Haley Madden and Ballerina IK. Photo by Miranda Akins/Photography In Stride.
Dressage day at the Indiana Eventing Association Three-Day Event was full of excitement as riders prepared to dance in front of the judges. Indiana greeted competitors with another beautiful day with a little bit of heat.
The Training Three-Day riders rode their tests with the sun as it rose, starting at 7:30 yesterday morning, and then the Novice Three-Day riders followed. Both the Training and Novice Three-Day competitors had to perform for two judges, one at C and one at E.
The second pair in the ring, Corinna Garcia and Gun Slinger, took a hold of the lead in the Training Three-Day with a 31.0. Corinna and Gun Slinger have been on a winning streak lately, winning May-Daze Horse Trials last weekend and now leading the dressage at IEA!
Not far behind Corinna was Kathy Barr and Quick Car, scoring a 31.4 with a lovely and accurate test. To take third was Mary McSweeny and Indian Summer who scored a 33.7.
The Training Three-Day has 10 competitors and it will be interesting to see if cross country day will shake up the standings. One time penalty for anyone could really change the placings.
Kathy Baar and Quick Car. Photo by Miranda Akins/Photography In Stride.
In the Novice Three-Day, to take the lead was Haley Madden and Ballerina IK who scored a fantastic 28.5. In second and very close behind Haley was Jenifer McClain and Kodak Moment, scoring a 28.9 for their lovely test. To take third was Whitney Morris and Carry Me Home who scored a 29.5.
The top 10 are only separated by 4.8 points in this division and many riders had lovely tests this morning. The Novice Three-Day has a significant number of riders with 23 competitors this weekend. It’s definitely a wonderful group of riders who came to experience the thrill of a true long format event!