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.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.
Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
It is with great disappointment and regret, which we know will be shared by many, that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Badminton Horse Trials which was due to be held “behind closed doors” between May 5 and May 9. This cancellation also includes the BE90 and BE100 Championships (May 4 and 5).