High level dressage was expected this morning in the 6-year-old CCI* FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion d’Angers with the likes of Piggy French (GBR), Michael Jung (GER), Sandra Auffarth(GER), and Thomas Carlile (FRA).
Any of these favorites would have been an likely leader at the end of day one, but the U.S’s Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp riding Deborah Halliday’s Cooley Moonshine, an Irish Sport Horse gelding (Cobra x Kilpatrick Duchess) outclassed the rest of the field in this first half of the dressage competition for a mark of 22.4.
Young British rider Millie Dumas is current second with her Irish mare Universal Cooley on a 23.3. Team World champion Piggy French (GBR) is third with Emerald Jonny, another Irish horse on a 25.8 points. German superstar Michael Jung and his Holsteiner stallion Wild Wave are a hair’s breadth from the podium with 26.0.
The class will resume on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. and the U.S.’s second entry Tiana Coudray and Happenstance, her own and Kyrle Arscott’s KWPN mare by Quality Time will be fifth in the ring at 9:28 a.m.
The 7-year-old class is currently being led by Germany’s Ingrid Klimke on a 25.3 riding Asha P. Two British riders round out the podium spots: Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin on a 25.6 and Laura Collett and Calmaro on a 26.1.
Tomorrow’s U.S. ride times are:
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver – Friday – 2:13 p.m. (8:14 a.m. ET)
Doug Payne and Quantum Leap – Friday – 2:41 p.m. (8:41 a.m. ET)
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About the Holekamp/Turner Le Lion d'Angers Prize and Grant
The Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant awards the highest scorer of the USEA Young Event Horse 5-Year-Old East and West Coast Championships combined with a cash prize that will enable them to travel to the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion d’Angers in France for the 7-year-old two-star Championships. Winners who are North American-bred will be awarded with $17,500 to travel to Le Lion d’Angers. If the winner is an imported horse he will be awarded $8,000. Click here for more information about the Grant, and click here to view the FEI qualification criteria for Le Lion d'Angers.
The USEA would like to thank Timothy Holekamp of New Spring Farm and his family and Christine Turner of Indian Creek Farm and her family for spearheading this grant and raising funds to support it.
The 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC) is less than one month away! The AEC will take place August 31 – September 5 at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park and will also include the Adult Team Championships (ATC) at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels. Teaming up with Adequan, the USEA will also host the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final, which will conclude September 3 under the lights that Friday evening.
Five Rings Eventing, LLC is pleased to announce a partnership with Piedmont Equine to provide prize money for U25 riders in this year’s event.
Eventing has its first female Olympic champion after Julia Krajewski won individual gold for Germany at Tokyo 2020.
The 32-year-old, for so long in the shadow of her title-winning team-mates Michael Jung and Ingrid Klimke, punched in two perfect rounds of showjumping, adding just 0.4 of a time-fault in both the cross-country and the second round of jumping to her dressage score of 25.2.
The British team has won Olympic eventing gold for the first time since 1972. They topped the dressage, increased their lead considerably after cross-country, and, despite both individual leader Oliver Townend and third-placed Laura Collett both having a show jump rail down, they finished 13.9 penalties ahead of the Australians, who took silver.