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.
Beginning May 17, 2021, USEF will implement new protocols regarding the use of face coverings/masks at USEF-licensed competitions in response to recently updated CDC recommendations. Please click here to access the full amendments to the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan protocols.
Nicole Brown is joined this week by Irish World Equestrian Games silver medalist Sam Watson as they discuss the road to a successful cross-country round. They cover your basic training at home before your event, what you do when you get to the event and are walking the course, warming-up, visualization, and finally how to tackle the course. This podcast is full of words of wisdom from Sam that will keep you listening to the very end so tune in now!
Boyd Martin claimed the CCI4*-L victory at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event riding Luke 140, owned by The Luke 140 Syndicate. California rider Tamra Smith held the lead and second place with Danito and En Vogue, respectively, with the two swapping placings after cross-country, and Martin and Luke 140 maintaining third place through both phases. But two rails down for Danito dropped him to fourth place and En Vogue was relegated to third with three rails down, opening the door for Martin and Luke 140 to clinch the win.
Will Faudree shared the news yesterday that his legendary event horse, Antigua, passed away at the age of 32. In a Facebook post he said:
“I always thought I would have something profound to write. A eulogy that would encapsulate the impact you had on my life. And maybe those words will come. You taught me what a work ethic is, how to think in slow motion and how to just keep going. You laid the foundation for a career I dreamed of as a kid. Thank you will never be enough. I will miss you every day- rest easy my friend.”