The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships bring together the best and brightest young talent to show off their skills on the flat and over fences. Today, 16 4-year-olds and 40 5-year-olds performed their dressage tests in front of judges Sally Ike (USA) and Lucinda Green (GBR) and were judged on their conformation by Chris Ryan (IRL) in the USEA YEH East Coast Championships at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland.
Doug Payne and Quantum Leap, the 2018 recipients of the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d'Angers Prize and Grant, are in France at the FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Le Mondial du Lion d'Angers. Elizabeth Callahan of Cool Na Grena Sporthorses, Quantum Leap's breeder, is in attendance at the Championships and is blogging for the USEA about her experience.
We got up early and had a very French breakfast made by our host, which beat the piece of tongue I had last night (it had hair on it, so I’m not sure what part it came from, but I can assure you as a veterinarian, it was NOT tongue). Then we headed out to watch Doug school early, then watch dressage and walk cross-country.
The 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International (FHI) was buzzing with excitement Thursday as international competitors and young horses performed their dressage tests. By day's end Bobby Meyerhoff led the way in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship with his own Almanac (As Di Volare x Fuerst Aphrodites R).
Meyerhoff piloted the 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding straight to the top of the leaderboard on a score of 26.3. Nicknamed "Maniac" in the stables for his occasional erratic behavior, Almanac impressed the judges, and his rider, with his relaxation despite the blustery weather.
High level dressage was expected this morning in the 6-year-old CCI* FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion d’Angers with the likes of Piggy French (GBR), Michael Jung (GER), Sandra Auffarth(GER), and Thomas Carlile (FRA).
Any of these favorites would have been an likely leader at the end of day one, but the U.S’s Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp riding Deborah Halliday’s Cooley Moonshine, an Irish Sport Horse gelding (Cobra x Kilpatrick Duchess) outclassed the rest of the field in this first half of the dressage competition for a mark of 22.4.
Much like how a student will spend the year studying and preparing for a comprehensive final exam, the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championship jumping test is designed to be the ultimate test of a young horse’s education over fences. Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland has been hosting the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships concurrent with their fall three-day event for 10 years, serving as the final stop of the season for many 4- and 5-year-old young event horses.
YEH East Coast Championship course designer Trish Gilbert shared that she has crafted the YEH jumping course to provide an across-the-board test of the young event horse’s ability to tackle different questions, both in the show jumping arena and on the cross-country course.
Doug Payne and Quantum Leap, the 2018 recipients of the Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d'Angers Prize and Grant, are in France to compete in the FEI World Eventing Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Le Mondial du Lion d'Angers. Elizabeth Callahan of Cool Na Grena Sporthorses, Quantum Leap's breeder, is in attendance at the Championships and is blogging for the USEA about her experience.
It was a blustery afternoon on the first day of competition at the 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event in Elkton, Maryland. Of the 66 CCI2* horses and 41 CCI3* listed on the draw order for the first horse inspection, one was not passed and three were withdrawn prior to the inspection.
The CCI2* competitors trotted up in front of the ground jury of Gretchen Butts (USA) and Peter Gray (CAN) and all were accepted. In the CCI3*, Mark Weissbecker (USA), Angela Tucker (GBR), and David Lee (IRL) accepted all pairs except for Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy, who were sent to the hold box and not passed upon reinspection.
The 2018 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East and West Championships are taking place this weekend. First, the East Coast Championships will take place at Fair Hill in Elkton, Maryland spanning two days, October 18-19. Then on Sunday, October 21, the West Coast Championships will run at Fresno County Horse Park (FCHP) in Fresno, California.
The 2018 edition of the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships got underway today at Le Lion d’Angers in France with the first horse inspection.
The U.S. is being represented by two horses in the 7-year-old CCI2* Championships - Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant recipient, Quantum Leap and Cooley Quicksilver. Quantum Leap (Quite Capitol x Report to Sloopy) is a Zweibrucker gelding, owned and ridden by Doug Payne and owned by Payne and Susan and Dave Drillock. He was bred by Elizabeth Callahan of Cool Na Grena Sporthorses in Oxford, Maryland and was purchased by Payne as a yearling. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp’s Cooley Quicksilver is an Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal).
The 2018 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event marks the event’s 30th anniversary and kicks off this afternoon in Elkton, Maryland with the first horse inspection at 1:00 p.m. The CCI2* and CCI3* at Fair Hill are the highlight of the fall season for many riders and also serve as the USEF National Championships for the two- and three-star level.
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U.S. Olympic veterans Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, and Lauren Kieffer head the list of entries for the 2018 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International, October 18-21, at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Area in Elkton, Maryland. The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and will host the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) CCI3* and CCI2* Fall Eventing Championships as well as the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships.
Considered one of the most prestigious international three-day events in the world, The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International's CCI3* boasts a world-class field of 46 U.S. and international combinations.