Great Britain’s Piggy French stormed down the center line and demanded the attention from the judges on the second day of dressage. French stole the morning at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event with a 27.1 to take the lead from Felix Vogg, who now sits in second on a 28.0.
French was second to go in the arena aboard Jayne McGivern’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Quarrycrest Echo (Clover Echo x Royal China). The pair were on the gold medal-winning British team at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, and they finished 10th place individually, but today’s wind and weather conditions had French a bit on edge.
“I got up here 20 minutes before our test, and to be honest he felt quite cold and stiff, like it suddenly got cold, hasn’t it? explained French. “He started spooking, which he hasn’t done all week, and it’s windy in there, and the breeze gets you, so it just felt a bit stormy. I’m relieved there were no big mistakes in his test, and I’m delighted with him from how he was in the warmup to go in there and be a professional and do his job. I was really relieved to be honest!”
French said that it was the owner, Jayne McGivern who made the decision to bring “Red” to Kentucky, and she was thrilled to go along with it. “This is a fantastic venue, and everyone’s so friendly when we’re here, so it’s cool. He’s a laid-back horse that copes with travel pretty well usually, so hopefully he does again this year. I’m just extremely grateful for Jayne. It’s as great for her as it is for me.”
There are still 12 horses yet to come this afternoon in front of dressage judges Christina Klingspor (SWE), Martin Plewa (GER) and Mark Weissbecker (USA). Last year’s LRK3DE Champions Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class enter the arena at 1:32 p.m. (ET) which could perhaps rattle the leaderboard once again.
The USEA put together a full roster with fun facts about each horse and rider pair competing at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, so download the roster here. For useful links and statistics, read the USEA Fast Facts for LRK3DE.
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Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?
The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
In episode #251 Nicole catches up with Buck Davidson after his great second-place finish in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase and then brings you all of the latest USEA news with the rest of the team. From tornadoes, prize money, and volunteers, it's all covered!