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.
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Ian Stark’s cross-country course resulted in changes among the FEI divisions on Saturday
Cross-country day for the FEI competitors at Rebecca Farm resulted in big changes in the top three standings in the 4* divisions. The current top three riders in the CCI4*-Long all put in double-clear rounds to maintain their dressage scores from the first day of competition.
Phillip Dutton and Z are on the road to Tokyo! Dutton, the 6-time Olympian, is going into his 7th Olympic Games. Dutton’s first three Olympics he represented Australia and helped secure the team gold medal twice (1996 - team gold, 2000 - team gold, and 2004). The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were the first Olympic Games that Dutton rode for the U.S., and he has been on the U.S. Olympic team ever since. Dutton’s most recent Olympic performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he earned the individual bronze medal with Mighty Nice.
Rebecca Farm FEI dressage scores are tightly packed
The FEI competition at Rebecca Farm continued today with the CCI3*-Long, CCI4*- Short, and CCI4*- Long dressage. With scores ranging from the mid-20s to the low 30s, the standings in all divisions are tightly packed.