Mar 29, 2014

Nunnink and R- Star Strut Their Stuff at Galway Downs International CIC*** and Adequan USEA Gold Cup/PRO Tour Series

Kristi Nunnink and R-Star. Sherry Stewart photo.

After the first day of competition at the Galway Downs International CIC*** and Adequan USEA Gold Cup/PRO Tour Series, Kristi Nunnink and her own R-Star find themselves in familiar territory atop the leaderboard.

Nunnink kicked off the day scoring a 47.9 in dressage to sit in first place headed into what would be a very difficult show jumping course.

“I was happy with her dressage today because I feel like I’m getting her back to being relaxed and supple, and that overall she was quite rideable, which I was pleased with,” said Nunnink.

The show jumping course shook up the placings quite a bit, and no rider was able to produce a double clear round. Only Emilee Libby and her gelding Nonsensical were able to leave all the jumps in their cups, but the pair added four time faults.

Only four riders were inside the time with Nunnink being one of them, however each resulted in having one rail down.

“It was important to decide where I could make time on this course and take the inside lines,” said Nunnink. She also praised the course, explaining that, “it rode well and was a big forward course, and you saw rails come down in a variety of places.”

R-Star and Nunnink who are aiming to head to Rolex in a few weeks time have struggled to come inside the time on cross-country in the past. However, the pair will look to change that tomorrow as they go for the win on course designer Ian Stark’s CIC*** track.

“The cross-country looks like a good prep for Rolex and I need to give her a good confident ride leading up to Kentucky,” she said about her long-time partner, R-Star.

Jolie Wentworth and Goodknight sit in second place behind Nunnink as they prepare for the final phase of competition, and have typically been able to produce notable cross-country results. However, Nunnink feels this pressure from herself, not from her fellow competitors, saying, “There is always pressure to go fast for me, and to be competitive.”

Cross-country competition beings tomorrow at 1:50pm Pacific Standard Time, in reverse order of standing. For complete results, click here.

About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series
Qualifying for the 2014 Adequan USEA Gold Cup began last fall with the Plantation Field CIC3* (PA) and the Woodside CIC3* (CA) and features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced Horse Trials and CIC3* levels. The final will take place at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships September 2014 in Tyler, Texas. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money in the Adequan Advanced Division and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion.

The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many sponsors:Adequan; Standlee Forage Nunn Finer; SmartPak Equine; Nutrena; Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency, Point Two;Dubarry; and FITS.

The PRO Tour Series consists of 13 premier destination events in the United States and Canada in 2013/2014 featuring the best riders and most entertainment. Riders and Horses are awarded points on the PRO Tour Rider Leader Board and PRO Tour Horse Leader Board. Riders can also earn points on the PRO Tour Series at the Intermediate or two-star level for the Multi Radiance Intermediate Challenge. The 2014 Multi Radiance Challenge Leader Board Champion will win a Multi Radiance MR4 ACTIVET Portable Laser System.

The Professional Riders Organization would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2014 PRO Tour Series: Martin Collins USA, The Official Footing of PRO; Multi Radiance Medical, The Official Laser Therapy of PRO & Sponsor of the Multi Radiance Medical Intermediate Challenge ; Tex Sutton, the Official US Equine Air Carrier of PRO; SSG Riding Gloves; Finish Line Horse Products; Midlantic Ltd.; and Mythic Landing Events.

Nov 28, 2021 USEA Foundation

Where are they now? The Holekamp/Turner Grant Recipients

The Holekamp/Turner Grant was founded in 2015 by Timothy and Cheryl Holekamp of New Spring Farm and Christine and T.J. Turner of Indian Creek Farm. This grant gives a USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championship competitor the opportunity to represent the United States at the FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships in the 7-year-old Championship (a CCIYH3*-L) at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France. The intention of the grant is to further develop an upward pathway for U.S. team horses in the sport of eventing. Grant recipients who are North American bred will be awarded the full cash grant of $17,500. If the winner is an imported horse, he will be awarded $8,000.

Nov 27, 2021 Convention

World Equestrian Brands Joins as Title Sponsor of the USEA Rider of the Year Leaderboard and Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to welcome back World Equestrian Brands as the Title Sponsor of the USEA Rider of the Year Leaderboard for 2021 and 2022. This year’s USEA Rider of the Year will be honored at the 2021 USEA Year-End Awards Ceremony held during the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico. World Equestrian Brands will generously provide the winner with a prize of $500 in value. Next year, the USEA Rider of the Year will be recognized during the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention which will take place in Savannah, Georgia on Dec. 7-11, 2022.

Nov 27, 2021 Classic Series

Slaughter, Berry, and Shade Conclude 2021 Season with Wins in Fresno Classic Three-Day Event

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Nov 26, 2021 Convention

Rebecca Farm Returns as Gold Level Sponsor for the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the renewed partnership with Rebecca Farm. Rebecca Farm will return as a Gold Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention and will be the exclusive sponsor for the Annual Meeting continental breakfast. This year’s Annual Meeting & Convention will take place at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 9-12, 2021.

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