The second veterinary inspection at the 2017 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Horse Trials is complete and 26 horses will be moving forward to show jumping in the CCI3* and 53 horses in the CCI2*. All horses passed the inspection in the CCI2*. In the CCI3* Muggle, the Phoenix Syndicate’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding ridden by Nilson Moreira da Silva was held and not accepted upon reinspection. Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley, ridden by Tamra Smith, was held, but passed upon reinspection. Clayton Fredericks withdrew Kingfisher Farm’s FE Ophelia before the jog.
Time was definitely the deciding factor on Derek di Grazia’s cross-country course at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI3*. In what is often referred to as a three-and-a-half star, there were only four pairs who crossed the finish line under the 10-minute time allowed. The class serves at the USEF National Championship and di Grazia laid out a true championship test for the three-star competitors, but they came prepared and 28 of the 36 pairs finished with only seven different fences causing any problems.
When overnight leader, Selena O’Hanlon crossed the finish line four seconds too slow, it opened the door for second-placed Colleen Rutledge to move up into the lead with her homebred gelding, Covert Rights.
Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High are winners of the first phase of competition in The Dutta. Corp/USEF CCI** National Eventing Championship. Owned by John and Judy Rumble, the 14-year-old Canadian Sport Horse earned a personal best score of 39.4.
"Foxwood High felt a little bit fitter in the ring today which was great because he put it to good use. Being that much older he's started to become more rideable in the ring, so I was pleased that he didn't let it get the better of us," O'Hanlon said. "In general the horse has just been leading up to this and I'm super excited to break into the thirties."
For the ninth year the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships were held at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Horse Trials in Elkton, Md. This year saw 55 of the best 4- and 5-year-olds in the country compete for a chance to be named the champion among their peers. For the second day of competition, horses and riders competed in a jumping test designed by Trish Gilbert in front of judges Judy Bradwell and Mark Weissbecker. The course began with six show jumps followed by a series of cross-country obstacles including jumping in and out of water and ended with a demonstration of the horse’s gallop.
The United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Duvander as the new Performance Director for Eventing, effective October 16, 2017. Duvander joins US Equestrian with over 30 years of strategic planning and program development at the high-performance level.
Earlier today, Jennie Brannigan released the following statement regarding Twilightslastgleam's withdrawal from the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d'Angers:
"I am super bummed that Tim, Nina, and I have decided not to run Twilightslastgleam at Mondial Du Lion. We had some concerns about him having a potential injury brewing and decided that his future is bright, he is young, and to give him a break and bring him out 100% next spring. We are so grateful to the United States Eventing Association (USEA), Timothy Holekamp, and Chris Turner for the opportunity. I am also grateful to my vet Mary Griffin for looking out for the horses so diligently.
The USEF (US Equestrian) Equine Disaster Relief Fund has received incredibly generous support from the equestrian community, with over half a million dollars raised to date in response to the devastation and flooding caused recently by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. With raging wildfires spreading throughout areas of California and continued relief needed in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands, there is still a need for funding to directly assist equines of any breed who are victims of natural disasters such as these.
As the wildfires continue to spread and cause devastation in California, US Equestrian is working with organizations on the ground providing aid to ensure the support helps as many horses as possible.
The 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is underway and we have the winners of the first qualifying events of the series on the show this week! Hear from Sabrina Glaser, who won the Aspen Farms Advanced with Patricia Yust’s Rembrandt and Colleen Rutledge, who won the Richland Park CIC3* with her own Covert Rights.
Winners of qualifiers in the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series are eligible to enter the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final Advanced division, which will be hosted at the 2018 American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
International competitors took to the dressage arena Thursday at the 2017 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event. Leading the charge in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship is Tamra Smith aboard Sunsprite Syrius, followed by Allison Springer and Lord Willing in second place and Kristen Bond and Enough Already in third.
Hailing from California, Smith returns to Fair Hill as a past CCI3* winner, this year with a string of new talent which includes CCI2* leader Sunsprite Syrius. Though Smith was disappointed to barely miss scoring in the 30s, the 9-year-old Trakhener gelding owned by Sunsprite Warmbloods still boasts a result of 40.8 in the first phase.
With 55 horses contesting the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Horse Trials it was a full day of dressage in Elkton, Md. The 4-year-olds kicked off the morning of dressage in front of judges Judy Bradwell and Mark Weissbecker with Faith Fessenden evaluating each horse’s conformation following their turn in the arena. Kristen Bond’s Bea Ready, her own Dutch Warmblood mare (Cicero Z Van Paemel x Tizora) topped the 4-year-old class with an 86.40% in dressage and a 74.70% in conformation for a total of 41.45%. Jumping counts for 50% of the score so anything can happen tomorrow.
Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the iconic Kentucky Three-Day Event, and the United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) join with Land Rover North America to announce that Land Rover is assuming title sponsorship of the Kentucky Three-Day Event, signing a four-year agreement. Taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 26-29, 2018, the event will be rebranded as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Land Rover has also announced its continued support of US Equestrian, extending its deal with the federation through 2020.
Champagne Run Farm hosts the Champagne Run at the Park Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky (Area VIII) once a year in July for Starter through Intermediate levels. The Champagne Run team also hosts numerous schooling shows, both at their farm and the Horse Park, throughout the year, as well as the May Daze Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park each May.