All 32 horse-and-rider combinations were accepted this morning at the 2017 Great Meadow International, Presented by Adequan® first horse inspection, including the four pairs representing the United States in the FEI Nations Cup™ this weekend.
Teams from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain will compete this weekend in the only leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ held on North American soil.
The final team for the United States will include Jennie Brannigan and Nina Gardner’s Cambalda (Balda Beau x Cathy’s Lady), a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Phillip Dutton and Kristine and John Norton’s I’m Sew Ready (Lupicor x Jarda), a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Boyd Martin and Gretchen and George Wintersteen, Pierre Colin, and Denise Lahey’s Steady Eddie (Jetball x Tudnela), a 14-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding, and Lynn Symansky and The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s Donner (Gorky Park x Smart Jane), a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Buck Davidson withdrew Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s Copper Beach this morning before the first horse inspection.
Dressage will begin this evening at 5:00 p.m. and continue tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m., show jumping will take place tomorrow evening at 5:00 p.m., and riders will tackle Mike Etherington-Smith’s cross-country course on Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
This has been a difficult decision, but with the current pandemic situation at hand, we feel that this is the correct and ‘common sense’ direction to take. We are developing a plan to host a shorter, smaller, and more focused competition. We will be using state and local protocols to help guide us through this. Safety is paramount at Rebecca Farm, for both equine and human participants.