Competitors have arrived at the Virginia Horse Center for the Virginia Horse Trials, home to the USEF CCI1* and USEF CCI1*-JR/YR National Championships this weekend. The championships, at their new home at the Virginia CCI/CIC Horse Trials, will feature 62 horses in the CCI1* and CCI1*-JR/YR divisions. These horses were presented for the first horse inspection on Thursday.
Forty-two horses competing in the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship passed the jog earlier today. Among the competitors, Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) will contest two horses in the CCI1* to vie for the championship title. He will ride Maya, an 8-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by The Mirador Group, and Ringo Star, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Helle Goodrich. Sharon White (Summit Point, W.V.) will also contest two horses for the CCI1*national championship. Her rides include Highlife’s Je T’Aime, an 8-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Madeline Hartsock, and Masterel, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding she owns with Denis Glaccum. In addition, Colleen Rutledge (Frederick, Md.) will ride C Me Fly, her 6-year-old Westphalian mare.
All 22 horses in the young riders division, the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship, also passed the jog. Among the JR/YR athletes competing are Olivia Hayes (Havertown, Pa.) with Astrana De la Galerna, the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding she owns with Jodi and William Hayes, and Caitlin O’Roark (Centreville, Va.) with Lucky Devil, the 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Shannon O’Roark. Additionally, Molly Sherman (Dickerson, Md.) will ride Winsome, the 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Cheryl Sherman.
Friday, November 2, marks the first day of competition featuring CCI1* and CCI1*-JR/YR dressage beginning at 8:00 a.m.
"No matter how old you are, be open to all disciplines, learn how to ride a dressage horse, a gaited horse, a show jumper. Go fox hunting and point-to-pointing and horse showing. You’ll learn from all of them and when you do decide which discipline you want to do, you’ll be better at it anyway.”
The University of Findlay’s Three-Day Eventing Team was established in 2013, the same year USEA voted and approved the USEA intercollegiate program. The UF team has over 30 members encompassing a variety of majors at the university. The team has access to two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena, and 70 acres of on-site cross-country fences.
Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.