Texas Rose Horse Park hosted its first horse trials of the 2021 season this past Saturday and Sunday. It was a welcomed relief to all the Area V competitors and spectators after a grueling February that brought a polar vortex through the region causing cancellations and postponements for several events. The brutal storm shut down much of the region due to subzero temperatures that froze roads, broke water pipes, and even caused the shutdown of the electrical grid, which left many residents without heat and power.
So, it has been a bit of a month for Texans. Now they finally get a chance to get out, dust off the saddle, get that dually hummin’ down the road, and kick back and watch that famous Texas Rose Horse Park sunset.
For many of the riders, it was just an opportunity to knock the rust off after a grueling winter storm, but for others like Lauren Lambert, it was a chance to work on some refinement before heading to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event next month to compete in the CCI4*-S. It was a smooth ride for Lambert and her own 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Fantastique (Toulan x Nikitona) cruising through the dressage portion of the event and demonstrating their fantastique (sorry, could not help myself) skills on the show jumping course.
Brooks Searcy and Chloe Johnson were also seen participating at Texas Rose this weekend. Several weeks ago the two were competing in the first-ever USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) team challenge conducted in Ocala, Fla. The team, Team Garth coached by Rebecca Brown, would go on to win the inaugural event with their other team members Camdyn Rahe and Kenna Jensen.
Although it was a rough start to the season for the folks in Area V everyone is excited to finally get the season underway. They will keep that momentum going with the Holly Hills HT event coming up in several weeks. So, stay cool Texas, or eh, warm, well you know what I mean.
About Texas Rose Horse Park. Texas Rose Horse Park is a family-owned and operated premier event facility located in the beautiful rolling hills of Tyler, Texas. The 1700-acre expanse features a full size lighted indoor arena, six all-weather footing outdoor show arenas including one Grand Prix Jumper Ring, three show barns housing over 350 12x12 stalls, a tent pad to accommodate an additional 350 horses, a Beginner Novice through Advanced level Cross Country Course, a 61-slot RV Park and a concession court.
"Too plain" is not a description that fits today's wire-to-wire winner of the Twin Rivers Spring International's inaugural CCI4*-L. But that's what Amber Levine heard five years ago after importing the now 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) as a sales prospect. So, she kept him. His long-delayed debut at the CCI4*-L level proved the wisdom of that decision.
This year’s pre-Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event USEA Official Podcast isn’t a traditional preview show, but rather Host Nicole Brown and the team of Max Corcoran, Rob Burk, and Diarm Byrne are discussing their favorite Kentucky memories as everyone gets giddy for the 2021 event!
At the second-to-last of 40 efforts, "I thought, 'This is actually happening,'" said Amber Levine of a faultless finish with Cellar Farm's Cinzano today to stay on their 31.5 lead going into show jumping tomorrow morning in the Twin Rivers Spring International CCI4*-L. The Jeffs Hot Tub Waves complex at 19 a/b was the awkward exception to a Hugh Lochore-designed course that otherwise "rode great" for the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) in his long-delayed debut at the level. An entirely new portion of the course around the racetrack featured a series of bright-white painted obstacles, but nothing distracted Cinzano's "tunnel vision for those flags." Levine expects a similar game attitude tomorrow and has a rail to spare.
Black stallion antics after the CCI4*-L jog inspection yesterday were not a preview of Cinzano's dressage test today. "When you are riding and working him, he's all into what you are doing," says Amber Levine, who owns the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Classe VDL x Walta) through her Cellar Farm. A 31.5 dressage test puts them atop a field of four, three of which, including Cinzano, are first-timers in the division in Paso Robles, California.