Emilee Libby very much wanted to protect the Galway Downs International Horse Trials CCI4*-S lead in what would be her biggest win with the 10-year-old Jakobi, and two major distractions didn’t stand in their way.
The Galway Downs International Event starts on Halloween Thursday and ends on time-change Sunday, so there’s likely even more excitement than usual to be had this weekend. So much so that organizer Robert Kellerhouse commissioned a one-minute promotional video to help spread the word.
As the October 15 entry closing date nears for the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, plans are ramping up to make it a season finalé to remember for contenders and fans alike.
Any hope eventers had of keeping Galway Downs as their own Shangri-La got blown away this past year. New, elite competitions let the international dressage community and national hunter/jumper exhibitors in on the fact that the venue in Southern California’s beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Country is an ideal place to excel in and enjoy top sport.
Emilee Libby and Jakobi edged into the CCI4*-S lead with a clear round that was just .40 seconds over a time allowed that caught five of the seven-pair field Saturday afternoon at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials in Temecula, California.
Riding six horses in the Galway Downs International Horse Trials’ CCI3*-S division, Tamra Smith had good odds of taking top ribbons. In fact, she finished one, two, and three, aboard Mai Baum, Danito, and En Vogue, respectively. She was delighted, if a little tired, with all of the horses’ efforts.
Frankie Thieriot-Stutes and Chatwin began their defense of the Galway Downs International Horse Trials title with a win in Thursday evening’s CCI4*-S. Their effortless-looking test put them on a 28.8 score going into the weekend. Emilee Libby and Jakobi stand second on a 32.9 and Tamie Smith and Wembley post third with a 33.1.
A showdown at the Galway corral is shaping up as top eventers prepare for the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, March 29-31, 2019, in Temecula, California.
Competing at Galway Downs, a venue whose motto is “a legend reborn,” James Alliston is a living legend in no need of rebirth. The Northern California-based Brit logged yet another international win with his victory in the CCI2* aboard the Palomino Swedish Warmblood mare, Pandora.
Galway Downs CCI2* leader Jess Hargrave had a good look at Saturday’s cross-country course after a division-winning dressage test Thursday. “It’s big!” she acknowledged. “With a lot of combinations early on. So, this is not going to be a dressage competition!”
For some of the horse and human athletes contending the Galway Downs International Event starting Thursday, November 1, the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may start in Temecula.