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.
All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.
The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.