It was an uphill battle for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team, however, their perseverance earned them a fourth place at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup CICO3* Aachen. Led by Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander, the U.S. team comprised of Will Coleman riding OBOS O’Reilly, Buck Davidson riding Carlevo, Lauren Kieffer riding Landmark’s Monte Carlo, and Kim Severson riding Cooley Cross Border ended on a score of 189.1. New Zealand earned gold with a score of 112.9 ahead of France and New Zealand, who won silver and bronze respectively.
“[CHIO Aachen] is one of the best competitions in the world, and there is a ton of learning to be done here,” said Duvander. “Every time you go to Aachen, you learn. The competition is very tough; the best judges are always here, and the course is unique in the way that you have to jump in the big stadium. The cross-country course is highly technical and very fast. People want to take a risk and go fast. It is a high risk when you go fast. When you go slow, it is safer.”
Severson and Cooley Cross Border, The Cross Syndicate’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, led the way for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team, finishing as the top-placed pair in 21st place, picking up 17.2 time penalties.
Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Shannon Brinkman Photo.
Davidson and Carlevo, Carlevo LLC’s 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding, placed 23rd after incurring 18.8 time faults on cross-country.
Lauren Kieffer and Landmark's Monte Carlo. Shannon Brinkman Photo.
Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo, Jacqueline Mars’s 12-year-old Irish Thoroughbred cross gelding, had a single refusal and 14.4 time faults to finish 26th.
Will Coleman and OBOS O'Reilly. Shannon Brinkman Photo.
This is it! The weekend we've all been waiting for is finally here - the return to competition has arrived! After nearly three months of suspended competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the country and the world, riders are shining up their boots and preparing to trot down the centerline. While our "new normal" will certainly look different than things did before the pandemic, these new regulations are in place for all our safety.
The return to competition upon us! This week on the show Nicole Brown is joined by Sinead Halpin Maynard to talk about how you can make sure you and your horse are prepared to get back to competing.
The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced the inaugural Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill will take place October 14-17, 2021. Health and safety factors, in addition to other challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, led to a final decision to postpone the international three-day eventing competition originally scheduled for this October at the newly constructed Special Event Zone at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Cecil County, Maryland.
Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Massachusetts (Area I) was scheduled to host two one-day events in 2020 offering Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice divisions. Their May event was forced to cancel due to COVID-19, but their September event is planning to run as scheduled.