All three of Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp’s CCI4*-S horses are now sitting inside the top-10 at the Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International after jumping a trio of clear rounds over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course today. Fernhill By Night, Deborah Halliday’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Radolin x Argentina XII) kept his overnight lead, the Deniro Z Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zapatero VDL x Zonne-Trend), moved up to second, and the Monster Partnership’s 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Cooley Quicksilver (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal) rose two spots to 10th.
“They were all amazing – unbelievable,” said Halliday-Sharp. “I thought it rode how I planned. I thought the time was easier than in some years. All three of them jumped amazing. I would say that it is one of the best rounds Deniro has ever jumped, one of the best rounds Cooley Quicksilver has ever jumped, and Blackie always jumps well unless I do something stupid. They were all great – I had some help from Richard Picken in the warm-up and he really knows those horses now so he got it just right for all three of them. I couldn’t really ask for more.”
Watch Halliday-Sharp's round with Fernhill By Night:
Last year too much time on cross-country cost Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night the win, so she is looking to redeem herself this year. Luckily she has a bit of breathing room with her horses sitting in first and second.
“Obviously for Blackie isn’t the world’s fastest horse, but he is quick enough,” explained Halliday-Sharp. “I need to be super-efficient, and I definitely think early on you have to come out of the box and really be going. I think Deniro is fast enough too and Cooley Quicksilver is so nippy. He is a young horse, but it suits him to run faster, so I will probably run them all quick enough. The ground is a bit sloppy, but better that than hard. I think it is one of the better courses that Ian [Stark] has built here and there is plenty to do.
Hallie Coon jumped up from seventh to third with one of only 17 double clear show jumping rounds today. Celien, a 12-year-old KWPN mare (Tenerife VDL x R Quicksilver), owned by Hallie and her mom, Helen. Show jumping is not Celien’s strong suit – she only jumped one clear FEI round in the last two years – so today was even more special.
“It felt great,” said Coon of her round. “She has been jumping out of her skin this year. We have been approaching show jumping with a bit different view and mixing it up for her and she seems to really be benefiting from it. It is my job to get her to the fences with a bit of a gap so she has to actually use her scope and try. It has been interesting because once she became used to the level she said ‘eh’ I can do it, but do I really want to?”
Looking ahead to tomorrow Coon said that she is impressed with the cross-country course. “It is a fair track I would say. A little bit softer than last year, but with some really good questions that I think are going to prepare the horses well for Kentucky. Obviously, the main factor here is always time, but I have an inkling that this year it might be easier to get because they have done so much work on the ground and so much clearing out there. The paths in the first part of the course are so much wider and so much easier to see where you are going.”
Coon is riding on Erik Duvander’s Team which is currently leading the USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge.
“It has been really busy,” said Coon of her experience in the Team Challenge. “I haven’t had a moment to sit down because I don’t have a groom, but Leslie [Law] and Erik [Duvander] have been great and we have developed the team camaraderie that sort of comes with these things. I think it has been really useful and a really good experience.”
Holly Payne Caravella is Queen of the CCI3*-S
When the CCI3*-S overnight leader Kristen Bond pulled a rail with I’m Sew Ready it opened the door for Holly Payne Caravella to move into the lead with CharmKing LLC’s 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding, CharmKing (Cassito x O-Heraldika). Payne Caravella took the opportunity and jumped a double clear.
“He was awesome,” she said. “I was so happy. He was really rideable. I’m just really proud of him this weekend because he had just started to get to the point where he’s getting a little fitter and a little more worked up in the big atmosphere. He definitely felt the atmosphere, but it just made him jump better. He listened really well and stayed cool and rideable, so I was really happy with him.”
“I think it looks good,” continued Payne Caravella about the cross-country course. I think there’s plenty to do out there, but it’s very fair and it’s a good benchmark of where you are in your training. I think if you have an issue, then that’s a hole in your education that you can go home and work on. Then if you do well, great, then you’re right on track with your education. I think it’s good that way.”
Watch Payne Caravella's round:
Colleen Loach moved up to second with FE Golden Eye, a 7-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Goldfever x Cascade), owned by Amanda Bernhard and Loach. There is a tie for third between Will Faudree and Caeleste, Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Stables’ 12-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x HappyGoLucky) and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Flash Cooley, Chailey Stud Equestrian’s 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (CSF Mr Kroon x Castlefield Ruby).
The competition resumes tomorrow with the CCI3*-S starting on cross-country at 10:00 a.m. The CCI4*-S follows at 12:30 p.m. and the Advanced finishing the day at 3:00 p.m.
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Tamie Smith and Mai Baum were the highest placed combination of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ The Netherlands hosted at the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L in Enschede, the Netherlands, earning a final score of 31.9 for 11th place out of a competitive field of 97 starters. The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team, comprised of Tamie Smith, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Jennie Brannigan and reserve Matt Flynn, was led under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander.
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The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is only two months away! Multiple keynote speakers, three-day eventing inspired films, and a 60th anniversary celebration – the schedule is packed with special highlights that will make this year unforgettable. The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is on Dec. 12-15 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
In the thrilling finale to the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 series at Boekelo, The Netherlands today, Team Germany posted their fourth win of the season while league leaders Sweden held on to take the series title. However, some of the biggest smiles were on Swiss faces when they pulled Olympic qualification out of the bag.