All but one of the 42 horses presented to the ground jury early this morning at the 2018 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) at The Event at Rebecca Farm will continue onto the show jumping phase later this morning.
Both the CCIJ* and the CICOY2* riders presented their horses this morning after an exciting day on Ian Stark’s cross-country courses yesterday. This year’s ground jury for the NAYC in Kalispell, Mont. includes Jo Young (CAN), Robert Stevenson (USA), and Judy Hancock (GBR), and additionally FEI Veterinary Delegate Yves Rossier, and they sent five horses to the hold box in the NAYC inspections.
The tension was high as four horses in the CCIJ1*, Kaala Jaadu, Xyder, Mr. Bojangles and overnight individual leader Dassett Profile were sent to the hold box. Unfortunately, Brianna Maroney’s Kaala Jaadu was not accepted upon reinspection, but the other three horses were. Mr. Candyman was later sent to the hold in the CICOY2* but was accepted upon his second presentation.
Forty-one horses will tackle Chris Barnard’s NAYC show jumping course, as the CCIJ1* kicks things off at 9:45 a.m. (MDT) and the CICOY2* begins at 11:30 a.m.
The first CCI4*-L of 2020 officially got underway this week at Galway Downs International in Temecula, California. It is Boyd Martin and Luke 140, who topped the 12-pair field with a 29.40 from FEI ground jury members Sandy Phillips, Wayne Quarles, and Valerie Vizcarando-Pride.
For over 20 years the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) has been educating all levels of eventing instructors to confirm their knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, upon which they will continue to build throughout their teaching lifetime. The USEA is now shining the spotlight each month on some of the 300 ICP Certified Instructors.
2020 has been a rollercoaster of the year and unfortunately, it didn’t stop with The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old Championships as the jumping/gallop portion of the competition had to be halted today after the first 25 horses due to deteriorating footing and challenging weather conditions.
Many of the country’s best eventing athletes are at the Galway Downs International Event in Southern California this week to compete for the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship. This is the first time this championship has been held on the West Coast, and several horse-and-athlete pairs have made the trip across the country to participate.