Tamie Smith is your overall FEI division winner the Woodside International Horse Trials. Smith continues to prove she is a force to be reckoned with and this weekend was no different. With nine horses in the FEI divisions and one horse in Training, she was non-stop all weekend. We were able to catch up with Tamie to get her thoughts on the weekend and also hear about the behind the scenes that keep Next Level Eventing (NLE) performing at the top level. Smith is headed to the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event and Tyron International Three-Day Event to finish out the year and if her results here are any indication she will be the one to watch.
Tamie Smith shares thoughts on her weekend:
Erin Kellerhouse and her own Woodford Reserve (Tinaranas Inspector x Laharns Laughton), a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, finished right behind Smith to secure second place at her first-ever CCI4*-S! Kellerhouse and "Woody" came out of the start box on a mission - "He came out of the box wanting to go fast, I didn't have to push him he wanted to run," Kellerhouse said. Despite one green moment in the corner combination, it was a textbook round for the pair. This was the pair's last run before the CCI4*-L at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event in a couple of weeks, and with a little fine-tuning in the coming weeks, it's safe to say you will see this pair at the top of the leaderboard there as well.
Rebecca Braitling and Arnell Sporthorses' 9-year-old British Sport Horse gelding Caravaggio (Vangelis-S x Courtesan) had a great weekend, only adding 3.6 time penalties to their dressage score to finish second in the CCI3*-S. "I am thrilled with 'Ernie' - he's such an exciting horse to produce," Braitling conveyed. "I can't speak highly enough of the competition here this weekend, it was top class and the cross-country was seriously impressive." This pair is also headed to the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event in a couple of weeks and we look forward to seeing their success there as well.
Lauren Billys and her own and the Can Be Sweet Syndicate's 8-year-old German Sport Horse gelding Can Be Sweet (Candyman x Tres Belle) were one second over the optimum time to knock them down to second place in the CCI2*-S. The pair had a practically foot-perfect weekend and they will also be headed to the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event in a couple of weeks. Billys also had her own and the Purdy Syndicate LLC's 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Castle Larchfield Purdy (Karistos x Hallo Purdy) in the CCI4*-S and finished competitively in fourth place. This event qualified Billys and "Purdy" for the Toyko Olympics and we could not be more excited for this team. We caught up with Billys to hear her thoughts on the weekend.
Lauren Billys weighs in on the weekend at Woodside:
Preliminary through Introductory finished up their divisions Sunday in what was sure to be a great way to wrap a great event. We want to thank everyone who came out to compete, all of our volunteers, stewards, and officials. We could not do what we love without all of you! Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing everyone at Galway October 28 - November 1.
While a total of 95 4- and 5-year-old horses will be vying for top-finishes in The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships next weekend, a select group of YEH graduates are entered in the CCI5*-L division at the second annual MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Presented by Brown Advisory. The USEA YEH program has run successfully for over 15 years, and many graduates of the program have gone onto compete at the pinnacle of the sport, the FEI 5-Star level of eventing, including the four horses entered in the 2022 Maryland 5 Star.
Founded in 2019, the MARS Bromont Rising U25 Program was initially created to assist up-and-coming riders under the age of 25 in North America who had not yet competed in a destination event, such as the program’s namesake the MARS Bromont CCI in Lac Brume, Quebec, Canada, or been recognized by the USEF programs intended for emerging athletes.. Spearheaded by the late Steve Blauner and Sue Ockendon, the program sought to give back to the sport by helping the next generation of riders get more experience under their belt with the help of the financial assistance provided by the program, and the two days of included instruction from leading coaches around the world.
Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) is excited to kick off a two-year anniversary celebration, happening all throughout the month of October in the form of “SEE Month”. SEE’s goal during October is to raise awareness about our mission of opening doors for equestrians from diverse backgrounds while also fundraising to continue our work and future projects.
And just like that, it is time for the Morven Park International! The prestigious event will take place Thursday, October 6, and run through Sunday, October 10 in Leesburg, Virginia. This is the event’s second year offering the CCI4*-L division, in addition to their CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI2*-S divisions. That’s not all! The historic grounds at Morven Park will also host national divisions at the Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels.