The Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event saw 123 horse-and-rider combinations competing in four divisions over four days at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, New Jersey. It was an exciting weekend of competition that saw a new face at the top of the CCI4*-L leaderboard once the dust had settled. Twenty-three-year-old Fylicia Barr and her partner of nine years, Galloway Sunrise, beat out the competition to take home their first four-star win in the CCI4*-L division.
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The dressage test is the first of the three phases in eventing. Intended to demonstrate "the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse," the dressage test contains a prescribed list of movements to be carried out in front of a judge, or judges, and which is then given a penalty score that horse and rider carry through to the end of the competition.
On Sunday, June 16, Molly Sullivan and Kate Swain were named the two winners of the Charles Owen Technical Merit award for Area IX at Golden Spike Horse Trials.
Tim Price (NZL) won the Longines CCI5*-L with Ascona M in a nail-biting finish. He jumped clear, but didn’t quite make the time allowed; however, he had a cushion with Alex Bragg (GBR) and Zagreb dropping a pole.
One of the most highly respected event officials in the country, Wayne Quarles, will be judging Area IX’s USEA Charles Owen Technical Merit Award (COTM) at Golden Spike Horse Trials in Ogden, Utah on Sunday, June 16.