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Ms. Poppins, Ventura de la Chaule JRA Euthanized at Bramham International

Allie Knowles and Ms. Poppins drop into the first water at Bramham.  Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We are very sad to report that two horses, Ms. Poppins and Ventura de la Chaule JRA, have been euthanized during the CCI4*-L cross country at Bramham International Horse Trials.

Katherine O’Brien’s Ms. Poppins, ridden by USA’s Allie Knowles, retired on course between fences. The mare was transported back to the barn via horse ambulance where the decision was made to euthanize “as a result of irreparable injuries.”

“Poppy,” an 11-year-old Westphalian (Congress x Copa Cabana) started her eventing career with Allie in 2016 and the German-bred mare continued to climb with the Kentucky native, making her Advanced debut in 2019.

Allie released the following statement:

“I am heartbroken to report, after sustaining a traumatic injury on the gallop near the end of what had been an amazing course at Bramham International, my wonderful horse Ms. Poppins has been euthanized. After several opinions from top vets and surgeons, our team decided the most humane decision for her was to let her go. Everyone one at AK Eventing loved this little mare, and she will be missed dearly by me, grooms, and her owners, Jim and Katie O’brien.”

Allie and Poppy recently helped Team USA finish second at the Houghton Hall Nations Cup. Since then, they have been based with J.P. Sheffield, from whom Allie sourced the mare for owner Katherine O’Brien.

Toshiyuki Tanaka and Ventura de la Chaule JRA. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The Japanese Equestrian Federation’s Ventura de la Chaule JRA was also put to sleep after a fall with Toshiyuki Tanaka at fence 7B, the Bramham Leap. Toshiyuki was uninjured in the fall.

The 13-year-old Selel Francias (Diamant De Semilly x Hand In Glove), who was placed 16th after the first phase, was 7th in the order on cross county this morning. This was the Japanese rider’s first season with the gelding, who was previously ridden by Nicolas Touzaint and most recently compatriot Atushi Negishi.

The Bramham Leap was a skinny arrowhead followed by a ditch and brush at the B element. After a number of issues the entire combination was eventually removed from the course.

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War Eagle! Auburn University Wins 2022 USEA Intercollegiate Championships

Suzanne Hillhouse and FGF Bob’n for Silver. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The Auburn University Tigers claimed their second USEA Intercollegiate Championship title this weekend at Chattahoochee Hills with an impressive display of horsemanship. Schools can submit sub-teams made of three or four members, and Auburn brought six total teams forward.

In addition to competitive victory, Auburn also claimed the highly contested Spirit Award for their display of school pride and camaraderie. In doing so, I have to assume the bought out every Party City from Auburn to Atlanta to support their equine artistic displays — I mean just look at that paint job on FGF Bob’n for Silver.

Photo by Shelby Allen.

The University of Georgia, who named their top team in honor of famed running back Todd Gurley, cleaned up in second. As each UGA rider completed their cross country round, the team met them at the finish as they were donned with Spike Squad shoulder pads, worn by Georgia’s fiercest fan section at every home football game.

University of Kentucky. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Third place was earned by the University of Kentucky. EN would like to unofficially give an honorable mention to the Wildcats in their efforts toward the spirit award. These cool kittens where whoopin’ and hollerin’ and “Cats by 90-ing” so loud on the cross country they drowned out Hugh Lochore’s announcing. Notably, this wasn’t just for their team, but any collegiate rider. Well done, y’all.

To find complete team scores, click here.

Many thanks to the USEA, Intercollegiate chair Leslie Threlkeld and Chattahoochee Hills for presenting such a spirited event. Go eventing.

Who Jumped It Best? LRK3DE Head of the Lake Edition

The season of spring three-days is a whirlwind at Eventing Nation HQ. By the time we hit Kentucky it‘s non-stop go through Badminton and now Tryon. It all happens so fast, so you‘re not alone if you feel like you couldn’t catch it all.

Today we take a look back at North America‘s spring CCI5*, but you stand in as the Ground Jury to decide which combination presents the best overall picture at one of the most iconic jumps in eventing.

To catch up on all our Kentucky coverage, click here.

Phillip Dutton and Sea of Clouds. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Will Coleman and Dondante. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Allie Knowles and Morswood. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Captol H.I.M. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jessica Phoenix and Bogue Sound. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Smells Like Team Spirit: USEA Intercollegiate Championships Touch Down at Chatt Hills

Jennifer Mulholland and Casanova riding for Auburn University. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Banners, pompoms, mascots and feather boas are strewn from end to end of Chattahoochee Hills to herald the 2022 USEA Intercollegiate Championships. 12 colleges and universities are represented by a whopping 87 championships entries, all here for one thing: good old fashioned bragging rights.

With some divisions running across show jumping and cross country today, it’s still anyone’s game, but the Auburn University Tigers have taken the early lead with their four-person Auburn War Eagle team which includes Grace Montgomery, Alayna Backel, Kate Midgely, and Gabrielle Yashinsky.

