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.
In July of 2016, Bromont pulled out from hosting the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) and in November the FEI announced the Tryon International Equestrian Center as the new hosts. This timeline gave Tryon less than two years to pull together what will be the fourth largest sporting event in the world in 2018. The Mill Spring, N.C. facility is now under construction around the clock, but that didn’t stop them from hosting the WEG Eventing Test Event in the first week of April. The Fork CIC3*, an Adequan USEA Gold Cup event, served as the test event and it was Phillip Dutton and Z who took the top honors. Can’t remember what happened?
Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia was one of two events hosting Adequan USEA Gold Cup divisions over Easter weekend, with 23 in the CIC3* division and another 10 in the Advanced division and several horses and riders making their final prep runs before heading to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* later this month. The USEA was on the ground at Bouckaert Farm taking it all in, and you can too by looking through our lens. Want to read more about the competition? Click here for the USEA's coverage.
Surrounded by the foothills of Temecula Valley, Galway Downs in Temecula, California, hosted the Galway Downs International Horse Trials two weeks ago. The nearly 300 riders in attendance competing in Novice through Intermediate horse trials and CIC*, CIC2*, and Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* divisions enjoyed the sunny skies and balmy temperatures that Southern California is known for this time of year. Soak up some of that sunshine by taking a look through the lens of the USEA. Want to catch up on all the action from the event? Check it out here.
Elinor MacPhail O’Neal and Sally Crane’s 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding RF Eloquence (Contender x D-Ginger) put in the second-fastest ride of the division on Hugh Lochore’s cross-country course this afternoon, picking up just 7.2 time penalties and finishing on a final score of 38.7, which was ultimately good enough to take home the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at Chattahoochee Hills.
Jacob Fletcher and Fletcher Farms’ 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Atlantic Domino (Dunlough Striker x Atlantic Amanda) were the only pair to come in under the optimum time in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* division at Chattahoochee Hills, finishing on their dressage score of 30.0 to take home their first win three-star win as a pair. Fletcher and Atlantic Domino are looking quite strong so far this seasons, having finished second in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at Red Hills International last month.
Like yesterday, the time was on the top of everyone’s minds – which isn’t always the case with show jumping. However, Chris Barnard’s show jumping course in the George Morris Arena at the Tryon International Equestrian Center proved to be a test for both the Fork CIC3* and Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced competitors.
Only seven of the 31 starters jumped clear and inside the time for show jumping in the 2018 World Equestrian Games test event, and watching overnight leader, Phillip Dutton’s ride on Z, many didn’t think he would be one of those.
Thirty-one horses will go forward to show jumping today in The Fork CIC3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center – the World Equestrian Games test event and an Adequan USEA Gold Cup qualifying division. Two horses did not present this morning, Rachel McDonough’s Irish Rhythm, a 19-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Vice Chancellor x Dawnsari) and Fernhill Cubalawn, Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, and Caroline Moran’s 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Con Capitol x Corse Lawn) ridden by Phillip Dutton.
All ten horses and riders in the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division completed the dressage and show jumping phases of competition today. The leaderboard saw only minor shifts after this evening’s show jumping, with the top three pairs unchanged but in a different order on the leaderboard.
Buck Davidson and Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Copper Beach (Radolin x Cloverballen), scored a 28.2 in this morning’s dressage phase to sit second heading into show jumping and a double clean round was ultimately good enough to catapult them to the top spot on the leaderboard.
Double clean rounds were few and far between this evening in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* show jumping at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials, but those riders who were clear and fast were rewarded with movement up the leaderboard.
Jacob Fletcher and Fletcher Farms’ 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Atlantic Domino (Dunlough Striker x Atlantic Amanda) rose from fourth place into the lead this evening on their dressage score of 30.0 after jumping one of just four double clean show jumping rounds in the division. The pair is coming off a strong second place finish in the Red Hills International CIC3*.
While the leaderboard is looking very different following the cross-country phase of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at the Fork Horse Trials, there weren’t that many problems on Capt. Mark Phillips’ course – it was just race against the clock. Cross-country master, Phillip Dutton, showed his prowess to shave off the seconds and sits in first, third, and fourth in the division serving as the FEI World Equestrian Games test event.
Dutton’s fastest round of his trio was Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Bellabouche x Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Anne Jones, and Caroline Moran. While Z crossed the finish line one second too slow, it was still fast enough to catapult him from seventh to first.
The 2018 Chattahoochee Hills International Horse Trials kicked off this morning at 8:00 a.m. with dressage running in five arenas. Chattahoochee Hills is hosting Adequan USEA Gold Cup qualifiers with both the CIC3* and Advanced divisions this weekend, both of which start at 10:45 a.m. and run concurrently in rings 2 and 3. First up in the CIC3* is Buck Davidson and Carlevo (Eurocommerce Caresino x Ramatuelle), Carlevo LLC’s 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding, while Jon Holling and the Two Doors Down Group LLC’s 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare Sportsfield Two Doors Down (Inocent x Hillcrest Bay Wonder) will lead off in the Advanced division. Both divisions will show jump this evening starting with the CIC3* at 5:35 p.m.