A three-way tie for second overall, and first in the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championships at the Virginia Horse Trials between Ariel Grald with Monbeg Game Face, Sharon White with Highlife’s Je T’aime, and Colleen Rutledge with C Me Fly, sets the pace after dressage.
Sitting on scores of 28.30, Grald (Vass, N.C.), White (Summit Point, W.V.), and Rutledge (Frederick, Md.) will head into cross-country on Saturday looking to break the tie and claim the overall lead in the national championship, awarded to the highest-placed U.S. combination in the CCI1* that is 22 years of age or older. Grald rides Monbeg Game Face, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Anne Eldridge. White rides Highlife’s Je T’aime, an 8-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Madeline Hartsock, and Rutledge rides C Me Fly, her 6-year-old Westphalian mare.
Closing in on the top three in the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship are White on her second mount, Masterel, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding she owns with Denis Glaccum, on a score of 28.80. Just behind them Lauren Sumner (Damascus, Md.) and Crossfire, her eight-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, sit on a score of 29.10.
1. Ariel Grald with Monbeg Game Face
1. Sharon White with Highlife's Je T'aime
1. Colleen Rutledge with C Me Fly
4. Sharon White with Masterel
5. Lauren Sumner with Crossfire
Kelsey Ann Quinn Tops the Leaderboard in USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship
With the completion of the dressage phase behind them, Kelsey Ann Quinn and Dandy Longlegs command the field in the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship at the Virginia Horse Trials.
Quinn (Finksburg, Md.) and Dandy Longlegs, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Julie Quinn, sit definitively in the first-place position for the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship, awarded to the highest-placed U.S. combination in the CCI1* between the ages of 14 and 21, with a score of 27.70. The 16-year-old and Dandy Longlegs are a fairly new combination, only working together since March.
“It was awesome; [Dandy Longlegs] was super chill and he couldn’t have been better,” said Quinn. “We have been working on our lengthening and he really did that well. We are just trying to have a consistent ride and keep him as calm as possible. I just got him in March, so it is a fairly new ride. This is our first CCI, so we have been trying to get it together. He has been cool!”
When asked how Dandy Longlegs’s performs on cross-country, Quinn said: “He is awesome – he is so straightforward. He just crushes it. We walked [the course] last night and it looks good; there is nothing too scary.”
Closely on Quinn’s heels is fellow competitor Emma Ayre (Virginia Beach, Va.). She and Dad Arewethereyet, her 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, sit solidly in second on a score of 29.90. Katherine DeLaney (Rockville, Va.) and Canto Royale, her eight-year-old Holsteiner gelding, round out the third-place position with a score of 30.90.
1. Kelsey Ann Quinn with Dandy Longlegs
2. Emma Ayre with Dad Arewethereyet
3. Katherine DeLaney with Canto Royale
CCI1* and CCI1*-JR/YR cross-country gets underway on Saturday, November 3 beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Florida-based Swedish rider Jennie Jarnstrom-Dennis galloped around clear and fastest of the day on Saturday to take the lead in the inaugural CCI4*-S, sponsored by B&D Builders, at The Event at TerraNova. Jarnstrom-Dennis and her Hanoverian mare Flower Girl (Futurist x Lucy) were fourth after dressage on 30.8. Not a single horse-and-rider combination made the optimum time; she added 10.8 time penalties to lead on 41.6.
Fresh off a top 15 finish in the CCI3*-L at the Maryland 5 Star, Cosby Green is back in Lexington attending class at the University of Kentucky (UK). The 21-year-old is an undergraduate student, a team member and the social chair of the UK eventing team, has two upper-level event horses, Copper Beach and Highly Suspicious, and a young horse, McCreary, who she rode on the winning team of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.
Course designer Pierre Michelet's cross-country courses for the 2021 FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Mondial du Lion were extravagant as always and put young horses to the ultimate test in the 6- and 7-year-old Championships. The 2021 Holekamp/Turner Grant and The Dutta Corp. Prize recipients Cole Horn and MBF Cooley Permission to Land (Cobra x Deeply Dippy K) move forward after the final phase sitting in 30th overnight on a score of 55.8.
The inaugural Event at TerraNova kicked off with dressage on Friday at Terranova Equestrian in Myakka City, Florida. In the CCI4*-S the first rider down the centerline Leslie Law (GBR) took the early lead riding the Irish Sport Horse Typically Fernhill (Dondoctro Ryal K x Castlefield Sarah), owned by Craig McCallum, on 27.2. He maintained the lead through the lunch break and then Sara Kozumplik Murphy and her syndicated Selle Francais gelding Rubens d’Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda d/Ysieux / Mr. Blue) took the top spot with 26.1.