A relentless rain didn’t put a damper on the first horse inspection at the 2019 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day Event in Elkton, Md. The CCI3*-L presented first in front of the ground jury of Helen Brettell (GBR) and Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride (USA) and all 62 horses were accepted to start the competition. C Me Fly ridden by Colleen Rutledge and Jos UFO De Quidam ridden by Heather Jane Morris were both sent to the hold, but were accepted upon reinspection. Lasse 73 ridden by Jennifer Salinger was asked to jog twice, but was accepted after the second pass down the lane.
The 47 CCI4*-L horses got the worst of the rain, but the ground jury of Martin Plewa (GER), Angela Tucker (GBR), and Robert Stevenson (USA) accepted them all upon inspection. The only horse in the division sent to the hold was Early Review ridden by Sydney Solomon, but she was accepted after a second look.
Will Faudree and FRH Ramona will be the first pair down centerline tomorrow in the CCI3*-L. The CCI4*-L dressage starts tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. with Clayton Fredericks and FE Stormtrooper. The USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships dressage and conformation phases get underway at 7:44 a.m. YEH ride times are available here.
"No matter how old you are, be open to all disciplines, learn how to ride a dressage horse, a gaited horse, a show jumper. Go fox hunting and point-to-pointing and horse showing. You’ll learn from all of them and when you do decide which discipline you want to do, you’ll be better at it anyway.”
The University of Findlay’s Three-Day Eventing Team was established in 2013, the same year USEA voted and approved the USEA intercollegiate program. The UF team has over 30 members encompassing a variety of majors at the university. The team has access to two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena, and 70 acres of on-site cross-country fences.
Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.