It’s the final CCI4*-L of the 2022 season and 18 horse and rider pairs have made the trip to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina for the Tryon International 3-Day Event and The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI 4*-L Eventing National Championship. In addition, the TIEC will also host an additional 196 competitors for their CCI1*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-S, and the three USEF Eventing Young Rider Championships presented by USEA divisions- the CCIJY2*-L, the CCIJ1*-L, and the CCI3*-L. It is going to be a busy weekend at Tryon and we have rounded up all the facts you need to know to follow along from near or afar.
The busiest division of the weekend is the CCI2*-L with 55 entries. The CCIJ1*-L will see 19 pairs start down the centerline and the CCIJY2*-L has 18 pairs set to compete.
Two of the Young Rider Championships have their own divisions, the CCIJ1*-L and CCIJY2*-L, but the Young Riders competing in the three-star level of the Young Rider Championships will run within the existing CCI3*-L division.
In the CCI4*-L, there are nine horses who are making their CCI4*-L debut: Azure, Carmango, Carsonstown, Cooley Nutcracker, Cooley O, Fabian, Hopak de Greenbay Z, Obos Darko, and Vincent Chase.
The Irish Sport Horse is the most popular breed amongst the CCI4*-L entries with seven horses of Irish descent set to compete. The rest of the field is a mixed bag of breeds!
Coming off of a win into his first-ever CCI4*-L is Fletcher Farms’ 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Fabian who recently topped his CCI4*-S class in October at Terra Nova with rider Jacob Fletcher in the tack.
Also coming to Tryon on a high note are Cosby Green and Bel Mar Farm’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Copper Beach who brought home the win in the Morven Park CCI4*-S in October.
The youngest horse set to compete in the CCI4*-L is Liz Halliday-Sharp’s Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Nutcracker (Tolant R x Ballyshan Cleopatra) at 8 years old. The oldest horse in the field is Green’s entry Copper Beach at 16.
There are only five mares in the CCI4*-L field: Azure, Contessa, Eclaire, Global EX, and Lumumba. The remainder of the horses aiming to complete the four-star division are geldings.
In the Young Rider Championships divisions, there are 12 USEA Emerging Athlete 21 Program (EA21) Regional Clinic participants in the lineup: Lea Adams-Blackmore is competing on a team in the CCI3*-L Championship. Camryn Chung, Callia Englund, Sissy Sugarman, Meg Pellegrini, Abigail Cochran, Camdyn Rahe, Rory Frangos, Katherine Hyndman, and Bree Robinette all have entries in the CCIJY2*-L. In the CCIJ1*-L Lizzie Hoff and Daly Duarte are both entered, and Robinette, Pellegrini, and Frangos will also be competing in the division with second horses.
The teams for the Young Rider Championships are as follows:
Area V/VIII split team: Kit Ferguson and Cillbhird Tom, Janelle Fleming and Fly Me Courageous, Jordan Riske and Redemption Song, and Samantha Tinney and Cutty Sark.
Area I/II/VI split team: Lea Adams-Blackmore and Frostbite, Nicholas Beshear and Rio de Janiero, and Tommy Greengard and Joshua MBF.
Competing as an individual from Alberta: Mikayla Hoffman and Eli.
Area III: Bree Robinette and The Dark Mark, Rory Frangos and Monty's Tune, Lea Kilpatrick and Stella, and Katarina Midgley and Ditch.
Area VII/VIII split team: Callia Englund and Boss Indy, Abigail Cochran and Moxologeigh, Samantha Tinney and Clenbrook Cooley, and Alexis Larson and PL's Diamond Inspiration.
Area V: Camryn Chung and Bird Queen, Kathryn Hyndman and Sir Oberon, Vienna Allport and Zapotek B, and Kit Ferguson and Allure.
Area II/IV/VI split team: Sissy Sugarman and Carmani, Audrey Ogan and Always Cooley, Mya Poulos and Confire, and Meg Pelligrini and Global Naxos.
Team Canada: Meg Suave (Ontario) and Nuance, Caitlyn Sutherland (Alberta) and EMS Florance, and Cassandre Leblanc (Quebec) and Riffel.
Area V/VIII split team: Daly Duarte and Pegasus Princess, Zoe Hagedorn and Connery, and Isabella Novak and Dreamliner.
Area III: Bree Robinette and Cape Kimberly, Rory Frangos and Citigirl, Evelyn Davis Douglas and Laissez Aller, and Chloe Paddock and Hawthorn Stud Fortunate Love.
Area II/VII split team: Noah Stanlaske and Chesterland, Lizzie Hoff and HSH Limited Edition, and Meg Pellegrini and Cassilo G.
Ontario/Quebec: Emma McHugh and Lincoln Park, Victoria Downey and Executive Power, and Saffron Klontz nd Ballingowan Clarity.
Alberta: McKenzie Saker and Nova, Madeline Shank and Sweet Georgia Brown, Mackenzie Hoffman and Creative Crossing, and Anne Marie Nelson and John B Good.
Competing as individuals: Noah Stanlaske (Area II) and DHI Showman and Emma McHugh (Quebec) and Ricochet.
Alex Lochore (GBR), Tim Murray (USA), and Rick Caldwell (USA) are the FEI technical delegates with Hamish Butler-Gallie (NZL) assisting.
Helen Christie (NZL) is the president of the ground jury of the CCI4*-L and CCIJ1*-L and will be assisted by Gretchen Butts (USA) and Amanda Miller (USA).
Robyn Fisher (USA) is the president of the ground jury of the CCIJY2*-L assisted by Christina Klinspor (SWE).
Mark Phillips (GBR) is the four-star cross-country course designer and Elizabeth Perkins (USA) designed both the one and two-star tracks that will be utilized in the Young Rider Championships.
Chris Barnard (USA) is the show jumping course designer.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has made five rule changes which will go into effect October 1, 2023. Familiarize yourself with these rule changes below to make sure you are in compliance before heading out for your next event.
With the goal of creating a pathway for young horses in the U.S. and participants of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program, earlier this year the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USEA joined forces to launch the USEF/USEA Developing Horse Eventing National Championships for 6- and 7-year-olds.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that Gina, owned by Corwin Sport Horses, LLC, is the likely recipient of the 2023 Holekamp/Turner Grant and The Dutta Corp. prize. Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) is a 7-year-old Hanoverian mare ridden by Chris Talley and was bred by Hartwig Von Holten in Germany.
At the August USEA Board of Governors meeting, a proposition was brought forth to officially recognize what is commonly referred to as “Starter level” as a USEA division. For many years now, Starter level has been offered as a test at USEA approved events. The decision to recognize the level officially would allow those competing in Starter level divisions to receive recognition on the USEA Leaderboards and to compete at the Starter level at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) in the future. The motion was approved to recognize this level, and the USEA staff have been hard at work preparing all of the rules, guidelines, and standards that will go along with this level’s recognition for the 2024 season.
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