The Galway Downs International Event kicked off this afternoon in Temecula, California with the first horse inspection for the CCI4*-L, CCI3*-L, and CCI2*-L international divisions as well as the Hylofit USEA Classic Series Training Three-Day.
First, the Training Three-Day President of the Ground Jury Amanda Miller (USA) evaluated the 18 horses in the division. Emma Rusank and The Honey Factor were the only pair sent to the hold, but they were passed upon reinspection.
Then, the 13 horses in the CCI3*-L came forward before the ground jury of Jane Hamlin (USA), Robert Stevenson (USA), and Bea di Grazia (USA). All horses were passed upon first inspection.
Jane Hamlin, Robert Stevenson, and Helen Brettell (GBR) inspected the six competitors in the CCI4*-L. All were passed upon first inspection.
Finally, 46 horses were presented to Jane Hamlin, Robert Stevenson, and Helen Brettell for the CCI2*-L. Dana Chase and Chatsworth Veyron were the only pair that did not pass inspection.
Dressage for the Training Three-Day, CCI3*-L, and CCI4*-L begins at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. The CCI2*-L will perform their dressage tests tomorrow starting at 8:00 a.m.
Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamra Smith and Mai Baum and five-star pairs Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin headline a strong Advanced field when Twin Rivers begins an exciting season of eventing competition this weekend.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) programs have around 30 qualifying competitions each, and youngsters around the country are about to begin their seasons aimed at Championships.
As the season begins to turn, the temperature begins to drop, turnout time becomes more limited, schedules shift to accommodate the waning daylight and the possibility for a colicky horse increases. While the exact environmental causes of colic are not well understood, a commonly accepted theory is that any abrupt changes to a horse’s environment or schedule can increase the risk of colic.