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.”
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Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamra Smith and Mai Baum and five-star pairs Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin headline a strong Advanced field when Twin Rivers begins an exciting season of eventing competition this weekend.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) programs have around 30 qualifying competitions each, and youngsters around the country are about to begin their seasons aimed at Championships.
As the season begins to turn, the temperature begins to drop, turnout time becomes more limited, schedules shift to accommodate the waning daylight and the possibility for a colicky horse increases. While the exact environmental causes of colic are not well understood, a commonly accepted theory is that any abrupt changes to a horse’s environment or schedule can increase the risk of colic.