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Sat, 2015-03-28 20:50

Alliston Claims the CIC3* Gold Cup Win at Galway Downs on Tivoli

James Alliston and Tivoli jump double-clear on cross country to win the CIC3* at Galway Downs. Photo by Captured Moment Photography.

The hot and dry California temperatures did not stand in the way of competitors in the CIC3* Adequan USEA Gold Cup division at Galway Downs in Temecula, California. Event organizer Robert Kellerhouse and his crew spent countless hourswatering and dragging the cross-country courses to ensure the footing was safe and rideable for all competitors.

Ian Stark, cross-country course designer for Galway Downs, built a large but confidence building CIC3* course this year to help prepare the Kentucky-bound pairs for what comes next.

“I saw some great riding today,” stated Stark. “This surely isn’t the toughest CIC3* track I’ve produced, but there were some decent questions out there, and I thought the riders rose to the challenge, and I was seriously impressed.” Stark also expressed that, “the standard and level of riding out here on the west coast has risen greatly, and it shows, since a serious majority of them are headed to Rolex [Kentucky] in a few weeks.”

James Alliston piloted Tivoli to a double clear cross-country round to win the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* division. The Dutch Warmblood gelding ran fast and clear today, ending on his dressage score of a 49.5.

“He’s a really quality horse, and as long as I stay out of his way and let him do his thing, he’s always competitive,” stated Alliston. “I went pretty quickly out there, which I wanted to do for his fitness as well as to help train my eye and get the practice in for what I’ll have to do at Rolex next month.” Alliston noted that the ground was very well groomed and watered, which enabled them to get going fast on the long stretches and make up any lost time.

“After Tivoli had some time off, it’s really nice to have him back and feeling strong at the competitions,” said Alliston. The pair will head to Kentucky next month for redemption at the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, where they competed two years ago.

John Michael Durr also ran double clean around the cross-country course aboard Ruth Bley’s Canadian Warmblood mare, Esprit De La Danse, coming in at second place on a 52.4.

“I went for time today, and the mare was just super,” stated Durr. “She’s so good about staying rhythmical and jumping out of stride that it makes it a little easier to go for time since I don’t have to spend extra seconds slowing her down and setting her up.” Durr explained that Ian Stark’s course rode smoothly and was the perfect course to prepare him for Kentucky next month.

Jolie Wentworth’s clear cross-country round claimed her a top-three finish with Tracy Bowman’s Selle Francais gelding, Goodknight.

To view full results, go here.

About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series

Qualifying for the 2015 Adequan USEA Gold Cup began last fall with the Plantation Field CIC3* (PA) and the Woodside CIC3* (CA) and features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced Horse Trials and CIC3* levels. The final will take place at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships September 2015 in Tyler, Texas. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money in the Adequan Advanced Division and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion.

The 2015 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many loyal sponsors: Adequan, Standlee Forage, Nunn Finer, Nutrena, Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency, Point Two, Dubarry, and FITS.

The PRO Tour Series consists of 13 premier destination events in the United States and Canada, featuring the best riders and most entertainment. Riders and Horses are awarded points on the PRO Tour Rider Leader Board and PRO Tour Horse Leader Board.

The Professional Riders Organization would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2015 PRO Tour Series: KER Optimum Time, Tex Sutton, Triple Crown Nutrition, SSG Riding Gloves, and Midadlantic Ltd. 

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