It seemed almost too good to be true – 75 degrees and not raining? Not your typical Morven Park International Fall CIC3* cross-country day. Heading into the first phase of the competition in Leesburg, Va. there were 15 pairs entered in the CIC3*, 13 in the Advanced, and five in the Advanced Area II Championships. However with many horses having run last two weeks ago at Plantation Field CIC3* and many aiming for the Fair Hill International CCI3* in two weeks – withdrawals were the name of the final day.
Caroline Martin rode Sherrie Martin’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, The Apprentice, to the win in the CIC3*. They scored a 30.7 in the dressage for fourth place and moved up to third after a double clear show jumping round. Both first and second places withdrew, so Martin went into cross-country as the leader. She added 15.2 time penalties, but had enough in hand to keep her lead.
Martin showed her consistency by adding exactly 15.2 time penalties to her second ride, Danger Mouse’s score as well. She finished in third place with the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.
Colleen Rutledge and Confidence Game had the fastest round of all three divisions by a mile and moved up from 11th to take second. This was only the 8-year-old Thoroughbred stallion’s (Morluc x Pam's Ruckus) second attempt at the level.
It was a wire-to-wire win for Lynn Symansky and the Donner Syndicate’s RF Cool Play, a 10-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Condors Champion x Roxana) in the Area II Advanced Championships. They finished 37.2 points ahead of second place, Ema Klugman and Jeni Klugman’s 18-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Bendigo.
Kim Severson and the Cross Syndicate’s Cooley Cross Border had a great run across the country to hold on to their overnight lead in the Advanced division. Not only did the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Diamond Roller x Whos Diaz) win, they were also the only pair to complete all three phases in the class.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).