Mar 28, 2019

Fast Facts: 2019 Galway Downs International Horse Trials

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima competing at Galway Downs in 2018. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

For over 20 years, Galway Downs has been hosting events at the 240-acre multi-use equestrian facility, 17 of which have included a spring event that hosts CCI-S divisions for the two-, three-, and four-star levels. Things kick off this afternoon with the first horse inspection for the West Coast’s first CCI4*-S of the season at 2:00 p.m. Learn more about the history of Galway Downs in the Events A-Z article.

  • The total number of entries at Galway Downs are up this year from last year’s 290 to 345 this year. They are offering Beginner Novice through Advanced levels and CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI4*-S divisions.
  • This year’s CCI4*-S division will see seven entries while the CCI3*-S will see 25 and the CCI2*-S will see 30.
  • Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin (Contendro I x Oktav), her own 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, are back to try to reclaim their title in the CCI4*-S. They were the winners of this division in 2017 but missed out on the top spot last year to Tamra Smith and Sunsprite Syrius. Chatwin was the only horse in the world to win two CCI3* events in 2018 - The Event at Rebecca Farm and Fair Hill International.
  • Smith also competed in the CIC3* last year with Wembley (Lester x E-VIP), Kevin Baumgardner’s 15-year-old KWPN gelding. This year, Wembley is Smith's only entry in the CCI4*-S, but she has had entries in the FEI divisions at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials for the last five years in a row.
  • Andrea Baxter and her own 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare Indy 500 (Cromwell x TensofThousands) are back again this year for another go in the CCI4*-S after finishing third last year. Baxter and Indy 500 are the only pair in the field that has competed overseas - they completed the Burghley Horse Trials in 2018.
  • Emilee Libby and Jakobi (Ustinov x Expression), her own and Linda Libby’s 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, were the reserve champions of last year’s CIC2* and have returned this year to compete in the CCI4*-S. Jakobi has only finished outside the top five at an FEI event once.
  • While Sabrina Glaser and Patricia Yust's 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding Rembrandt (Galouet x Last Rose of Summer) are experienced at the four-star level, they have never competed in the international division at Galway Downs. Rembrandt does not have a single cross-country jumping penalty on his entire competition record.
  • James Alliston will be piloting Pandora (Prostor x Camellia E), Laura Boyer’s 9-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare, around her first CCI4*-S after winning her first Advanced at the Twin Rivers Winter Horse Trials.
  • CCI4*-S rookies Mallory Hogan and her own Clarissa Purisima (Limmerick I x Briza), an 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, are making their debut at the level after a successful move-up to the Advanced level earlier this month. Hogan has produced Clarissa from the Novice level and the pair have finished all but two of their FEI starts without cross-country jumping penalties.
  • Jay Hambly (CAN) is the designer of this year’s cross-country tracks for the FEI and Advanced divisions while Bert Wood has designed the Beginner Novice through Intermediate tracks.
  • Marc Donovan will once again design the show jumping courses for all levels.
  • Patron’s passes for the Galway Downs International Horse Trials can be purchased here. General admission is free!
  • Live streaming of the FEI divisions will be provided by Ride On Video. Click here to access the live stream.
Tamra Smith and Sunsprite Syrius, winners of the 2018 Galway Downs International CIC3*. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

Competition Schedule

Thursday

  • 5:00 p.m. - Dressage (CCI4*-S)

Friday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Dressage (CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary, Training, Novice, Beginner Novice)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Cross-Country (Preliminary)

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Show Jumping (Preliminary, CCI2*-S, Intermediate, CCI3*-S, Advanced, CCI4*-S)
  • 8:00 a.m. – Cross-Country – (Training, Novice, Beginner Novice)

Sunday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Show Jumping – (Training, Novice, Beginner Novice)
  • 9:00 a.m. – Cross-Country (CCI4*-S, Advanced, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, Intermediate)

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