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)
Come join the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Associatin (IDCTA) on February 16th, 2023 at 7 p.m. CST to hear about Abigail’s journey through her competing years, what she’s overcome, and how and what she has to share as a Sports Psychologist.Learn tools to overcome some of your anxieties and become the best you in and out of the show ring.
There was a sense of déjà vu chatting with Liz Halliday-Sharp about the superstar young Irish Sport Horse Shanroe Cooley (Dallas x Shanroe Sapphire), owned by Ocala Horse Properties, LLC. The now 8-year-old gelding was the 2021 USEA 6-Year-Old Preliminary Horse of the Year and 2021 USEA Preliminary Horse of the Year and he followed up that impressive 2021 season with an even more exciting competition year in 2022 bringing home second in his first-ever CCI3*-S followed by two victories at the level. He had a top-five finish in his first CCI3*-L across the border at Bromont and then made his way overseas to place eighth in Halliday-Sharp’s goal event for the young horse: the highly competitive FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Mondial du Lion D’Angers. Add up all of those super results, and it's no surprise that Shanroe Cooley was awarded two USEA leaderboard titles for the second year in a row— 2022 Intermediate Horse of the Year and 2022 USEA 7-Year-Old Intermediate Horse of the Year.
The USEA is heartbroken to hear about the loss of James “Jimmy” C. Wofford. A lifelong lover and supporter of the sport, Wofford has had an astounding influence on where eventing is today and has tirelessly supported the goals of the United States Eventing Association. He served as president of the American Horse Show Association (now U.S. Equestrian (USEF)), was the first vice-president of the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET), and served as secretary of the USCTA (now USEA). He served two terms as a member of the FEI Eventing Committee, including two years as vice chairman. In addition, he has served on numerous committees during his career.
Experience the thrill of traditional long format three-day eventing by competing in a USEA Classic Series event in 2023! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce that the 2023 Classic Series calendar is now available.