The final CCI5*-L of the year took place from Oct. 26-29 at Pau in France, and the United States had four riders represented.
Boyd Martin and the Annie Goodwin Syndicate’s Fedarman B, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Eurocommerce Washington x Paulien B) finished best of the bunch in eighth on a score of 42.7. They were the only pair to make the time on Pierre Michelet’s cross-country course Saturday, but 11 penalties for a frangible pin was added to their score. They jumped double-clear over Sunday’s show jumping course.
“‘Bruno’ was absolutely fantastic at Pau this week. It was a massive journey getting here,” said Martin. “Many thanks to the USEF who chipped in for our trip through a grant. Many thanks to the Annie Goodwin Syndicate. They’ve supported this horse. He’s such a special animal, and to finish in the top-10 at another five-star is awesome. Looking back on the weekend, there’s still improvement to be made. The dressage is getting better and better. Come next year it should be sub-20. Cross-country he was a freak yesterday. Unfortunately, we had a rail in the cross-country—a little bit my fault; he couldn’t quite understand the jump. It’s frustrating when you look at the scoreboard, but he doesn’t know he had 11 penalties. [In show jumping] he was phenomenal. Bruno jumped out of his skin.”
Watch their cross-country round via H&C TV here:
Young rider Cosby Green has been spending the year in England with Tim and Jonelle Price and her group of horses, and she rode Buck Davidson’s former five-star ride Copper Beach, a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Radolin x Cloverballen) owned by Bel Mar Farm, to a 16th place finish (71.3). It was the first five-star start for Green. The pair had 11 penalties for a frangible fence on cross-country plus some time faults and picked up 12 penalties in show jumping.
Kentucky-based Allie Knowles and Katherine O’Brien’s 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ricardo x Princess In Arms) Morswood finish 18th (73.3) with a clear cross-country jumping round and 16 show jumping penalties. This was the pair’s second five-star completion.
Phillip Dutton and Z, a 15-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Asca Z x Bellabouche) owned by Evie Dutton, Ann Jones, Suzanne Lacey, Caroline Moran, Thomas Tierney, and Dave and Patricia Vos, were in a competitive 12th place after dressage, but a late 20 penalties on cross-country dropped them down the standings. Phillip withdrew Z before the final horse inspection.
“It was a tough cross-country afternoon at Pau. Unfortunately, Z and I had 20 penalties near the end of the course. I was a bit too aggressive into the combination, so couldn’t make the turn to the B element. Up until then, we were foot perfect,” he said. “I decided to withdraw Z as he was a bit knocked around from cross-country here in Pau. It’s such a shame not to complete, but I feel it’s the right decision for my incredibly brave little partner.”
Catch up on the H&C TV livestream here.
“Test the best without hurting the rest,” said show jumping course designer Chris Barnard as he and fellow designer Marc Donovan led a lively discussion for nearly 50 participants at the Show Jumping Seminar on the first day of the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
This afternoon, USEA President Louise “Lou” Leslie welcomed U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors members, USEA staff, and USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees to the first of two Board meetings which will take place during this year’s Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, with the teaser that 2024 is going to be full of initiatives for more opportunities to access the eventing experience, some of which attendees might get first wind of during this year’s gathering. The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Welcome to the Show Me state and to Area IV USEA members! The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks of tomorrow and features four full days of educational seminars, committee meetings, and social gatherings all with one aim—to bring the eventing community together to continue to improve upon and celebrate the sport that we all love. This year’s Convention takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis from Dec. 7-10, and we have rounded up everything you need to know to make the most of your time in the heartland.
To accompany the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, USEA Educational Partner STRIDER has prepared Digital Resources to Maximize Education & Access for the Eventing Community. In keeping with the USEA’s mission to expand the sport of eventing, this webinar outlines ways in which digital tools can be leveraged to increase access and education across equestrian opportunities. As part of STRIDER’s popular Professional Development Webinar Series, this presentation aims to provide a quick overview of best practices and digital tools used across the equestrian industry to boost growth.