It is with great regret that Judy Skinner and Michael Payne announce the death of Ballincoola. He suffered a heart attack while warming up to show jump at a BSJA competition near Bury St Edmunds yesterday (22nd September).
During his career the 16-year-old gelding had amassed 1637 British Eventing points, completed 15 three day events, five of which were long format and nine of which were at four star level.
Known at home as Max, his best result on paper was winning the Land Rover Burghley title in 2005 but he was Mr Consistency, finishing 11th in 2004, sixth in 2006, fifth in 2007 and second in 2008, his final run with William Fox-Pitt. As planned months before, Max then returned to the Payne family for Michael’s sons to gain experience on. William said at the time, “It was partly my idea for Fergus to take the ride, although a part of me thinks I might regret it now – but if Fergus was my son or grandson I’d want him to have a horse like Ballincoola.”
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US Equestrian has announced the USEF Eventing High Performance Elite, Pre-Elite, and Development Training Lists for the winter of 2021. The training lists are part of U.S. Performance Director Erik Duvander’s U.S. Eventing Pathway Program, focused on developing combinations to deliver sustainable success for the USEF Eventing Program at the international championship level. Full program details and criteria for the training lists are available here.
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The Area V Championships were split between two events: the Novice and Beginner Novice Championships were held at the Meadowcreek Park Fall Social Event in Kosse, Texas on September 19-20, 2020, and the Preliminary and Training Championships were held at the Texas Rose Horse Park Fall Horse Trials in Tyler, Texas on November 7-8, 2020.
Given the current Covid-19 pandemic situation the Eventing Committee met for monthly videoconference calls between March November 2020, led by the Chair David O’Connor and attended by all the Eventing Committee Members and FEI Eventing Department. The Eventing Committee videoconference calls included many discussions to finding solutions to the ramifications of the Covid-19 virus in order to encourage the organization of eventing competitions, Nations Cup, and Championships.