Millbrook, New York experienced both ends of the weather spectrum from powerful thunderstorms all the way to 90 degrees and sunny and everything in between last weekend during the 2018 Millbrook Horse Trials at Coole Park Farm. Affectionately christened #Mudbrook2018 by the 450 competitors in attendance, Millbrook Horse Trials managed to provide a great experience despite the challenges presented by Mother Nature. The organizing team and volunteers at Millbrook went above and beyond to ensure that each rider had the best experience possible, showing that true eventer grit isn't just for the riders! Want to catch up on all the action from Millbrook? Check out the USEA's coverage!
After a whirlwind day of competition at the Millbrook Horse Trials, Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam (Sonset Seiger x Aerial) emerged victorious, jumping one of the morning’s 11 double clear show jumping rounds and adding just a single cross-country time fault to their dressage score to take home the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division.
Several days of back-to-back thunderstorms in the Millbrook, N.Y. area left the cross-country footing saturated on Saturday morning, prompting Millbrook’s officials and organizers to reschedule Intermediate and Advanced cross-country for the following day. Sunday’s revised schedule had the Adequan USEA Gold Cup division competitors show jumping beginning at 10:20 a.m. and setting out on cross-country at 12:10 p.m.
Due to heavy rainfall over the last several days in Millbrook, N.Y., Intermediate and Advanced cross-country will be run on Sunday, August 5.
Preliminary cross-country has been delayed until 3:00 p.m. today and Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice show jumping will run today as scheduled but with a two hour delay, beinning at 9:30 a.m.
The order of go for today's show jumping can be found here.
The tentative plan for tomorrow is for Intermediate to show jump beginning at 8:00 a.m. and then go cross-country beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m. Advanced will show jump beginning at 10:00 a.m. and go cross-country at 12:00 p.m.
Of the 22 horses that performed their dressage tests today, just three managed to find their way into the top 10 of the 47-horse field competing in the Millbrook Horse Trials Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, N.Y. Allison Springer and Lord Willing (Lord Z x Lengende IX), the Lord Willing Syndicate‘s 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding, slotted into third place on a score of 25.0, just edging Doug Payne and Getaway out of the top three.
The 2018 Millbrook Horse Trials in Millbrook, N.Y. are in full swing with the second day of dressage competition well underway. The first 25 riders in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division completed their dressage tests yesterday and the remaining 23 riders are taking their turn in the sandbox today. Tomorrow morning all 48 pairs will set out to tackle Tremaine Cooper’s cross-country track, which features some significant changes from last year’s course.
Twenty-five horses in the 48-horse field competing the 2018 Millbrook Horse Trials Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division took their turn in the sandbox this afternoon at Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, N.Y. Boyd Martin and Long Island T (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight), the Long Island T Syndicate’s 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding, scored a 22.9, their career best at the level, to sit in first place after the first day of dressage. Martin and “Ludwig” are hot off a win in the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh International in May and Millbrook is their first stop on their way to compete in the Fair Hill International CCI3* this fall.
The final qualifier for the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series will take place this weekend at the 18th annual Millbrook Horse Trials at Coole Park Farm Millbrook, N.Y. The Advanced division at Millbrook is the last chance for riders to qualify for the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds in Parker, Colorado.
The overnight leaders in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and the CCI3* divisions clinched onto their standings in show jumping to claim victory. Both winners hail from California and are members of the Next Level Eventing team and came to The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. with their entire families and support systems.
“This is the only event of the year we all bring our families to. This is one of our very favorite events,” stated Tamra Smith, who just clinched the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* division. “Next Level Eventing essentially has an entire compound here. We all camp together, and grill out every evening, and we all have our parents, children, in-laws and other loved ones here for this special event.”
Tamra Smith thinks that no one has ever made time on the cross-country course in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at The Event at Rebecca Farm, and this year proved no different. Twelve pairs set off on Ian Stark’s cross-country course, half crossed the finish line with no jump faults, but everyone added some time to their dressage scores. Smith was able to move up from second to first when overnight leaders, Chris Talley and Sandro’s Star, Hannah Salazar’s 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Sagnol x Poetic Patter) added 11.6 time penalties.
The scores are tight at the top in the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* division at Rebecca Farm, but it’s Sandro’s Star and Chris Talley who came out in the pole position after the dressage phase. Scoring a 29.3, Talley was able to put himself and Hannah Salazar’s 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Sagnol x Poetic Patter) in first place position heading into tomorrow’s cross-country phase.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to welcome back longtime sponsor FITS Riding, Ltd for 2018. They continue their support through the sponsorship of several programs. As a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), FITS will provide prizes for competitors at the AEC which will be held August 30-September 2, 2018 at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. In addition, FITS is a Contributing Level Sponsor of the Adult Team Championship and the USEA Gold Cup Series and Final.