It was a great weekend for the U.S. at the FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships at Le Lion d’Angers with Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp finishing third in the 6-year-old class aboard Cooley Moonshine and seventh in the 7-year-old class with Cooley Quicksilver.
Deborah Halliday’s Cooley Moonshine, an Irish Sport Horse gelding (Cobra x Kilpatrick Duchess), started the CCI* in first on a 22.4 and kept the lead after a double clear cross-country round. Cooley Moonshine lowered one rail in show jumping to settle for third place.
In the CCI2*, Halliday-Sharp made a steady climb up the leaderboard with her own Cooley Quicksilver, an Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal). The pair scored a 31.1 for 24th place, rose to 12th after cross-country, and kept a clean sheet to finish in seventh.
Holekamp/Turner Grant recipient, Quantum Leap, moved up the leaderboard 30 places throughout the weekend – ending in 29th in the hotly contested 7-year-old championships. Quantum Leap (Quite Capitol x Report to Sloopy) is a Zweibrucker gelding, owned and ridden by Doug Payne and owned by Payne and Susan and Dave Drillock.
Quantum Leap'sbreeder, Elizabeth Callahan of Cool Na Grena Sporthorses, blogged about the entire week. Read all of her entries here.
About the Holekamp/Turner Le Lion d'Angers Prize and Grant
The Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Lion d’Angers Prize and Grant awards the highest scorer of the USEA Young Event Horse 5-Year-Old East and West Coast Championships combined with a cash prize that will enable them to travel to the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships at Le Lion d’Angers in France for the 7-year-old two-star Championships. Winners who are North American-bred will be awarded with $17,500 to travel to Le Lion d’Angers. If the winner is an imported horse he will be awarded $8,000. Click here for more information about the Grant, and click here to view the FEI qualification criteria for Le Lion d'Angers.
The USEA would like to thank Timothy Holekamp of New Spring Farm and his family and Christine Turner of Indian Creek Farm and her family for spearheading this grant and raising funds to support it.
The 2012 and 2016 individual Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung, blazed into first place after dressage at the Tokyo 2020 Games with a superb test on Chipmunk.
Deservedly scoring 21.1 - a record for both rider and his country at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings - it was a joy to watch. From the first extended trot, the pair looked secure, positive, and harmonious. The test was as accurate and as well-delivered as that of long-time leaders Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class (GBR), but with more expression and ease. Jung and the Contendro 13-year-old demonstrated all this specially-written, short Olympic test asks for and each movement flowed into the next.
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While Great Britain has a strong lead in the team competition at Tokyo 2020 after the second session of dressage, the USA has climbed up two places to ninth courtesy of Phillip Dutton’s score of 30.5 on Z.
The world number one Oliver Townend has put Great Britain in gold medal position after the first of three sessions of dressage at the Tokyo Olympics.
Second into the arena, Townend delivered an extremely accurate performance and did not waste a mark on the flea-bitten grey 14-year-old Ballaghmor Class to score 23.6 - the fifth-best mark by a British rider at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings.