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On Friday an impressive group of yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year-olds gathered at Loch Moy Farm to participate in the IDHSNA/USEA Future Event Horse Series. The weather was wonderful, the babies perfectly behaved, and the Maryland Horse Trials volunteers were absolutely great.
The FEH competition was judged by the venerable, Sally Ike, who was also the Technical Delegate for the horse trials. After the competion ended, Sally commented on how impressed she was with the behavior of the horses, especially the yearlings, and what a fine group of horses had been presented that day.
The highest score of the day was awarded to Marsha Spencer's Salute the Captain. The breathtaking chestnut gelding earned scores of eight or above in every catagory the FEH evaluates on. Salute the Captain seemed mature beyond his years as he confidently walked and trotted the triangle for handler, Erin Durst. This is the gelding's third FEH win as he won the yearling class at the Wardeca Horse Trials and the Serra Valley Farm Horse Trials.
The second-place in the yearling class went to Jill Windsor's Skylark W.S. who was not far behind the leader with a score of 80.5. Judge, Sally Ike, said it was a tough decision to make as she loved the "filly's presence."
In the two-year-old division, Sally Shirley's Jackie's Gold Nugget, took top honors with a 74.5. The tall, bay, colt towered above the other FEH entries, but still was an absolute gentelman for his handler.
The three-year-old division was stiff competion. Lauren Seitz's Just About Perfect lived up to her name and put in an almost perfect performance to win the division with an 80.5. The Oldenburg Filly was beautifully presented by her handler. Finishing just one point and a half behind the winner was another filly, Michele Hobson's Hera.
To view the photo gallery from the FEH at Maryland Horse Trials check out the US Eventing Blog or click here.
|1||80.5||Just About Perfect||Lauren Seitz||Lauren Seitz||Oldenburg||Mare||Corlando||Quick Confession|
|2||79||Hera||Michele Hobson||Triton Farm Inc.||Oldenburg||Mare||Heroicity||Electrica|
|3||75||Traveler's Evening Welcome||Sally Shirley||Mary Alice Brown||Thoroughbred/Oldenburg||Gelding||Innkeeper||Volturo's Evening Star|
|4||74||Compass Rose||Katie Ruppel||Katie Ruppel||Trakehner/Hanoverian||Mare||Feuertanzer||Solid Gold|
|5||72.5||Highwayman||Michele Hobson||Triton Farm, Inc.||Swedish Warmblood||Gelding||Hold Up Premier||Galays Impala|
|1||74.5||Jackie's Gold Nugget||Sally Shirley||Mary Alice Brown||Thoroughbred||Gelding||Aaron's Gold||Jackie|
|1||81.75||Salute the Captain||Erin Durst||Marsha Spencer||Thoroughbred||Gelding||Salute the Truth||Pippi Highstockings|
|2||80.4||Skylark W.S.||Jill Windsor||Jill Windsor||Oldenburg||Filly||Sinatra Song||Rockette|
|3||77.75||Redshift||Heidi Brueckner||Heidi Brueckner||Thoroughbred/Holsteiner||Gelding||Reno||Big Hearted Lady|
|4||74||Lonesome Irish Dawn||Julie Lane||Julie Lane||Irish Sport Horse||Filly||Irish Holiday||Lars Betsy|
|5||68||Finleigh||Sarah Watkins||Sarah Watkins||Irish Draught Sport Horse||Colt||It's The Luck of the Irish||Jezebel II|