It was beautiful weather for eventing across North America this weekend, and many pairs were able to capitalize on sunny skies, hard work and a stroke of good luck to take home some ribbon swag.
Maryland Horse Trials
The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm ran National levels and a CIC* and CIC2* this weekend. Some competitors elected not to run cross country due to a recent lack of rain making for less than ideal footing, but our hats are off to the organizers for doing everything they possibly could to make this a top event.
Boyd Martin swept the CIC2*, clinching first, second and third places. Taking top honors on 54.2 and also making his debut at this level was Ray Price, Boyd’s homebred 8-year-old Thoroughbred/Dutch gelding owned by Windurra and Amy Lindgren.
Second on 55.3 was the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare Tura Lura, owned by Gloria Callen and Nancy Hathaway. It was also Tura Lura’s two-star debut. Rounding out the top three on 57.3 for Boyd was Santos, a 7-year-old off-track Thoroughbred gelding owned by Gloria Callen and Ron and Densey Juvonen. Boyd rode a whopping five horses in the two-star division altogether yesterday.
Boyd Martin and Tura Lura at MDHT. Video via Boyd Martin’s Facebook Page.
In the CIC*, Kelli Temple and Matilda finished on their dressage score of 39.9 to win the sizable division. Sharlee Lowe and her own Hanoverian gelding Jjamaica added only .80 of a time penalty to cruise up the leaderboard from tenth place to finish in second. Kim Severson and her own gray gelding Cooley Quality Control rounded out the top three.
In the Open Intermediate, Colleen Rutledge and Escot 6 capitalized on a double clear in show jumping and a small handful of cross country time penalties to zoom from eighth and win the division on a score of 44.0. Michelle Thomas and her own gray Thoroughbred gelding Spectacular Tap finished second, and Jill Thomas and her own OBOS Darko came in third.
Champagne Run at the Park Horse Trials had a huge and marvelous event in Lexington, with the lower levels being split into six or seven divisions apiece. In the Open Intermediate, Australian transplant Lauren Balcomb led from start to finish on her own Guido Hatzis to finish on a score of 41.4.
Claiming the red ribbon honors was Chelsea Kolman on her own Canadian Sport Horse gelding Dauntless Courage. The pair was one of only two combinations to make the time on this clippy track. Rounding out the proverbial podium was Laura Crowl and her Dutch Warmblood Zee.
A beautiful sunset in Lexington over the weekend, courtesy of Champagne Run Facebook Page.
Coconino has to be one of the most unique and picturesque events in the country, with their forested cross country course surrounded by northern Arizona desert. They’re also one of the few events to run a full three-day event for the lower levels, and you can tell the participants eat it up.
In the Open Intermediate, Kimberly Steinbuch and Ruth Bley’s En Vogue laid down a super dressage test to score a 26.9 and by putting in by far the fastest time of the day on cross country, they were able to overcome a shaky show jumping round to win the division with a 50.9.
Just one point behind was Alexandra Tett on her own Quiproquo Des Vatys, a Selle Francais gelding. Third in the division was Kate Lathrop and her own Worth the Wait, who added one show jumping rail and 19.2 time penalties to finish on a score of 56.4.
Alexandra Tett and ‘Q’ at Coconino, via Alexandra’s Facebook Page.
Coconino also gave out a special award in the OI division to the pair with the best cumulative score over Summer I and Summer II, which went to Jess Hargrave and her own Regenmann.
In the Training Three-Day division at Coconino, your winner was Eileen Galoostian and her gelding Ratifier, who finished on their dressage score over the half-dozen phases with a 42.9. In the Novice Three-Day, top honors went to Christiana Schultz and her own Alexa Dawn, who won on their dressage score as well with a 26.4. There were 10 participants in this division, and we send them all an EN salute of insanity for keeping the tradition alive!
We hope you all had a safe and successful weekend! Go Eventing.