Today Aspen Farms Horse Trials welcomed nearly 300 horses and riders from throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and Canada for the start of their tenth anniversary horse trials in Yelm, Wash. The competition includes ten Area VII Championship classes from Beginner Novice through Intermediate as well as the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division - the only Advanced level horse trials in Washington state.
At the conclusion of dressage, Emily Pestl-Dimmitt and Airlington (Abanos x Eleonore), a 14-year-old Bavarian Warmblood gelding owned by Michele Pestl, are leading the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division. “We’ve been working to get him more fit this summer so he’s feeling like he has a bit more energy on the flat and is more rideable lately,” Emily shared. “We had several bobbles here and there today and there were several more points to be had, but he was overall very obedient in his usual consistent way. I’m very happy with his performance.”
Emily is also riding three lower level horses this weekend and is leading the Open Beginner Novice Championship division after dressage aboard Floid, owned by Kristen Davignon.
Canadian competitors are also making a strong impression in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced, sitting in second and third overnight. Sabrina Glaser and Patricia Yust's Rembrandt, a 9-year-old Selle Francais gelding of unknown breeding, scored a 33.7, and young rider Anne-Sophie Levesque and her own 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding, Eskapade (Portland L x Champagne Diamond), are close behind on a score of 34.
The field of eight will take on Tremaine Cooper’s cross-country course starting at 1:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday.
About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series
The 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced horse trials and CIC3* levels. The qualifying period begins August 2017 and continues through August 2018 with the final taking place at the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, August 29 – September 2, 2018. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money and thousands of dollars in prizes and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final Advanced Division.
The 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many loyal sponsors: Adequan, Standlee Forage, Nutrena, Merck Animal Health, and FITS.
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This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).