Sep 18, 2021

U.S. Eventing Achieves Historic Results at 2021 World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen

By USEF - Edited Press Release
Will Coleman and Off The Record. Shannon Brinkman Photo.

It was a historic week for U.S. Eventing as American athletes achieved their best results ever in the CCIO4*-S at CHIO Aachen. The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team of Will Coleman and Off The Record, Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire, Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan, and Tamie Smith and Mai Baum took second place in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup – the highest result by a U.S. team at the prestigious event.

Additionally, Coleman and Off The Record, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay), owned by the Off the Record Syndicate, took first place individually, becoming the first American combination to top the eventing podium at Aachen.

Coleman and “Timmy” had a stellar Aachen experience across all three phases, beginning with a 29.7 in the dressage. The pair had a smooth jumping round in the stadium, posting one of only three double-clear rounds and moving up the leaderboard from 11th to third place heading into the final phase. They closed out the week with the best cross-country ride of the day, adding only 0.8 time penalties, giving the pair a personal best score of 30.50 and putting them 2.2 penalty points ahead of second-place finisher Laura Collet and Dacapo of Great Britain.

“[The win] is a testament to all the people who are part of my team,” said Coleman. “That includes my family, my owners, my wife, my vet, my farriers, and all the people who helped me in training. This is a reward for all of them and it’s just very satisfying and humbling at the same time.”

As alternates for the U.S. Eventing Team for the Tokyo Olympics, Coleman and Timmy had the opportunity to train in Aachen earlier this summer during the team’s pre-export quarantine.

“When I came here for PEQ, I decided to try to make that experience as formative as I could for this horse, and I think it was,” said Coleman. “I do think it helped him, the fact that he was here for 10 days without being under any major stress. I think it played a part in his ability to come here and perform.”

Reflecting on his win, Coleman kept the result in perspective but had high praise for his teammates and the team experience at Aachen.

“Hopefully [this win] means something [to supporters of American eventing],” he said. “It’s just one event, and if we’re trying to build something that’s sustainable and lasting and repeatable, maybe this is a step in the right direction. I think everybody that was here this weekend representing the United States did a fantastic job. I’m very proud to be associated with this group of riders. I was really proud of all of them today, how they rode and the way they supported one another. It was a really fun trip to be a part of. I think if there’s one thing to take away from it it’s the power of that and the value of a team being really there for one another.”

(L-R) Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan, Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire, Chef d'Equipe Erik Duvander, and Will Coleman and Off The Record. Shannon Brinkman Photo.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, a 15-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Loredano x Ramira) owned by Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markell, are known for their dominance in the dressage arena, and they did not disappoint this week, posting a 25.2 to stand in second place after the first phase. An expensive two rails in the jumping knocked them down the standings, but with no jumping penalties and just 7.2 time penalties in cross-country, the pair finished in 10th place on a score of 40.40.

Ariel Grald and Annie Eldridge’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Leamore Master Plan (Master Imp x Ardragh Bash), fresh off a third-place finish in the CCI5*-L at Luhmühlen earlier this summer, had one of the best jumping rounds of the event with only 0.4 time penalties added to their score. A clean cross-country jumping effort with 10.4 time penalties secured a 16th place finish overall with a total score of 45.6.

In her first overseas outing, Sydney Elliott piloted Carol Stephens’ 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, QC Diamantaire (Diarado x Lantana), through a solid effort with just one rail in the show jumping and no cross-country jumping penalties to complete their European debut on a 55.40.

Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus, Jacqueline Mars’ 13-year-old Anglo-Arabian gelding (Sazeram x Wake Me Gently), competed as an individual combination for the U.S. at Aachen, completing in 24th place on a score of 52.4.

With four good scores, the U.S. team finished on a team total of 116.5, just 0.3 penalties behind the first-place finishers from Great Britain.

“I’m very pleased with the results, as we brought a team to test them in a championship environment and see how they would rise to the occasion,” said Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander. “I’m very proud of Will Coleman for winning a class that is extremely difficult to win. It’s encouraging to see that the U.S. is competitive on the world stage and that the riders’ hard work is paying off.”

Learn more and see full results at www.chioaachen.de/en.

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