2013 Galway Downs International



Unfortunately, the EN super team of Jenni and Kate will not be in attendance at Galway. However, thanks to Athletux, we have several exciting guest bloggers lined up to bring all the action from California.  Look for updates from Kristin Schmolze (competing in the CCI3*), Bill Olson (an adult amateur from CA competing in the Training division), and Alandra Halem (grooming Copycat Chloe).

[Entries/Ride Times/Scores]


Sunday, 11/3

Buck Davidson and Petite Flower win Galway Downs CCI3* – By half a point, Buck Davidson and Petite Flower have won the CCI3* at Galway Downs.  Buck had a rail in hand– barely– over Jolie Wentworth and Good Knight, and he needed it.  Jolie jumped a beautiful clear round, and the pressure was on…Petite Flower had one rail down, but it was still enough to earn her the win.

Kristin Schmolze: Galway Cross-Country – Kristin Schmolze is proud of her horse for jumping clear around Ian Stark’s difficult 3-star course.  Also included, a photo illustrating the difference in East Coast vs West Coast stud philosophies!

Video: Cross-Country at Galway – Thanks again to Frankie Theriot and Bright Horse Communications for a great recap video of cross-country day at Galway from the FEI divisions.


Saturday, 11/2

Galway CCI3* Scores After Cross-Country – The CCI3* leaderboard changed a lot at Galway, but the same name remains at the top:  Buck Davidson.  Buck and Petite Flower went double clear today on cross-country at Galway Downs to take the lead on 55.2.  Jolie Wentworth and Good Knight are second (59.7), followed by Emilee Libby and Nonsensical who moved up from 11th with a double clear.

Bill Olson: Galway CCI* Update – Tami Smith held her overnight lead in the CCI1* on Fleur de Lis after posting a double clear on Cross Country.   This was a difficult test; 8 horse and rider combinations failed to cross the finish line (all ok, no injuries).

Video: Dressage Day at Galway – Frankie Theriot takes us through dressage at Galway on Friday, including ride highlights and interviews with Buck Davidson, Lauren Billys, Barb Crabo, Jolie Wentworth, Allison Springer, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Kristin Schmolze, Maya Black, and Tamra Smith.

Alandra Halem: Thursday and Friday at Galway – Alandra reports on Copycat Chloe’s first two days of competition at Galway, and explains the reason for Chloe’s disappointing dressage test.


Friday, 11/1

Buck Davidson Leads the Way in Galway Downs CCI3* – Buck Davidson finished dressage in first and second place, with The Apprentice and Absolute Liberty, respectively.  Lauren Billys and Ballingowan Ginger are in third.

Listen Live to Galway CCI3* Dressage + Cross-Country Preview – Watch a video preview of the CCI3* course, designed by Ian Stark.  Also check out the link to live radio broadcast from Galway, thanks to PRO Tour Radio.

Friday Video: First Day at Galway Downs – Many thanks to Frankie Thieriot and Bright Horse Communications for this great video recapping the first day of festivities at Galway Downs. The first horse inspection fell on Halloween, so lots of riders dressed up in costumes for the occasion.

Bill Olson: Thursday at Galway – Bill Olson recaps the events of Day 1 at Galway, including the first horse inspection.

Thursday, 10/31

Classic Twain DF, Code Name Named YEH West Coast Champions – Classic Twain DF was piloted to first place by Jennifer McFall in the 4-Year-Old Championship, while Sara Mittleider’s Code Name was crowned Champion 5-year-old.


Tuesday, 10/29

Bill Olson: Stuck at Work Waiting for Galway – Like most of us, Bill Olson is stuck at his desk wishing it was the weekend.  How does he pass the time?  By reading EN, of course!


Monday, 10/28

Alandra Halem: Arriving at Galway – Alandra tells us about Copycat Chloe’s trip across the country, and how they settle in California style.


Sunday, 10/27

Bill Olson: Hello from Galway! –  Bill introduces himself and reports on preparations at Galway as he hacks his 5-year-old Oldenburg gelding Leo.

Kristin Schmolze: Welcome to Galway Downs – Kristin tells us how the East Coast horses traveled to Galway, and introduces us to her CCI3* mount, Ballylaffin Bracken (“Rox”).