No one was surprised to see Allison Springer and the Arthur Syndicate’s Arthur end the day squarely atop the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* standings after the first phase of competition at the Cloud 11/Gavilan North Carolina International CIC & Horse Trials. Defending champions at this competition, the pair handily earned 40.7 penalty points from judges Christina Klingspor (SWE) and Robert Stevenson (USA), a three-point improvement from their winning test in 2016.
With a smile, Springer fondly refers to Arthur as the, “longest steady thing in my life,” and together they are one of the most experienced pairs in the group, having completed 37 FEI events together since their international debut at the one-star level in 2005.
It has been a blustery start to the $65,000 Cloud 11/Gavilan North Carolina International CIC & Horse Trials as wind whipped around the dressage arenas today, giving the first Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* competitors an extra challenge on the flat. Ladies landed the top three spots after day one with Jennie Brannigan in first (41.50), Hannah Sue Burnett in second (43.10) and Caroline Martin in third (44.30).
The spring season is now in full swing after Hannah Sue Burnett and Selena O’Hanlon snapped up Adequan USEA Gold Cup wins two weeks ago at Red Hills International Horse Trials. Next up on the calendar is the Cloud Eleven-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC & HT. In addition to the CIC3* and Advanced Gold Cup divisions, the Southern Pines, N.C. venue will also host Training through Intermediate levels alongside the other one- and two-star international levels.
The crowds and local community came out in large numbers today to support the Red Hills International Horse Trials. After thousands of spectators enjoyed cross-country (and some show jumping) on Saturday, many returned Sunday morning to enjoy a brunch party while watching the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division show jumping, along with many other show jumping divisions.
Show jumping kicked off this morning at 9:00 am for the CIC3* riders. 27 pairs rode around Chris Barnard’s course in the main arena, and spectators enjoyed the views from the VIP tent as well as the sideline bleachers, which quickly filled up as the sun began to shine.
The 2017 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series kicked off today at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida.
This marks the first of 11 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series events in 2017, which culminate at the Final in September at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships. The Gold Cup Champion receives one of the highest payouts in the sport of eventing in the United States. For the last two years, both the Advanced Division and the CIC3* Division (if both are offered) at all Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series events act as qualifying divisions for the Final in September.
After what seems like only the blink of an eye, the winter season is behind us and the spring leg of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is back under way starting this weekend at Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Fla. Held at the Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, the event is now in its 19th year as top riders use the CIC3* and Advanced divisions to qualify for the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Championship this fall.