This article about Courageous Comet was published in The Blood-Horse of Sept. 18, 2010
One of Becky Holder’s all-time favorite moments aboard her retired racehorse-turned-eventing star Courageous Comet was his elated reaction upon completing his dressage test at the Kentucky Horse Park’s 2008 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event.
“It was in front of a capacity crowd in the new grandstand, and he scored 39 penalties (low scores are the best in eventing), so he took over the lead,” said Holder, 40, who ultimately placed second in that year’s competition aboard the big gray horse, stamping a ticket to that year’s Olympics (the equestrian games were held in Hong Kong). “He stopped at the end of the task, and I saluted, and the crowd just went crazy.”
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And be sure to check out the live scores at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this weekend to find out how Courageous Comet (he and Becky are one of two individual U.S. competitors… Karen O’Connor and Mandiba are the second). The first horse inspection will take place tomorrow morning at 9AM, and then we’ll know when our U.S. competitors will be riding.
The 2020 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships kicked off today at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland following the successful completion of the FEH Central Championships at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas this past Thursday. Twenty-three horses were presented today to Championship judges Robin Walker and Susan Graham White – four in the FEH East Coast 4-year-old Championship and 18 in the FEH East Coast 3-year-old Championship.
After a rainy night, the footing for the FEI cross-country drained nicely and held up well throughout the morning. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp held on to her overnight lead aboard Fernhill By Night and added 4.8 time faults to her double clear show jumping round to take home the win in the CCI4*-S. Not one rider was able to make it through the finish flags within the time allowed, but the top 28 had no jumping penalties.
The CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S divisions were able to complete their show jumping before the torrential rain interrupted the competition for the CCI2*-S division.
The 2020 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Future Event Horse (FEH) Central Championships took place yesterday, September 24 at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas. With four new champions crowned, this marked one of the first USEA Championships to be held in 2020. Jayne Lloyd, the organizer of the Championships shared, “Everyone had a nice day with their youngsters. The quality of horses is getting better and better. Haras [Hacienda] is a lovely facility to put this on – great stabling, great footing, all indoor because we’ve had some bad weather the past few days. But overall, I think it all went really well.”