The FEI divisions got underway at the 2019 edition of The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. with the first horse inspections. All horses who presented today were ultimately accepted by the ground jury of Robert Stevenson, Richard Baldwin, Valerie Pride, and Mark Weissbecker.
Of the nine horses starting the CCI4*-L, only Rebecca Hoos’ 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Little Cruz (Cruz Forever x Cavalero) was sent to the hold box. He was accepted upon reinspection.
In the CCI4*-S all 14 of the starters will be moving on to dressage. Madeleine Scott’s Crosby’s Gold, her own 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, was sent to the hold but accepted on second look.
The CCI2*-L begins dressage at 8:20 a.m. (MT) tomorrow while the CCI3*-L, CCI4*-S, and CCI4*-L all have their turn in the dressage arena on Friday.
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Chris Ryan’s initial assessment of this 3-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding is that he’s a “good quality sort. Brown is a great color – a strong color in ‘nature.’ One of the first questions I ask myself when evaluating a horse is if he has refinement. We know the breed type here is Thoroughbred but I still ask the question."
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