The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont. kicked off today with the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) classes. Nine horses total showed in the FEH classes, including a horse in the newly added FEH-4 division, and 21 horses competed in the YEH classes, with six in the 4-year-old division, and 15 in the 5-year-old division.
In the FEH yearling division, Jil Walton’s filly JB Virgin Electric (Ampere x JB Extra Virgin Olive) scored an impressive 80.9 to win the division on a qualifying score. Dawn Gronlund’s Rheinland Pfalz-Saar, Ferragamo CCSH (Fantastic x Raspberry Beret) won the 2-year-old division on a 72.8. The 3-year-old division was led by Jil Walton’s JB Red Hot Sizzle (Royal Prince x My Sedona), who scored a 79.7. The Thoroughbred mare also happens to be 25 days pregnant today.
A 3-year-old waits his turn. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
The newly added FEH 4-year-old division premiered in Area VII today with just one horse, India CLF (UB 40 x Concordia GB), owned and ridden by Cynthia Bayles, scoring a 79.6. The division proves to be a great educational opportunity for competitors and their young horses. The division allows for the 4-year-olds to be judged under saddle at the walk, trot and canter, and then be stripped of their tack to be judged on conformation. The class was made to offer training and competitive opportunities for 4-year-old horses who may not yet be ready for the YEH 4-year-old division.
Christel Carlson was the judge for the FEH classes as well as the conformation section of the YEH classes. “I think that it’s a lovely opportunity here at Rebecca Farm to show the FEH horses,” Carlson stated. “They’re becoming better behaved and more understanding of the training that’s needed, and they appeared to have promise for the sport. For the YEH conformation section, the quality is becoming better each year that we see them. We are now seeing a more consistent type in the horses.”
Peter Gray, who judged the YEH jumping/galloping phase commended YEH course designer Marc Grandia on his design. “He [Grandia] created a really nice, open course for the young horses, enabling them to canter through the water twice, included a ditch, and allowed for really nice galloping opportunities.”
Tamra Smith rode MB MaiStein to the win in the YEH 4-year-old division. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Gray also commented on the quality of the YEH horses he saw today, explaining that he was impressed overall. “There was a very nice field of quality today. There was potential in certain areas in all of the horses I saw, but I was a bit disappointed in some of the presentation – presentation meaning training. It seemed that some of the horses had not been prepared properly in their training for this. Most of the horses were very impressive, but it was apparent that riders need to have some professional help bringing along their young horses. Perhaps this is something the new USEA ICP Young Horse Certification Program will help.”
In the YEH 4-year-old division, Tamra Smith rode the MB Group LLC’s Oldenburg gelding MB MaiStein to the win on a final score of 82.65. Marc Grandia claimed the reserve spot on an 80.01 with Sunsprite Ranch LLC’s Oldenburg gelding Sunsprite’s Watusi (Wild Dance x Kamirette).
Christi Payne piloted Mtnaire’s Paladium to the win in the 5-year-old division on an 80.29. The Trakehner gelding out of Millenium and by Platinum vom Rappenhof is owned and was bred by Connie Dunham. A Bavarian Warmblood, Mia San Mia (Munchberg x Doreen) took home second place on a 79.73 with owner/rider Lilly Linder.
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