#AEC17 Saturday Roundup: We Are the Champions, My Friends

Another batch of national champions in the house! Shout-out to …

Preliminary Horse: Jennie Brannigan and Balmoral Oakey (26.1)

Jennie Brannigan and Balmoral Oakley are your Preliminary Horse Champions #AEC17

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Jr. Novice: Sunny Courtwright and Around Midnight (23.5)

Sunny Courtwright and Around Midnight make easy work of the Junior Novice cross-country course at #AEC17 Amber Heintzberger

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Master Novice Amateur: Megan Northrop and Fleur de Lis (24.5)

Novice Amateur: Bailey Snyder and Corina (20.5)

From center line to finish line, Bailey Snyder led the Novice Amateur with Corina #AEC17 Amber Heintzberger

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Novice Horse: Booli Selmayr and Kildare’s Mhs Tampa (24.3)

Meet your Novice Horse #AEC17 champion, Kildare’s MHS Tampa ridden by Booli Selmayr. Amber Heintzberger

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Novice Rider: Ryan Bell and Way Jose (25.8)

Extra big congrats to Ryan, who has been chronicling his journey to the AECs for via his “Adventures of a Rogue Dressage Rider” blog series. Welcome to the dark side, Ryan!

Well-done, riders! We saw another fantastic day of competition across the board, culminating in tonight’s “Saturday Night Lights” headliner, Adequan Gold Cup Advanced Final show jumping. Between the bright lights and the boisterous crowd, TIEC’s big atmosphere that gave even the most experienced horses a unique challenge.

The top two Advanced spots, held by Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous in first and Jennie Brannigan in second, remained unchanged, with both pairs turning in a double-clear show jumping round.

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Angela Bowles and Bliss III moved from 5th to 3rd when the two pairs tied for third place, Phillip Dutton/I’m Sew Ready and Jordan Linstedt/Revitavet Capato, dropped rails. Cross country takes place Sunday beginning at 9:45 a.m. on the White Oak Complex. In addition to parking at TIEC, where shuttles will be available, spectators can park at the Complex itself, located at 4990 Pea Ridge Road in Mill Spring, NC.

Here’s a glance at the new Advanced top 10 lineup:

The between-rounds entertainment was on-point. Will Faudree losing his glasses after his second rotational = the best:

Recognize any of these bouncy horse jockeys? #aec17

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Per tradition, I’ve been closing these roundup posts by handing the mic to you guys. Because, well, you’re what this thing is all about. Take it away, EN!

Bubbles!!!!!! #adulting at #tryon

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Lost little unicorn.

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Yesterday we had a rainbow; seems only fitting that today we have a unicorn. What will tomorrow bring to #AEC17? Who even knows. Go Eventing!

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