The second of two CCI4*-S competitions being offered this weekend, Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California is hosting the Twin Rivers Fall International which includes the CCI4*-S, in addition to both CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S international divisions, USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) classes, as well as Introductory through Advanced horse trials. It’s going to be a busy weekend at Twin Rivers Ranch and we have broken down some fast facts for you to refer to before the competition kicks off.
There are over 300 entries across all divisions offered this weekend. The CCI4*-S has five entries, the CCI3*-S has 11 entries, and the CCI2*-S has eight entries. The individual division with the largest field is the Open Preliminary division with 29 entries on the roster.
Of the five four-star mounts, Andrea Baxter and Tamie Smith both have the ride on two each. James Alliston makes up the fifth entry in the division.
Smith currently sits in second place on the 2021 World Equestrian Brands USEA Rider of the Year Leaderboard with 239 points. Alliston isn’t far behind her in seventh on 202 points.
Baxter’s family owns Twin Rivers Ranch and her two four-star entries are mother and son – making it a serious family competition for her!
The most experienced horse in the CCI4*-S field is Baxter’s 16-year-old Thoroughbred Indy 500 (Cromwell x Tens of Thousands). 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).
Baxter’s 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding Laguna Seca (Linaro x Indy 500) brought home the win in the CCI4*-S at the Twin Rivers Spring International in April of this year.
Smith was the victor in the 2020 Twin Rivers Fall International CCI4*-S with Passepartout, but this year she will be riding Judith McSwain’s 12-year-old Holsteiner mare Fleeceworks Royal (Riverman x Marisol) and Luisa Southworth’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Elliot-V (Zavall VDL x Vera-R) to the judges. While Fleeceworks Royal is no stranger to the four-star level, this will be Elliot-V’s four-star debut.
Alliston will also be introducing a new horse to the four-star scene. He has the ride on the Alliston Equestrian owned 11-year-old Warmblood gelding Czechers.
All three four-star riders are going to be exceptionally busy this weekend. Alliston has seven horses entered: one in the CCI4*-S, one in the Intermediate, four in the Open Preliminary, and one in the Open Training. Smith has six horses entered: one in the CCI4*-S, one in the CCI3*-S, three in the Open Training, and one in the YEH 5-Year-Old division. Baxter also has six horses entered: one in the CCI4*-S, one in the Intermediate, one in the Open Training, one in the Novice Horse, and one in the Open Beginner Novice.
New on the agenda is the 2021 Adequan/USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge Paso Robles. The 2021 Adequan/USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge evolved from the eventing division of the North American Youth Championships. The Challenge offers opportunities for eventing athletes 14-25 to gain valuable experience in a team competition environment representing USEA Areas at the FEI CCI 1/2/3* levels nationally and at the 2/3* levels at Twin Rivers. Young riders from throughout the region will face-off in this final leg of the West Coast before the region's championship at Galway Downs International in November.
Mary Duenow (USA) is the technical delegate with Sarah Berry (USA) assisting.
Wayne Quarles (USA) is the president of the ground jury and will be assisted by Helen Brettell (GBR)
Hugh Lochore (GBR) is the cross-country course designer for the CCI4*-S and Advanced while Adri Doyle (MEX) designed the CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, and all national-level courses.
William Robertson (USA) is the show jumping course designer.
All CCI divisions will be offering $2,000 in prize money per division.
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