All 26 horses that completed Michael Etherington-Smith's CCI4*-S cross-country course yesterday presented at the final horse inspection this morning. The ground jury consisting of Robert Stevenson (USA) and Judy Hancock (GBR) accepted all but one horse.
Charlotte Collier's 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding Clifford M (Cristo x Naomi IV) was sent to the hold box, and unfortunately was not accepted upon re-inspection.
Chris Talley's 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Unmarked Bills was also sent to the hold box, but was accepted upon a second look. Now, there will be 25 horses entering the show jumping arena later this morning to take on Chris Barnard's course. The competitors will jump in reverse order of standings, putting the pressure on overnight leaders Brandon McMechan and Oscar's Wild (Whiskey Wisdom x Rax) to jump a perfect round.
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If you’re like most riders you’ve probably heard someone say something like, “Your last mistake is your best teacher,” or “if you’re doing everything right you’re doing something wrong because you’re in your comfort zone.” While I agree whole-heartedly with these sentiments, I actually prefer, “Equestrians don’t make mistakes. Mistakes make equestrians.” They make us bolder, braver, and brighter; but only when we develop a positive relationship with our mistakes and respond to them in productive ways.
Up-and-coming eventing athlete Tommy Greengard of Malibu, California, was named the recipient of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation’s Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant for 2024. A current competitor on the U.S. Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Eventing Emerging Program List, Greengard has aspirations of representing the United States internationally.
Bethany Hutchins-Kristen headed into 2023 with hopes of earning the SmartPak USEA Stallion of the Year award for a second year in a row on her homebred Geluk HVF, and after a stellar season, including a top-10 finish at the TerraNova CCI2*-L (Myakka City, Florida), she took home the top prize with an 18-point lead.
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