Plantation Field International (PFI), also known as the "Best. Event. Ever!” is celebrating its 11th year this year. Dressage will take place over three days, beginning this afternoon and continuing all day Thursday and Friday. A total of 237 horses are set to compete at Plantation Field International this year, with 99 entries in the CIC* and 93 in the CIC2*, both split into A and B divisions, and 45 in the CIC3*.
Effective immediately significant changes have been made to the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series. In an effort to expand access to qualification opportunities in more areas of the country, to encourage more entries at upper level U.S. events, and to expand entries at the 2019 AEC $40,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Championship at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the USEA and the Gold Cup Steering Committee have agreed to make the AEC Advanced qualifications similar to the AEC Intermediate qualifications.
To qualify for the $40,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Championship at the AEC in 2019, competitors will need to complete a minimum of two events without cross-country jump penalties at any USEA Advanced recognized horse trials, a CCI3*, or a CIC3*.
You could hear a pin drop in the International Ring at The Colorado Horse Park as California’s Tamra Smith rode around the track in the final show jumping phase of the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena® Feeds Adequan® USEA Gold Cup Final aboard Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markell’s, Mai Baum (Loredano x Ramira). Smith and the 12-year-old German Sport Horse gelding finished out their weekend on a score of 28.0 – over 10 points ahead of second place. Their comeback was celebrated with a big blue ribbon, a round of applause, the title of Adequan® USEA Advanced Gold Cup Final Champions and USEF National Advanced Champions, and a cool $20,000.
In the Adequan® USEA Gold Cup Advanced Final, Tamra Smith of California, maintained her impressive lead riding Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markell’s 2006 German Sport Horse gelding Mai Baum (Loredano x Ramira) despite adding 1.6 time penalties on cross-country. The pair now sit on a 28.0.
“I literally wanted to cry going through the finish flag,” said Smith. “It’s been such a long patient road to get him back to this level. He was unbelievable. He’s the best horse in the world, and I’m just so fortunate to be sitting on him. I was chancy out there, I was cutting turns and lines to save time so that I didn’t have to go so fast. I got him to one jump and asked for a big one, and he just took off and was like ‘I got you mom.’ It felt so good to have him back.”
This year, the USEA has partnered with CrossCountry App to provide virtual course walks for all levels at the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds at The Colorado Horse Park. With the CrossCountry App, riders can create a virtual map of their course, complete with minute markers, notes, and photos, or take a virtual course walk of a pre-recorded course. Take a virtual tour around the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced, Open Intermediate, Preliminary, and Training cross-country courses on the CrossCountry App to see the track the riders will take, complete with minute markers, and the different fences they will tackle.
The 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series featured 11 qualifying events over the past 12 months and culminates this weekend with the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced Final at the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships at The Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. Nine horse-and-rider combinations trotted down the centerline in front of judges Marilyn Payne of the United States and Peter Gray of Canada this afternoon in the first phase of the hunt for the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Trophy and the lion’s share of the $40,000 purse.
Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced Final
It’s finally here! The 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado kicks off tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. with dressage running in four arenas. Preliminary riders will be up first in Rings 1, 2, and 4, and Training Amateur division will start things off in Ring 3. This year the AEC is celebrating its 15th anniversary of bringing together eventers from across the country to compete for national titles from the Beginner Novice through the Advanced level. The Advanced division at the AEC also serves as the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final, offering up $40,000 in cash and even more fabulous prizes.
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.