Elkton, Md.—Oct. 20—In the USEF Eventing CCI3*-L National Championship, Caroline Pamacku and HSH Connor (Connor 48 x Galwaybay Merstona) saved the best for last, taking over the lead as the last combination in the division, earning a 25.4 for a significant lead heading into the cross-country phase tomorrow. Lauren Nicholson, yesterday's leader on Landmark's Jungle Gold, piloted her second mount, Larcot Z, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding (l'Arc de Triomphe x Kocote de la Londe) owned by Jacqueline Mars, to a strong score of 28.2 for second place. Taren Hoffos, who came from California with Regalla, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare (Sir Donnerhall x Rubiera) owned by Carolyn Hoffos, round out the top three after the conclusion of today, on a 28.6.
Watch Pamukcu's dressage test via USEF Network:
Pamukcu and the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, who she owns along with Sherrie Martin and Luann McElduff, competed at the 6-year-old young horse championships at Le Lion in France last year.
"He's still young; it's a big ask for him with all the atmosphere in the cross-country, but we think the world of him. We've had him since the baby," she said.
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United States Eventing Association (USEA) members at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention were in for a treat on Friday as the U.S. Eventing Team was on hand to discuss their accomplishments this year at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.
“Test the best without hurting the rest,” said show jumping course designer Chris Barnard as he and fellow designer Marc Donovan led a lively discussion for nearly 50 participants at the Show Jumping Seminar on the first day of the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
This afternoon, USEA President Louise “Lou” Leslie welcomed U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors members, USEA staff, and USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees to the first of two Board meetings which will take place during this year’s Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, with the teaser that 2024 is going to be full of initiatives for more opportunities to access the eventing experience, some of which attendees might get first wind of during this year’s gathering. The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Welcome to the Show Me state and to Area IV USEA members! The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks of tomorrow and features four full days of educational seminars, committee meetings, and social gatherings all with one aim—to bring the eventing community together to continue to improve upon and celebrate the sport that we all love. This year’s Convention takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis from Dec. 7-10, and we have rounded up everything you need to know to make the most of your time in the heartland.