The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland played host to one of only three Beginner Novice Three-Day Events in the country and the only one in Area II during their fall event, October 11-13, 2019. The Hylofit USEA Classic Series Three-Day Events give horses and riders the chance to experience a long format three-day event like those of old, including endurance day, where riders tackle roads and tracks, steeplechase, and cross-country.
Lisa Hannan and her 5-year-old Oldenburg mare Lowenbrau (Landkonig x Sky’s the Limit) were second after dressage on a score of 28.0. When the overnight leader ran into trouble and Hannan and Lowenbrau jumped double clear, they moved up to take the lead. A double clear show jumping round secured their win on their dressage score of the Beginner Novice Three-Day at Maryland Horse Trials.
Hannan, who began riding at age 12, started working for trainer Autumn Rae 14 years ago after Rae posted an ad on Virginia Equestrian. It was there, at Rae’s Scattered Acres Sport Horses, that Hannan was introduced to eventing. “She took me out cross-country one day and I was hooked!” Hannan recalled.
Lowenbrau, or “Loui” as she is called in the barn, is a homebred of Hannan’s. Loui is by the Hanoverian stallion Landkonig and out of an Irish Sport Horse mare Sky’s the Limit, who Hannan owns and used to compete at the Novice level. “Loui was actually only started in March of this year (with the help and guidance of Autumn) when my Preliminary horse, Brewmaster, went lame,” Hannan explained.
Hannan set the Beginner Novice Three-Day as a year-end goal for Loui, whose first event was at the Middleburg Horse Trials in June. “Her mom, Sky's the Limit, has done Novice Three-Days twice and won them both times so I thought I would see how Loui would do,” Hannan said.”
“My favorite part of the competition was steeplechase,” she continued. “Loui has always been quite laid back, so getting her out there and galloping as fast as she can was awesome!”
Hannan’s advice for anyone considering a Hylofit USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event? “Just do it! It seems intimidating at first, but with the help of all of the great clinicians, you will get a great experience from it and walk away with so much more knowledge then you would have ever thought!”
Gretel Frew and Union Commander (Admiral Harnly x Touch of Eden), her 5-year-old Arabian/Selle Francais gelding, finished just 0.5 points off the leaders on their dressage score of 28.5.
Brooke Kahl and her 6-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Nata Montada SCF (Baldev x Whinny II) rounded out the top three, finishing on their dressage score of 31.0.
About the Hylofit USEA Classic Series
The Hylofit USEA Classic Series keeps the spirit of the classic long format three-day events alive for Beginner Novice through the Preliminary levels. Competitors can experience the rush of endurance day, including roads and tracks, steeplechase, the vet box, and cross-country, as well as participate in formal veterinary inspections and educational activities with experts on the ins and outs of competing in a long format three-day event. Riders who compete in a Hylofit USEA Classic Series event during the year will have the chance to win a variety of prizes at the events from USEA sponsors. Click here to learn more about the Hylofit USEA Classic Series.
Now available to purchase, the Hylofit system hit the marketplace in 2018. The Hylofit system is the only equine wearable to offer in-ride feedback for horse and rider. Hylofit’s state-of-the-art product is designed to maximize communication between horse and rider, improve training results, and promote the overall health and well-being of the horse. Hylofit unique features include real-time feedback, post-ride insights, rider insights, overall well-being of the horse and rider, zone training, sharing features, video features, weather impact features, and more. The Hylofit system that tracks both horse and rider’s heart rate is comprised of four hardware components, an app for iOS or Android, and an optional app for the iWatch.
Hylofit is generously providing a 10 percent discount for Hylofit products to all USEA Classic Series competitors! Hylofit will also provide 11 Hylofit systems to the high scorers of each USEA Classic Series event at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
In 2000 and with the support of Joan Iversen Goswell, the Worth the Trust Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to amateurs to pursue their education in eventing. The funds from the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarship may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
The Surefire Farm Horse Trials scheduled for September 25-27, 2020 in Purcellville, Virginia has been canceled.
When introducing a horse to a new concept, it is important to make the entire learning process enjoyable. Make sure to always praise your horse so they continuously understand that they are supposed to be enjoying this time. In eventing, the skinnies have gotten so small that the sooner the horses begin to lock on and enjoy it, the better.
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