Area II is leaving their mark on the 2018 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. this week. Leading after the dressage phase in both the CCIJ1* and the CICOY2* divisions, Area II is still positioned in gold medal contention in both championships after today's cross-country. After Area II set the pace in the CICOY2* cross-country this morning, the CCIJ1* team put the pressure on themselves, and managed to hold onto their overnight lead with four clear rounds, just adding a little bit of time to three of their scores, holding a combined score of 101.2 heading into the final day of competition.
It was an uphill battle for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team, however, their perseverance earned them a fourth place at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup CICO3* Aachen. Led by Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander, the U.S. team comprised of Will Coleman riding OBOS O’Reilly, Buck Davidson riding Carlevo, Lauren Kieffer riding Landmark’s Monte Carlo, and Kim Severson riding Cooley Cross Border ended on a score of 189.1. New Zealand earned gold with a score of 112.9 ahead of France and New Zealand, who won silver and bronze respectively.
While overnight individual leaders Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz jumped double clear around cross-country to maintain their lead, Area II remained on top of the team leaderboard in the CICOY2*. Ryan Keefe, Tayler Stewart and Alexa Lapp galloped around Ian Stark’s cross-country course without fault, laying down three double clear rounds for the Area II team, keeping them in gold medal contention heading into show jumping tomorrow.
The scores are tight at the top in the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* division at Rebecca Farm, but it’s Sandro’s Star and Chris Talley who came out in the pole position after the dressage phase. Scoring a 29.3, Talley was able to put himself and Hannah Salazar’s 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Sagnol x Poetic Patter) in first place position heading into tomorrow’s cross-country phase.
Not only did Area II take the top spot in the CICOY2* division yesterday at the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), but the Area II CCIJ1* team danced in and out of the dressage arena seamlessly today to take the lead in their own division, declaring that Area II teams are here to win. The CICOY2* division is set up for riders aged 21 and under while the CCIJ1* division sees riders aged 18 and under. The Area II CICOY2* team leads after dressage on a combined score of 97.9 while the Area II CCIJ1* team now sits in gold medal position on a 95.6.
German is lying in first place with 79.40 minus points, ahead of France (90.90) and New Zealand (92.50). Julia Krajewski with Samourai du Thot (22.50), Ingrid Klimke with SAP Hale Bob OLD (26.10), Kai Rüder with Colani Sunrise (30.80), and Andreas Dibowski with FRH Corrida (58.10) already took the lead after the dressage and they are holding onto it after the jumping too.
The United States Eventing Association's (USEA) Eventing Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to honor the accomplishments, contributions, and dedication of members of the eventing community who have truly made a difference to the sport. Induction into the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame is U.S. eventing's highest honor and recipients include past Association presidents, volunteers, riders, founding fathers, course designers, officials, organizers, horses, horse owners, and coaches.
The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team will contest their third Nations Cup of 2018, the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ CICO3* Aachen at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen. Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander will lead Will Coleman riding OBOS O'Reilly, Buck Davidson riding Carlevo, Lauren Kieffer riding Landmark's Monte Carlo, and Kim Severson riding Cooley Cross Border in the competition from July 19-21.
The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team horses all passed the veterinary inspection and are ready to compete in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup CICO3* at CHIO Aachen beginning tomorrow with dressage at 2:30 a.m. ET.
Meet the Team
The 2018 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) may be at the two-star level for riders under 21, but Area II brought a quartet of impressive three- and four-star horses to take on the CICOY2*. The four riders have developed solid relationships with their partners and rose to the occasion to lead the field of three teams and 19 individual riders after dressage on a 97.9. The combined team of Areas I/IV/VIII is close behind on a collective score of 101.8 and Area VI rounds out the three teams on a joint score of 113.2 heading into the cross-country phase on Saturday.
The Indiana Eventing Association (IEA) Horse Trials take place once a year in early June at Hoosier Horse Park (HHP) in Edinburgh, Indianan (Area VIII) offering Starter through Intermediate/Preliminary levels and USEA Classic Series Novice and Training Three-Day divisions. The cross-country course is open year-round for schooling and the Horse Park hosts schooling shows, combined tests, breed shows, rodeos, barrel racing, Pony Club rallies, and combined driving events.
It was a full day of horse inspections in Big Sky Montana at The Event at Rebecca Farm. The day began with the USEA Classic Series Novice and Training Three-Day divisions, followed by the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) inspections, and then moving into the rest of the FEI divisions. Eleven horses in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* were presented to the Ground Jury of Christina Klingspoor (SWE), Peter Gray (CAN) and Jane Hamlin (USA), and then an additional 12 horses in the CCI3* division followed.
All but one of the 45 horses presented to the Ground Jury this afternoon at the 2018 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) at The Event at Rebecca Farm will move on to compete after the first horse inspection. This year’s Ground Jury for the NAYC in Kalispell, Mont. consists of Jo Young (CAN), Robert Stevenson (USA), and Judy Hancock (GBR).