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Off-track Thoroughbreds proved once again that they are the horses with heart at the 2016 Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event. Finishing a four-star takes toughness, and doing it in the rain takes Thoroughbred blood.
Fifteen off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB's) started the competition and all but one finished. That is an almost unheard-of 93% completion rate. Five of the OTTB's finished in the top twenty.
Horses that did not start their lives as racehorses seemed to be at a disadvantage this year. Only forty of the 56 non-OTTBs completed the competition, for a 71% completion rate. The heavy footing took its toll on these horses. Some of the heavier warmbloods were visibly tired on the final day and pulled uncharacteristic rails that dropped them significantly in the standings.
Emily King (GBR), the youngest rider at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016, produced the performance of the day and is in second place behind first-day leaders Michael Jung (GER) and La Biosthetique Sam FBW at the end of the Dressage phase.
King scored 36.8 in a beautiful test on the 13-year-old Westphalian Brookleigh and is 2.4 penalties behind the Olympic champion, who retains pole position going into tomorrow’s Cross Country.
King’s riding was calm and mature and she and the hogged black gelding made an elegant picture. “I feel really proud,” said the 20-year-old.
Laytonsville, MD – Waredaca’s Classic Three-Day Event and Fall Horse Trials held October 20th-23rd, 2016 is excited to announce the creation of ‘3-2-1 GO! End Breast Cancer’ in an effort to raise funds that will directly support research efforts at the Johns Hopkins Breast Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The annual Classic Three-Day Event and Fall Horse Trials are held every year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year the team at Waredaca will be raising funds to support the creation of the Breast Cancer Quality of Care/Quality of Life Measurement Database Fund.
Eventing unfortunately lost another Olympic great this week, Julie Richard’s Jacob Two Two. “Jake,” an Off-The-Track-Thoroughbred lived his last years peacefully at Richard’s parent’s farm in Newnan, Ga.
Glynis Schultz introduced Jake to eventing and piloted him through the two-star level before Abigail Lufkin got the ride, and the pair were named to the 2000 Olympic team (Unfortunately they were not able to compete due to an injury). Karen O’Connor and Jake shared a partnership for a bit after this before he and Richards began their competitive career in 2004.
Chesterfield, S.C. — The Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, S.C. is live streaming all three phases of the 2016 long-format competition with color commentary from clinician Sally O'Connor and announcer Charles Pinnell.
The University of South Carolina at Aiken (USCA) arrived for their first collegiate challenge of the year at Chattahoochee Hills ready to tackle their spring goals with the taste of victory that they experienced last fall at the front of their minds.
No German rider has won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016, in its 67-year history, but two of them are currently heading the leaderboard after the first day of Dressage and few would bet against this being the year that history is made.
Michael Jung (GER), who flew straight to Badminton after his victory at Kentucky (USA) on Sunday, and La Biosthetique Sam FBW lead Andreas Ostholt (So Is Et), the two German riders earning the only sub-40 marks of the day.
Last to go, Francis Whittington (GBR) gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about when scoring 40.0 penalties on Hasty Imp to slot into third place at this stage.
The Young and Future Event Horse article series is being provided through a partnership between Mythic Landing Enterprises, LLC., and the USEA.
This week on the Podcast we recap the biggest event in the United States, which took place last week, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. USEA CEO Rob Burk reflects on the event as well as Second place finisher and USEF CCI4* Champion Lauren Kieffer and third place finisher Maya Black. And finally, Chairman of Selectors for the USEF, Bobby Costello, who will play a major role in determining who will represent the U.S. this summer at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, joins us with his thoughts on this very important selection trial.
Mill Spring, NC - May 3, 2016 - Jim and Bernadette Cogdell of The Fork International CIC */**/*** & Horse Trials announce the relocation of the event to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, NC, in 2017. One of the most prestigious Eventing competitions on the North American calendar, the Cogdells have made the decision to move locations in order to ensure that the popular event will continue at the same high level.
One of Karen O’Connor’s top eventing partners, Prince Panache, was euthanized this weekend due to complications of old age. “Nash” was 32.
The bay Thoroughbred gelding by Nickel King was imported to the United States in 1994, two years after winning the Windsor CCI2* in England. He was owned by O’Connor’s longtime supporter, Jacqueline Mars, and with her support Nash went on to become a mainstay of the U.S. eventing team through the 1990s and early 2000s.
Karen O'Connor and Nash with former U.S. Eventing Team Coach, Captain Mark Phillips. Brant Gamma Photo.
Tips and Tricks of the Trade is a new article series being provided through a partnership between Athletux and the USEA. This month's article comes from one of Allison Springer's working students, Jill Thomas, who has had extensive experience caring for some of the top horses in Springer's program.
As our competition season is in full swing, our horses are in the prime of their fitness work. As we all know, care of our event horses legs is very important, especially following gallops or cross-country.