Apr 04, 2019

Fast Facts: 2019 Chattahoochee Hills

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino, winners of the 2018 Chattahoochee Hills CIC3*. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

The Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Georgia will offer one of two CCI4*-S divisions running this weekend; the other began today at The Fork Horse Trials in Mill Spring, North Carolina. With the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event taking place later this month, several horse-and-rider combinations will use Chattahoochee Hills as a final prep run. Learn more about the history of Chattahoochee Hills by reading their Events A-Z article.

  • Chattahoochee Hills will see a total of 282 entries for the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S and Beginner Novice through Advanced horse trials divisions.
  • Last year’s CIC3* division had only 23 starters, but this year’s CCI4*-S division has 31 entries, up eight entries from last year. This year’s CCI3*-S has 31 entries and the CCI2*-S has 21.
  • Alexandra Knowles will ride four of the 31 entries in the CCI4*-S: Morswood, Ms. Poppins, Princess B, and Sound Prospect. Nancy Elberty’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Princess B (Calvados x Rheabria Z) is making her first attempt at the CCI4*-S level and Sound Prospect LLC’s Sound Prospect (Eastern Echo x Miner’s Gir), a 17-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, is bound for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day event later this month.
  • Four other horses are also making their first attempt at the CCI4*-S level: FE Black Ice with Maya Black, FE Always in Time with Clayton Fredericks, and Spartacus Q and Prince Renan with Anna Loschiavo. USEF Eventing 25 Training List member Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker (Capitalist x Emmas Courage), her own 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, will be looking for their first CCI4*-S completion after parting company in their first attempt at Red Hills International last month.
  • Bruce Davidson has three horses entered in the 21-entry Advanced division and another two in the CCI4*-S for a total of five entries over the course of the weekend: Carlevo, Copper Beach, Erroll Gobey, Park Trader, and Jak My Style.
  • Copper Beach, Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Radolin x Cloverballen), competed in the Advanced last year and returns this year in the CCI4*-S, while Carlevo (Eurocommerce Caresino x Ramatuelle), Carlevo LLC’s 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, and Erroll Gobey (Cassini II x Ulla II), Cassandra Segal, Lisa Darden, and Natalie Sandler’s 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding, both competed in the CIC3* last year and will compete this year in the Advanced division. Copper Beach and Carlevo are two of the four rides currently on the draw list at Kentucky for Davidson.
  • Apart from Davidson’s returning competitors, there are only seven entries back for another go this year at Chattahoochee Hills: Nilson Da Silva and Cash (4th), Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo (8th), Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon (12th), Jacob Fletcher and Bacardi W (15th), Kerry Torey and Zumba (19th), and Alexandra Knowles and Sound Prospect in the CCI4*-S and Laura Welsh and Galactic in the Advanced.
  • Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo (Jumbo x Polly Coldunnell), her own and the Jollybo Syndicate’s 15-year-old British Sport Horse mare, have traveled the furthest distance to compete at Chattahoochee Hills – all the way from Temecula, California.
  • Defending CIC3* champion Jacob Fletcher is back this year with Van Gough and Bacardi W. Bacardi W, Fletcher Farms’ 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Goodtimes x Sjerlette W) is out for his first international run of the year and is coming off a third place finish in the Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* last fall, while Van Gough, Fletcher Farms’ 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Wivollet Vanbeek x Woodlands Flight) has already been out this spring, finishing fifth at Red Hills International. Can either one live up to Atlantic Domino’s winning performance last year?
  • United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Brazil are all being represented by competitiors in the CCI4*-S at Chattahoochee Hills.
  • Seventeen of the 54 entries currently on the draw list for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day event later this month are competing this weekend at Chattahoochee Hills: Jollybo, Tight Lines, Magnum’s Martini, Carlevo, Copper Beach, Jak My Style, Park Trader, Sir Oberon, Wizzerd, FE Ophelia, Tactical Maneuver, Paramount Importance, Vermiculus, Sound Prospect, Johnny Royale, Bogue Sound, and Lancaster.
  • CCI4*-S competitors will compete in front of President of the Ground Jury Mark Weissbecker (USA) and Ground Jury Member Valerie Viscarrondo (USA). Amanda Miller (USA) serves as the President of the Ground Jury for the CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S with Valerie Viscarrondo (USA) as a Ground Jury Member for the CCI3*-S and Holly Matt (USA) for the CCI2*-S. Phillip Surl (GBR) is the Technical Delegate for all international divisions.
  • Marc Donovan returns this year to design the show jumping courses for all levels, while Hugh Lochore designed the CCI and Advanced, Intermediate and Preliminary cross-country tracks and Rob Mobley designs the Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice Tracks.
USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

Competition Schedule

Friday, April 5

  • Dressage (CCI Divisions)
  • Show Jumping (CCI Divisions)

Saturday, April 6

  • Dressage (Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary, Training, Novice, Beginner Novice)
  • Cross-Country (CCI Divisions, Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary)
  • Show Jumping (Training, Novice, Beginner Novice)

Sunday, April 7

  • Cross-Country (Training, Novice, Beginner Novice)
  • Show Jumping (Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary)

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