It was a day of clear cross country rounds for our ladies in Ireland competing at the Millstreet International Horse Trials. Both the CIC2* and CIC3* wrapped up and we are thrilled to see several North Americans near the top of the leaderboards after a full day of cross country.
Kim Severson and the Cross Syndicate’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cooley Cross Border have earned another top result on their European tour. Sitting in third overnight, they added 2.4 time penalties on cross country to ultimately finish in second on 47.6, a super set-up for their next stop at Blenheim. Kim said simply, “He was brilliant!” We agree!
Kathryn Robinson, of Canada, and her 16-year-old Westphalian gelding Let It Bee quietly made their way up the leaderboard after each phase, moving from 13th after dressage to an ultimate 4th place finish. They added just 4.8 time penalties on cross country for a final score of 51.2.
Hannah Sue Burnett finished with two in the top ten, going clear with 7.6 time penalties with Jacqueline Mars’ 15-year-old Oldenburg mare RF Demeter and clear with 8.0 time penalties on Harbour Pilot, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse also owned by Ms. Mars. “Demi” and “William” finished 9th and 10th respectively with just 0.1 penalty points separating the two.
The division winner was Great Britain’s Izzy Taylor and Be Touchable, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Sophie Dodds. They were the only pair in the division of 53 to finish on their dressage score, 37.1, and added their fourth consecutive top two three-star finish to their record.
Hannah Sue and Cooley Dream, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Cooley Dream LLC, finished their Millstreet experience in 14th place in the CIC2* having added 12 time penalties on cross country and finishing on 54.7.
Katherine Coleman unfortunately fell from Monte Classico at fence 9 and was eliminated. She’s thankfully okay, and while this hasn’t been her weekend, we’re sure she will come back with a vengeance at the next one.
The CIC2* division was won by Jesse Campbell, of New Zealand, and Gary Harding’s 11-year-old Rheinlander Amsterdam 21. They led from start to finish and ended on their dressage score of 36.9.
Sara Kozumplik Murphy and the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate’s 12-year-old Selle Français Rubens D’Ysieux had the opportunity to steal the lead when they set out on course as one of the last few competitors in the CCI3*. Time was tough to catch, however, and while they picked up ten time penalties, they jumped a cracking clear round.
Initially, Sara and Rubens were lying in third place on 49.9 but were later assessed 25 penalties for dangerous riding and were knocked down the leaderboard to 11th. Sara posted the following explanation on Facebook:
I have to apologize to my horse, my support team, and my country for letting everyone down today. Rubens was absolutely…
In her first year at the three-star level, the 9-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare Stella Artois, owned by Jennie Brannigan and Elsbeth Battel, is setting the tone for super stardom. With Jennie in the irons she delivered one of the fastest clear rounds with just 4.8 time penalties and sit fifth overnight on 51.9.
There were only two double-clear rounds in the division: Izzy Taylor and Alex Phillips’ 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood Perfect Stranger, now in second on 45.6, and Blyth Tait and his and Su Jenkins’ 11-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred Darius, who finished bang on the optimum time of 10 minutes and is now in third on 50.1.
The Kiwi’s timing was impeccable on both of his mounts, and Blyth is now leading the CCI3* with Havanna van’t Castaneahof, a 10-year-old Belgium Warmblood mare owned by Lizzie Green and Katherine Corich. She finished one second over optimum time for a two-phase score of 42.9.
We hope the whole crew, horses and humans alike, recover well from the day, and we will be cheering for Jennie and Sara as they head for show jumping tomorrow.