While Chris Barnard’s technical show jumping course shuffled much of the CIC3* leaderboard, Phillip Dutton rose above it, jumping clear with Dr. Kevin Keane’s Sportsfield Candy to hold his division lead.
First in the ring, Dutton sailed around the course, making Saturday’s test seem deceptively easy with the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Condios x Angel of Harlem, by Cruising). They remain on their dressage score of of 29.7, which gives the pair six seconds of breathing room on Sunday’s cross country.
While competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) was delayed for a day between cross-country and show jumping to allow Hurricane Florence to pass through, even the threat of a tropical storm couldn't dampen the spirits of the 83 horse-and-rider combinations who flocked to the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina to represent 23 countries in the 2018 Eventing World Championships. The British Eventing Team put in a dominant performance at the WEG, sweeping the team and individual gold medals, while Ireland brought home their first world championship medals since 1995 with team and individual silver. Miss out on any of the USEA's coverage?
The first day of autumn also ushered in the first day of the 2018 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championship at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Md. Six 4-year-olds and 17 3-year-olds strutted their stuff today, while the yearlings and 2-year-olds have their chance to take to the triangle tomorrow.
Although the 4-year-old class was introduced last year, only the 3-year-olds are eligible to be named overall FEH East Coast Grand Champion and the competition was tight. In the end, judges Robin Walker and Peter Gray scored Solo Hit as the 2018 FEH East Coast Grand Champion on a score of 87.64.
U.S. Team riders fresh from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games are dominating the standings at the 11th Annual Plantation Field International Horse Trials with Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, and Lynn Symansky leading the CIC3*, CIC2* A, and CIC2* B divisions, respectively.
The Rio Olympic bronze medalist was the best of the CIC3* in the dressage aboard Dr. Kevin Keane’s Sportsfield Candy (Condios x Angel of Harlem, by Cruising). The 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding earned a score of 29.7. Dutton, who is locally based, took the ride over this summer as Dr. Keane is sidelined with a broken leg.
The USEA Foundation has released the applications for the 2018 Essex Horse Trials Grant, Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant, and Amy Tryon Young Rider Grant. Eligible riders should submit their applications by October 15, 2018.
The USEA Office is closing early on Friday, September 21, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. due to technical difficulties. The office will reopen with normal hours on Monday, September 24 at 9:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Young Event Horse committee member Debbie Adams joins us on the program this week to discuss her experience with the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant, which is awarded to the highest scoring horse from the USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old East and West Championships combined that is qualified as a 7-year-old and willing to compete in the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Mondial du Lion d'Angers in France. Adams’ horse D.A. Duras was the inaugural recipient of the grant in 2015, and Adams shares what it was like to have a horse compete at the Championships.
The fillies were on fire at the 2018 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. Twain’s Fireflight DF, the Overall Yearling Champion, Iluminada, the Overall 2-Year-Old Champion, and Hallelujah DF, the FEH 3-year-old Grand Champion are all fillies that packed a powerful punch to come out on top. To add the cherry on top, Cheron Laboissonniere’s Holsteiner mare Hallelujah DF (Mighty Magic x Columbia BF) pulled off a hat trick as she earned her third consecutive FEH championship title.
Plantation Field is thrilled to offer a weekend of fun for the whole family in the picturesque Chester County countryside for the 11th Annual Plantation Field International Horse Trials (PFI). Spectators can get a front row seat to one of North America’s premier competitions all while enjoying a variety of festivities including a Country Fair, Beer Garden, Kid's Korner, and much more.
Nearly 200 competitors have traveled to Unionville, Pennsylvania to contest CIC*, CIC2*, and CIC3* divisions, including Olympians and top international riders. Competition began with dressage Wednesday and Thursday.
Tickets for the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event - America's only annual four-star eventing competition - will go on sale October 15, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The thrilling event, organized by Equestrian Events Inc. (EEI), is returning to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, April 25-28, 2019, and will feature Olympic-level riders and horses from across the nation and around the world.
Wednesday, September 19 - It is with great regret that we confirm that the horse Box Qutie (FEI ID 103ZC00), ridden by Sweden’s Anna Freskgård (FEI ID 10047105) in the Eventing Championship at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, was euthanised at 4:21 this afternoon.
The 12-year-old mare pulled up lame after the finish of the cross-country on Saturday, September 15 and was transferred by horse ambulance to Tryon Equine Hospital, the official referral hospital for the Games. Soft tissue injuries were diagnosed and initially the mare was improving, but despite receiving the best veterinary care, her condition worsened yesterday due to circulatory complications.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast, West Coast, and Central Championships are being held over the next two weeks. First, the West Coast Championships will be held at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California today, Thursday, September 20. Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland, will host the East Coast Championships this coming weekend, Septebmer 22 and 23. Finally, the Central Championships will be held for the first time at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas. The USEA will be on the ground providing coverage at all three events.