The sun came back out today for a warmer afternoon of cross-country at the Red Hills International Horse Trials. While overnight leaders Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night retired on course today, Lauren Kieffer and Court and Kylie Ramsay’s Czechmate rose to the top in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* Division.
Hugh Lochore, cross-country course designer for the Red Hills International Horse Trials, built a tough but educational course at all levels this year.
“With the property alignment changes last year, we did a whole re-do of the course,” said Lochore. “After finding out what worked and what didn’t from last year’s rides, we tweaked everything we could for this year’s course and we now have a course that flows better from start to finish. This year’s course is very twisty and the time is tough to make, but it should be good for the horses and riders.”
Coming in with 14.4 time faults, Kieffer rode a very methodical cross-country round, taking her time to confidently present each question to Czechmate, who is new to the CIC3* level.
“Czechy handled the course like a pro, and I’m really excited how rideable he was through each combination,” stated Kieffer. “This was a new atmosphere for him, and I’m happy how confidently he handled it.”
Liz Halliday-Sharp piloted Deborah Halliday’s Irish Sport Horse gelding HHS Cooley to a clear round with 14.4 time faults to grab the second place standing, while Jennie Brannigan rode Nina Gardner’s Irish TB gelding Cambalda into the third place position.
Kieffer also maintained her lead in the Advanced division aboard Team Rebecca’s mare and 2014 USEF National CCI4* Champion, Veronica. Jumping clear and coming in with just 11.6 time faults, the experienced pair jumped around the course rather easily.
“[Veronica] felt great out there,” Kieffer noted. “She was extremely civilized and rideable throughout the entire course, and I’m just thrilled about how strong she’s coming out this season.”
The show jumping course at Red Hills was designed by William “Fuzzy” Mayo and will run all day Sunday in the beautiful new show jump arena.
To see the full list of results, go here.
About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series
Qualifying for the 2015 Adequan USEA Gold Cup began last fall with the Plantation Field CIC3* (PA) and the Woodside CIC3* (CA) and features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced Horse Trials and CIC3* levels. The final will take place at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships September 2015 in Tyler, Texas. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money in the Adequan Advanced Division and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion.
The 2015 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many loyal sponsors: Adequan, Standlee Forage, Nunn Finer, Nutrena, Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency, Point Two, Dubarry, and FITS.
The PRO Tour Series consists of 13 premier destination events in the United States and Canada, featuring the best riders and most entertainment. Riders and Horses are awarded points on the PRO Tour Rider Leader Board and PRO Tour Horse Leader Board.
The Professional Riders Organization would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2015 PRO Tour Series: KER Optimum Time, Tex Sutton, Triple Crown Nutrition, SSG Riding Gloves, and Midadlantic Ltd.