Jul 25, 2022

Alliston and Halliday-Sharp Ride to Big Wins in Rebecca Farm

Liz Halliday Sharp and Miks Master C. Shannon Brinkman Photo

Riding four horses and winning both the Horse Scout Design CCI4*-S and CCI3*-L, Liz Halliday-Sharp locked in big wins during the final round in show jumping during the 21st running of The Event at Rebecca Farm.

“I really believe this is one of the best events in the whole world,” said Halliday-Sharp of her affection for Rebecca Farm. “We had a fantastic, legit show jumping track today, the cross-country was really great and it’s worth the travel.”

James Alliston and Nemesis. Shannon Brinkman Photo
James Alliston and Nemesis. Shannon Brinkman Photo

James Alliston came in for the repeat win (from 2021) in the Horse Scout Design CCI4*-L, this time on the “other brown horse,” Nemesis, the 8-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding out of Novalis and owned by Alliston Equestrian. “He just has an intelligence about everything he does,” said Alliston of his up and comer. The duo were the only four-star in either division to ride a double clean round in show jumping on the final day.

Alyssa Phillips on her own ride, 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Oskar (Coriando x Nicole) made the trek from the East Coast for a second place finish, and Dani Sussman on her own 11-year-old Argentine Silla gelding Jos Bravio (Jos Fapillon x Remonta Guinea II) rounded out the division in third.

Halliday-Sharp rode into first-place in the Horse Scout Design CCI4*-S on her new pairing with the 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding Miks Master C (Mighty Magic x Qui Luma CBF) owned by Ocala Horse Properties and Deborah Palmer. Only months in on their partnership, she is not hesitant in saying he is one of the best horses she’s sat on her in her life and the potential for them is sky high.

Tami Smith nabbed both second and third, on Solaguayre California (Casparo x Solaguayre Calandria) an 11-year-old Argentine Sport Horse mare owned by Julianne Guariglia and Danito owned by Ruth Bley respectively. Her longtime ride, Danito (Dancier x Wie Musik) a 13-year-old Hanoverian, showed that he is ready for the action after being sidelined with an injury, and that he “Show jumped beautifully today and feels like a five-star horse.” On her second place with Solaguarye, Smith said that while she’s “spicy” she can always count on her to perform and makes it worth the daily torture she provides her rides!

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Nutcracker. Shannon Brinkman Photo
Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Nutcracker. Shannon Brinkman Photo

In the CCI3*-L Halliday-Sharp on the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Nutcracker (Tolant R x Ballyshan Cleopatra) owned by Deborah Halliday, Renee Lane, Ocala Horse Properties and Halliday-Sharp, finished on their dressage score of 29.4. Meg Pellegrini, the 17-year-old from Wayne, Penn., showed her long-time partnership with her own 17-year-old Holsteiner gelding RF Eloquence "Bobby" (Contender x Ginger), is paying off. When asked what she would tell others on the East Coast about attending The Event, her advice was simple, “Just come, you won’t regret it.” Pellegrini also walked away with this year’s Guinness Award for the top-placing young rider at The Event. James Alliston and Monkey, owned by Golly Martin, took third.

Kerry Groot. Shannon Brinkman Photo
Kerry Groot. Shannon Brinkman Photo

Topping the CCI3*-S was another double-placing finisher, waving the Canadian flag, Kerry Groot. Groot and her rider-owned, Borasco (Bravo x Fanja) a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, finished at 43.9 on their cross country score. Lucienne Bellissimo on Horse Scout Eventing’s 10-year-old Trakehner mare Tremanton (Grafenstolz x Trevia) placed second and 19-year old Taylor McFall took third on Stoneman "Stoney" (Grindstone x Smiler) an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Cheron Laboissonniere.

Chris Talley and Loughtown Cici ZA. Shannon Brinkman Photo
Chris Talley and Loughtown Cici ZA. Shannon Brinkman Photo

The CCI2*-L division had Virginian Chris Talley claiming first and third. "I tried to ride each of them as individuals and to the best that I could ride them, and I think that happened today. They answered with everything they had." said Talley. Talley and his own 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare Loughtown Cici ZA (CC Captain Clover x Castlelawn Diamond Clover) took first followed by Kerry Groot and her own 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding Super Nova (Bravo x Phaedra). Talley’s 6-year-old Oldenburg gelding Rappahannock (Rosenthal x Sunny Dey) owned by Lynn Berry, locked in third.

Dec 01, 2022 Convention

Rebecca Farm Returns as Gold Sponsor of the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention

The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is pleased to announce the renewed partnership with Rebecca Farm, as they return as a Gold Level Sponsor of the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention and the Official Sponsor of the Annual Meeting continental breakfast. The 2022 Annual Meeting & Convention will take place next week on December 7-11 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.

Dec 01, 2022 Convention

USEA Announces Event Riders and Officials Town Hall at Convention

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that the Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERAofNA) and Eventing Licensed Officials Committee (ELOC) will be hosting a very special Town Hall forum at the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention next week. This year’s Annual Meeting and Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Hotel in Savannah, Georgia across December 7-11, and will also include the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame gala and celebration.

Nov 30, 2022 Classic Series

2022 USEA Classic Series Season Comes to a Close at Ram Tap

In the final USEA Classic Series event of 2022, three horse and rider pairs rode their way to the top of the podium in the Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice 3-Day divisions offered during the Ram Tap Horse Park Horse Trials which took place November 18-20 in Fresno, California.

Nov 29, 2022 Eventing News

US Equestrian Announces Bid Allocation for Week 10 of the 2023-2027 U.S. Eventing Calendar

US Equestrian opened a bid process for one event to host the Advanced level in Area 3 on Week 10 for 2023-2027 due to an event cancellation. The bid process was conducted in accordance with the 2023-2027 U.S. Eventing Calendar CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, & Advanced Policies and Procedures. The USEF Eventing Strategic Calendar Review Task Force made recommendations to the USEF Eventing Sport Committee who made recommendations for final approval by the USEF Board of Directors.

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