The crowds and local community came out in large numbers today to support the Red Hills International Horse Trials. After thousands of spectators enjoyed cross-country (and some show jumping) on Saturday, many returned Sunday morning to enjoy a brunch party while watching the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division show jumping, along with many other show jumping divisions.
Just 11 pairs remained in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division after cross-country, and Chris Barnard’s show jumping course proved to be a nice but challenging last day of competition for the competitors. There were only two double-clear rounds, and both of those were claimed by Jennie Brannigan, who took home third and fourth place on her two mounts.
Jennie Brannigan and I Bella. USEA Photo.
Stella Artois, a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Brannigan and Elsbeth Battel, was in sixth place after dressage on Friday, and slowly moved up a place each day with Brannigan’s accurate riding. Tim and Nina Gardner’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, I Bella was tied for sixth against Stella Artois after dressage, but I Bella came in a few seconds quicker in the cross-country, bumping her up to third place after Saturday. Brannigan jumped both horses double clear on Barnard’s course today, claiming fourth place on Stella Artois, and third place on I Bella.
Whitney Mahloch and her own Military Mind scored a very respectable 32.9 in the dressage on Friday, placing them in third heading into cross-country. Jumping clear with just 1.6 time faults, the 11-year-old Thoroughbred had the fastest cross-country round in the division on Saturday, moving the pair up to second place. The pair took one rail down in the show jumping today, but maintained their second place position for the weekend, ending on a 38.5. Military Mind also won the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) Award for being the highest placed and best scoring Thoroughbred in the division.
Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind over the last jump to claim second place. USEA photo.
Overnight leaders Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High originally could not afford a rail heading into today’s phase. Scoring a 30.2 in dressage on Friday and just 2.0 time faults on Saturday’s cross-country, there was just 2.3 points separating the leading pair from Mahloch and Military Mind. After Mahloch took one rail down, O’Hanlon had more breathing room, and ended up taking a rail down herself as well. However, O’Hanlon jumped inside the time, claiming her victory as she soared over the final fence on John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood high as an Adequan USEA Gold Cup Red Hills Advanced Champion.
Selena O'Hanlon smiling after her victory with Foxwood High. USEA Photo.
Thank you to the Red Hills organizer, Jane Barron and all the event staff and volunteers for a wonderful weekend event. The Gold Cup Series now carries on to Carolina International in Raeford, North Carolina on March 23-26. To learn more about the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series and to view the calendar, click here.
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The 2017 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Championship features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced Horse Trials and CIC3* levels. Qualifying began last fall and continues through August with the final will take place at the USEA American Eventing Championships, August 30 – September 3 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money and thousands of dollars in prizes in the Adequan Advanced Division and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion.
The 2017 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many loyal sponsors: Adequan, Standlee Forage, Nutrena, Merck Animal Health, Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency and FITS.