Nov 01, 2022

Fast Facts: 2022 Galway Downs International

By Meagan DeLisle - USEA Staff

The second-to-last CCI4*-L of the 2022 calendar year kicks off this week in Temecula, California at the Galway Downs International Event & H.T. This event features competition from the Beginner Novice level through the Preliminary national levels and has a CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, and CCI4*-L as well. There are 44 horse and rider pairs lined up to contest the FEI divisions being offered at Galway, who will bring home the top prize?

The Field:

  • James Alliston’s CCI4*-L entry the 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding Paper Jam (Papparazzo x Reely Jamin XX), owned by his wife Helen Alliston, is coming into the weekend off of a recent win at the Advanced level last month at the Ram Tap H.T. and prior to that came home Reserve Champion in August in the $60,000 Adequan® USEA Advanced Final which took place during the 2022 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds.
  • Kaylawna Smith-Cook has two entries in the four-star division: MB Group LLC’s 12-year-old German Sport Horse mare MB MaiBlume and Gretchen Cook’s 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding Passepartout (Pasco x Preschel). Both horses had top-three finishes in the CCI4*-S at Twin Rivers in September of this year.
  • Rounding out the CCI4*-L entries is Sophia Click and her own 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding Quidproquo (Quidado x Waleila). This is the pair’s first long-format four-star of the 2022 season, but they are coming into the weekend at Galway Downs off of a top-ten finish in the Advanced division at Ram Tap just last month.
  • Alliston is the busiest rider of the CCI4*-L field with two entries in the CCI3*-L and one in the CCI2*-L as well.
  • Of all of the FEI divisions, the Thoroughbred is the most popular breed with eight entries across the board. Oldenburgs run a close second, however, with seven entries.
  • Galway Downs is serving as the first-ever West Coast host of the MARS Bromont Rising U25 program.

The Facts:

  • Alec Lochore (GBR) is the FEI technical delegate with Sue Ockendon (CAN) assisting.
  • Peter Gray (CAN) is the president of the ground jury of the CCI4*-L and will be assisted by Marilyn Payne (USA) and Robyn Fisher (USA).
  • Clayton Fredericks (AUS) is the cross-country course designer for the FEI divisions.
  • Marc Donovan (USA) is the show jumping course designer.
  • The CCI4*-L is a qualifier for the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final that will take place at the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds.

The FEI Competition Schedule

Wednesday, November 3

  • 4:00 p.m. - All FEI horse inspections

Thursday, November 4

  • 8:00 a.m. - All FEI dressage

Friday, November 5

  • 10:00 a.m. - All FEI cross-country

Saturday, November 6

  • 8:00 a.m. - All FEI second horse inspections
  • 9:30 a.m. - All FEI show jumping

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