Just seven pairs managed to put in double clear rounds on Chris Barnard’s CCI4*-S show jumping course today. While the time didn’t prove difficult to make for most, Barnard’s course shook up the leaderboard with some of the top contenders taking down multiple rails.
All 26 horses that completed Michael Etherington-Smith's CCI4*-S cross-country course yesterday presented at the final horse inspection this morning. The ground jury consisting of Robert Stevenson (USA) and Judy Hancock (GBR) accepted all but one horse.
Twenty-eight horses set out on Michael Etherington-Smith’s CCI4*-S cross-country course today, and time was the biggest factor of the day. Only two of the pairs had jumping faults, but every single pair incurred time penalties, with the fastest ride of the day moving up 17 places to take the lead.
“This sport is a journey. You’re always working on making your horses a little better, and that’s all you can do,” said Sharon White who completed dressage in a tie for first place at the Red Hills International Horse Trials today.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) programs have around 30 qualifying competitions each, and youngsters around the country are about to begin their seasons aimed at Championships.
This year’s USEA Annual Meeting & Convention was a special week as the United States Eventing Association (USEA), formerly known as the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA), celebrated its 60th anniversary. It was several days of celebration and education and none of it would have been possible without the support of the many loyal partners of the USEA. Thanks to their generous support, the Convention was a ‘wicked’ good time in the great city of Boston, Massachusetts.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships are being held over the next two weeks. First, the West Coast Championships will be held at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California today on Thursday, September 19.
The 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds has broken all the records, now standing as the largest eventing competition in North American history. The AEC at the Kentucky Horse Park garnered over 1,000 entries, with over 900 starters and none of it would have been possible without the support of the many loyal sponsors.
“It’s been a long ride for me, and a long ride for her,” Jennie Brannigan said after she clinched the win in the CCI4*-L at Rebecca Farm with the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, Stella Artois. Brannigan suffered injury from a fall this spring, which threw a wrench in her competition schedule, so she wasn’t sure if a CCI4*-L competition was in the cards for her this summer.
It’s hard not to get emotional and be excited for Area VIII who just rose to the occasion to claim team gold in the 2019 Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC) in the CCIJ2*-L. Watching their team supporting each other, their coaches and Chef d’Equipe’s shedding tears of joy, and the endless hugs and high-fives all around, one cannot help but to be filled with joy just by being in their presence.
Fifty horses move forward in the Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC) after the final horse inspection this morning. Both the CCIJ2*-L and the CCIY3*-S divisions completed Ian Stark’s cross-country courses yesterday, with 52 horses galloping through the finish flags.