Foxwood High made history at the 2019 Red Hills International as the only horse to ever make time twice on cross-country in the CCI4*-S division (previously CIC3*). The first time was in 2013 where he finished fifth in the CIC3* and then again in 2019 where he secured the win, which also makes him the first winner of the new CCI4*-S level. Ridden by Selena O’Hanlon and owned by John and Judy Rumble, Foxwood High is a 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Rio Bronco W x Evita 2) and USEA’s Horse of the Month.
O’Hanlon and Foxwood High have completed some of the toughest tracks in the world including Badminton, Kentucky, and have represented Canada at two World Equestrian Games, two FEI Nations Cup at Great Meadow International, and the Pan American Games. O’Hanlon and Foxwood High have won at Red Hills twice - first in the Advanced division in 2017 as well as the 2019 CCI4*-S. They were winners of the 2017 CCI3* Fair Hill International and the 2018 CIC3* at Bromont International. This year he has won both of his outings: Red Hills and Rocking Horse Advanced Horse Trials.
Foxwood High’s owners, John and Judy Rumble, have owned the horse since he was a 5-year-old. Experienced in eventing, John Rumble represented Canada in the 1952 Olympics Three-Day Eventing and then went on to help earn Canada a team bronze medal at the 1956 Stockholm Olympics.
O’Hanlon explains his intense dislike towards cows, his favorite treats, and describes him as a “gentle giant.”
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About the USEA Horse of the Month
New in 2019, the USEA is recognizing an event horse each month on the USEA website and social media. The USEA Horse of the Month is determined based on statistics and event results and announced at the beginning of every month. The April Horse of the Month was selected based on the performance of the historic win at Red Hills International CCI4*-S. Foxwood High and Selena O’Hanlon won the CCI4*-S, earning him the title of USEA Horse of the Month in April 2019!
When super groom Max Corcoran mentioned in 2005 that it would be fun to participate in a USEA Classic Series event, her employer and eventing legend Karen O’Connor took that to heart. “I did a lot of grooming for the classic format when Kentucky and all those other competitions were proper long format,” Corcoran shared. “When Gretchen [Butts] started offering the Classic Series at Waredaca [Gaithersburg, Maryland,] she asked if I would come up and do some lectures to help people understand what the 10-minute box was and how to pack for it. I did that a few times and said to Karen, ‘Man, it would be so fun to do one of these.’ And so Karen's like, 'You want to do one? Yeah, you're gonna do one next year.'”
Has this horse quality? The answer is definitely yes. This first impression is so important. As a selector for the Goresbridge Go for Gold Event horse sale, I have an abbreviation ‘GPO’ which stands for "Good Pull Out." It means that the first look prompts the potential client the need to bring the horse out of his box for a further look.
It was a beautiful but chilly weekend in the pines at the Setters' Run Farm Carolina International. After a record-setting 19.4 in the CCI4*-S dressage, Will Coleman became the first three-time winner in the event's history when he led from start to finish on Hyperion Stud's Chin Tonic HS.
West Coast eventers experienced tremendous success in 2022. Tamie Smith recorded top-10 finishes at Badminton in England, at the FEI World Championships at Pratoni in Italy, and at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill. Helen Alliston won the $60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final, and Tommy Greengard captured the USEA Intermediate Championship at the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by Nutrena Feeds. James Alliston returned to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event for the first time since 2017 and finished third in the CCI4*-S.