Buck Davidson and Carlevo were the last pair to canter into the show jumping arena in the Advanced division at the Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International and while they had been sitting in second overnight the win was in their grasp – they just needed to keep all the rails up. A few rails were rattled, but none came down so Carlevo, the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Eurocommerce Caresino x Ramatuelle) owned by Carlevo LLC, won the division.
“I feel really confident with him now in all three phases,” said Davidson. “I have a plan and he is fairly confirmed in that plan. I know exactly what I want to do in the dressage, I know exactly what I want to do in the cross-country, and I know exactly what I want to do for the show jumping and schooling at home. He feels really strong and fit and hoping that we keep him in one piece until we get to the big day.”
Davidson has Carlevo entered in the Kentucky Three-Day Event, where he finished in 20th place last year, but his owner is also interested in taking him to Europe so Luhmuhlen may be the plan instead.
Matthew Flynn added 1.6 time penalties on the show jumping, but still moved up a spot to second with Wizzerd, the 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Wizzerd x Amai) owned by the rider, Kathleen Flynn, A. Patrick Flynn, and Merry Go Round Farm.
Rounding out the top three was Advanced debutant, Alexa Lapp, riding Tim and Nina Gardner’s experienced campaigner, Cambalda. The 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Balda Beau x Cathys Lady) jumped a picture-perfect clear round.
The 2020 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships kicked off today at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland following the successful completion of the FEH Central Championships at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas this past Thursday. Twenty-three horses were presented today to Championship judges Robin Walker and Susan Graham White – four in the FEH East Coast 4-year-old Championship and 18 in the FEH East Coast 3-year-old Championship.
After a rainy night, the footing for the FEI cross-country drained nicely and held up well throughout the morning. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp held on to her overnight lead aboard Fernhill By Night and added 4.8 time faults to her double clear show jumping round to take home the win in the CCI4*-S. Not one rider was able to make it through the finish flags within the time allowed, but the top 28 had no jumping penalties.
The CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S divisions were able to complete their show jumping before the torrential rain interrupted the competition for the CCI2*-S division.
The 2020 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Future Event Horse (FEH) Central Championships took place yesterday, September 24 at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas. With four new champions crowned, this marked one of the first USEA Championships to be held in 2020. Jayne Lloyd, the organizer of the Championships shared, “Everyone had a nice day with their youngsters. The quality of horses is getting better and better. Haras [Hacienda] is a lovely facility to put this on – great stabling, great footing, all indoor because we’ve had some bad weather the past few days. But overall, I think it all went really well.”