William Coleman and Off the Record, the sole U.S. representatives in the Tattersalls Horse Trials CCI4*-L, were sitting in sixth place following dressage, but today's double-clear cross-country round saw the Syndicate owned 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay) jump into the lead. Coleman will complete his weekend with show jumping tomorrow at 3:30 local time and he doesn't have a rail in hand to take the win.
A bumper crowd enjoyed the international equestrian action and country fair in the Co Meath countryside at Tattersalls today. Amidst the warm weather with bursts of sunshine, the big crowd was treated to the ever exciting and popular Olympian Ian Stark designed cross-country course and some of the biggest jumps ever seen in Ireland – the main course today is the same length as an Aintree Grand National of four miles with 32 of the biggest fences ever seen in Ireland. Spectators got to witness the Roger Federer’s, Rory McIlroys and Cristiano Ronaldo’s of eventing which included 10 of the world’s top 20 riders amidst the multinational field of over 330 riders from 14 countries.
Because of the ever-increasing international entries from overseas, Tattersalls International Horse Trials were responsible for the largest movement of competition horses in one go across the Irish Sea earlier this week. Two ferries crossed from the UK to Dublin Port carrying over 70 lorries with 190 horses from 14 countries and the entire convoy made it into the Tattersalls stable yard for before rush hour at 6:30 a.m. last Tuesday morning!
With some competitions reaching their finale today, the ground conditions were rated as perfect and the various cross-country courses proved quite challenging as expected and it’s all to play for the feature competitions which finish tomorrow with the main arena show jumping.
The George Mernagh Memorial CIC4*-S show jumping phase, New Zealand’s Tim Price retains his lead with Ascona M jumping with a minor penalty of 1.20 leaving him on a score of 27.10.
The Eventing Ireland CCI3*long format sees legendary British rider William Fox-Pitt still in the lead after the second day’s action going into tomorrow’s show jumping on his Georgisaurous with a score of 20.5. Best of the Irish is Brian Morrison on Global Orchid improving from eighth position into sixth.
The Connolly’s Red Mills CCI3*L Under 25 competition has Go Galway’s Cathal Daniels still holding the lead and also second place with OLS Aragon and LED Lias Jewel on scores of 26.0 and 27.7 respectively.
In the Land Rover CCI2*L was completed today and the honors were taken English rider John Paul Sheffield on Woodlander Wesuvio with a score of 32.5 whilst best of the Irish was in 8th place with Fergal Nesbitt on Apollo Landing and a score of 34.1
The Cooley Farm CCIYH2* 6- & 7-year-old horses was won by Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor on her Hartacker finishing on a score of 28.3.
The Berney Brothers CCI2*L for Ponies was won by Grace Tyrell for Ireland on her Fiona’s Form with a score of 43.4.
The Horseware CCI2* long format for junior riders was won by Chloe Fagan for Ireland on Versace Biscuit on a score of 25.6 having picked up just 0.8 of a time fault cross-country.
In 2000 and with the support of Joan Iversen Goswell, the Worth the Trust Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to amateurs to pursue their education in eventing. The funds from the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarship may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
The spring eventing season in the Midwest is always a toss-up due to unpredictable weather. Will it rain, will it be sunny, or will it be a snowstorm? No one knows! Mid-America Combined Training Association’s (MACTA) first cross-country schooling of the season was cancelled in March due to extremely muddy footing conditions and by the time our April dates came around, COVID-19 was in full force and we were unable to host our cross-country schooling and schooling show.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.