The 2018 edition of the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships got underway today at Le Lion d’Angers in France with the first horse inspection.
The U.S. is being represented by two horses in the 7-year-old CCI2* Championships - Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant recipient, Quantum Leap, and Cooley Quicksilver. Quantum Leap (Quite Capitol x Report to Sloopy) is a Zweibrucker gelding, owned and ridden by Doug Payne and owned by Payne and Susan and Dave Drillock. He was bred by Elizabeth Callahan of Cool Na Grena Sporthorses in Oxford, Maryland and was purchased by Payne as a yearling. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp’s Cooley Quicksilver is an Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal).
There are also two U.S. pairs in the 6-year-old CCI* Championships – Halliday-Sharp is riding another Cooley mount, this time Deborah Halliday’s Cooley Moonshine, an IrishSport Horse gelding (Cobra x Kilpatrick Duchess). British-based rider, Tiana Coudray has Happenstance, her own and Kyrle Arscott’s KWPN mare by Quality Time.
All four horses passed the first horse inspection and dressage takes place over the next two days.
Catch up on all of the articles about the Race to Le Lion:
About the Holekamp/Turner Le Lion d'Angers Prize and Grant
The Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant awards the highest scorer of the USEA Young Event Horse 5-Year-Old East and West Coast Championships combined with a cash prize that will enable them to travel to the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion d’Angers in France for the 7-year-old two-star Championships. Winners who are North American-bred will be awarded with $17,500 to travel to Le Lion d’Angers. If the winner is an imported horse he will be awarded $8,000. Click here for more information about the Grant, and click here to view the FEI qualification criteria for Le Lion d'Angers.
The USEA would like to thank Timothy Holekamp of New Spring Farm and his family and Christine Turner of Indian Creek Farm and her family for spearheading this grant and raising funds to support it.
About the USEA Young Event Horse Program
The Young Event Horse (YEH) Program was first established in 2004 as an eventing talent search. Much like similar programs in Europe, the YEH program was designed to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. The ultimate goal of the program is to distinguish horses with the potential to compete at the three- and four-star levels, but many fine horses that excel at the lower levels are also showcased by the program.
The YEH program provides an opportunity for breeders and owners to exhibit the potential of their young horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top event horses for the future. The program rewards horses who are educated and prepared in a correct and progressive manner. At qualifying events, youngsters complete a dressage test and a jumping/galloping/general impression phase. At Championships, young horses are also evaluated on their conformation in addition to the dressage test and jumping/galloping/general impression phase. Click here to view the jumping standards and specifications.
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The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).