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.
A double clear cross-country round propelled Rebecca Braitling and Arnell Sporthorses' 11-year-old British Sport Horse gelding Caravaggio II (Vangelis-S x Courtesan) to their first blue ribbon together in the CCI4*-Short, and Haley Turner and her own 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Shadow Inspector (Tinaranas Inspector x Caragh Roller) continued their run of sub-30 dressage tests to win the CCI3*-Short at the 2022 Twin Rivers Fall International in Paso Robles, California.
USEA podcast host Nicole Brown chats with Interim Eventing Chef d’Equipe and Team Manager of the U.S. Eventing Team Bobby Costello about the Silver Medal Performance put forward by the U.S. Team at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships.
There is still time to experience the long format of three-day eventing this year, by competing in a fall USEA Classic Series Event! The USEA Classic Series offers long-format eventing at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, and Preliminary levels, and there are still a few left on the fall calendar in various Areas.
This story first appeared in the August 2022 issue of Sidelines Magazine.
I have had many young horses in my time, and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s rarely the perfect, easy baby that becomes the next superstar. In fact, I’ve always considered it a positive to have the well-behaved youngster throw a little bit of attitude my way, as I believe that it takes fight to become a great event horse.