Boyd Martin and Long Island T (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight) had two rails in hand going into the final phase of competition at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds, but they didn’t need them as they jumped a flawless round over Bobby Murphy’s show jumping course to win the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final and USEF Advanced Horse Trials National Championship on a score of 32.0.
“He jumped fantastic,” Martin said of the Long Island T Syndicate's 13-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding. “I was a little bit nervous, I’ve never jumped him under lights before. He’s been a little bit suspect in the show jumping early on – I was a bit traumatized from my early days with him, but to his credit, he went in there and jumped like a buck. He really went in there and tried, he wasn’t spooky, and I couldn’t be more happy with the horse. He’s given me everything he’s got this weekend.”
“Ludwig” has had a bit of a light season, and Martin explained that he wrenched his leg during a cross-country school just weeks before the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. “Maybe it was a blessing in disguises because he would have been a fraction green at Kentucky and I think by the time we get him to Land Rover next year he’ll be a veteran. In the back of my mind too I think he has a chance at the Olympics next year and it’s a bit of a wise man’s game. I think it’s important not to thrash your horse too hard the year before because you want them raring to go in 2020.”
“To come to a special venue like this with some of the younger horses is a privilege. With one of the best course designers in the world, Derek di Grazia, you get a good, strong, fair track. Obviously, I come here to try and win but also prepare the horse for Fair Hill at the end of the year. I felt that this was one of those perfect building events.”
Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre (Gentleman IV x Jasmina du Fresne), Tre’ Book’s 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding, also put in one of the few double clear rounds under the lights this evening to remain in second place on 40.7.
Phillip Dutton and Z (Asca x Bellabouche), the 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Annie Jones, and C. Moran, were the third of four double-clear rounds of the night, holding onto third place on a score of 42.0.
“Z jumped very well,” Dutton acknowledged. “He’s come a little unstuck for a couple of events because I think I was trying a little too hard in the warmup and making him work too much. He just had a nice easy warmup and I got him to peak in the ring. I was really pleased with him.
“It was a good track,” Dutton continued. “It’s always a good education for horses to come into an arena like this, and add to that jumping under the lights it’s pretty unusual for us. It’s all great experience. The distances for us stepped a fraction short, but it didn’t ride quite like that. I’m sure Bobby [Murphy] knows this ring pretty well. I thought he built a nice track – appropriate.”
“This is a great event because of the venue and the atmosphere. You feel that your horse comes away a better horse.”
About the USEA American Eventing Championships
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds is the pinnacle of the sport for the national levels. Held annually, the best junior, adult amateur, and professional competitors gather to vie for national championship titles at every level from Beginner Novice to Advanced. This ultimate test of horse and rider draws hundreds of horses and riders from around the country to compete for fabulous prizes, a piece of the substantial prize money, and the chance to be named the National Champion at their respective levels. This year, the AEC will be held August 27 – September 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
The USEA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the AEC: Presenting Sponsor: Nutrena; Advanced Final Title Sponsor: Adequan; Platinum Level Sponsors: Bates Saddles, Equistro; Gold Level Sponsors: Charles Owen, Standlee Hay, Parker Equine Insurance; Silver Level Sponsors: Mountain Horse; The Jockey Club, Park Equine; Bronze Level Sponsors: Arnall’s Naturals, State Line Tack, Black Petticoat, Devoucoux, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Horseware Ireland, LandSafe SmartPak, Dubarry, The Chronicle of the Horse, Stackhouse and Ellis Saddles, Auburn Laboratories, FITS Riding, Ovation, Lanier Sand and Soil, Event Cooling Solutions, Farm House Tack; Contributing Level Sponsors: Ariat, Meanwhile Back on the Farm, L.V. Harkness, Lexmark, GLC Direct, Georgetown Tourism, FarmVet, FLAIR Nasal Strips, Nunn Finer, RevitaVet, Resvantage Equine, CrossCountry App; Prize Level Sponsors: GumBits, Ride Heels Down, C4 Belts, I Love My Horse, Mare Modern Goods, Bluegrass Vibershield, Bluegrass Animal Products, Caracol, Active Interest Media, Astrid’s Oil, Baekgaard, On The Bit Horse Supplies, Luxe EQ, EQ AM Magazine, Jetti Spa, Great British Equinery, Foxden Equine, The Scoring Chix, Pure Form Equine; Competitor’s Party Sponsors:Jacqueline Mars, Kat and Roberto Cuca, United States Hunter Jumper Association, and United States Dressage Federation.
About the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final
The $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final will take place at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, August 27 – September 1, 2019. Thanks to Adequan’s amazing support, the Adequan USEA Advanced Final will bring together the country’s top rides to vie for $60,000 in prize money and the title of Adequan Champion. To qualify for the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final at the AEC in 2019, competitors will need to complete a minimum of two events without cross-country jump penalties at any USEA recognized Advanced horse trials, CCI4*-S (2018 CIC3*), CCI4*-L (2018 CCI3*), CCI5*-L (2018 CCI4*), or the FEI World Equestrian Games. The qualifying period for the 2019 AEC is May 29, 2018 through August 19, 2019. Click here to learn more about the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final.
The USEA would like to thank Adequan for sponsoring the 2019 $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final.
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