Apart from two holds for rain, local lightning, and with additional thunderstorms in the forecast, precipitating an early close, it was business as usual as Stable View continued with the USEF/USEA Stable View Spring Horse Trials and Adequan/USEF Youth Team Challenge in Aiken, S.C. As a result of the delays, the remaining CCI2*-S and CCI1*-S show jumping will be held over until tomorrow. Saturday will also see all four divisions compete in cross-country. After six weeks with no measurable precipitation, the cross-country courses will be in excellent condition.
Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous, Phoebe and Michael Manders and Jacqueline Mars’ 16-year-old Oldenburg mare (Carry Gold x Richardia) jumped a clear show jumping round to hold onto the CCI4*-S lead on a 21.7.
The rest of the field shuffled a bit as rails fell on Chris Barnard's course and Phillip Dutton and Z moved up from fourth to second place. The 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca x Bellabouche) owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Anne Jones, and Caroline Moran, is currently sitting on a 25.6.
Buck Davidson was sitting in overnight second on Carlevo, but the pair had two rails down to drop to 13th, however, it opened the door for another one of his mounts, Erroll Gobey, to move up into the third spot. Cassie Segal, Natalie Sandler, and Lisa Darden's 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cassini II x Ulla II) moved from sixth to third on a 27.3.
In the CCI3*-S, the overnight leaders withdrew before show jumping which opened the door for everyone to move up a spot. Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley, Lesley Grant-Law and Stephen Brown's 10-year-old Holsteiner mare (Connor x Juicy) added nothing to their dressage score of 29.4 to take the lead.
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and her own Cooley HHS Calmaria, the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Cyrano 145 x Chester Lass) added just 0.4 time penalties to take over second place.
Tim Bourke and Lennard, the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Likoto XX x Ronja) owned by Kristen and Mark Anderson, kept all the rails up to move from fifth to third on a 30.8.
The CCI2*-S finished their dressage this morning and Alyssa Phillips and her own Cornelius Bo, a 7-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Concours Complet x Charlotte) were able to hold on to the top of the leaderboard on a 27.5. While all CCI2*-S competitors were supposed to show jump this afternoon only 14 of the 63 entries were able to before the rain delay. The rest of the division will jump in the morning before heading out to cross-country. The updated ride times can be viewed here.
The CCI1*-S competitors had their turn in the dressage ring today and Phillips added another top spot to her weekend. She scored a 26.5 with her own 7-year-old Mecklenburg gelding, FE Celestino (CE-Matin x Antigone), who was the 2019 USEA Young Event Horse East Coast 5-year-old Champion. FE Celestino is making his FEI debut this weekend at Stable View.
Stable View is hosting the first Adequan/USEF Youth Team Challenge of the year. Area I is currently leading the CCI2*-S Challenge while Area II has a strong lead in the CCI3*-S Challenge.
The USEA Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) has initiated a renewed focus on the diverse challenges coaches in various regions of the country may be facing. To this end, the program is in the process of enlisting representatives in each of the 10 USEA areas to help guide the program as warranted for the unique needs of each specific area.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has opened nominations for the annual appreciation awards through Oct. 29. This is an opportunity for the sport to recognize those horses and riders who excelled in eventing throughout the year. It is also an opportunity to recognize and honor the very important people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and riding capacity during their golden years.
Anticipation for the 2024 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship and inaugural USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) Championship is growing, and the host venue, Stable View, is up for the task of making both events an unforgettable experience for all involved. For the first time, the Intercollegiate and IEL program championships will be hosted on the same weekend at the Stable View H.T. in Aiken, South Carolina, on May 4-5, 2024, creating greater unity between the programs and demonstrating a clear pipeline of participation in the sport from grade school through college and beyond.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has made five rule changes which will go into effect October 1, 2023. Familiarize yourself with these rule changes below to make sure you are in compliance before heading out for your next event.