No one could top Sandra Auffarth and Dörthe Loheit and Marina Köhncke’s 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding Let’s Dance 73’s (Lancer II x Stella VIII) score of 24.9 from yesterday’s dressage competition at the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L, but British rider Laura Collett and London 52 (Landos x Vernante) came the closest. Collett and her own, Keith Scott, and Karen Bartlett’s 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding laid down a 26.0 for third place heading into tomorrow’s cross-country competition. The pair were winners earlier this year in the Chatsworth CCI4*-S.
Fellow Brit Sarah Bullimore and Corouet (Balou du Rouet x Lilly Corinne), her own, Brett Bullimore, and the Kew Jumping Syndicate’s 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding, were the only other pair to break into the top 10 today, scoring a 26.5 to sit tied for sixth place with Michael Jung and Mitt Hjärta Hästsport and Hälsocenter’s Creevagh Cooley (Camiro de Haar Z x Darragh Field), an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare.
Tamra Smith and Mai Baum (Loredano x Ramira), Eric Markell and Ellen and Alex Ahearn's 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding, now sit in eight place on their score of 26.7. Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois, the Stella Artois Syndicate's 11-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare, are in 31st on 31.3 and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal), The Monster Partnership's 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, lie in a four-way tie for 39th on 31.7.
Team reserve rider Matt Flynn and Patrick and Kathleen Flynn and Merry Go Round Farm's 10-year-old KWPN gelding Wizzerd (Wizzerd x Amai) scored a 32.9 today for 53rd place going into cross-country.
As all FEI Eventing Nations Cup team riders rode yesterday, the team standings from the first day of competition remain unchanged today.
While you’re waiting for tomorrow’s cross-country action to begin, take a tour around the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L cross-country course!
The 21 members of the USEA Board of Governors represent all the different factions of the U.S. eventing community, including professional riders, adult amateurs, owners, organizers, officials, veterinarians, and more. There is a president, one representative for each of the 10 USEA Areas, and the remaining 10 represent the demographics of the sport.
Sired by Zabalu and out of Croftlea Firequeen (by the well-known Irish Sport Horse sire Kingcroft Wicklow), the New Zealand Thoroughbred Flintstar was bred by Raewyn Price at Croftlea Stud in North Canterbury, New Zealand and born in 2000.
The USEA is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Steve Blauner, a valued USET Foundation trustee and longtime owner for U.S. Eventing Team High Performance Athletes Boyd Martin and Doug Payne.
To all of the enthusiastic equestrians out there, five-star eventer Sara Gumbiner says, “dream even bigger.” Aboard her longtime partner Polaris (Brandenburg’s Windstar x North River Lady), Gumbiner has transitioned from daring young rider to bold international competitor. Fueled by hard work, a great support system, and a knack for ending up exactly where she should, Gumbiner went from competing in her first recognized event to her first Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5* in just eight years.