Thirty-one horses will go forward to show jumping today in The Fork CIC3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center – the World Equestrian Games test event and an Adequan USEA Gold Cup qualifying division. Two horses did not present this morning, Rachel McDonough’s Irish Rhythm, a 19-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Vice Chancellor x Dawnsari) and Fernhill Cubalawn, Tom Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, and Caroline Moran’s 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Con Capitol x Corse Lawn) ridden by Phillip Dutton.
McDonough posted on her Instagram yesterday “Oliver was super around The Fork CIC3* track today, clear round with just a handful of time. Unfortunately we have acquired a cut on the inside left knee which may need a stitch! Though small we are taking the best care for our boy. He is comfortable and enjoying his treats and hay. I’ve made the decision to scratch him as I know he can show jump and taking care of him comes above all else!”
Dutton said on his Facebook page, “Fernhill Cubalawn was a bit sore and uncomfortable after running cross country at The Fork & WEG Eventing Test Event, so we withdrew him prior to this morning's final horse inspection. Thank you to my team for providing excellent care to Cuba. His welfare will always come first.”
Both Kiltealy Toss Up, Kehoe Enterprises LLC’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Kiltealy Spring x Kiltealy Lass) and the Donner Syndicate’s RF Cool Play, a 10-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Condors Champion x Roxana) were sent to the hold box, but passed upon re-inspection.
Show jumping gets underway for the Advanced at 10:00 a.m. and the CIC3* at 11:00 a.m. You can watch the live stream here and follow along with the live scoring for the Advanced here and the CIC3* here.
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About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series
The 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced horse trials and CIC3* levels. The qualifying period begins August 2017 and continues through August 2018 with the final taking place at the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, August 29 – September 2, 2018. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money and thousands of dollars in prizes and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final Advanced Division.
In 2000 and with the support of Joan Iversen Goswell, the Worth the Trust Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to amateurs to pursue their education in eventing. The funds from the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarship may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
The spring eventing season in the Midwest is always a toss-up due to unpredictable weather. Will it rain, will it be sunny, or will it be a snowstorm? No one knows! Mid-America Combined Training Association’s (MACTA) first cross-country schooling of the season was cancelled in March due to extremely muddy footing conditions and by the time our April dates came around, COVID-19 was in full force and we were unable to host our cross-country schooling and schooling show.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.