All 78 horses that came in front of the Ground Jury of President, Mrs Sue Baxter (GBR), Mr Christopher Hess (GER) and Dr Katrin Eichinger Kniely (AUT) were passed as fit to compete in this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in South Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.
Caroline Powell was first up the runway, with Up Up And Away and then On The Brash. She looked fabulous in a long tweed coat, and was followed by Georgie Spence who had to have worked her outfit to match Halltown Harley’s colouring.
Other eye catching outfits were showcased by Kate Honey, Danielle Dunn and Georgie Strang, although Canadian Selena O’Hanlon was perhaps expecting warmer weather, with her very pretty but sleeveless dress. Our ‘stand out’ man was Italy’s Giovanni Ugolotti, sporting his military uniform and impossibly shiny boots – or contrastingly Harry Meade wearing near-luminous green trousers.
Plenty of riders had their hands full, with horses bursting out of their skins. Looking particularly impressive was Tom McEwen’s Toledo de Kerser, Harry Meade’s Away Cruising (perhaps slightly embarrassed by the crowd’s reaction to his rider’s outfit) and Regis Prud’hon’s Kaiser HDB 4175. Defending champion Nereo, however, took it all in his stride, trotting politely beside Andrew Nicholson.
Cedric Lyard was asked to trot Qatar Du Peuch Rouget twice, and Tom Crisp’s Coolys Luxury was sent to the hold box to be more carefully inspected by one of the team of vets here at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, but was passed by the Ground Jury when re-presented.
Dressage starts tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. EST). See ride times here. There are three U.S. riders and one Canadian competing their dressage times are:
Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High - Thursday - 2:16 p.m. (9:16 a.m. EST)
Lauren Kieffer and Veronica - Thursday - 3:56 p.m. (10:56 a.m. EST)
Madeline Backus and P.S. Arianna - Friday - 2:16 p.m. (9:16 a.m. EST)
William Coleman and Obos O'Reilly - Friday - 2:48 p.m. (9:48 a.m. EST)
Backus is in England due to receiving both the Rebecca Broussard International Riders Grant and the inagural Wilton Fair Grant. Read about her trip here and here. Kieffer received a Land Rover/USEF Traveling Grant and Coleman won the Dutta Flight from his second place at the 2017 Fair Hill International CCI3*.
Valinor Farm in Plymouth, Massachusetts (Area I) hosts their yearly horse trials in mid-June, offering Introductory through Modified divisions.
An enthusiastic group of USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) judges, breeders, riders, trainers, organizers, and fans started their morning in the classroom to kick off YEH day of the USEA Educational Symposium. Andreas Dibowski and Maren Engelhardt gave a presentation on analyzing the gallop using videos of Dibowski’s horses. Englehardt asked all the attendees to think about her perfect gallop and to have that in mind when watching the videos.
Eventing at NC State was founded in 2016 and we currently have 18 undergraduate members as well as a supportive group of alumni riders. We are proud to be the first intercollegiate team in North Carolina located at the heart of the 1862 Land Grant Institution, NC State University. We have riders just beginning their eventing careers as well as those that are seasoned competitors, competing from Maiden through Training level.
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.