Sep 17, 2020

Fast Facts: 2020 Twin Rivers Fall International

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
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After a quiet spring season due to COVID-19, the fall season is ramping up and this weekend we have the first of two West Coast CCI4*-S events this fall taking place at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. The Twin Rivers Fall International is hosting a CCI4*-S division alongside CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S international divisions and Introductory through Advanced horse trials, as well as USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) classes. Buckle up and get ready to follow along with a busy weekend of eventing!

The Field

  • There are a total of 302 entries across the CCI-S divisions, national levels, and FEH and YEH classes at Twin Rivers this weekend. The CCI4*-S has 10 entries, the CCI3*-S has 16 entries, and the CCI2*-S has 15 entries.
  • 2019 North American Youth Championship gold medalist Charlotte Babbitt and 2 A.M. (VDL Sheraton x Regina K), her 8-year-old KWPN gelding, recently won their first Advanced level competition in Ramona, California. This weekend they will attempt their first CCI4*-S.
  • In addition to Babbitt and 2 A.M., Auburn Excell Brady's BSP Tuxedo, Erin Kellerhouse's Woodford Reserve, Linda Payne's Stag Party (ridden by Chloe Smyth), and Kaylawna Smith-Cook's Passepartout (ridden this weekend by her mother, Tamie Smith) will also be making their first CCI4*-S attempts this weekend. No App For That, also ridden by Tamie Smith, is looking for his fist CCI4*-S completions this weekend.
  • The most experienced horse in the West Coast CCI4*-S field is Indy 500 (Cromwell x Tens of Thousands), a 15-year-old Thoroughbred mare ridden by Andrea Baxter. Together, they have three finishes in the Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5* (31st in 2017, 31st in 2018, and 18th in 2019) and two finishes at the CCI5* at Burghley (36th in 2018 and 12th in 2019).
  • The Busiest Weekend Award goes to Tamie Smith, who has a whopping 11 entries across four divisions: four in the CCI4*-S (Danito, Fleeceworks Royal, No App For That, and Passepartout), five in the CCI3*-S (Cheers, MaiStein, Makemineadouble, Solaguayre California, and Summerbridge Parc), one in the Training Horse division (Fleeceworks Quinn), and one in the Open Beginner Novice division (Jumara MVS).

The Facts

  • Judges at Twin Rivers include Peter Gray (CAN), Amanda Miller (USA), Robyn Fisher (USA), Cee-Cee Moss Giovannetti (USA), Sheila Strickler (USA), and Vicky Stashuk-Matisi (USA). Mary Duenow (USA) and Wendy Wergeles (USA) are the Technical Delegates.
  • Hugh Lochore (GBR) designed the CCI-S, Advanced, and Intermediate cross-country courses at Twin Rivers while Adri Doyal (USA) designed for Preliminary and below, taking over from James Atkinson and Marc Grandia, respectively. Jose Nava is the show jumping course designer
  • Connie Baxter has been organizing their event at Twin Rivers for more than 15 years. Read more about the event's history in the USEA Events A-Z article.
  • In accordance with the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, Twin Rivers will not be allowing spectators this year. Attendees on site will be required to wear masks at all times. Ride On Video will be providing a live stream from Twin Rivers for those that want to follow along from home!
USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

The Competition Schedule

Thursday, September 17

  • 8:00 a.m. - Dressage (CCI-S, Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary)

Friday, September 18

  • 7:45 a.m. - Young Event Horse Dressage
  • 8:00 a.m. - Show Jumping (CCI-S, Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary)
  • 8:20 a.m. - Cross-Country (CCI-S, Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary)
  • 5:15 p.m. - Young Event Horse Jumping

Saturday, September 19

  • 8:00 a.m. - Dressage (Training and Novice)
  • 8:40 a.m. - Show Jumping (Training and Novice)
  • 9:00 a.m. - Cross-Country (Training and Novice)
  • 2:00 p.m. - Future Event Horse

Sunday, September 20

  • 8:00 a.m. - Dressage (Beginner Novice and Intro)
  • 8:40 a.m. - Show Jumping (Beginner Novice and Intro)
  • 9:00 a.m. - Cross-Country (Beginner Novice and Intro)

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