This week on the USEA Podcast, get to know the four champions of the USEA Young Event Horse Championships. First, owner/rider Amber Levine introduces Keep Calm (Biscayo x Beauty), the Dutch Warmblood gelding that won the YEH West Coast 4-year-old Championship. Next, Allyson Hartenburg tells us about her off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding Mucho Me Gusto ((Macho Uno x Ghostkeeper), the YEH West Coast 5-year-old Champion.
Then we turn to the East Coast, speaking with Courtney Cooper about the Dare to Dream Team's Excel Star Time to Shine (Luidam x Lismore Bella), the YEH East Coast 4-year-old winner. Finally, Jennie Brannigan talks about Alyssa Phillip's Mecklenburg gelding FE Celestino (Ce-Matin x Antigone), winner of the YEH East Coast 5-year-old Championship.
Florida-based Swedish rider Jennie Jarnstrom-Dennis galloped around clear and fastest of the day on Saturday to take the lead in the inaugural CCI4*-S, sponsored by B&D Builders, at The Event at TerraNova. Jarnstrom-Dennis and her Hanoverian mare Flower Girl (Futurist x Lucy) were fourth after dressage on 30.8. Not a single horse-and-rider combination made the optimum time; she added 10.8 time penalties to lead on 41.6.
Fresh off a top 15 finish in the CCI3*-L at the Maryland 5 Star, Cosby Green is back in Lexington attending class at the University of Kentucky (UK). The 21-year-old is an undergraduate student, a team member and the social chair of the UK eventing team, has two upper-level event horses, Copper Beach and Highly Suspicious, and a young horse, McCreary, who she rode on the winning team of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.
Course designer Pierre Michelet's cross-country courses for the 2021 FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Mondial du Lion were extravagant as always and put young horses to the ultimate test in the 6- and 7-year-old Championships. The 2021 Holekamp/Turner Grant and The Dutta Corp. Prize recipients Cole Horn and MBF Cooley Permission to Land (Cobra x Deeply Dippy K) move forward after the final phase sitting in 30th overnight on a score of 55.8.
The inaugural Event at TerraNova kicked off with dressage on Friday at Terranova Equestrian in Myakka City, Florida. In the CCI4*-S the first rider down the centerline Leslie Law (GBR) took the early lead riding the Irish Sport Horse Typically Fernhill (Dondoctro Ryal K x Castlefield Sarah), owned by Craig McCallum, on 27.2. He maintained the lead through the lunch break and then Sara Kozumplik Murphy and her syndicated Selle Francais gelding Rubens d’Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda d/Ysieux / Mr. Blue) took the top spot with 26.1.