Sophie Click and her 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding Tarantino 54 (Quattro B x Los Argentina) delivered a double clear show jump round in the Tack Room Too Arena at Aspen Farms Horse Trials in Yelm, Washington to move from second to first in the CCI3*-S.
"He's green, so every outing I think I learn a little more," said Click, who transitioned Tarantino to his eventing debut in 2020. "He was outstanding today. I'm very happy with him."
Looking ahead to cross-country, Click's primary focus is on producing a confident run.
"Ultimately, he is green," she said. "I would rather him jump all the jumps and feel really good about it than be super quick. I want it to be a confident run for him, and I will do my best to do that."
In the CCI3*-S, Marc Grandia and the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding Campari FFF (Camiros x Tanner), owned by Team Rebecca LLC, moved up to second and Kayleen Crowley and Patricia Crowley's 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding Whiskey Up (Worthy Opponent x Travita) moved up to third, both thanks to double clear show jump rounds.
In the CCI2*-S, Karen O'Neal and Annika Asling's 8-year-old Westphalian gelding Clooney 14 (Captain Jack x Zauberfee) delivered a clear round to hold on to the overnight lead on a score of 26.4.
"He was very good out there," said O'Neal. "He was listening and was super rideable. All the distances came up easily. I had to go out a little on the strides as his stride is so big. He was brave; he was confident; he jumped with power."
In Open Intermediate, Stephanie Cooper and her 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Sketchy Past (Cahill Road x Anazeha) had one rail but held their overnight lead on a score of 36.2. "Show jumping is not my best phase," said Cooper. "But it was a good ride today. I had good help. It's an awesome show."
Cooper feels confident going into cross-country despite the wet conditions. "The course looks fantastic," she said. "They made the footing so good--no concerns. It's going to be a great day!"
Tommy Greengard and the 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Leonardo Diterma (Gullet HBC x Gracie Terma), owned by Andrea Pfeiffer, jumped clear with just one time fault to hold their lead in Open Preliminary.
In Preliminary Rider, Amy Haugen and her 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding Ebenholtz (Ehrentusch x Levantine) maintained the lead on their dressage score 0f 25.3. "I feel lucky to have such a good horse," said Haugen. "He is honest in all three phases, but I think show jumping is his favorite. He saved me on a couple of sketchy distances. It was a really fun course. He felt great."
"I tend to go slow," said Haugen regarding their chances on tomorrow's cross-country course. "It's our second Preliminary back after having time off having a couple of babies. I'm getting my nerve back. It looks like a lot of fun. I hope I do him proud tomorrow!"
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When super groom Max Corcoran mentioned in 2005 that it would be fun to participate in a USEA Classic Series event, her employer and eventing legend Karen O’Connor took that to heart. “I did a lot of grooming for the classic format when Kentucky and all those other competitions were proper long format,” Corcoran shared. “When Gretchen [Butts] started offering the Classic Series at Waredaca [Gaithersburg, Maryland,] she asked if I would come up and do some lectures to help people understand what the 10-minute box was and how to pack for it. I did that a few times and said to Karen, ‘Man, it would be so fun to do one of these.’ And so Karen's like, 'You want to do one? Yeah, you're gonna do one next year.'”
Has this horse quality? The answer is definitely yes. This first impression is so important. As a selector for the Goresbridge Go for Gold Event horse sale, I have an abbreviation ‘GPO’ which stands for "Good Pull Out." It means that the first look prompts the potential client the need to bring the horse out of his box for a further look.