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.

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Beshear Comes from Behind to Win CCI3*-S at Virginia Horse Center Eventing

Competition wrapped up Sunday to cap off a highly successful weekend at the Virginia Horse Center Eventing horse trials. All remaining divisions completed their competition weekend, with some finishing on show jumping and others concluding with cross-country. The FEI long-format division champions were also crowned, as well as a slew of other award winners for their efforts over the weekend.

May 28, 2024 Eventing News

USEF Announces Defender U.S. Eventing Team for 2024 FEI Eventing Nations Cup Ireland CCIO4*-NC-S

The United States Equestrian Federation has announced the athlete-and-horse combinations who will represent the Defender U.S. Eventing Team at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Ireland CCIO4*-NC-S at the Millstreet International Horse Trials in County Cork, Ireland, May 29-June 2. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Leslie Law.

May 28, 2024 Competitions

Spokane Sport Horse Farms 9th Annual Spring Horse Trials Recap

First of all, thank you to everyone who put in effort and time to make the Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. held May 16-19 one of the best events yet! Thank you for choosing Spokane Sport Horse Farm (SSHF) as a venue to event. As a SSHF team, we truly feel that this was one of the smoothest, most enjoyable, and fun events to date. We had incredible volunteers, officials, competitors, and enjoyable weather on Saturday and Sunday.

May 28, 2024 Competitions

Woodside Spring Horse Trials Spotlight Development of Eventing’s Future Stars

The Horse Park at Woodside created a five-star atmosphere for the inaugural Laughing Monk Modified Match that took place at the 2024 Woodside Spring Horse Trials. The goal of the Modified Match was to spotlight the Modified level that was introduced to competition at The Horse Park in 2023 and has made a significant impact on the progression of eventing’s rising stars since the level was introduced to the sport in 2017.

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