The Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event kicked off this afternoon at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, N.J. with the first horse inspection for the CCI3*-L and CCI4*-L divisions.
The 17 horses in the CCI3*-L were first to present to the ground jury of Robert Stevenson (USA), Valerie Vizcarrando-Pride (USA), and Janice Conlon (USA). Jos UFO De Quidam (Heather Jane Morris) was the sole horse in the CCI3*-L to be sent to the hold box and was accepted after reinspection.
Following the CCI3*-L, the 18 horses in the CCI4*-L trotted up in front of Ground Jury President Sue Baxter (GBR) and Ground Jury Members Jo Young (CAN) and Wayne Quarles (USA). Both Danger Mouse (Caroline Martin) and Tag (Erin Pullen) were sent to the hold box but passed upon representation.
The CCI-L horses get a break tomorrow while the CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S horses perform their dressage tests. Dressage will begin in the Grand Prix Arena at 8:00 a.m. with two rings running concurrently.
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The 21 members of the USEA Board of Governors represent all the different factions of the U.S. eventing community, including professional riders, adult amateurs, owners, organizers, officials, veterinarians, and more. There is a president, one representative for each of the 10 USEA Areas, and the remaining 10 represent the demographics of the sport.
Sired by Zabalu and out of Croftlea Firequeen (by the well-known Irish Sport Horse sire Kingcroft Wicklow), the New Zealand Thoroughbred Flintstar was bred by Raewyn Price at Croftlea Stud in North Canterbury, New Zealand and born in 2000.
The USEA is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Steve Blauner, a valued USET Foundation trustee and longtime owner for U.S. Eventing Team High Performance Athletes Boyd Martin and Doug Payne.
To all of the enthusiastic equestrians out there, five-star eventer Sara Gumbiner says, “dream even bigger.” Aboard her longtime partner Polaris (Brandenburg’s Windstar x North River Lady), Gumbiner has transitioned from daring young rider to bold international competitor. Fueled by hard work, a great support system, and a knack for ending up exactly where she should, Gumbiner went from competing in her first recognized event to her first Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5* in just eight years.