Each of the four members of the champion team from the 2019 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials reflects on their winning weekend.
There is nothing quite like the spirit of a group of college students representing their schools as they go head-to-head in the best sport of them all – eventing!
The overnight leaders and 2018 defending champions have maintained their lead to take the title once again! Auburn University Orange team led the first day on a cumulative 92.601 in their respective Novice and Training level divisions, and they managed to jump clear today to remain on their overnight score, re-claiming their victory for 2019.
The 2018 defending champions, Auburn University, sent three teams with 12 riders to the 2019 USEA Intercollegiate Championship at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Georgia. The University has riders competing in the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary levels this weekend, and they have returned this year to defend their title.
The fourth annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championships kick off next weekend, May 18-19 at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Georgia. Since its inception, the USEA Intercollegiate Championships have grown from 37 competitors and 10 schools and teams to nearly 90 competitors and over 22 teams competing for the championship title.
The Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Georgia will offer one of two CCI4*-S divisions running this weekend; the other began today at The Fork Horse Trials in Mill Spring, North Carolina. With the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event taking place later this month, several horse-and-rider combinations will use Chattahoochee Hills as a final prep run.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the future locations for the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship for the next four years.
Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia was one of two events hosting Adequan USEA Gold Cup divisions over Easter weekend, with 23 in the CIC3* division and another 10 in the Advanced division and several horses and riders making their final prep runs before heading to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* later this month.
Elinor MacPhail O’Neal and Sally Crane’s 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding RF Eloquence (Contender x D-Ginger) put in the second-fastest ride of the division on Hugh Lochore’s cross-country course this afternoon, picking up just 7.2 time penalties and finishing on a final score of 38.7, which was ultimately good enough to take home the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division at Chattahoochee Hills.
Jacob Fletcher and Fletcher Farms’ 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Atlantic Domino (Dunlough Striker x Atlantic Amanda) were the only pair to come in under the optimum time in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* division at Chattahoochee Hills, finishing on their dressage score of 30.0 to take home their first win three-star win as a pair.
All ten horses and riders in the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division completed the dressage and show jumping phases of competition today. The leaderboard saw only minor shifts after this evening’s show jumping, with the top three pairs unchanged but in a different order on the leaderboard.