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Vero Beach, FL: The Professional Riders Organization is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Triple Crown Junior Young Rider PRO Scholarship Award after the conclusion of this year’s competitions. Patience O’Neal, 16, Deer Park, WA is the Triple Crown Junior Leaderboard Champion, followed closely by Mikayla Howitz, 17, Salt Lake City, Utah. East Coast winners are Alexandra Peterson, 18, Annapolis, MD and Mia Colman, 14, Millbrook, NY.
Janis M. Linnan
Tips and Tricks of the Trade is a new article series being provided through a partnership between Athletux and the USEA.
It’s getting to be that season again! As the days get shorter the coats inevitably get longer and thicker. Some of you will be breaking out those clippers very soon (maybe a few of you already have), especially if you and your horse are headed to a fall three day event. Here are a few key tips that can make the difference between an O.K. clip job and great clip job.
- Last to go with not a rail in hand is a position Phillip Dutton has been in many times. Having previously jumped a clear round on the young Mr. Candyman, who could then finish no lower than fourth in the headline CCI3* division, only set the expectations higher.
After an unanticipated clattering through a warm-up fence, Dutton (West Grove, PA) set his trademark Secret Service expression and galloped overnight leader Fernhill Fugitive into the arena and around Marc Donovan's 560-meter track. The 15-obstacle course had just seen Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, VA) and Meadowbrook's Scarlett take an unlucky rail at the wine bottle vertical before the last triple combination, dropping them one place to third.
The man of few words unless he is teaching had nothing but praise for his two mounts after Saturday's challenging cross country phase.
Third to start on Ian Stark's revamped CCI3* track, Phillip Dutton had scant feedback to use before heading out on Ann Jones' Mr. Candyman as first two starters Jessica Phoenix and James Alliston elected to retire after having run-outs on course.
Crowds watched and cheered as Dutton (West Grove, PA) sent the young gelding through each of the direct options, finishing three seconds under the optimum time of 10:23, eventually moving the pair up the rankings eight places to fourth place overall on 50.9 penalties.
Marilyn Little made the trip to Galway Downs with her experienced partner RF Demeter with the mare's best interest in mind, and that paid off today as she took the lead in the competitive field of international CCI3* horses and riders.
"I really wanted to do really well today. You always want to do well. We came here with a mission. This was Demi's trip. It was always meant to be about Demi. She's earned the right to go wherever she wants to go," said Little of Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky and Raylyn Farm's 13-year-old chestnut Oldenburg mare.
Lexington, KY - October 5, 2015 -Ticket sales for the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, open on November 2, 2015, at 9 a.m. Eastern U.S. time. Known as the "Best Weekend All Year," the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, April 28 - May 1.
Last weekend East Coast competitors enjoyed the traditions of a Long Format Event by participating in USEA Classic Series Divisions. Hagyard Midsouth Three Day Event, hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, held Preliminary Three Day (P3D) and Training Three Day (T3D) divisons. Waredaca Three Day Event hosted at Waredaca Farm in Laytonsville, MD, held a Novice Three Day (N3D) as well as a Training Three Day.
Hagyard Midsouth Classic Series Three Day Event
Adult amateur Jamie Lawrence, Northridge, Calif., could not have been more pleased with her college project at the USEA West Coast Young Event Horse Championships for four-year-old horses.
Pavi's Sinfandel, a Trakehner mare by Pavarotti out of Lawrence's mare Sidra Holland, impressed the judges with the highest marks in the Jumping & Potential section of the four-year-old division, boosting the pair to first overall with final percentage score of 81.8.
The Halt Cancer at X fund raising campaign had another incredible year of success allowing Rebecca Farm to award $71,500 to one national and three local organizations in the fight against breast cancer. The awards were presented at a press conference held October 19th at The Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science at Flathead Valley Community College.
"This year we are excited to fund numerous local programs, ranging from wellness retreats to community kitchens", said Sarah Broussard, organizer of The Event at Rebecca Farm. "We are very grateful for all of the people who have donated to Halt Cancer at X, and look forward to the future and ultimate end of cancer."
Debbie Adams and Kelly Prather, owner and rider of D.A. Duras who finished 9th at the FEI World Breeding Championships at Le Lion d’Angers discuss what it meant to win the Turner/Holekamp Young Event Horse Le Lion d/Anger Grant that enabled them to travel to France. And in our continuing series on the 2015 USEA Hall of Fame inductees Karen O’Connor reflects on the extensive contribution that Ms. Jacqueline Mars has made to eventing.