As November 30 marks the end of the eventing season, December sees many eventers taking a break from the busy competition schedule that stretches year-round in the United States. In fact, the weekends of December 19-20, December 26-27, and January 2-3 are the only weekends of the 2021 season (which starts on December 1, 2020) that do not have any horse trials scheduled anywhere in the country.
If you are one of the eventers who calls Area III home, either full-time or just during the winter season, you have the chance to get a jump start on the 2021 competition season with one of the three events offered in December this year! Sporting Days and Full Gallop in Aiken, South Carolina and Rocking Horse in Altoona, Florida each have an event taking place during the first two weeks of December that are part of the 2021 competition season.
To enter one of these events (Sporting Days and Rocking Horse open next Tuesday, October 20, and Full Gallop opens the following Tuesday, October 27) simply complete your entry through Xentry or fill out and send in an entry form. The 2021 entry form will be available starting on October 20.
The forecasted downpours held off until the last horse and rider crossed the finish flags during the CCI5*-L cross-country at the Maryland 5 Star today, confirming the event’s decision to move up the start. The majority of riders had sunny skies and a cool breeze as backdrop to tackle Ian Stark’s five-star course across the sprawling grounds at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. Before cross-country there was much chatter about the testing terrain, but 11 pairs managed to make the time despite the hills. At the end of the day, the top three riders held onto their podium positions going into show jumping tomorrow with overnight leader Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class (Ramiro B x The Swallow) impressing all who watched at each and every question.
It's the day we have all been waiting for, cross-country day at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star! Both the CCI5*-L and CCI3*-L field will contest Ian Stark's terrain-filled track across the historic grounds at Fair Hill today and there is lots of chatter about how the questions, terrain, and time allowed might impact the current placings.
Chris Talley came into the Dutta Corp USEA YEH East Coast 5-year-old Championships knowing that the Corwin Sport Horse LLC’s owned 5-year-old Hanoverian mare Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) possessed a lot of quality, but to emerge victorious out of the 42 horse field was an absolute treat for the pair.
No one could catch Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class in the dressage arena today despite the remaining 23 pairs' best effort. Angela Hislop’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ramiro B x The Swallow) will stand at the top of the leaderboard on a 21.1 heading into the Maryland 5 Star cross-country – the day which is on everyone’s mind.