After the first horse inspection held yesterday, 45 of the 46 pairs presented to the judges will move forward with competition in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star CCI5*-L starting with the dressage phase today. In addition to the CCI5*-L, CCI3*-L competitors will also put on their dancing shoes as well as the Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championship competitors.
Allison Springer and the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Vandyke (Vancouver x Shannondale Willow) will be the first to kick off FEI competition at 8:03 a.m. in the CCI3*-L. A total of 25 three-star horses will do dressage today with the final CCI3*-L pair of the day, Elinor MacPhail O’Neal and Sally Cox’s 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding Zick Zack (Blue Hors Zack x Mercedes) entering the arena at 11:25 a.m. The remaining 25 CCI3*-L pairs will make their way down the centerline starting at 8:03 a.m. on Friday.
In the CCI5*-L22 pairs will come before the judges with Buck Davidson having the honor of being the first five-star rider to compete at the Maryland 5 Star aboard the 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding Carlevo (Caresino x Ramatuelle) owned by Katherine O’Brien. They will set the standard for the week’s five-star showdown at 1:03 p.m. Davidson will also close out the first day of CCI5*-L competition with Kathleen Cuca’s 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Jak My Style at 4:27 p.m. Starting at 1:03 p.m. on Friday the final 23 CCI5*-L entries will wrap up the dressage phase of the five-star competition.
The first of the YEH partnerships to go before the judges will be the Irish Sport Horse gelding Fernhill Domino (Sligo Candy Boy x Unbelievable Cappolla) owned by the Fernhill Domino Syndicate and ridden by Ryan Wood. They will start the 2021 YEH Championships with the dressage and conformation phase at 8:00 a.m. The pairs competing in the 4-year-old Championships will then go on to the jumping and galloping phase starting at 10:30 a.m. with owner/rider Carleigh Fedorka’s Thoroughbred gelding Resurgent (Sky Mesa x Galloping Aim) being the first to go. A victor will be crowned in the 4-year-old Championships at the end of the day today, who do you think it will be?
While the 4-year-olds will be crowned this afternoon, the YEH 5-year-old Championships will begin their weekend with dressage this afternoon, but will not finish out their competition until tomorrow. The first horse to be presented to the judges in the 5-year-old dressage and conformation phase will enter the arena at 8:00 a.m. That honor goes to Linda Hudson’s Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley On A Quest (Ramiro B x Beyond Rubies) who will be ridden by Catherine Pournelle. The final rider to go today in the 5-year-old class will be Ivie Cullen-Dean riding her own Warmblood gelding Redfield Splash of Cream (Canabis Z x N.J.H. Van Der Meet) at 3:27 p.m. YEH Championship action will resume on Friday, with the jumping and galloping phase which kicks off at 8:00 a.m.
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Boyd Martin claimed the win aboard Fedarman B on a final score of 29.0 in the CCI4*-L division to claim the CCI4*-L USET Foundation National Championship, adding nothing to their dressage score after two double-clear jumping rounds. In reserve, and the highest-ranked international rider, Colleen Loach and Vermont, the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Van Helsing x Heraldik XX) owned by Peter Barry, also completed their weekend without adding any points, ending on a score of 29.3. Clinching third place honors via double-clear stadium round for a total of 31.0 points was Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley, the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare (Connor 48 x Mytens XX) owned by Lesley Grant-Law, Jackie Brown and Steve Brown.
In 2021, Strides for Equality Equestrian (SEE) and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) established the Ever So Sweet Scholarship which provides a fully-funded opportunity for riders from diverse backgrounds to train with five-star eventing Sara Kozumplik Murphy for one season (winter or summer). The scholarship funds cover full board and training costs for one horse, several lessons per week, housing, a stipend for living expenses, competition fees, and coaching at competitions. During the duration of their working student opportunity, participants learn to manage, care for, and compete horses in an immersive program and will have the opportunity to work as part of the team in all aspects of running a large, competitive barn, in addition to making critical professional connections that would otherwise be unattainable.
Reddick, FL - The organizing committee of the Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. is sad to report that No Limits, Oops a 16-year-old gelding ridden by Aline Briot in the Training Rider division experienced a fall at fence 17 on the cross-country course. The horse received immediate veterinary attention at the fence and was euthanized onsite. Aline Briot was uninjured in the fall.