Show jumping took place today as the final phase of the Advanced division at Galway Downs in Temecula, Ca. While the CIC3* concluded on Saturday with cross-country, the Advanced division at Galway also stands as a qualifier in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series, which culminates a championship at this year’s Nutrena USEA American Championships in Tryon, NC.
The Advanced division held dressage on Friday afternoon, where Heather Morris and The Team Express Group’s Charlie Tango took an early lead on a 35.3. Gina Miles and Corie Young’s Contalli Di Revel put the pressure on Morris, but it wasn’t until the final pair, Tamie Smith aboard Kevin Baumgardner’s Dutch Warmblood Wembley, came in and took the lead with a 31.9.
Overnight leaders Tamie Smith and Wembley maintained their lead on Saturday after jumping clear with just 5.6 time penalties on Ian Stark’s cross-country course. Wembley easily cruised around the course with Smith and the pair ended day two on a score of 37.5. Heather Morris and Charlie Tango also navigated clear around the course with just 3.6 time penalties, holding onto their second place standing heading into today’s final phase of show jumping.
With just 1.4 points separating first and second place standings heading into show jumping, Smith could not afford a rail with the pressure Morris was putting on her. Michael Jay Curtis designed a big but flowing course that riders could navigate their horses through in a forward and confidence building ride.
Curtis’ Advanced show jump course proved tough to come in double clear, as nearly half the riders took rails down and most riders had some time penalties, but overall the course was challenging yet straight forward. The rider jumped in reverse order of standing, and after jumping the only double clear round of the division, Heather Morris and Charlie Tango put the pressure on Tamie Smith. With just 1.4 separating first and second place, Tamie Smith had no room for error and could not afford a rail down. But she was determined to win, and jumped a clear round aboard Wembley, acquiring just one time fault, which kept her in the lead by a mere 0.4 points.
Tamie Smith and Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley triumphed as the winners in the Advanced division on a very respectable culminated score of 38.5. Heather Morris and The Team Express Group’s Charlie Tango ended the weekend on a 38.9.
Tamie Smith and Wembley on saturday's cross-country course. USEA photo.
Event organizer Robert Kellerhouse along with his entire team did a fabulous job yet again putting on this wonderful event. From top level competition to great food and shopping in the trade fair, and unbeatable competitors’ parties, Galway Downs proves to be a landmark event not only on the west coast, but in the entire country.
To read the full press release on Barb Crabo piloting Eveready to a CIC3* victory at Galway Downs, go here.
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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.