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Woodstock, England - The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3* came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday as 78 combinations moved forward to the show jumping phase over the Alison Abrahams-designed course. Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen jumped a beautiful double-clear round to claim top honors at the prestigious competition after leading from start to finish. The U.S. contingent made its presence known throughout the competition with solid performances and a total of four combinations finishing in the top 12.
Tamra Smith maintained her lead in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series CIC3* division at Plantation Field International in Unionville, Pennsylvania today. She and Alexandra and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell’s Mai Baum show jumped carefully over Marc Donovan’s course to head into tomorrow’s cross-country on their initial score of 38.2.
“He was fantastic. He came in the ring and he jumped great,” said Smith, who rode a forward round to be sure they made time.
Woodstock, England – Today was an excting cross-country day at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3* as 98 combinations headed out on Eric Winter’s impressive track. Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen easily maintained their overnight lead with three other American pairs sitting in the top 20. The U.S. combinations looked poised as they tackled the tough course against a top international field.
Plantation Field International Horse Trials is the next stop on the Adequan USEA Gold Cup PRO Tour Series, and the Best. Event. Ever. has pulled out all the stops this year with great courses, fun activities and elite competition.
The first 12 of 63 rides in the Gold Cup and PRO Tour CIC3* division did dressage on Thursday, with Selena O’Hanlon and John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High leading on their personal best score of 41.3. Today, Kim Severson and The Cross Syndicate’s Cooley Cross Border and Buck Davidson with Carl and Cassie Segal’s Ballynoe Castle RM matched O’Hanlon’s score for a three-way tie for the lead.
Woodstock, England – At the completion of the dressage phase at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3*on Friday, Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen stand atop the leaderboard with an impressive score of 33.8, while three other American pairs sit in the top 20 of the field of 101. All U.S. combinations performed well in the evident atmosphere of the major competition.
The sport of Eventing has undergone dramatic changes in the last 10-15 years. The loss of the Classic long format has changed the type of horses required to excel, FEI rules and increased qualification criteria has seen a proliferation of CICs, which in turn impacts national horse trials at all levels. Rules to improve safety of both horse and rider have increased participation costs for riders. The need to design and build many different cross-country courses for events running national and FEI divisions at the same competition has forced organizers to increase entry fees. Riders entering multiple horses for owners are seeking prize money to offset some of these costs. Who is to provide this prize money, organizers, sponsors, USEA and/or USEF, outside contractors?
The 2015 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by VTO Saddlery are just a few short days away at the Texas Rose Horse Park. Boasting over $250,000 in cash and prizes, the competition will also include the $40,000 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final and the USEA Adult Team Championship September 24-27, 2015.
The USEA guarantees great food and entertainment at the Event this year with enhanced catering menus, exciting live music and party entertainment and a Texas style beer garden.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to announce that longtime sponsor, Point Two Air Jackets will be giving away 1,000 free ProAir vests to current USEA members on a first come first serve basis.
“Point Two Air Vest USA takes pride in being the leading Air Vest Manufacturer on the market,” stated Lee Middleton, CEO of Point Two Air Vest USA. “We’ve just announced the grand opening of our manufacturing plant in Wellington, Florida and are delighted to be giving away 1,000 free ProAir vests to Event riders in the United States. This is the largest promotion we have ever done, and it’s only available to USEA members.”
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Tony DeGroot patriarch of the DeGroot family and owner of DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, California. Mr. DeGroot and his wife Betty, along with well-known sport horse trainer Willy Arts and the entire DeGroot family opened DG Bar Ranch in April 1985. Today the focus of DG Bar Ranch is breeding, developing and training young horses for the FEI Young Horse Competition. Mr. DeGroot was always a welcoming host for the USEA Future Event Horse seminars held on the grounds of his beautiful ranch.
The USEA sends its condolences to the DeGroot family and their loved ones.
With a week to go to the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships we hear from three young riders; Carina Erickson, 12, Isabel Finemore, 12, and Cece Bette, 19 about their preparation and expectations. Jennifer Hardwick, USEA Director of Member Services & Meeting/Event Planner tells us what we can expect at this year’s Annual Convention. And in our series on the 2015 USEA Hall of Fame Inductees Sharon Anthony shares her memories of Margaret Lindsley Warden.
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My sister and I are quite the pair! We are from Canton, Miss. and have been riding for a long of time. Amber Curry, the oldest sister who is 18-years-old has been riding since she was 5 and I, Haley Curry, the youngest sister who at 16-years-old has been riding since I was 3. We started Western lessons with Mr. Larry on a horse named Baby, who was a chestnut mare, learning balance and basic movements of the horse for over a year.