Hannah Sue Burnett leads the way in the USEF CCI2*-L Eventing National Championship at the Virginia Horse Trials. Riding Christa Schmidt’s Carsonstown, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Cappuchino x Nonavic Spyridonna) to third place in dressage, the pair moved up with a double-clear cross-country round for a two-phase score of 32.3.
Burnett and Stakkato Bronx, owned by Jacqueline Mars and Christa Schmidt, are tied for second with Caroline Martin and her own Redfield Dexter. The two pairs were tied for fourth after dressage with a 32.5. Both were fault-free on cross-country and finished on the exact same elapsed time of 7:06 to remain tied.
Charlotte Stillfried and Palma D, her own 8-year-old Westphalian mare (PR.H Philipo x Hauptstutbuch Piacenza) head to the final phase leading the USEF CCI2*-L Junior/Young Rider Eventing National Championship. They scored a 30.6 in dressage and added 7.2 time penalties on cross-country to sit in fifth place in the division CCI2*-L division overnight.
Second in the USEF CCI2*-L Junior/Young Rider Eventing National Championship is Annabelle Kress and Canny Calypso.
Several divisions wrapped up today at the VHT International & Horse Trials. Allison Springer and Nancy Winter’s Crystal Crescent Moon, last year’s USEF CCI2*-L Eventing National Champions, won the CCI3*-S. They started in third place on a 33.6 in dressage. A double clear show jumping moved them up to second, and a clear cross-country round with 5.2 time penalties moved them into first place.
Alyssa Phillips and Cornelius Bo took home the win in the CCI2*-S. Scoring a 30.1 in dressage they began the competition in 5th place. Double-clear show jumping and cross-country rounds moved them up to the top spot.
Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way, owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, won the Advanced Intermediate-A division, moving up from sixth place after dressage. Tim Bourke and Kristen and Mark Anderson’s Lennard won the Open Intermediate division with a final score of 37.1.
Competition continues tomorrow with show jumping and cross-country at the Virginia Horse Center.
It’s the most hotly anticipated few hours of the eventing year - the cross-country from Tokyo 2020. What will Derek di Grazia’s track have in store for the Olympic riders?
We’re nearly there! Olympic mania has taken over the world, and we’re in the final countdown to the Olympic eventing competition in Tokyo, which starts with the first horse inspection on Thursday. Our USA riders are raring to go, but let’s remind ourselves of the history that precedes them. Just how well has the US team done in past Olympics?
After Germany’s Michael Jung won the second of his two consecutive Individual Olympic Equestrian Eventing titles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he was asked what he had next in his sights. “Tokyo 2020, of course, and the Europeans and maybe the world title along the way!" he replied.
Very few stallions compete at the top level in eventing - let alone at the Olympics. Windfall did just that, winning a team bronze medal under Darren Chiacchia for the USA in Athens in 2004. The fact that Windfall now has not one, but two, sons due themselves to compete for the same country as their sire, the USA, in Tokyo really does make him one in a million.