Earlier today, Jennie Brannigan released the following statement regarding Twilightslastgleam's withdrawal from the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d'Angers:
"I am super bummed that Tim, Nina, and I have decided not to run Twilightslastgleam at Mondial Du Lion. We had some concerns about him having a potential injury brewing and decided that his future is bright, he is young, and to give him a break and bring him out 100% next spring. We are so grateful to the United States Eventing Association (USEA), Timothy Holekamp, and Chris Turner for the opportunity. I am also grateful to my vet Mary Griffin for looking out for the horses so diligently.
It is wonderful to have owners that make the right call for the horses and I have to say that this was a very tough and close one to make. My heart breaks for them but I know Comic will make them smile quite a bit in the future."
Twilightslastgleam (National Anthem x Royal Child), a 7-year-old Thoroughbred known in the barn as Comic, was named as the recipient of the 2017 Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Le Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant, which is awarded to the highest scoring horse from the USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old East and West Championships combined that is qualified as a 7-year-old and willing to compete in the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships. North American-bred winners of the Grant are awarded with a cash prize of $17,500 to offset the expenses of traveling to Le Lion d’Angers in France for the Championships, while imported horses are awarded $8,000.
"We are genuinely disappointed," said USEA CEO, Rob Burk. "We were really looking forward to watching Twilightslastgleam compete at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships. We completely support the decision of his owners, Tim and Nina Gardner, and his rider, Jennie Brannigan, to put Comic's welfare before all else."
Unfortunately, there was not enough time to utilize the grant funds this year to send a different horse to the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships. The good news is that these funds will continue on to next year and we will be able to guarantee sending horses to Le Lion one year beyond what had previously been budgeted for.
"Comic and Jennie have a bright future together and we look forward to seeing them compete at the upper levels in the future," said Burk.
The United States will be represented by two entries in the 6-year-old championships: Tiana Coudray and G, a 6-year-old gelding (Back Gammon x Tatjana L) and Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal).
Have you ever wondered what eventing is like across the pond? Wonder no more! On this episode of the USEA Podcast, Nicole Brown is joined by U.S. eventers Andrew McConnon and Lexi Scovil to talk about the similarities and the differences between eventing in the States and eventing in the U.K. McConnon worked for eventing legend William Fox-Pitt in 2016 and 2017 while Scovil is a current working student for Fox-Pitt.
The national levels took the spotlight for the final day of competition at Oktoberfest. The Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training divisions completed their show jumping over Chris Barnard's course in the Outdoor Arena, and competition concluded with Preliminary, Intermediate, Beginner Novice, and Training cross-country.
The babies came out to play on the second and final day of the 2020 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. Today, FEH East Coast Championship judges Robin Walker and Susan Graham White evaluated 10 2-year-olds and seven yearlings to decide the final champions on the East Coast.
The 2020 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships kicked off today at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland following the successful completion of the FEH Central Championships at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas this past Thursday. Twenty-three horses were presented today to Championship judges Robin Walker and Susan Graham White – four in the FEH East Coast 4-year-old Championship and 18 in the FEH East Coast 3-year-old Championship.