Sara Kozumplik Murphy and the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate’s Rubens D’Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda D'ysieux) jumped a clean round over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course to rise to the top of the leaderboard and take the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at the Millbrook Horse Trials.
Time proved to be very influential in today’s cross-country competition in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at Millbrook Horse Trials, and on a day when no one made it in under the optimum, coming as close as possible made quite a difference in the leaderboard.
Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie (Jetball x Tuneda) were the last pair to tackle Tremaine Cooper’s cross-country track, but were one of the two fastest rides of the day. Adding just 2.0 time penalties to their dressage score of 31.9, the pair moved up from seventh place after dressage to take the lead.
No one could catch Lynn Symansky and the Donner Syndicate, LLC’s Donner (Gorky Park x Smart Jane), who laid down a 27.9 early in the second day of dressage competition at Millbrook Horse trials to take the lead in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division.
“It wasn’t one of his best tests, honestly. He was a bit tense,” said Symansky of her test with the 14-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding. “It was a bit quiet there this morning and he could really see the all the cross-country going on anytime he’d be going back towards “A,” so I thought he was a little more holding than normal, but he’s gotten so reliable in the ring that even on one of not his best days he still does well. Even when he’s nervous you can rely on him, which is really nice.”
The first 21 horses competing in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at Millbrook Horse Trials performed their dressage tests this afternoon. Sara Kozumplik Murphy and the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate LLC's 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding, Rubens D’Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda D'ysieux), were just the third pair in the ring but they ran away with the early lead, scoring a 29.7.
Competition at the 17th Annual Millbrook Horse Trials kicks off today with dressage for all levels. The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division will start this afternoon at 1:08 p.m. in Ring 4, with Boyd Martin and Long Island T first in the ring. Half the division will perform their dressage tests this afternoon and the remainder of the division will go tomorrow beginning at 10:20 a.m.
The 17th Annual Millbrook Horse Trials kicks off tomorrow at Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, N.Y. The Advanced division at Millbrook is the last opportunity for rider to qualify to compete in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final taking place later this month at the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena.
Eventers are known for helping each other out and when Erin Sylvester decided to head west to compete in The Event at Rebecca Farm, she texted Tamra Smith and asked if she would be willing to give her some support throughout the week. Smith readily agreed and both the student and the teacher were rewarded with leading three-star victory gallops today. Smith topped the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* with Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal while Sylvester jumped a beautiful clear show jump round to win the third annual CCI3* with Frank Macentee’s Paddy the Caddy – both with impressive leads.
Tamra Smith rode Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal clear around the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* cross-country track with 10.4 time faults, and still managed to maintain their overnight lead. The 8-year-old Holsteiner mare by Riverman and out of Marisol had scored a 42.6 in dressage yesterday, claiming an eight point lead over the second-placed pair, so she had some room to spare, and Smith chose to run the horse a bit slow and take her time on course today.
Best friends, business partners, supporters and coaches – Tamra Smith and Heather Morris wear many hats together including topping the three-star divisions at The Event at Rebecca Farm following dressage day today. Both Smith and Morris were the only three-star riders to earn scores in the 40s from the Ground Jury of Christian Landolt, Robert Stevenson and Helen Brettell.
While the two are in different divisions this weekend, that often isn’t the case and the fiercely competitive duo don’t mind going head-to-head. “I feel like I’m competing against myself,” explained Smith. “I don’t feel like I’m competing against Heather – the best one wins that day. If I don’t win, I want her to win and vice versa. There’s no rivalry at all. It’s very cohesive.”
It was a full day of veterinary inspections at The Event at Rebecca Farm starting with the USEA Classic Series Novice and Training Three-Days at 10:00 a.m. and running all the way through the CCI3* at 3:00 p.m.
In the final two divisions of the day, the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and the CCI3*, the Ground Jury members were keeping the hold box full as three (Ashlyn Dorsey and RF Kinetic, Clara Cargile and White Indian and Allison Sparks and Mystic Mojo) of the 14 CIC3* pairs and two (Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy) of the eight CCI3* pairs were sent to the hold. At the end of the day all horses who were presented to the Ground Jury in the two three-star divisions passed and will move on to dressage.