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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Dr. David Vos and the USEA’s Cross-Country Safety Subcommittee have developed a low cost, easily constructed testing system in order to test obstacles with frangible fence equipment to ensure that the fence will collapse when impacted under appropriate conditions.
For Ashley DeWitt, T Hop aka Oscar holds a very special place in her heart. DeWitt was a student of Philippa Humphreys and she acquired Oscar through Humphreys, who sadly passed away a year later.
The first record of a steeplechase race was in Ireland in 1752. The race, which was between Cornelius O’Callaghan and Edmund Blake, started at St. John’s Church and ended at St. Mary’s Church (around 4.5 miles total) in County Cork, Ireland. After that race, steeplechase was born.
The first of 10 Charles Owen Technical Merit competitions took place February 21-24 at the Pine Top Horse Trials in Thompson, Georgia. Over the course of the year, the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award will be presented at one event in each of the 10 USEA Areas, rewarding riders for their safe and effective cross-country riding.