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The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final began this afternoon and dressage finished without a single competitor’s score climbing above 39.9. Jacob Fletcher entered the ring last, but certainly not least as he and the stunning 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Atlantic Domino took the lead on a score of 27.6. Fletcher describes, “He was really good and he just keeps getting better and better. I haven’t had much coaching at the past shows I’ve been to this summer so having Mike Huber here today in the warm-up really helped the overall picture.” Tomorrow’s cross-country course definitely has the feel of an Advanced level championship and presents its fair share of challenges. “Atlantic Domino isn’t the fastest or the scopiest horse but he’s very rideable and efficient.
The Event College kicked off this afternoon with a discussion by Tamra Smith on rider warm-up techniques. The Event College, hosted by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) and Professional Horseman’s Council (PHC) is a special series designed to educate competitors as well as the general public about the sport of Eventing. This discussion took place during the Adequan USEA Gold Cup dressage phase, which allowed Smith to explain to the audience each rider’s warm up techniques and how those helped prepare the horses.
Leslie Law topped the leader board this morning in the Preliminary Horse division aboard the 6-year-old Irish Sport Horses, Bounce and Call The Law on a score of 26.9. Law describes, “I was really pleased. They were both extremely relaxed and allowed me to ride them forward. Bounce is the less experienced of the two but they both performed great tests and didn’t put a foot wrong.” Law has attended the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by VTO Saddlery the past two years at the Texas Rose Horse Park and makes a point to add this competition to his calendar. “I have hopes that these are horses that will progress up the levels, so to give them this type of exposure and experience at this age is vital.
The 2015 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, Presented by VTO Saddlery officially began with the start of the welcome party Wednesday night. The party featured great food, live music and a jousting demonstration. The members of Four Winds Renaissance Faire wore complete suits of armor and showcased five different jousting exercises for the crowd.
Welcome to the 2015 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championship, Presented by VTO Saddlery. The Texas Rose Horse Park was buzzing with excitement as the bulk of competitors began to arrive and unpack. In addition to the AEC, the week will also feature the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series Final, the USEA Adult Team Championship and the PHC Event College educational opportunities.