The Chatwin Group’s Chatwin. She was speaking of Eric Bradenburg, one of the members of The Chatwin Group who unexpectedly passed away this week.
“It’s been a really emotional week for me. It’s myself, my cousin Elizabeth, and him who helped me get Chatwin in the first place, so I wanted to keep my emotions about me and win this weekend for him because without him I wouldn’t have Chatwin,” she lamented.
Ian Stark and the phrase “rider frightener” have become synonymous in the eventing world. His big, bold tracks typically garner wide eyes and nervous stares from competitors, and this CIC3* track for the Adequan USEA Gold Cup competitors is no different. Stark’s course is certainly challenging, with big questions throughout, but if past experiences here give a glimpse of today’s results, the track will reward bold, forward riding.
Dressage leader Frankie Thieriot Stutes says she won’t be taking anything for granted on the cross-country. “It's a very hard course. I think it’s a tricky CIC. It’s got a lot of the elements that were on the CCI3* here in November,” she said.