Nobody came close to Japanese rider Kazuma Tomoto and Japan Racing Association's 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Brookpark Vikenti (Master Imp x Tullineaskey Butler's Simon) in today’s second half of the Longines CCI5*-L dressage at Luhmühlen. He kept hold of his lead on a score of 25.5 going into tomorrow’s cross-country competition. Tim Price and Ascona M (Cassaro x Naomi), Mrs. Suzanne Houchin, Lucy and Ben Sangster, and Sir Peter Vela's 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, also remained in their second-place position from yesterday on a score of 25.8. Frankie Thierot Stutes (USA) and The Chatwin Group's Chatwin (Contendro I x Oktav), an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, moved into third on a score of 28.8 points after today’s dressage.
Thieriot Stutes was elated after her test today, especially as this is their first attempt at the five-star level. “I am so happy about our fabulous dressage score! Chatwin is a German horse and competed here as a 5-year-old. It’s brilliant to know that he’s back competing here as an experienced horse. He is so special and I am very fortunate to ride such a lovely athlete.”
Thieriot Stutes was the 2018 recipient of the $50,000 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant, which is intended to encourage the development of event riders at the highest levels of the sport. To learn more about the USEA Foundation and the various grants it supports, visit www.useafoundation.org.
Comments on the Longines CCI5*-L Cross-Country Course
Andreas Dibowski: “In my view, the course is very competitive, with a great selection of technical questions. Especially the water complexes require concentration and precise riding. Avedon is on top form and I am looking forward to taking him round this course tomorrow. The ground has been prepared beautifully, so it should be great to ride in front of the home crowd.”
Frankie Thieriot Stutes: “I’ve never ridden at [the] five-star-level, so facing so many technical questions is new for me. It requires obedient horses. Chatwin is naturally fast and I think the course suits us. I think we will have fun going around.”
Zara Tindall: “I really like the cross-country course here in Luhmühlen. I think it’s been built very well and because the time is going to be tough to make, it’s going to be exciting to see how close we can get. The last few fences and the skinnies require concentration from horses and riders, so we will need to keep on our toes not top risk any run outs.”
Click here to check out photos from the second day of dressage competition.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).