KALISPELL, Mont. - The 2016 Event at Rebecca Farm saw the highest of the international levels competing today in the dressage phase. In the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* Division, Mackenna Shea, on her own Landioso, took first with a dressage score of 44.4. Shea just beat out her coach, Tamra Smith, who rode Peggy's Moore's Lagos Star to second place with a score of 44.5. Smith also currently holds three of the top five spots for CIC3*, riding Dempsey to fourth place on 49.0, and Twizted Syster to fifth place on 49.8.
The Adequan USEA Gold Cup consists of 11 qualifying competitions at Advanced and CIC3* levels, which culminate at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, to be held in September.
In the CCI3* division was led by an unstoppable Hannah Sue Burnett who ended the day holding both first and second places in a competitive field.
Burnett, The Plains, Va., set the standard as the day's first CCI3* competitor, scoring a 43.7 on Jacqueline Mars' 8-year Irish sport horse, Cooley Dream. Burnett also captured second place with a ride of 45.6 aboard Under Suspection, a 12-year old Holsteiner owned by Mary Ann Ghadban.
"Cooley is a young horse, he's only eight this year. He's still sort of a work in progress but he's lovely; he's such a fantastic horse, " said Burnett.
In addition to the top international levels, Junior Open Training, Senior Open Training, Open Preliminary, and Open Intermediate all took to the dressage ring today. On the cross country course, Novice Three Day, Training, and Training Three-Day competitors saw the overnight leaderboard shaken up.
Saturday's action will kick off early at 8 a.m. with the international levels taking to the cross country course and the novice and training divisions in the show jumping arena. Family fun will also be in full swing Saturday at The Event's world-class trade fair, complete with more than 100 vendors, full concessions, and a free Kids Zone featuring pony rides, face painting, bounce houses, arts and crafts and more. Admission is free and a one-time recommended $10 parking donation per car is requested support Halt Cancer at X.
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About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup
Qualifying for the 2016 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Championship began last fall with the Richland Park Advanced & CIC3* (MI), Aspen Farms Advanced (WA), Plantation Field Advanced & CIC3* (PA) and the Woodside International Advanced & 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 1-4 in Tryon, 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 2016 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many loyal sponsors: Adequan, Standlee Forage, Nunn Finer, Nutrena, Merck, Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency, and FITS.
About The Event at Rebecca Farm
The Event at Rebecca Farm presented by Montana Equestrian Events is held every July in Kalispell, Montana. The largest equestrian triathlon in the United States, The Event is also considered to have some of the world's finest scenery. Each year it draws hundreds of riders of all levels, from amateur to Olympians.
Rebecca Farm features ten courses ranging from novice to Olympian qualifier, which were originally developed by world-renowned course designer, Mark Phillips. In 2012, Scottish equestrian Ian Stark redesigned the Rebecca Farm courses. Known for his immense contributions to Eventing, Stark has won multiple Olympic medals and was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
For more information, visit www.rebeccafarm.org.