Myakka City, Fla.—Nov. 19—Jenny Caras (USA) won the Galati Yacht Sales CCI4*-L at TerraNova on Sunday aboard her go-to horse, Trendy Fernhill (ARS Vivendi x Cruising Girl), an Irish Sport Horse gelding, owned by Elyse Eisenberg. Lucienne Bellissimo (GBR) took second place with Tremanton (Graffentoltz x Trevia), a Thoroughbred-cross mare, owned by Horse Scout Eventing LLC. This was Tremanton's first CCI4*-L.
The two riders chased each other all weekend for the win, which was decided in a nail-biting show jumping round. After Saturday's cross-country, they were 0.2 penalties apart, with Bellissimo holding the lead. The margin didn't change Sunday, but the placings did. Bellissimo finished second with a score of 35.5 after adding .8 time penalties, and Caras' added .4 time penalties to finish on 35.3.
Both Caras and Bellissimo had busy weekends, each with several horses entered. Caras took fourth place in the four-star with her up-and-coming horse, Sommersby (Sergeant Pepper x D'Mademoiselle), a Holsteiner gelding she co-owns with Jerry Hollis. It was only Sommersby's third Advanced competition. Bellissimo won the CCI1*-L division with Duke's Jory (Duke of Heart x Zajora), a 16.2-hand Holsteiner gelding owned by Horse Scout Eventing LLC.
"Because he's such a big boy, at least 17-hands, the doubles and combinations are hard for 'Joey,' " said Caras of Trendy Fernhill. "I definitely thought the triple bar, the two verticals, and the triple at the end of the course were going to be hard for him. But I know what to expect, so I know how to ride him there and help him as best as I can, and he runs as hard as he can. He gives 125 percent, and to have produced him myself is just extra special."
Bellissimo was beaming about Tremanton's performance. "She hadn't yet jumped clear in show jumping at four-star, so today was a real pivotal moment to feel her try that hard in the ring, especially after being such a brave and good girl yesterday on cross-country."
Olympian Will Coleman (USA) placed third with Diabolo (Diarado x Roulett M), a Holsteiner gelding owned by Diabolo Group LLC. Coleman came out strong early in the competition, standing second in dressage on Friday. "Dab," as he calls the horse, was revved up for his stadium course, prancing with gusto when he entered the arena and jumping big through the course. "Dab was feeling very fresh. I think he's excited to be at this amazing facility," said Coleman.
He complimented course designer Marc Donovan, saying, "It was a great track, a typical Marc Donovan course. The beginning allowed you to get into a good rhythm and then built in technicality."
This was Donovan's first time at TerraNova, which he called a "magnificent facility." He said it allowed him to design the kind of course he felt would be a good test for the horses.
"There are some trickier lines," said Donovan. "Some of the bending lines are a little more difficult than I normally am comfortable doing. But I think at this level the horses will be able to handle it. The jumps are beautiful, but they are pretty colorful. The triple combination has a lot of red and white, so at first glance when you come around the turn, there it is, and it's a lot to look at. The line between the liverpool and two verticals is a precise, exacting line, and the horses will have to be on their step."
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United States Eventing Association (USEA) members at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention were in for a treat on Friday as the U.S. Eventing Team was on hand to discuss their accomplishments this year at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.
“Test the best without hurting the rest,” said show jumping course designer Chris Barnard as he and fellow designer Marc Donovan led a lively discussion for nearly 50 participants at the Show Jumping Seminar on the first day of the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
This afternoon, USEA President Louise “Lou” Leslie welcomed U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors members, USEA staff, and USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees to the first of two Board meetings which will take place during this year’s Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, with the teaser that 2024 is going to be full of initiatives for more opportunities to access the eventing experience, some of which attendees might get first wind of during this year’s gathering. The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Welcome to the Show Me state and to Area IV USEA members! The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks of tomorrow and features four full days of educational seminars, committee meetings, and social gatherings all with one aim—to bring the eventing community together to continue to improve upon and celebrate the sport that we all love. This year’s Convention takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis from Dec. 7-10, and we have rounded up everything you need to know to make the most of your time in the heartland.