The Adequan/USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge Temecula showcased young and upcoming talent on a competitive day of cross country on a beautiful fall California day. Three competitors contested the CCI3*-L track, while six moved forward from dressage to take on the CCI2*-L. Competition will conclude tomorrow, following the second horse inspection at 8:00 a.m., with stadium beginning at 10:00 a.m. PST for the CCI3*-L and 1:00 p.m. PST for the CCI2*-L.
In the CCI3*-L, Audrey Sanborn (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and her own OBOS Quality Time, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, maintained their stronghold on third place after their trip around the CCI3*-L cross country course, designed by Clayton Fredericks (AUS). The duo added just 2.4 time to their dressage score to sit on a 33.3 moving into the final phase. Madison Temkin (Sebastopol, Calif.) and her own MVP MadBum, an eight-year-old Thoroughbred mare, shot up the leaderboard following their precise double-clear trip around the track. The pair finished nearly 11 seconds under the optimum time and had plenty of run left after they crossed through the finish. The pair will contest the jumping phase tomorrow on their dressage score of 35.8 and currently hold the fifth-place position in the division. The overnight leaders, Haley Turner (Alamo, Calif.) and Shadow Inspector, her own 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, unfortunately parted ways at the second to last fence on course, which resulted in elimination.
The CCI2*-L saw all six YTC competitors take to the course, with three combinations securing a double clear effort on the day. Harper Click (Fall City, Wash.) and Rubia, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Amy Click currently lead the YTC competitors, producing a double-clear trip, look ahead to the final phase as they move forward on a 30.3. Abigail Cochran (Bellevue, Wash.) and Mixologeigh, a nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Hope Cochran, rode to a fast clear, moving them up the leaderboard a, where they currently hold fifteenth place. Eliana Thompson (Renton, Wash.) and Surelock, an eight-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, dashed through the track and were the third combination to finish under the optimum time. The pair finished on a 34.9 and currently sit in twentieth.
Maeson Messmer (Woodinville, Wash.) and her own Gamblin on Jack, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, crossed through the finish with 13.2 time penalties to complete their second phase on a 49.3. Pip Hayes (Plymouth, Calif.) and So Cool, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, ran into a bit of trouble on course and picked up 20 penalties and 3.2 time to finish the day on a 55.7. Kayla Dumler (Enumclaw, Wash.) and Faramir toughed out a tough day around the CCI2*-L track but battled through to finish for YTC Team 1 on a 71.0.
In the CCI2*-L, YTC Team A, comprised of Click, Messmer, and Thompson will move forward on a combined team total of 114.5, while YTC Team A, featuring Dumler, Hayes, and Cochran, are on a combined team total of 159.7.
Competition will continue tomorrow with the second horse inspection at 8:00 a.m. PST, followed by stadium for the CCI3*-L at 10:00 a.m. PST and 1:00 p.m. PST for the CCI2*-L division, followed by the YTC awards and prize giving ceremony.
Boyd Martin claimed the win aboard Fedarman B on a final score of 29.0 in the CCI4*-L division to claim the CCI4*-L USET Foundation National Championship, adding nothing to their dressage score after two double-clear jumping rounds. In reserve, and the highest-ranked international rider, Colleen Loach and Vermont, the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Van Helsing x Heraldik XX) owned by Peter Barry, also completed their weekend without adding any points, ending on a score of 29.3. Clinching third place honors via double-clear stadium round for a total of 31.0 points was Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley, the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare (Connor 48 x Mytens XX) owned by Lesley Grant-Law, Jackie Brown and Steve Brown.
In 2021, Strides for Equality Equestrian (SEE) and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) established the Ever So Sweet Scholarship which provides a fully-funded opportunity for riders from diverse backgrounds to train with five-star eventing Sara Kozumplik Murphy for one season (winter or summer). The scholarship funds cover full board and training costs for one horse, several lessons per week, housing, a stipend for living expenses, competition fees, and coaching at competitions. During the duration of their working student opportunity, participants learn to manage, care for, and compete horses in an immersive program and will have the opportunity to work as part of the team in all aspects of running a large, competitive barn, in addition to making critical professional connections that would otherwise be unattainable.
Reddick, FL - The organizing committee of the Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. is sad to report that No Limits, Oops a 16-year-old gelding ridden by Aline Briot in the Training Rider division experienced a fall at fence 17 on the cross-country course. The horse received immediate veterinary attention at the fence and was euthanized onsite. Aline Briot was uninjured in the fall.