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The Wilton Fair Grant Committee (members: Brian Sabo, chair; Becky Holder; David Lenaburg; Kevin Baumgardner; David O’Connor) has now determined the criteria and the process to be used when selecting the recipients for the Wilton Fair Grant(s). The Committee intends to be as flexible as possible to ensure the very best candidate(s) are selected for this remarkable grant, and that no one is overlooked. It is essential that the Committee fulfill the wishes of the donors, Mr. David Lenaburg, and his wife, Cheryl, who want the grant(s) to ensure the successful development of the U.S.'s top young talent preparing them to take their places on future international teams.
The stage is set for an exciting weekend at the 2017 Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, November 2-5, 2017. With thrilling equestrian competition, award-winning food options, and live entertainment, the event offers a weekend of fun for the whole family as Galway Downs celebrates 20 years of equestrian competition.
Galway Downs is a world-class venue which attracts top riders from across the country to compete in the Olympic sport of three-day eventing. Sixty-three of the best horses on the west coast have traveled to Temecula, CA, to contest this weekend’s three-day (CCI) divisions, in addition to the over 200 national competitors.
The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) in Parker, Colorado (Area IX) hosts three USEA recognized events per year. In June CHP hosts CCI*/2* and CIC2* divisions as well as horse trials, and Advanced Trials in August. CHP is also the host of the Area IX leg of the Charles Owen Technical Merit series.
The West Coast’s fall CCI3* kicks off tomorrow morning at the Galway Downs International Event in Temecula, California with the first veterinary inspection at 9:00 a.m. sharp. In addition to the CCI3*, Galway Downs will also host CCI2* and CCI* international divisions as well as horse trials for Novice through Preliminary and USEA Classic Series Training Three-Day division.
Crackerjack, a 15.3 hand Irish Sport Horse gelding by Aberjack out of Satan’s Slave was bred by Lucy Boynton Lie for her son Colin Davidson to ride. Davidson started “Crackers” at the Beginner Novice level in 2008 and campaigned him through the Preliminary level. In December of 2010, Davidson passed away in a car accident at the age of 29.
Boynton Lie then sent Crackerjack to Boyd Martin to be sold, but the pair formed a bond and Martin kept the ride and competed Crackerjack in Davidson’s memory. Martin rode Crackerjack for the last six years and together the pair competed all over the world. In 66 competitions together the pair only had two cross-country blips.
We’re just more than a month from the start of the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention at the Westin Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California, December 6-10! So far we’ve previewed the “Events” track, geared towards organizers, and the “Eventers” track, geared towards riders. This week, we’re bringing you a sneak peek at the “Equine” track, which will cover topics on all things equine from nutrition and hoof health to syndication and decision-making. Take a look!
Making Good Decisions
Thursday, December 7, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Max Corcoran
As the 2017 season draws to a close, riders all over the country are competing in long-format USEA Classic Series events as the culmination of their fall season. Hagyard Midsouth Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, hosted both a Training Three-Day as well as the only Preliminary Three-Day in the country at their event on October 18-22, 2017. Eleven pairs contested the Preliminary Three-Day, while the Training Three-Day saw 29 horse-and-rider combinations.
This article has been reprinted from Waredaca Talk.
Q: It’s been 13 years since the switch to the short format for the Athens Olympics—yet the long format remains a hot topic. Why do you think the eventing community has kept the conversation alive despite the slim chance of its return?
Lynn Symansky, of Middleburg, Va., and The Donner Syndicate’s RF Cool Play were the only combination in the Virginia CCI2* to finish on their dressage score. Their proficiency in all three phases was rewarded with a commanding victory at Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington.
“He’s finally coming into this own,” Symansky said of the 9-year-old German Sport Horse. “He’s amazing on the flat and there’s so much more to be had there, honestly. He’s so fancy. He’s almost too fancy sometimes and I’m figuring out how to ride that in the ring.”
Sitting in second after dressage with a 42.2, Symansky and “Coolio” moved into the lead with a fast, clear round on Captain Mark Phillips’ and Andy Bowles' cross-country track.
Area VIII Young Rider Alexandra Baugh, 16, has won the Virginia CIC2* in her first attempt at the level with Altorac Farm’s 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Ballingowan Pizazz. They finished on their dressage score of 47.7 to top the division of 29 starters.
“Mango” is an experienced horse, having represented the USA at the 2011 Pan American Games with rider Shannon Lilley. He then partnered with Michael Pollard and competed extensively at the three-star level.
The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award was established in 2009 by the USEA Professional Horseman’s Council (PHC) to encourage safe and appropriate cross-country riding technique. The award is presented at a series of events throughout the year at the Training level to one junior rider and one adult amateur rider who demonstrate technique on cross-country for a list of criteria including gallop, preparation, execution of jump, rider position, and general impressions. Judges, who must be either Level III or IV ICP certified, USEF Licensed Eventing Officials or USET Senior Team Riders, reward the top riders who excel at these skills.
From Boyd Martin:
Today at the Pau CCI4* in France, Lucy Boynton Lie’s Crackerjack had a wonderful cross-country round. I felt like it was one of our best ever trips together: we were jumping clear and took all the direct routes, and coming into the final stretch in the arena, he had plenty left in the tank. He felt fresh and his ears were pricked and I was thrilled with the way he was going.
Just as we went into the arena he took a horrible step, almost on false ground. I heard a crack and instantly knew something was wrong. I pulled up and leapt off within a couple of strides. I knew Crackers was in bad shape.