Saturday’s endurance phase of the inaugural Gallops Saddlery Training 3 Day Event at Inavale Farm ran extremely well on a beautiful cool sunny morning. Riders, grooms and coaches were well prepared for all phases. Twenty seven competitors finished the day with a clean vet box inspection before and after phase D. Moving up from second place to the lead after the endurance phase is Karyn Rainey riding She’s All Silk, still on her dressage score of 28. In second place with a score of 32.8 is Therese Russell riding Dante’ followed closely by Alexa Wolf riding Kalypso’s Page (owned by Catherine Siegel). Only two rails in show jumping separate the top five riders for Sunday.
The first place winner will receive a Vega monoflap jump saddle from Gallops Saddlery, SmartPak $200 Gift Certificate, Nunn Finer American Style Jumping Boots, FITS $60 Gift Certificate, ProChaps Gift Certificate, and a Stud Bowl with Brass Plate from Gallops Saddlery. Second place will receive Mattes Half Pad from Gallops Saddlery, FITS $60 Gift Certificate, ProChaps Gift Certificate, Stud Bowls from Gallops Saddlery. Third place will receive Mattes Full Pad from Gallops Saddlery, ProChaps Gift Certificate, Stud Bowls from Gallops Saddlery and Fourth – Tenth will also receive a Stud Bowl from Gallops Saddlery.
Three additional special awards will be presented in the awards ceremony. The Abbie Moos Memorial Award for the best conditioned horse, the PoleStar Farm Sportsmanship Award and the Best Turnout Award.
Following yesterday’s downpour, the temperatures for the final jog this morning were brisk but the CCI5*-L horses remained professional for the last horse inspection leading into show jumping later today. Of the 35 pairs set to move forward with the final phase of competition, only 34 presented to judges Angela Tucker (GBR), Martin Plewa (GER), and Mark Weissbecker after Lisa Marie Fergusson opted not to bring forward her own 15-year-old Welsh/Thoroughbred gelding (Brynarian Brennin x Dream Contessa) Honor Me.
After a jam-packed week, the final day of competition at the Maryland 5 Star is upon us. Riders have shown off their style in the horse inspection, danced their way down the centerline in dressage, and contested some serious obstacles in cross-country up until this point. Now it's time to demonstrate the fitness and accuracy that each horse possesses in the final phase: show jumping.
It was a great day of cross-country riding at the Maryland 5 Star. There were 35 horses who crossed the finish and 11 of those finished double clear. With British, French, New Zealand, Canadian, and American riders coming through the finish flags – it was a true world class competition. The USEA was at the finish to see what the riders thought of the very first Maryland 5 Star cross-country track designed by Ian Stark.
Weren’t able to spend your morning glued to the livestream of the 2021 Maryland 5 Star cross-country? Couldn’t be there in person to trek up the hills? We have you covered with a play-by-play of what happened on Ian Stark’s cross-country course which gave both the designer and the riders many sleepless nights, but ended up riding quite well for the majority of the field.