Mar 20, 2019

Fast Facts: 2019 Carolina International

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
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For the sixth year the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C. welcomes back the Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CCI and Horse Trials. The event will see hundreds of competitors tackling their first FEI event of the season in Area II. Learn more about the history behind the event in its Events A-Z article.

Carolina International is playing host to the first ever USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge which gives up-and-coming riders a chance to ride on a team and gain experience for future team selection. The two teams – with Erik Duvander and Leslie Law acting as chef d’equipes – were announced in early March. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

  • There are just 46 entries in the CCI4*-s – down 16 entries from last year and 29 less than the biggest field in the history of the event (2016 was the largest with 75 starters).
  • The other FEI divisions have 129 entries with 57 in the CCI3*-S and 72 in the CCI2*-S.
  • There are another 232 combinations entered in the horse trials with 24 in the Advanced, 36 in the Intermediate, 85 in the Preliminary, and 87 in the Training.
  • Last year’s CIC3* winner, Vandiver, is returning to try and hold on to his title with rider Doug Payne. Vandiver, a 15-year-old Trakehner gelding (Windfall II x Visions of Grandeur), owned by Debi Crowley is competing at the CCI4*-S level for the first time since this event last year.
  • Last year’s Advanced winner, Off the Record, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay) owned by the Off the Record Syndicate and ridden by William Coleman, is also back, but this time in the CCI4*-S.
  • Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready hold the record for the lowest finishing score in the CCI4*-S. Kristine and John Norton’s 15-year-old KWPN gelding (Lupicor x Jarda) earned a 43.10 in 2015 to win the class (28.7 in current FEI scoring). Dutton has one entry this year – Fernhill Singapore, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Singapore x Riedellia) owned by Ann Jones, Tom Tierney, and David Vos. Kristen Bond has recently taken back the ride on I’m Sew Ready and is competing him in the CCI3*-S.
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp, Clayton Fredericks, Buck Davidson, and Alexandra Knowles will be the busiest riders in the CCI4*-S with three horses apiece, but there are also several riders with two mounts.
  • There are seven horses making their CCI4*-S debut including Carla Abramcheck’s Quality Time (ridden by Tim Bourke); Tim and Nina Gardner’s FE Lifestyle (ridden by Jennie Brannigan); Katherine Brown’s Victor Z; The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Quicksilver (ridden by Liz Halliday-Sharp); Katherine O’Brien’s Ms. Poppins (ridden by Alexandra Knowles); Robert Meyerhoff’s Fortuna; and Doug Payne’s Quantum Leap. However, all of the riders have contested a CCI4*-S before.
  • Ian Stark is the cross-country course designer for the fourth year in a row and the show jumping will once again be designed by Marc Donovan who is also the Event Director and a member of the Organizing Committee.
  • The CCI4*-S judges are Sue Baxter (GBR) and Mark Weissbecker (USA).
  • $65,000 in prize money will be awarded across all divisions. There will also be a Groom’s Award along with other specialty trophies.
  • The event will be live streamed on EQSportsNet and thanks to a recently announced partnership with the USEA, registered viewers will be able to watch live and on demand coverage at a discounted rate. Sign up for your EQSportsNet subscription at www.eqsports.net and enter the code EQUSEA2019 during registration.
  • During the week of competition use smartphone app “Event Center” for all information including quick access to ride times, schedule, stable chart, orders of go, course maps, food, hotels, weather, and live scoring.
  • Tailgating is available for cross-country day with prime spots on the steeplechase track.
  • Over 30 vendors will be on site in the vendor village so be sure and bring your spending money!


Carolina International Competition Schedule

Thursday, March 21
9:00 a.m. – 4:36 p.m.: CCI4*, CCI3*, CCI2* dressage

Friday, March 22
8:00 a.m. – 3:58 p.m.: Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary, CCI3*, CCI2* dressage
9:30 a.m. – 2:02 p.m.: CCI3*, CCI4* show jumping
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: CCI2* cross-country

Saturday, March 23
8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Intermediate, CCI3*, CCI4*, Advanced cross-country
9:00 a.m. – 12:18 p.m.: Training dressage
10:00 a.m.: CCI2* show jumping
1:10 p.m. – 3:18 p.m. Preliminary show jumping

Sunday, March 24
8:00 – 8:50 a.m.: Advanced show jumping
8:00 – 9:58 a.m.: Preliminary cross-country
9:30a.m. – 12:42 p.m.: Training show jumping
10:28 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.: Training cross-country
1:10 – 2:22 p.m.: Intermediate show jumping

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