All eyes in North America may have been on the ever popular Event at Rebecca Farm this past weekend, but there were also major events running at Camphire International Horse Trials in Ireland and the Coral Estate Horse Trials at Renswoude in the Netherlands. Camphire in particular saw record-breaking scores! Here are three numbers you need to know from events around the world.
Chris Burton and Santano II won the Castleacre Insurance Brokers CCI2* at Camphire International Horse Trials on their dressage score of 24.5, which our good friends at EquiRatings report is both the lowest dressage score and the lowest final finishing score from any CCI2* event in the world in the last five years.
It’s also the only CCI2* dressage score in the 20s in that same time period. Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border came close to cracking the 20s at the Ocala Horse Properties CCI2* this past April, where they delivered a 30.9. Michael Jung and River of Joy also came close in 2010 with a 30.9 at Compiègne in France. (Unsurprisingly, Ze Terminator also has the fourth and fifth best CCI2* dressage scores in the last five years.)
Santano II, an 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by the Black Run Syndicate, boasts impressive dressage breeding, sired by Sandro Hit and out of the Brentano II mare Bona Dea II, whose damsire is Weltmeyer. He finished second in the CIC2* at both Rockingham and Barbury Castle earlier this year — on scores of 39.4 and 42.0 — and is definitely a name to remember.
Chris also finished second in the CCI2* at Camphire with Cooley Lands and won the GAIN/Alltech CIC3* aboard Nobilis 18, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding previously owned by Dirk Schrade and campaigned by Michael Jung. Now owned by Sue Lawson and Carolyn Townsend, the horse’s breeding features heavy Thoroughbred influence, by Nobre xx out of Lilli, by Lemon xx. Not a bad weekend for Burto!
Pia Münker, a 23-year-old rising star for Germany, scored 26.3 in her CIC3* dressage test at Renswoude aboard Louis M, a 10-year-old Rheinlander gelding (Lissabon X Angelique M, by Abanos), to handily lead the 34-horse division after the first phase. That’s her personal best score at the level, and it’s actually the second time she’s achieved that score this year. She also laid down a 26.3 in dressage at Wiesbaden CIC3* in May with the same horse.
Pia and Louis M lowered two rails in show jumping to still hold the lead, but sadly parted ways on cross country. Julia Krajewski and London-Return OLD, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by DOKR, ultimately won the CIC3* at Renswoude on a final score of 44.4, adding just 4.0 cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 40.4.
Kurt Martin won the first CCI3* event of his career on a personal best score of 47.0 with his own and CarolJean Martin’s Delux Z at the Event at Rebecca Farm. It was just the third CCI3* of Kurt’s career and the first for “Lux,” a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding bred in Ireland by Tom Finn (Lux Z X Drumin Imp, by Master Imp).
Kurt made the trip from his base in Middleburg, Virginia, to Kalispell, Montana, thanks to a USEF Land Rover Competition Grant. This isn’t the first time Kurt has received a grant — he also was given a grant last year for Boekelo and this year for Bramham with his lovely mare Anna Bella — but it’s the first time he’s been able to use one. Way to make the most of it, Kurt!
Here’s another cool fact courtesy of EN’s data analyst Maggie Deatrick: Kurt Martin and Delux Z were the only U.S. combination to record a qualifying score at Rebecca Farm for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Forty-three total U.S. combinations have now qualified for Rio since the qualifying period began at Rolex in April.