After “familiarization” in the main arena, the horses were exquisitely prepared for the first horse inspection. The riders presented their horses not only to the ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Christoph Hess (GER), and Sandy Phillips (GBR) but also to the many spectators who were eager to see the athletes of this year’s competition.
Fifty horses were accepted to move on to dressage tomorrow in the Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen CCI4*. Only one horse, Master Tredstep, ridden by Aidan Keogh (IRL), was not accepted upon representation after being sent to the hold box. Simply Sox, ridden by Julie Tew (GBR), and Billy Beware, ridden by Pippa Funnell (GBR), were also sent to the hold but passed upon reinspection.
The small but mighty North American contingent is made up of Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z, the Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties' 10-year-old KWPN (Zapatero VDL x Zonne-Trend), and Boyd Martin and the Shamwari 4 Syndicate’s 16-year-old Hanoverian (Star Regent xx x Donnice) Shamwari 4.
Tomorrow’s dressage kicks off at 8:10 a.m./2:10 a.m. EDT with Peter Thomsen (GER) and Horseware Nobleman in the Meßmer Trophy CIC3*.
Later, at 1:10 p.m./7:10 a.m. EDT, Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo will perform the test ride for the CCI4* presented by DHL before Jesse Campbell (NZL) and Amsterdam 21 take to the arena at 1:30 p.m./7:30 a.m. EDT as first competitors.
Both U.S. riders will complete their dressage tests tomorrow. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z are first out for the Americans at 3:32 p.m./9:32 a.m. EST and Boyd Martin and Shamwari will perform their test at 4:40 p.m./10:40 a.m. EST.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses.
USEA Area II announces its annual fundraising auction online is open for bidding! This fundraiser is over 20 years old and now well-known as the "Black Friday" for entries to ALL your favorite events! In typical years, the auction is held as a silent auction at the Annual Area Meeting, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, no in-person meeting will be held, so we're bringing the auction to everyone online this year.
The first USEA Pony of the Year award was presented in 2007 to the legendary Theodore O’Connor (Witty Boy x Chelsea’s Melody), a Thoroughbred/Anglo-Arab gelding ridden by Karen O’Connor and owned by the Theodore O’Connor Syndicate. Now, a trophy bearing his name is presented each year to the Pony of the Year.