The Red Hills International Horse Trials hosted the first CCI4*-S of the year this weekend at Elinor Klapp Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. Twenty-five horses set out to claim the title in the CCI4*-S, but it was Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High that took home the win.
O’Hanlon and Foxwood High (Rio Bronco W x Evita II), John and Judy Rumble’s 16-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding, rose to the top in the CCI4*-S after riding clean across the country and adding a single rail to their dressage score of 26.8 on the final day of competition.
Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia (Ocordo x Argentina) scored a 30.5 in dressage, good enough for sixth place headed into Saturday’s cross-country competition. After clocking around with just 8.4 time penalties, Fredericks and Diana Crawford and Hugh Wrigley’s 12-year-old Zweibrucker mare moved into fifth place after cross-country, finally finishing in second place after jumping double clear on the final day.
Jessica Phoenix and her own 17-year-old Westfalian gelding Pavarotti (Pavarotti van de Helle x Fidelia) sat in fifth place after dressage on a score of 28.5 and moved up to round out the top three after picking up 14.8 time penalties on cross-country and just one second of time in show jumping.
Phoenix and Bentley's Best (Hirtentanz 2 x Hauptstutbuch Baronesse XIII), The Bentley's Best Group's 12-year-old Trakehner gelding, walked away with the win in the CCI3*-S division, leading the division from wire to wire and adding a single rail in show jumping to finish on a score of 29.0.
Lynn Symansky and Global Cassero 3 (Conteur x Wahida), Katherine Coleman’s 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding, led the CCI2*-S division from pillar to post on their dressage score of 25.2.
Martin Packs a One-Two Punch in the Advanced
Boyd Martin claimed first and second place in the Advanced division at Red Hills International aboard Christine Turner’s Kyra and the Long Island T Syndicate’s Long Island T with Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp and The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Quicksilver rounding out the top three.
Martin and Kyra (VDL Ulando H x Wellesley), a 12-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare, scored a 27.8 in dressage, good enough for second place following the first phase of competition. They moved into the lead after incurring just 4.4 time penalties on cross-country and added no penalties on the final day to finish in first place on a final score of 32.2.
Martin and Kyra’s stablemate Long Island T (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight), a 13-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding, led the division after dressage on a 25.5 but 12.8 time penalties on cross-country and a clear show jumping round ultimately dropped them to second place.
Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal), an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, quietly stalked the leaders, moving up from eighth place after dressage on a score of 36.4 to fifth place after cross-country, adding 6.4 time penalties to their score, and finally jumping clear on the final day to take home third place.
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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).