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.
The Hylofit USEA Classic Series divisions tackled show jumping under the big Montana sky today at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell. Seventy-nine riders competed across the Novice and Trianing level Classic Series divisions to experience the classic long format of eventing.
Charlotte Babbitt held both individual and team gold medal positions with Area VI after dressage in the CCIJ2*-L at the Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC), but things began to shake up once cross-country began today. Being one of the last riders to head out on course today, Babbitt watched her leading team start to crumble.
When overnight leader William Kidwell set out on Ian Stark’s CCIY3*-L cross-country course this morning, he knew it was going to be a forward, galloping track, but then he quickly realized Stark had setup some tricky questions that made him sit back and respect the combinations a bit more.
The Hylofit USEA Classic Series provides the opportunity for those who want to experience the classic long format of three-day eventing at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels. Each Hylofit USEA Classic Series offers a unique window into the glory days of eventing with roads and tracks and steeplechase completing endurance day.
Area VI stormed into the arena today in the Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC), demanding all eyes on them. Forty-eight horses representing all 10 USEA Areas as well as two Canadian teams dazzled the judges in the CCIJ2*-L at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont., but Area VI declared that they came with one main objective: to win gold. The team finished the day with an impressive cumulative score of 76.2, holding an 11.6 point margin ahead of the second-place team.
Each summer Ian Stark designs a big, bold, brush-filled course for the riders to tackle at The Event at Rebecca Farm and this year is no different. In his eighth year of designing in Kalispell, Montana, Stark has set out 25 numbered questions for the CCI4*-L over approximately 6,000 meters and 20 numbered questions for the CCI4*-S over approximately 3,900 meters.
The 2019 Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC) kicked off today with dressage in the CCIY3*-S division, open to qualified riders aged 21 and under. This is the third time the NAYC has been hosted at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. and this year, and sixty-one horses across both the junior and young rider divisions turned up for their chance to win young rider glory.