Jun 12, 2022

A New Leader Emerges in CCI3*-S at Aspen Farms Following Show Jumping

By Chesna Klimek - Edited Press Release
Sophie Click and Tarantino 54. Cortney Drake photo.

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!"

Jun 30, 2022 Education

Pressure Proof with Daniel Stewart: The Quickie Plan

Last month we began a four-part series on mental preparation and the many kinds of pre-ride routines you can perform to control your emotions so they don’t take control of you. If you recall, the purpose of these routines is to give your brain the perception of predictability and control because as soon as your brain loses these it senses threat and stress which weakens your confidence and strengthens your jitters and fears.

Jun 29, 2022 Eventing News

USEA President Max Corcoran Appointed USEF Eventing Elite Program and Team Facilitator

On May 1, 2022, Max Corcoran was appointed as the Eventing Elite Program and Team Facilitator. In her role, Corcoran will support the areas of communication, logistics, and management of the teams for the Eventing Programs to deliver sustained success at World and Olympic Games level. As the Facilitator, she will work closely with the interim Chef d’Equipe/Team Manager, Bobby Costello, and eventing staff to build solid lines of communication with athletes, grooms, owners, coaches, veterinarians, and all stakeholders linked to the athletes and develop the structures around the Elite Program and senior U.S. Eventing Team.

Jun 29, 2022 Education

A Case for Warming Up (and How to Do It Correctly) with Kyle Carter

Imagine: you are at the biggest sporting event of your life. The stakes are high, and you have spent countless hours preparing for it. However, you are expected to just show up and immediately perform. You cannot stretch or take a practice swing. You have no time to loosen up or sharpen your eye. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Just like us, our horses need adequate time to warm up each day. A warmup is any preparation for work, and it is often the leading edge of that work. It is the small aid response that becomes the more advanced aid response.

Jun 28, 2022 Hall of Fame

Newest Invitation to USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame Extended to Trish Gilbert

This year a new class will be joining the 47 eventing legends currently in the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Eventing Hall of Fame. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor awarded within the sport of eventing in the United States. Those invited to join the USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame have truly made a difference in the sport of eventing. Hall of Fame members have included past Association presidents, volunteers, riders, founding fathers, course designers, officials, organizers, horses, horse owners, and coaches

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