All 44 horse-and-rider combinations in the CCI2* and CCI3* divisions were accepted this afternoon at the first horse inspection of the 2018 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event.
The CCI2* ground jury of Mark Weissbecker (USA) and Robert Stevenson (USA) passed all 18 horses upon first inspection. While none of the 26 CCI3* competitors were sent to the hold box, Hawley Bennett-Awad was asked to jog Jollybo twice before the ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Jane Hamlin (USA), and Gretchen Butts (USA) accepted the pair.
Thursday and Friday will see two days packed full of action in the sandbox, with the CCI divisions kicking things off tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. and the CIC divisions taking their turn after the lunch break, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Ride times will be available here.
This is Captain Mark Phillips' second year designing at Jersey Fresh, and course builder Morgan Rowsell is also the co-designer for the two-star courses. The Jersey Shore water complex has received a complete overhaul and the three-star course will feature 10 new fences, thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Brendan Furlong. Stay tuned for the USEA's course preview.
While you're waiting for the excitement to begin, take a look at the USEA's Fast Facts and view the gallery from today's horse inspection. Don't forget to keep an eye on the USEA website and social media all weekend for coverage of the 2018 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event!
We've been riding the "corona-coaster" for several weeks now, but with the hopeful return to competition on the horizon, Nicole Brown checks in with USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O'Connor for an update on what things will look like as we get back to business.
Like most professionals, I tend to do gridwork for most of the winter, before transitioning to coursework through the competition season. I find this exercise to be a good middle ground exercise as you have a little bit of a gymnastic combined with two easy bending exercises to set you up well for doing courses.
In 1993, Stephen Bradley had something to prove. It was the year after the Barcelona Olympic Games where Bradley had two unexpected refusals at the water complex. “It was very disappointing and a huge learning curve for me,” said Bradley. Little did he know, his path to redemption would result in winning the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) – a victory so great that only two Americans have achieved: Bruce Davidson Sr. in 1974 and Bradley in 1993.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved additional modifications to the USEF Rules For Eventing in accordance with a resolution approved by the Board of Directors to address issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The full listing of rule modifications related to COVID-19 impacts can be viewed by clicking here.