Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series and PRO Tour Series at Woodside International Horse Trials Qualifying for the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series got underway again this weekend at Woodside International Horse Trials in Woodside, California. Some of the top riders on the West Coast are here to compete for honors in the CIC3* which is for many of them the final run leading to the CCI3* at the Galway Downs three-day event November 1-4. While this is the second qualifying competition for the 2014 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series, it is one of the final events in the 2013 PRO Tour Series which will culminate with the two fall CCI3*s at Fair Hill International and Galway Downs International.
The Woodside Horse Park just gets better and better and the improvements to the infrastructure make this a top class venue for eventing in Northern California. Robert Kellerhouse, fresh from his duties as Competition Director of the AEC, has certainly put together a high class team who can change gears in a matter of hours winding up the USEA’s National Championships in Texas while at the same time putting the finishing touches on the international horse trials here at Woodside.
Spectators this morning were treated to some lovely dressage tests, most notably Gina Miles and Chanel who scored 46.4 to take the lead. Chanel is a stunning Danish Warmblood mare by Come Back II out of Larona AF Hvernum. Owned by Liza Jane MacNaughton, Chanel has the movement, suppleness and presence to really impress the judges, and impress she did.
Hot on Chanel’s heels was Lauren Billys riding for Puerto Rico on Ballingowan Ginger who were just 0.6 behind on a 47.0. Lauren who represented Puerto Rico at the Pan Am Games in 2011 has been riding the eleven-year-old mare since 2009 and just moved her to Advanced this year. Ballingowan Ginger is an Irish Sport Horse by Master Imp out of Bally David Vera.
Debbie Rosen and The Alchemyst really produced the goods to score 50.5 for third. This pair have been together for a good many years and Debbie has developed a very strong rapport with the horse who is not the easiest to ride. A Canadian Sport Horse by the Advanced stallion Espiritu, The Alchemyst is out of Carnival Night. This is only Debbie’s second outing on the horse this year. Debbie didn’t look to have missed a beat as she and Al put in a very solid test and they certainly looked to be happy to be in the ring again.
The show jumping course designed by Sarah Kotchian Dubost certainly challenged the riders and changed the standings quite a bit. Out of the 15 starters, only two jumped clear, Helen Bouscaren and Ben and Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against.
In an interview with John Strassburger, Lauren Billys said she thought the show jumping course was really tricky. ‘I was really nervous, ” she said. The first fence was a triple bar jumped after a turn away from the in-gate, which Ballingowan Ginger, an Irish Sport Horse mare, cleared without faults. “I wanted to have a confident jump there and set her up for the rest of the course.”
Both Lauren and Debbie expect Derek di Grazia’s cross-country course to be an exacting challenge. “I think it’s pretty demanding technically—a lot of accuracy questions and a lot of combinations I’ll be thinking a lot about before tomorrow,” said Lauren. “On most of the combinations, if you don’t jump the A element right, B and C could be a problem.“
The CIC3* cross-country starts at 1:50pm tomorrow and promises to be an exciting climax to the competition.
About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series
The Adequan USEA Gold Cup features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced Horse Trials and CIC3* levels with the final at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships September 2014 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 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many sponsors: Adequan; Nunn Finer; SmartPak Equine; 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 in 2013 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. Riders can also earn points on the PRO Tour Series at the Intermediate or two-star level for the Multi Radiance Intermediate Challenge. The 2013 Multi Radiance Challenge Leader Board Champion will win a Multi Radiance MR4 ACTIVET Portable Laser System.
The Professional Riders Organization would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2013 PRO Tour Series: Martin Collins USA, The Official Footing of PRO; Multi Radiance Medical, The Official Laser Therapy of PRO & Sponsor of the Multi Radiance Medical Intermediate Challenge ; Tex Sutton, the Official US Equine Air Carrier of PRO; SSG Riding Gloves; Finish Line Horse Products; Midlantic Ltd.; and Mythic Landing Events.