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!"
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has made five rule changes which will go into effect October 1, 2023. Familiarize yourself with these rule changes below to make sure you are in compliance before heading out for your next event.
With the goal of creating a pathway for young horses in the U.S. and participants of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, earlier this year the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USEA joined forces to launch the USEF/USEA Developing Horse Eventing National Championships for 6- and 7-year-olds.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that Gina, owned by Corwin Sport Horses, LLC, is the likely recipient of the 2023 Holekamp/Turner Grant and The Dutta Corp. prize. Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) is a 7-year-old Hanoverian mare ridden by Chris Talley and was bred by Hartwig Von Holten in Germany.
At the August USEA Board of Governors meeting, a proposition was brought forth to officially recognize what is commonly referred to as “Starter level” as a USEA division. For many years now, Starter level has been offered as a test at USEA approved events. The decision to recognize the level officially would allow those competing in Starter level divisions to receive recognition on the USEA Leaderboards and to compete at the Starter level at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) in the future. The motion was approved to recognize this level, and the USEA staff have been hard at work preparing all of the rules, guidelines, and standards that will go along with this level’s recognition for the 2024 season.