The Red Hills International Horse Trials hosted the first CCI4*-S of the year this weekend at Elinor Klapp Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. Twenty-five horses set out to claim the title in the CCI4*-S, but it was Selena O'Hanlon and Foxwood High that took home the win.
And just like that, the East Coast FEI season is upon us! The 21st Red Hills International Horse Trials kicks off tomorrow at Elinor Klapp Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. Over the next three days, 26 combinations will be tackling the first ever CCI4*-S division to be offered in North America.
The Red Hills International Horse Trials took place last weekend amidst a backdrop of Spanish moss at the Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida, and horses and riders came out to shake off some of the winter cobwebs and kick off the East Coast FEI eventing season. The USEA was on the scene and got to capture some glimpses into the special moments of the competitors, take a look!
The leaderboard may have shuffled around a bit as rails dropped all across Chris Barnard’s show jumping course this afternoon in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced division, but no one could touch Waylon Roberts and Anthony Connolly and L. Skey Levely’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Kelecyn Cognac (Fusaichi Pegasus x Dreamland) who led the division from start to finish.
They placed fifth in 2015, 10th in 2016, and now they sit poised to take the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced at Red Hills International. Waylon Roberts and Anthony Connolly and L. Skey Levely’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Kelecyn Cognac (Fusaichi Pegasus x Dreamland) remain at the top the leaderboard following the second day of competition at Red Hills after adding 10.8 cross-country time penalties to their first-place dressage score of 29.8.
Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous (Carry Gold x Richardia) scored an impressive 25.6 yesterday in the dressage phase of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at Red Hills International and never looked back. Little and Jacqueline Mars and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ 13-year-old Oldenburg mare put in one of only six double clean show jumping rounds this morning before setting out on cross-country, where they jumped clean and picked up 10.4 time penalties on a day when only one rider in 33 starters made the time.
Three ladies sit at the top of the leaderboard after the first day of competition in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at the Red Hills International Horse Trials. Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous (Carry Gold x Richardia), Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky, and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ 13-year-old Oldenburg mare, laid down a commanding test shortly before the lunch break to take the lead on a score of 25.6.
When Alexa Lapp started working for eventer Jennie Brannigan in 2012, the plan was to help out for a month or two until Brannigan found full-time help. Lapp traveled from her home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Ocala, Florida in the winter of her Junior year of high school, having finished a substantial amount of school credit in her Freshman and Sophomore years and completing her schooling with a combination of on-campus and online courses.
The 20th annual Red Hills International Horse Trials will begin with dressage for all levels tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Nilson Moreira da Silva and Magnum's Martini (Magnum x Momo’s Girl), his own and L&N Equestrian’s 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, will start things off in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* and Matt Flynn will be the first to go in the Advanced division at 3:21 p.m. aboard Wizzerd.
The Red Hills International Horse Trials 20th anniversary event will kick off bright and early tomorrow morning at Elinor Klapp Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. In addition to hosting the first Adequan USEA Gold Cup divisions of the year, Red Hills is also a qualifying event for the FEI World Equestrian Games that will be taking place later this year at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Red Hills International Horse Trials will be held March 8‐11, 2018, at Elinor Klapp Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Florida. In addition to celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Red Hills will be a major qualifying competition for the World Equestrian Games (WEG), which are held every two years, alternating with the summer Olympics.