Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way led the VHT International CCI2*-L from start to finish, earning Faudree his first career long format CCI victory. The pair earned a 22.0 in dressage and added no additional penalties across the two jumping phases.
“He’s a star,” Faudree said of the 8-year-old Hanoverian owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables. Produced to the CCI2*-S level by Germany’s Andreas Dibowski, Mama’s Magic Way partnered with Faudree for his first U.S. event this February. A second place finish at The Fork CCI2*-S last month set them up well for success at Virginia.
“He’s definitely been a horse I’ve had to get to know. I joke around, I say he’s like a 3-year-old little boy in a toy store on a sugar high — all the time. He’s a wonderful horse. We have a lot of fun with him. I’m really excited about his future,” Faudree said.
“I’ve had to figure out how to talk to him when his emotions get going. I was really proud of him in the dressage, and it’s really fun to lead from start to finish. I’m very thankful to Jennifer Mosing and my entire team. It’s exciting — in my 20-plus year career, this is the first CCI long I’ve ever won.”
Doug Payne and Stephen Blauner’s Baymax put the pressure on Faudree with a double-clear round in the show jumping. Payne and the 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse finished on their dressage score in the gelding’s first appearance at the level.
Placing third were Arden Wildasin and Sarah Wildasin’s 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Southern Sun. They maintained their position throughout the competition, adding nothing to their initial score of 26.4.
Kimberly Steinbuch Durr and Kosmo K, a 6-year-old Thoroughbred owned and bred by Mary Quarles, moved up from sixth place to finish fourth on their dressage score in the gelding’s first international appearance.
Rounding out the top five in the CCI2*-L were Christina McKitrick and Lotte Lenya Q, who added one rail in show jumping to drop out of the top four.
“Thanks everyone for joining us this weekend,” Organizer Andy Bowles said. “The competitors and their supporters, our volunteers, and fantastic staff make every event here a truly special experience. It was a great event and we look forward to the next one!”
We look forward to the fall VHT International October 31-November 3 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, when we will host the only CCI*-L currently on the 2019 U.S. calendar. Additional divisions will include CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, and Starter through Intermediate horse trials.
Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.