Enjoying a beautiful first cross country day of the year. Could you ask for a better view? DCH Chrysler Dodge
First West Coast cross country day of the year! Could it be any more gorgeous?
Galway Downs in Temecula, Calif. officially opened the West Coast eventing season this weekend with their winter horse trials hosting 13 divisions from Introductory to Intermediate.
Megan Traynham and Lord Lombardi took top honors in the 21-horse Intermediate division, adding a handful of time penalties across both jumping phases to finish on 35.4. Frankie Thieriot Stutes and the Chatwin Group’s Chatwin were well ahead of the pack after dressage on a 24.3, but time penalties and a rail down in show jumping dropped them to second. In third was Tamra Smith and Lucinda LLC’s Glock Pullman, moving up from seventh after dressage to finish third and posting one of only four double clear rounds on Mike Nielson’s stadium course.
All but one horse and rider combination – Cara Julian and Wunder Schon – made the time on cross country (Ashley Dorsey and Marcel Dorsey’s Stakkato II were only one second over the optimum time), but every Intermediate pair that left the start box came home without jumping penalties on Ian Stark’s course. A great way to start the season!
In the Open Preliminary, Sarah Braun and Korin Potenza’s Crowning Event were the sole pair to finish on their dressage score (33.4) to move up into the top spot. The results were as close as it gets in Preliminary Rider. Madison Temkin and Tiki Martin’s Dr. Hart were tied for the lead with Katy Johnstone and Ballingowan Ginger after the first phase. Both combinations finished on their dressage score (27.1), but Katy and Ballingowan Ginger were one single second closer to the optimum time on cross country to win the tie.
It looks like it was a beautiful weekend and horses and riders were thrilled to be back spending the weekend at an event. Congratulations to all the competitors! Go Eventing.
#MarleyDaps killin it today at the preliminary! Big, fun course and she ate it up! #GalwayDowns #eventersofinstagram #eventing #crosscountry A photo posted by Emma James (@emrae9) on
Mr.Quigley is a #unicorn another #1stplace finish after #dressage #fancy #handmade #showhorse #eventing #usea #eastcoast to #westcoast #thoroughbred #doyle the #dog enjoyed his first #horseshow #hugging this #gem of a #horse after almost a year melted my ❤️ #Q&A A photo posted by Alexandra (@al_exh410) on
And boom we’re done! Cheers to a full weekend of sunshine, wine, and horses! A photo posted by Rebecca Bird Mortensen (@beckybuckwyld) on
Crying all of the happy tears because Happy just stormed around her first beginner novice like an old pro!! This mare never ceases to amaze me and this weekend she really stepped up to the plate! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us . . . . . . . . #thehappymare #eventing #threedayeventing #jumper #crosscountry #eventhorsesofinstagram #dressage #horse #painthorsesofinstagram #OsoHappy #aintnothang #eventer #huntclub #maresofinstagram #ridingwarehouse #USEA #CWD #ogilvyequestrian #20X60 #charlesowen #RideOnVideo #mare
We might have not finished at the top of the scoreboard, but we did the best we’ve ever done this weekend! I’m so proud of my sweet little Reggie. We had a super double clear cross country round this morning, and scored better in dressage and stadium yesterday than we did at our last show. Not too bad for our second training event! #eventer #eventersofinstagram #eventersdoitbetter #goeventing #eventingnation #thoroughbred #thoroughbredsofinstagram #equestrian #equestriansofinstagram A photo posted by Samantha Burns (@samantha_burns_brantley) on
They jumped allllllll the things!!!!! Yay @aoeventing !! So much love to trainer @jes_th ❤❤❤ #chariseventing #goeventing #eventersofinstagram #galwaydowns @galwaydownsequestrian #tredstepireland #kerritsambassador #sweetoaksranch @kerritseq @tredstepireland @goeventing #trakehners #trakehnersofinstagram #chestnutpony #galtenfarms @galten_farms A photo posted by Beth (@beth_nfcyouth) on
From coast to coast, we love seeing the continued support for Lee Lee Jones as she recovers from a traumatic brain injury.
We are #leeleestrong at Galway Downs! Thinking of you Lee Lee