Preliminary Riders Close Out Exciting AEC Weekend

Alex Wikstrom and Change Order, who took second place in the Senior Preliminary. Photo by Sally Spickard. Alex Wikstrom and Change Order, who took second place in the Senior Preliminary. Photo by Sally Spickard.

We saw some really classy Preliminary show jumping rounds yesterday and have to send a shout out to the winners. Darlenne McInnis and Warlord took home the top honors in the senior division, the only pair to finish on their dressage score and one of just two double clear show jump rounds yesterday to finish on a score of 28.3.

Alex Wikstrom and Change Order lowered one rail but still moved up from fourth to second overall. She’s taking home some really great prizes, and she looks understandably thrilled, as you can see in the photo above.

Rounding out the top three is Christina Henriksen and Princess Paven, who had two rails down for a final score of 39.4. Christina commented earlier this week that her mare was still a bit green, and with that considered she should be thrilled with her finish at her first AEC.

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In the junior division, the pressure was on for Meghan Noelle Wilson after the riders before her jumped double clear rounds. Cool as a cucumber, she piloted Ghypsy to a double clear herself, cementing the wire to wire victory on a final score of 27.6.

Apologies for cutting off the top of the head, but look at that smile over the last from Meghan! Photo by Sally Spickard.

Apologies for cutting off the top of the head, but look at that smile over the last from Meghan! Photo by Sally Spickard.

In second place were Mia Farley and The Good Witch, who jumped a beautiful round to remain on their dressage score. The junior riders also put in some super show jumping rounds, which is very exciting considering that they represent part of the next generation of the sport.

Caroline Testi and Crimson Tide. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Caroline Testi and Crimson Tide. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Caroline Testi and Crimson Tide finished in third place, also on their dressage score of 30.9. Congrats to the top finishers!

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Heather Morris and Charlie Tango were the wire-to-wire winners in the Preliminary Horse division, adding nothing to their dressage score of 25.4. This is Charlie Tango’s first year at Prelim, and the win this weekend marks his third at this level.

Tamie Smith continued her great weekend with a second place finish aboard Dempsey. Tamie was in fourth for the majority of the weekend and was able to move up with a strong double clear round on a day when rails were falling frequently.

Moving up from fifth to third was Kadi Eykamp and Double Rivers Rockstar, who also finished on their dressage score of 30.0. Interestingly enough, it looks like Kadi more or less catch rode this horse for the weekend, as she’s only competed him a handful of times in the past couple of years. Well done, Kadi!

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We’ll be back later on today with a wrap up from the Beginner Novice and Novice divisions, which complete competition today, as well as a wrap on the rest of the events running this weekend. Stay tuned!

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