In a recent public statement made by the La Mondial du Lion Organizing Committee, they confirmed their intent to host the FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses this year on October 15-18, 2020 in Le Lion d ’Angers, France. With events starting back up and the Championships set on the calendar, the race to Le Lion is still on!
Since 2015, the Holekamp/Turner Grant has awarded significant funds each year that enable a USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) graduate the opportunity to represent the United States in the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships 7-year-old CCIYH3*-L at Mondial du Lion in France. This year, the Championships will be held on October 15-18, 2020 in Le Lion d ’Angers, France.
With seven horses partially qualified and with seven months until the start of the competition - the race to Le Lion d’Angers has officially begun! Read on to learn more about the championships for young horses, the eligibility requirements for the Holekamp/Turner Grant, The Dutta Corporation prize, the qualifications to compete, and the young horses who are in the running for a chance to represent U.S. eventing.
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp piloted Cooley Moonshine (Cobra x Kilpatrick Duchess) to a silver medal in the 7-year-old division of the FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships in Le Lion d'Angers, France. She and The Monster Partnership’s 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding scored 29.3 on their dressage test, then tallied 1.2 time penalties on cross-country.
Quantum came off cross-country yesterday dragging Doug back to the barn and still full of run. He lost a shoe (maybe on the drop off the roof?) and had a couple small scrapes on his legs. We jogged him after the shoe went back on, and he looked absolutely great. So we all went home.
It was a great weekend for the U.S. at the FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships at Le Lion d’Angers with Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp finishing third in the 6-year-old class aboard Cooley Moonshine and seventh in the 7-year-old class with Cooley Quicksilver.
Well, what can I say about the crowds . . . I think unbelievable might be the answer. I have never seen so many people on a cross-country course in the U.S. . . . ever – I’m not sure even at the event formerly known as Rolex. I think the estimates for other years were at 60,000, and I believe it. And it seemed to be a much different crowd than we normally see in the U.S.
Day 4 (I think...) It is hard to keep track of time when you aren’t in the “real world,” but we did dressage today, so it must be Friday. Courtney Carson had Quantum looking like the star he is, with a set of braids the hunter people would have been killed to have. Quantum didn’t have quite the test we had hoped for, but he is for sure going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
We got up early and had a very French breakfast made by our host, which beat the piece of tongue I had last night (it had hair on it, so I’m not sure what part it came from, but I can assure you as a veterinarian, it was NOT tongue). Then we headed out to watch Doug school early, then watch dressage and walk cross-country.
High level dressage was expected this morning in the 6-year-old CCI* FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion d’Angers with the likes of Piggy French (GBR), Michael Jung (GER), Sandra Auffarth(GER), and Thomas Carlile (FRA).
So we flew over to France Saturday night/Sunday morning, afternoon, evening. It seems like that day goes on for a week. Of course, you all know how much work is involved in leaving horses when you leave home, so I spent the last day shipping some horses one place and some another, writing out instructions, and taking care of all the other animals as well. Whew!