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.
USEA podcast host Nicole Brown chats with Interim Eventing Chef d’Equipe and Team Manager of the U.S. Eventing Team Bobby Costello about the Silver Medal Performance put forward by the U.S. Team at the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships.
There is still time to experience the long format of three-day eventing this year, by competing in a fall USEA Classic Series Event! The USEA Classic Series offers long-format eventing at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, and Preliminary levels, and there are still a few left on the fall calendar in various Areas.
This story first appeared in the August 2022 issue of Sidelines Magazine.
I have had many young horses in my time, and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s rarely the perfect, easy baby that becomes the next superstar. In fact, I’ve always considered it a positive to have the well-behaved youngster throw a little bit of attitude my way, as I believe that it takes fight to become a great event horse.