After a rainy night, the footing for the FEI cross-country drained nicely and held up well throughout the morning. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp held on to her overnight lead aboard Fernhill By Night and added 4.8 time faults to her double clear show jumping round to take home the win in the CCI4*-S. Not one rider was able to make it through the finish flags within the time allowed, but the top 28 had no jumping penalties.
1st: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp & Fernhill By Night (29.30)
2nd: Doug Payne & Vandiver (31.10)
3rd: Doug Payne & Quantum Leap (32.80)
4th: Clayton Frederick & FE Always In Time (35.10)
5th: Matthew Flynn & Wizzerd (35.50)
CCI3*-S overnight leader Alexander O'Neal withdrew before the start of cross-country, moving the winning pair Boyd Martin and Fernhill Prezley into the top position. Even with 1.2 time faults, they won the division and Boyd Martin also finished in fourth with Penhill Celtic. Kurt Martin and Elisa Wallace were the only two to make the tight time.
1st: Boyd Martin & Fernhill Prezley (30.60)
2nd: Hallie Coon & Cooley SOS (30.80)
3rd: Kurt Martin & Compromise Elsewhere (31.90)
4th: Boyd Martin & Penhill Celtic (35.60)
5th: Sydney Elliott & Commando D'Osthuy (35.80)
In the CCI2*-S, the top eight horse-and-rider combinations all finished within the time allowed on Captain Mark Phillips' cross-country course. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp led the field from start to finish with Maryville Sir Henry.
1st: Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp & Maryville Sir Henry (27.40)
2nd: Kelly Prather & Catch Me Cooley (28.90)
3rd: Kimberly Steinbuch & Classiro (32.30)
4th: Jacob Fletcher & 5o1 Hollywood Legend (32.60)
5th: Kurt Martin & Reloaded (34.00)
The first CCI4*-L of 2020 officially got underway this week at Galway Downs International in Temecula, California. It is Boyd Martin and Luke 140, who topped the 12-pair field with a 29.40 from FEI ground jury members Sandy Phillips, Wayne Quarles, and Valerie Vizcarando-Pride.
For over 20 years the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) has been educating all levels of eventing instructors to confirm their knowledge base, both theoretical and practical, upon which they will continue to build throughout their teaching lifetime. The USEA is now shining the spotlight each month on some of the 300 ICP Certified Instructors.
2020 has been a rollercoaster of the year and unfortunately, it didn’t stop with The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old Championships as the jumping/gallop portion of the competition had to be halted today after the first 25 horses due to deteriorating footing and challenging weather conditions.
Many of the country’s best eventing athletes are at the Galway Downs International Event in Southern California this week to compete for the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship. This is the first time this championship has been held on the West Coast, and several horse-and-athlete pairs have made the trip across the country to participate.