It was a super busy weekend around the Eventing Nation and beyond, with a slew of USEA recognized events running in the States and major horse trials also taking place at Millstreet in Ireland, where all of our U.S. riders finished in the top 10 in their divisions, and Blair Castle in Scotland, where Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo once again took the Event Rider Masters win.
Leslie Wylie took us behind the scenes at Richland Park in Michigan, where Will Coleman and Tight Lines won the CIC3* and Katie Ruppel and Houdini clinched an emotional victory in the Philippa Humphreys Advanced division. Click here to catch up on all of EN’s Richland coverage and here to view final scores.
Read on for a summary of what went down at key U.S. events this weekend.
Clean Sweep for Will Faudree at Chattahoochee Hills
Will Faudree cleaned up at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia, winning the Advanced division with Pfun and the CIC2* with Hans Dampf. Pfun, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Jennifer Mosing, easily cruised to victory by adding just time penalties to his dressage score of 33.1 to finish on 41.5.
Two other horses completed the Advanced, with Julie Richards and Urlanmore Beauty continuing their comeback after the horse sustained a tendon injury early on in the 2015 season. “Ricky,” a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Asa Cooper, had an easy run in his first Advanced back since the injury to finish second on 74.5. Amanda Miller and Firewater finished third on 123.6.
Will and Hans Dampf, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Jennifer Mosing, just edged Sydney Conley Elliot and Cisko A for the CIC2* win, finishing 0.3 penalties ahead of them for a final score of 53.6. Sydney and Cisko A took second on 53.9, with Hillary Irwin and Kilbeggan in third on 71.5.
Clayton Fredericks made his return to competing after a hiatus to coach the Canadian Eventing Team at the Olympic Games, making it a memorable occasion by winning the CIC* with FE Vindus. The 6-year-old Hanoverian gelding Clayton owns with Amanda Bernhard, Eckart Siewert and Diana Crawford, finished on 41.2, the only final score in the 40s in the field.
Sydney Conley Elliott and QC Diamantaire, a 6-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Carol Stephens, finished second in the CIC* on 50.5, with Arden Stephens and Ultra T, an 8-year-old Dutch gelding she owns, rounding out the top three on 60.1.
Leslie Law and Call the Law won the Open Intermediate division on 38.7, a personal best final score at the level for the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Leslie owns with Carmen Anderson. Downtown Harrison completed his first event back after sustaining an injury earlier in the year, finishing in second on 39.3 with Jon Holling. Laura Welsh and Toute Va Bien finished third on 42.4.
Many thanks to Kimberly Lennon-Freire for sharing her lovely photos from the event. You can view more photos from Chatt Hills in this album on her Facebook page.
Waylon Roberts Wins Big at Loudoun Hunt
Waylon Roberts and Henley House Stables’ HH Lancaster clinched a wire-to-wire win on 34.3 in the Open Intermediate division at Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Fall Horse Trials in Leesburg, Virginia. Super mom and COTH ninja Sara Lieser and her off-track Thoroughbred Osh Kosh were the only pair in the division to finish on their dressage score, taking second place on 41.7. Sally Cousins and Christopher finished third on 46.5.
Cornelia Dorr and Louis M, the former three-star mount of Germany’s Pia Münker, are officially on a winning streak. They won Louis’ first event in the U.S. at GMHA earlier this month and also won the Open Preliminary division at Loudoun Hunt, adding just cross country time penalties to their dressage score to finish first on 30.9. Oliver King and Bruno finished second in the class on 39.9, with Alyssa Peterson and Stormin’ Truth in third on 42.9.
We have to send a shout out to Jan Byyny for winning two of the three Training divisions at Loudoun Hunt, finishing first in Open Training 2 with Dashwood on 29.6 and first in Open Training 3 with Electrik on 33.5. Kristin Bachman and Coltrane took the win in Open Training I on 31.0.
Kiera Carter and Corinthoz Cruise to Caber Farm Victory
Looking to the West Coast, Kiera Carter and Corinthoz won the Open Intermediate division at Caber Farm Horse Trials in Onalaska, Washington. Kiera and the 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding added just 0.8 cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 30.2 to lead wire-to-wire and finish first on 31.0, the only final score in the 30s in the division.
Mary Burke and her own Prince William had two rails down in show jumping to finish in second place on 43.0, with Patience O’Neal and Kat Lessing’s Kaala Jaadu adding 12 cross country time penalties to their dressage score to finish third on 43.5.
Finishing on your dressage score made all the difference in the Open Preliminary divisions. Lauren Billys and Marseille, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, were the only pair to finish on their dressage score in the Open Preliminary A division to take the win on 26.4. Similarly, Rio Jensen and Osito were the only combination in Open Prelim B to finish on their dressage score, moving up from ninth after the first phase to win on 36.1.
Ava Wehde and Butts Leonie Prevail at Huntington Farm
Huntington Farm Horse Trials ran Preliminary to Beginner Novice divisions in South Strafford, Vermont, and Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto kindly sent in photos of some of the big winners.
Ava Wehde and Butts Leonie took control of the Open Preliminary division and never looked back, adding just two cross country time penalties to their dressage score to win on 35.2. Rachel Laliberte and Zydeco Nights finished second in Open Prelim on 56.8, with Kaitlyn Sutherland and George Cook’s Indian Summer in third on 71.8.
Click through the photo gallery below to see more of the winners from Huntington Farm. We are LOVING the photo of Madi Luce and Melinda Weschler’s Allie III, a 22-year-old Clydesdale mare and the big winner in the Junior Beginner Novice division. Go Clydesdales!
Area I Young Riders Dominate at Town Hill Farm
Area I Young Riders dominated the Preliminary divisions at Town Hill Farm Horse Trials in Lakeville, Connecticut, not farm from iconic Millbrook. Sloane Pierpont and Indie, Jennie Brannigan’s former two-star mount, won the Saturday class on 32.9, with Alice Roosevelt and Fernhill Zoro winning the Sunday class on 36.4.
Looking to the rest of the leaderboard in the Preliminary divisions, Darrah Alexander and Kilgarron Quality had the next best final score across both classes, finishing second in the Saturday division on 41.6. Booli Selmayr and Millfield Laucando finished third on 42.9. In the Sunday division, Missy Miller and Quinn finished second on 43.4, with Heather Maytham and Wake Robin in third on 48.3.
Our friendly neighborhood videographer David Frechette filmed more than 80 videos at the event, which you can view on Thehorsepester YouTube Channel.
Fleur de Lis Makes His Comeback at Shepherd Ranch
While her mom Tamie Smith is away competing in England, Kaylawna Smith and Fleur de Lis took the Open Preliminary win on 36.6 at Shepherd Ranch SYVPC Horse Trials in Santa Ynez, California. That’s the first time “Milton,” a 9-year-old Dutch gelding Tamie owns, has competed in more than a year, and it’s great to see him back out in such good form. Tracy Alves and Desert Pearl finished second in Open Prelim on 45.5, with Gina Economou and Moonlights Ranger in third on 47.0.
Speaking of Tamie, she competed both Twizted Syster and Dempsey in the Open Intermediate division at Wellington Horse Trials in England yesterday, finishing 18th on 40.6 with “Chloe” and 23rd on 44.8 with Dempsey. Both horses had easy prep runs ahead of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials next month.
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