It was a great day of cross-country riding at the Maryland 5 Star. There were 35 horses who crossed the finish and 11 of those were double clear. With British, French, New Zealand, Canadian, and American riders coming through the finish flags – it was a true world class competition. The USEA was at the finish to see what the riders thought after they completed the very first Maryland 5 Star cross-country track, designed by Ian Stark.
William Coleman (USA) and Dondante:
Jonelle Price (NZL) and Classic Moet:
Phillip Dutton (USA) Sea of Clouds:
Harry Meade (GBR) and Superstition:
Tim Price (NZL) and Xavier Faer:
Lauren Nicholson (USA) and Vermiculus:
Meghan O’Donoghue (USA) and Palm Crescent:
Andrea Baxter (USA) and Indy 500:
Emma Lomangino (USA) and Master Frisky:
Valerie Pride (USA) and Favian:
Astier Nicolas (FRA) and Babylon de Gamma:
Boyd Martin (USA) and On Cue:
Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class:
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Boyd Martin claimed the win aboard Fedarman B on a final score of 29.0 in the CCI4*-L division to claim the CCI4*-L USET Foundation National Championship, adding nothing to their dressage score after two double-clear jumping rounds. In reserve, and the highest-ranked international rider, Colleen Loach and Vermont, the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Van Helsing x Heraldik XX) owned by Peter Barry, also completed their weekend without adding any points, ending on a score of 29.3. Clinching third place honors via double-clear stadium round for a total of 31.0 points was Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley, the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare (Connor 48 x Mytens XX) owned by Lesley Grant-Law, Jackie Brown and Steve Brown.
In 2021, Strides for Equality Equestrian (SEE) and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) established the Ever So Sweet Scholarship which provides a fully-funded opportunity for riders from diverse backgrounds to train with five-star eventing Sara Kozumplik Murphy for one season (winter or summer). The scholarship funds cover full board and training costs for one horse, several lessons per week, housing, a stipend for living expenses, competition fees, and coaching at competitions. During the duration of their working student opportunity, participants learn to manage, care for, and compete horses in an immersive program and will have the opportunity to work as part of the team in all aspects of running a large, competitive barn, in addition to making critical professional connections that would otherwise be unattainable.
Reddick, FL - The organizing committee of the Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. is sad to report that No Limits, Oops a 16-year-old gelding ridden by Aline Briot in the Training Rider division experienced a fall at fence 17 on the cross-country course. The horse received immediate veterinary attention at the fence and was euthanized onsite. Aline Briot was uninjured in the fall.