Fifteen riders across the Novice and Training Three-Day divisions at the Western Underground, Inc. Coconino Summer II Horse Trials & T/N3D Event experienced the thrill of the ‘chase through the woods at the Coconino County Fairgrounds in Flagstaff, Arizona (Area X) and participated in a series of educational activities to increase their knowledge of the long format.
In the Novice Three-Day, Kirsten Woznicki and her own 8-year-old Westphalian/Thoroughbred gelding Plateaux (Pablo x Sweetheart) scored a 29.4 in dressage and never looked back, putting in four double-clean phases on endurance day and going double-clean in show jumping to lead the division from start to finish on their dressage score.
The following individuals received their USEF Eventing Officials License or were promoted by the USEF Licensed Officials Committee (LOC). The USEA is delighted to see new officials joining the eventing community and we encourage Organizers to reach out to these officials for their future events.
Debbie Adams; Medford, NJ; "S"
Helen Brettell; Philomont, PA; "S"
Beatrice Di Grazia; Carmel Valley, CA; "R"
Robyn Fisher; Moorpark, CA; "R"
Michelle Henry; Los Angeles, CA; "R"
Elizabeth Coviello Moore; New Hill, NC; “r”
Debbie Rodriguez; Williamsburg, VA; "R"
The USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) and Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships are coming soon for both the East and West coasts, but there is still time to get your young horse qualified! With two full months of competition left for both the YEH and the FEH divisions before the Championships, be sure to make it to your local events and get your qualifying score.
Young Event Horse Championships
On Monday, July 23, 2017, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors approved the recommendation to allocate the designation of an additional United States eventing CCI4* competition in 2019 to Fair Hill International. In January 2017, the Board of Directors narrowed the list of five applicants to two and following that decision spent several months researching, meeting with Organizing Committees and conducting additional site visits.
Ingrid Klimke with Horseware Hale Bob OLD, Michael Jung with La Biosthetique-Sam FBW, Sandra Auffarth with Opgun Louvo – the German dream team – along with new team member Josefa Sommer and her own-bred and own-trained Hamilton, claimed victory in the FEI Nations Cup™ competition in the CICO3* at Aachen this past weekend. The newcomers fulfilled all expectations in their first team appearance for Germany at the Aachen Soers. “It is incredible to be here with these three heroes!”, was Sommer's concise and eloquent summary on the podium at the press conference. Sommer and Hamilton jumping clear on cross-country, picking up a few time faults.
As barefoot horses become more active in warmer months, it is important to consider the impact of different terrains on a horse’s hooves. With the summer season here, horses are out on the trail more, and it’s crucial to be cautious of their soles and hooves in order to maintain good overall hoof health. To do this, there are a couple of options.
The Benefits of Boots for Barefoot Horses
Eventers are known for helping each other out and when Erin Sylvester decided to head west to compete in The Event at Rebecca Farm, she texted Tamra Smith and asked if she would be willing to give her some support throughout the week. Smith readily agreed and both the student and the teacher were rewarded with leading three-star victory gallops today. Smith topped the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* with Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal while Sylvester jumped a beautiful clear show jump round to win the third annual CCI3* with Frank Macentee’s Paddy the Caddy – both with impressive leads.
It was the scramble team of Area I/IV that took home the gold medal in the CICOY2* at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. Finishing on a cumulative score of 198, the Area I/IV Team reached a whopping 17.8 lead over silver medal team, Area VII, who finished on a 215.8.
After Emily Thompson withdrew her 12-year-old Connemara gelding Paddington (Yavari x Glen Abbey) before show jumping, and the other three members of the team took down rails, overnight leading team Canada dropped two podium places to end up taking home the bronze medal instead.
Chris Barnard’s show jumping course shook up the CH-J* leaderboard today at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. In the end, Area VI came out on top as the 2017 NAJYRC CH-J* Champions after laying down a couple double clear rounds, cumulating a final team score of 161.6.
When overnight leaders Area I fell down to fourth place position after dropping numerous rails, Area II was able to move up to take home silver after putting in three clear rounds on a final score of 164.1. Canada, who sat in second place position overnight, had no room for error today, but unfortunately the team pulled some rails, knocking them down a podium position to take home the bronze medal on a 165.2.
There was a moment of tension in the final veterinary inspection of the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships when overnight second-placed CH-J* horse, Indie, was sent to the hold box, but upon reinspection he was accepted and will move forward to show jumping with Sloane Pierpont representing Area II.
Mojo (ridden by Sophie Tice) for Area VI was also sent to the hold box, but passed upon reinspection.
In the CICOY2*, Emily Thompson’s Canadian Team mount Paddington was held, but was also accepted after his second presentation to the Ground Jury.
Tamra Smith rode Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal clear around the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* cross-country track with 10.4 time faults, and still managed to maintain their overnight lead. The 8-year-old Holsteiner mare by Riverman and out of Marisol had scored a 42.6 in dressage yesterday, claiming an eight point lead over the second-placed pair, so she had some room to spare, and Smith chose to run the horse a bit slow and take her time on course today.
The USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event divisions wrapped up with show jumping today at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. The USEA Classic Series offers competitors the opportunity to compete in the traditional long-format of three-day-eventing, and The Event at Rebecca Farm hosts Novice and Training Three-Day divisions, allowing a unique experience for competitors.