There’s a new leader holding the top spot after the final day of dressage in the CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS equestrian. The remaining 24 CCI4*-S competitors competed in front of judges Peter Gray and Bea di Grazia. The 11-year-old KWPN mare, Starr Witness (Chello III VDL x Carmen) owned by Doug Payne, Catherine Winter, and Laurie McRee scored an impressive 23.2 to take the lead going into tomorrow’s cross-country.
“We spent a lot of time last year doing flatwork and jumping a bit and I think that’s paying off now. She’s getting stronger and more confident. She’s a pleasure to ride and I’m very lucky to have her,” said Payne after his test.
“I thought it was phenomenal,” added Payne’s mother, Marilyn Payne who is an Olympic level dressage judge. “I was delighted with the horse. That’s the best, most consistent I’ve ever seen her go – and she can get better, which is really exciting.”
Starr Witness and Payne represented the U.S. at the 2019 Pan American Games and helped the U.S. team secure team gold. The pair also competed in the CCI4*-S last year at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day event and placed fifth. They recently finished second in the CCI4*-S at Carolina International and second in the Advanced division at The Fork at TIEC.
Colleen Loach and Peter Barry's 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Vermont (Van Helsing x Hauptstutbuch Hollywood) put in a lovely test to score a 24.5 which puts them in second place going into cross-country. There were no other pairs that scored lower than a 25.7 so yesterday’s leaders Liz Halliday-Sharp and the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Quicksilver (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal) owned by The Monster Partnership sit in third going into tomorrow’s cross-country.
Tomorrow will be influential as there is less than a one-tenth of a point difference in the dressage scores between the pairs sitting in fourth, fifth, and sixth. The 10-year-old Brandenburg mare FE Coldplay, owned by Clayton Fredericks, Hugh Wrigley, and Diana Crawford, is ranked fourth following dressage on Friday morning after scoring a 26.7. Cooley Moonshine (Cobra x Kilpatrick Duchess) a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by The Monster Partnership is settled into fifth place with a score of 26.8 and Cooley Be Cool (Heritage Fortunus x HHS Carlota) a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by The Monster Partnership scored a 26.9 to sit in sixth.
Cross-country for the CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event will kick off on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. EST.
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United States Eventing Association (USEA) members at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention were in for a treat on Friday as the U.S. Eventing Team was on hand to discuss their accomplishments this year at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.
“Test the best without hurting the rest,” said show jumping course designer Chris Barnard as he and fellow designer Marc Donovan led a lively discussion for nearly 50 participants at the Show Jumping Seminar on the first day of the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
This afternoon, USEA President Louise “Lou” Leslie welcomed U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors members, USEA staff, and USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees to the first of two Board meetings which will take place during this year’s Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, with the teaser that 2024 is going to be full of initiatives for more opportunities to access the eventing experience, some of which attendees might get first wind of during this year’s gathering. The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Welcome to the Show Me state and to Area IV USEA members! The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks of tomorrow and features four full days of educational seminars, committee meetings, and social gatherings all with one aim—to bring the eventing community together to continue to improve upon and celebrate the sport that we all love. This year’s Convention takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis from Dec. 7-10, and we have rounded up everything you need to know to make the most of your time in the heartland.