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Christopher Burton (AUS) further staked his claim on a first Land Rover Burghley title today with a blistering round across the country on Nobilis 18, which leaves him a staggering 11 penalties ahead of his nearest rivals.
Experience told on a day when an enormous, energy-sapping course took its toll and the rain fell almost relentlessly, and there were just 28 clear rounds from 68 starters – none of which finished inside the 11min11sec optimum time. But Christopher and Nobilis, who is owned by Sue Lawson and Carolyn Townsend, showed their class with the second-fastest round of the day to add 3.2 time penalties to their dressage score of 30.2.
Today capped off three days of successful cross-country competition for the inagural Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC) at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, N.C.. With the highest and lowest levels tackling Capt. Mark Phillips' courses excitement was on course from the start box to the finish flags.
Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced
Marilyn Little’s background in show jumping was a huge advantage in the final round of competition for the Merial Intermediate division. Rails were readily falling and they had a big impact on the final standings, but Little’s expertise helped her put in two double clear rounds with RF Scandalous (Carry Gold x Richardia) and RF Overdressed (Countdown x Delia), who ended the weekend in first and second places respectively.
Lillian Heard was kind enough to join us during the Merial Intermediate cross-country at the 2016 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC). She shares her thoughts on the course, the riders and the competition.
About the AEC
The Nutrena® USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC) is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, this event draws together the best competitors from across the country vying for national titles from the Beginner Novice through the Advanced level. This year's AEC is being held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. August 31-September 4, 2016.
The stylish Christopher Burton is on course to win his first CCI**** on British soil after storming into the lead at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** with a stunning dressage test on the Nobilis 18.
Australia’s Burton, who also led the dressage at the Rio Olympic Games last month, eventually finishing fifth individually and with a team bronze medal, wowed the judges with his graceful riding and the Hanoverian gelding’s luxurious paces and balanced outline, scoring 30.2 penalties.
He now has 4.3 penalties in hand over first-day leader, Germany’s Bettina Hoy in a top 10 which, as predicted, is dominated by antipodean flags.
It was all about the Broadstone Beginner Novice and Novice Amateurs on cross-country this morning and the day was capped off with the Merial Intermediate division. Double clear rounds abounded as all of the overnight leaders maintained their spots heading into show jumping on their final day of competition of the 2016 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC) at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C.
Beginner Novice Amateur
Allison Springer and longtime mount Arthur, a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Windstar x Kelly) owned by Arthur Syndicate LLC, rose to the occasion once again in their admitted strongest phase of dressage, as the pair earned a 25.3 to hold a slight lead over Ryan Wood and Powell, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Pablito x Dinara) owned by Summit Sport Horses, who received a 25.4. Marilyn Little and RF Demeter, a 14-year-old Oldenburg mare (Rubin-Royal x Patricia) owned by Jacqueline Mars, Raylyn Farms and Patrick Witte, are currently in third with a score of 28.0.
Tryon International’s George Morris Arena set quite the stage for the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC) as the first of the 2016 Champions were named. From the first Preliminary Horse at 8:00 a.m. to the final Broadstone Beginner Novice Horse under the lights at 8:00 p.m. riders tackled Marc Donovan’s courses in an effort to take home top honors and a slew of prizes!
Professional's Choice Training Horse
The second round of competitors at the 2016 Nutrena® USEA American Eventing Championship presented by Land Rover (AEC) rode down the centerline today at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Five divisions danced on one end of the venue, while seven other divisions began their cross-country courses on the other side of the venue.
Merial Open Intermediate
Today marked the start of cross-country at the 2016 Nutrena® USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC). Nearly all of the overnight leaders stayed on top after cruising around Captain Mark Phillips’ courses here at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, N.C., but the competition isn’t over until the last show jump is cleared!
Professional's Choice Training Amateur
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to announce the return of long-time sponsor Fleeceworks as a Silver level sponsor of the 2016 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC). Fleeceworks is awarding embroidered saddle pads to the winners of each division as well as to the winners of the Captain Mark Phillips Pony Rider Award.
“Fleeceworks is once again excited to partner with the USEA as a sponsor of the American Eventing Championships,” said Fleeceworks owner, Judith McSwain. “The AEC brings together riders and horses of all levels, celebrating the wonder that is eventing. We wish all the competitors, owners, parents, and grooms good luck and an exciting week!”
The inaugural Nutrena® USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) kicked off today with seven divisions having their turn in the sand box in Mill Spring, N.C. With ten hours of dressage capped off by an exciting welcome party, the first day of #AEC16 can officially be deemed success.
Professional's Choice Master Training Amateur