It was another great day of competition with even better weather here at the Woodside International Horse Trials, with the CCI3*-S through Introductory levels finishing up their dressage followed by some late afternoon show jumping for all FEI levels as well as Advanced and Intermediate.
Chris Barnard's course with assistance from Kelly James was a flowing course that required a forward stride with adjustability in the combinations. With only seven clear in the CCI4*-S, there was a lot of movement happening in the placings. While the top three remain unchanged, Lauren Billys and Emilee Libby shot up the leaderboard with efficient clear rounds.
The CCI4*-S riders can look forward to some new combinations out on course tomorrow from course designer Ian Stark and course builders Bert Wood, Louis Blankenship, Adri Doyle, and Timothy Ringhoffer. "The riders will have to think and ride their lines, but I think it’s probably moved it on a fraction we’re a little more technical, a little bolder. We’re asking a little more of the riders and I think we need to for the riders to go on to the top level,” Stark stated.
In the CCI3*-S, Tamie Smith and Solaguaryre California (Casparo x Solaguaryre Calandria), David and Julianne Guariglia's 9-year-old Holsteiner mare, continue getting better each outing with this being the pairs sixth event together and second FEI. This mare has yet to have any jump faults on cross-country and Smith definitely isn’t looking to change that. Smith is one-two in this division so it will be hers to lose.
In the CCI2*-S, Lauren Billys and Can Be Sweet, her own and the Can Be Sweet Syndicate's 8-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Candyman x Tres Belle), shot up to first place after a double clear show jumping round. Sophie Click unfortunately had a rail that was not originally recorded that knocked her down to third. The division is separated by only a couple of points so there will be no room for error out on course tomorrow. The pressure is on for Ian Stark's cross-country course.
Down in the dressage courts, Hawley Bennett-Awad showed that she spent her quarantine drilling the flat and it paid off today with her own and the Jollybo Syndicate's Jollybo (Jumbo x Polly Coldunnell), a 16-year-old British Sport Horse mare, scoring a 26.30 in the Open Intermediate. Hawley had an unfortunate rail in show jumping this afternoon to put David Koss and Anna Parson's 8-year-old Oldenburg mare Crescendo (Corcovado x Can't You See) into the lead, but they remain neck and neck.
In the Open Preliminary, Amber Levine wowed everyone scoring a 17.80 giving her a 5.90 lead over Rebecca Braitling in second place. Both Preliminary divisions will tackle the cross-country tomorrow.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses.
USEA Area II announces its annual fundraising auction online is open for bidding! This fundraiser is over 20 years old and now well-known as the "Black Friday" for entries to ALL your favorite events! In typical years, the auction is held as a silent auction at the Annual Area Meeting, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, no in-person meeting will be held, so we're bringing the auction to everyone online this year.