Three Lakes Horse Trials at Caudle Ranch is a brand new competition venue in Groveland, Fla. hosting the first of two winter horse trials this weekend. The chatter online has so far been positive, with good weather and a beautiful venue making for very happy competitors and volunteers.
Organizer Alice Andrews worked together with the owners Terry and Jane Miller to put the wheels in motion to get the 200-acre facility ready to host horse trials, and they brought on Morgan Rowsell to design the cross country courses and oversee the construction. You can read more about the development of the property on the USEA website.
The Preliminary and Novice are running all three phases today, and Beginner Novice and Training will run all three phases tomorrow. There are nearly 50 Preliminary entries spread over three divisions, which finished up around lunchtime today.
Jennie Jarnstrom and Jeanne A. Fravel’s Le Salvan led from the start in Open Preliminary-A, pulling out in front with a dressage score of 23.0 and nothing to add during jumping. Liz Halliday-Sharp and her own Gorsehill Cooley moved up from seventh after dressage to finish second on their initial score of 28.9. Jonathan Holling and Lupistar, owned by Jonathan, Constance Holling and Michael French, round out the top three on a 31.1.
Liz was the winner in Open Preliminary-B riding Elarona, with Jonathan hot on her heels with Team Rebecca LLC’s Avoca Druid in second. These two top scores were separated by just 0.3 penalty points. Leslie Law and he and his wife Lesley Grant-Law’s Bounce were third in this division.
Melissa Lundberg and Grey Fox Farm’s Versailles won the Preliminary Rider division, scoring a 30.5 in dressage, which was good enough to hold on to the lead despite a rail and 2.4 time penalties. Elle Strote and her own England Calling were second with a 41.3, and Eventing 18 listed rider Cassandra Wallskog came third with her young horse Cooley Castle.