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.
As USEA members prepare for the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, the USEA is pleased to share “The Business Toolkit For Eventers” from our educational partner STRIDER. This webinar is part of their popular Professional Development Series for Equestrians, which features experts from across the horse industry speaking on business topics relevant to equestrian sport.
If you look at HSH Blake’s competition record, it won’t take you long to understand why Caroline Martin is dreaming big with the7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Owned in partnership by Caroline Martin, Sherrie Martin and Molly Hoff, HSH Blake (Tolan R x Doughiska Lass) has already seen much success in his short career, collecting the championship title at the 2020 Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast 5-Year-Old Championship, several top 2 finishes at the CCI2* level and multiple top 10 finishes at the CCI3* level since stepping up this year.
How we breathe is speaking volumes to our horses every step of the ride. Physical Therapy concepts about the breathing muscle of the diaphragm, the ribcage, and the nervous system open up awareness for proper breathing mechanics in and out of the saddle. Practical ideas for using breathing as your new riding aide are also provided!
Adult rider Dan Kreitl recently claimed his first FEI win in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI 4*-L Eventing National Championship, but his eventing story traces way back to his Dressage roots in high school. USEA podcast host Nicole Brown sat down with Kreitl to talk business, family, and, of course, eventing with the Muncie, Indiana native.