All five American riders are safely through to Show Jumping at the FEI World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, after passing the final horse inspection on Sunday morning.
The hard work and dedication of all of Team USA’s grooms was clearly evident - the five horses looked healthy, happy, and beautifully turned out, their coats gleaming in the bright morning sunshine.
The U.S. team are currently in silver medal position and has a strong chance of winning the USA a first team medal at a World Championships since they took gold in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, in 2002. Germany is currently in gold, but less than a show jump ahead of the U.S. Team Great Britain is in bronze - again, with less than the four penalties for a fence down behind America.
Tamie Smith, on a score of 24, is in bronze medal position individually with Alexandra and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell’s 16-year-old German Sport Horse gelding Mai Baum (Loredano 2 x Ramiro), just behind Germany’s Michael Jung and DOKR, Klaus and Sabine Fischer, and Hilmer Meyer-Kulenkampfffischer's 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding FischerChipmunk FRH (Contendro I x Havanna) on a score of 18.8. Young British rider Yasmin Ingham and Janette Chinn and Sue Davies' 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding Banzai du Loir (Nouma D'auzay x Gerboise du Cochet) sit in third on a score of 23.2. Close behind is Boyd Martin in sixth with a score of 26.2 aboard Thomas and Tommie Turner’s 15-year-old Trakehner gelding Tsetserleg TSF (Windfall x Thabana).
Will Coleman is in 11th place going into Show Jumping with a score of 27.2 with the Off the Record Syndicate's 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Off The Record (VDL Arkansas x Drumogoland Bay). He is followed by Ariel Grald in 18th on a score of 32.5 with Annie Elridge’s 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Leamore Master Plan (Master IMP IHR x Ardragh Bash), and Lauren Nicholson in 19th with Jacqueline Mars’ 15-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding Vermiculus (Sazeram x Wake Me Gently) on a score of 32.7 - a slight adjustment to Saturday night’s placings, as Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy and Fallulah, the thirteen-year-old Westfalian mare (Fidertanz 2 x Devona, by Di Versace) owned by Amanda and Nicholas Boyle, Di Brunsden, Peter Cattel, and McCarthy, was originally given 11 penalties on the scoresheet for a broken frangible device, which was later removed, and means he is currently in 17th place.
The Show Jumping for the top 25 of the remaining 72 competitors starts at 2:30 p.m. Italian time. Four horses were withdrawn overnight - Japanese rider, Ryuzo Kitajima and Cekatinka JRA who were in 34th place, Danish rider Hanne Wind Raamsgard and his own 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Amequ Torino who were in the 50th position on the leaderboard, Polish rider Jan Kiminski and Marcin Kaminski's 12-year-old Polish Sport Horse gelding, Jard who sat in 61st, and The Netherlands' Jordy Wilken and the 16-year-old KWPN gelding, Burry Spirit owned by J. Wilken who sat in 69th.
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The USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is an event that many USEA members look forward to year after year to catch up with their fellow eventing enthusiasts and stay up to date on all the latest work happening on the USEA Committees and Task Forces, but there’s so much more to explore. The educational opportunities offered at this year’s Convention, which takes place on Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, are endless and afford members with the opportunity to expand their horizons through a full schedule of seminars and events. Plus, each day of the Convention counts as one ECP Continuing Education credit for those in attendance!
Each year every member of the USEA receives a nomination ballot to submit nominees to the Board of Governors and during the Annual Meeting of Members, all members are invited to vote for those individuals nominated to serve. All members receive a proxy to vote for their chosen representatives for those unable to attend the Annual Meeting of Members. The only restriction for Board membership is that they must be USEA members. There are 10 positions representing each Area of the country and 11 at-large positions with no other restrictions.
Effective Dec. 1, 2023, USEF rule EV145.8 will require, whenever possible, new cross-country obstacles (for which frangible devices are appropriate) to be constructed with FEI approved frangible technology for the Training level and above (previously it was Modified and above).
The Ram Tap Horse Park Horse Trials hosted the final USEA Classic Series Event of the year this past weekend in Fresno, California. The event offered three traditional long-format divisions at the Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training levels. Meet the final USEA Classic Series champions of 2024 below.