Apr 09, 2021

Fast Facts: 2021 Chattahoochee Hills H.T.

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
Liz Crawley Photography Photo.

The Chattahoochee Hills H.T. is hosting one of three CCI4*-S divisions this weekend across the country and with 34 entries they have the largest turnout as riders prepare for their spring CCI4*-L and CCI5*-L goals. The facility in Fairburn, Georgia is running seven events in 2021, but their April 9-11 event is the only one offering a CCI4*-S.

The Field

The entry numbers broken down by levels.
  • This year is the biggest ever CCI4*-S field at Chattahoochee Hills since the level was first added back in 2013.
  • The 2020 edition of the Chattahoochee Hills CCI4*-S was canceled due to COVID-19 so the last running was in 2019 when Jacob Fletcher came out on top with Van Gough. Fletcher also won the then CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) in 2018 with Atlantic Domino. However, Fletcher doesn’t have any horses entered this year so the title is up for anyone’s taking.
  • No past winning horses are returning this year in the CCI4*-S, but Lauren Nicholson, who won the inaugural event in 2013 aboard Veronica is competing with both Paramount Importance and Vermiculus so could add another victory under her belt. The only other returning winner is Buck Davidson who won in 2017 with Copper Beach. Davidson is entered this year in the CCI4*-S on Sorocaima while Copper Beach is in the CCI3*-S with his new partner Cosby Green.
  • Four horses are making their CCI4*-S debuts: Capitol HIM, Carrick Finest Lad, Claus 63, and Cooley Stormwater, and ironically all of their names start with C!
  • Cooley Quicksilver, FE Always In Time, FE Ophelia, FE Stormtrooper, Fernhill Limited Edition, Fernhill Wishes, Jollybo, Magnum’s Martini, Paramount Importance, and Vermiculus are all using the CCI4*-S as a final prep run before heading to the Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L. Jak My Style is entered in the Advanced as his prep run before Kentucky while Johnny Royale and Lancaster are using the CCI3*-S for their prep, and Dondante, Erroll Gobey, and Off the Record are in the Intermediate.
  • The two riders with the most horses at Chattahoochee Hills H.T. are Liz Halliday Sharp and Waylon Roberts who both have five horses entered. Halliday Sharp has all five horses entered in a CCI division – Cooley Be Cool, Cooley Quicksilver, and Cooley Stormwater in the CCI4*, Cooley HHS Calmaria in the CCI3*, and Shanroe Cooley in the CCI2*.
The breeds of the CCI4*-S horses.

The Facts

  • Andrew Temkin is the technical delegate for the FEI divisions and will be assisted by Leslie Threlkeld for the national divisions.
  • Wayne Quarles is the president of the ground jury for the CCI4*-S and will be assisted by Amanda Miller. Helen Brettell will preside over the CCI3*-S with Holly Matt, while Amanda Miller will be president of the CCI2*-S with Debbie Adams. Debbie Adams is president of the national divisions and will be joined by judges Danielle Perry and Valerie Swygert.
  • Hugh Lochore designed the FEI cross-country courses as well as the Advanced, Intermediate, and Preliminary. Rob Mobley is the cross-country course designer for the Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice.
  • Chris Barnard will design all the show jumping courses.
  • $12,000 in cash prizes will be offered for the CCI4*-S with another $3,000 up for grabs in the CCI3*-S.
  • The Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials give back: eventing organizing team are asking all those attending to support the efforts to help those who were affected by the tornado that devastated Newnan, GA on March 26. To show support, the event will be selling plants used to decorate the event, donated by Morgan’s Market. Donation buckets will also be seen around grounds where eventers may give cash or check. For more information, please contact Megan Gosch at [email protected] or Meg Morgan at [email protected]
  • Due to recent EHV-1 cases in the U.S., the Chatt Hills organizing team are implementing increased biosecurity for the event. A health certificate/certificate of veterinary inspection will be required, that is signed and dated within 72 hours of arrival on-site. The certificate should state that "the horse has not shown symptoms of or been treated for EHV 1/4 within the past 28 days. The horse has not been at a facility under quarantine for EHV 1/4 or exposed to any horses showing symptoms of EHV 1/4 within the past 28 days." The paperwork will be checked upon arrival to the venue prior to admittance to the stables. The organizers have also asked that competitors pack a thermometer. Each day, the rider, owner, or groom will need to take the horse's temperature, record it on a stall card, and display the card. Staff will be checking cards throughout the event. Please report any temperature above 101.5 or any signs of respiratory or neurological disease to your veterinarian or show management.
  • Spectators will not be allowed at Chattahoochee Hills in accordance with the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan guidelines and procedures. All those present on-site are asked to wear a mask at all times when not mounted.
  • Both the CCI4*-S and Advanced divisions are qualifiers for the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final that will take place at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds in August.

Competition Schedule

Friday, April 9

  • FEI Dressage and Show Jumping

Saturday, April 10

  • National Dressage
  • FEI, Advanced, Intermediate, and Preliminary Cross-Country
  • Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice Show Jumping

Sunday, April 11

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

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