Sierra Shurtz and Master Brooklyn riding for UGA. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The University of Georgia is in second with Gurley’s Gone Wild. UGA, who won the first-ever intercollegiate championship in 2016, presents three teams this weekend.

Lidia Olyha and Something To Scout About for the University of Kentucky. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Third place belongs to the school with the most competitors present, the University of Kentucky Wildcats. They come forward with 12 total teams.

Other schools represented include Clemson University, University of Virginia, University of South Carolina, University of the South, Virginia Tech, Florida State University, University of Florida, Tallahassee Community College and Texas A&M.

Intercollegiate riders range from Beginner Novice to Intermediate level, with the field of play evened by a coefficient system. Competition continues tomorrow — stay tuned for more from the Intercollegiate Championships.

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Updates on Emporium, Fleeceworks Royal

Ashlynn Meuchel and Emporium. Photo by Shelby Allen.

We are pleased to report that both Emporium and Fleeceworks Royal are resting comfortably today.

Emporium, ridden by Ashlynn Meuchel, fell at fence 19C in the Head of the Lake, and Tamie Smith pulled up Fleeceworks Royal at fence 11, the EEI’s Challenge Accepted. Both were transported off course via horse trailer.

“He’s looking bright this morning, just needs to rest for a couple of days,” Ashlynn told EN. “His right front shoe was caught in his throat latch which is why he couldn’t get his feet under himself to get up.” Ashlynn was unharmed in the fall.

Kentucky Three-Day’s press team released the following statement this morning:

“Emporium, ridden Ashlynn Meuchel, sustained a fall during the cross country competition yesterday and was transported to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The horse continued to improve yesterday evening. The horse is currently resting comfortable at the hospital and doctors and Ashlynn are optimistic for a full recovery.”

“Fleeceworks Royal, ridden by Tamra Smith, had an injury to the left, front foot during the cross country phase of the competition. The horse was transported Hagyard Equine Medical Institute where surgeons determined that the best course of treatment would be surgical stabilization of the left front pastern. The surgery was performed last night and the procedure and recovery were both successful. The horse is currently resting comfortably at the hospital.”

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Abby Powell.

“She’s a fighter……as to be expected, there hasn’t been anything this fierce girl hasn’t overcome,” Tamie’s Next Level Eventing posted to Facebook this morning.

“Rory sustained a significant injury to her left front pastern yesterday while galloping Kentucky Three-Day Event. After landing off of a jump and feeling Rory wasn’t right Tamie quickly pulled up and Rory was transported to [Hagyard] where they felt that surgery would be the best possible outcome for Rory’s longevity. The surgery went very well and Rory recovered and is walking in her stall comfortable and cranky as ever.

“We’re happy to have been able to share with all of you what an amazing little mare she is and no matter what the outcome, Rory will be coming back home with us and that is the best news.”


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Doug Payne Announces Vandiver’s Retirement

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Doug Payne has announced the imminent retirement of his Olympic Games partner, Debi and Kevin Crowley’s Vandiver.

At 18, “Quinn,” has made six CCI5* appearances with his best result coming in 2019 where he finished fifth here at Kentucky, and he made his mark on the sport with a 16th place finish at the Olympic Games last summer in Tokyo as the highest placed American.

“It’s tough to put into words — Quinn has meant so much to me, and my career, and my family,” Doug said. “He’s given us more than any horse ever could, and we’ve been in bonus time.”

Quinn was 11th Friday in Kentucky after dressage on 34.9, but picked up an uncharacteristic 20 penalties at the C element of the coffin at fence seven on the cross country. Doug says he still plans to show jump tomorrow, though, but says this will be their last five-star.

“Today in Kentucky he pulled up great and we’re going to show jump [on Sunday], but I do think this will be his last competition at the top end,” he said.

Doug Payne and Vandiver. Photo by Abby Powell.

But this isn’t the end for the Trakehner gelding (Windfall x Visions of Grandeur), keep an eye out for #supergroom Courntey Carson to be next in the tack.

“It’s been a running joke that I’m going to take the ride when [Quinn is] done, but the he just kept going,” Courtney said. “It’s funny I’ve always liked the horse even before I ever thought about working for Doug. Even watching him with Werner [Geven] I had a feeling about the horse. Now, I’ve been all over the world with him — he’s my buddy.”

With a busy operation at home for Doug, Courtney is responsible for many of Quinn’s exercise rides, she’ll feel right at home in the saddle, despite not competing herself since 2016. “I do the majority of fitness work because I choose to canter him over some of the others because I love him. I hacked him here (at Kentucky) this week, and honestly every day I sit in the saddle on him I’m honestly in awe that this is the horse that I get to spend my time with,” she said.

It’s be a pleasure to watch your career, Quinn. Keep your eyes peeled for the new Quinn + Courtney partnership after he gets his much deserved post-Kentucky break. And Doug: better brush up on those braiding skills!

Five Held, Two Spun in Kentucky Final Horse Inspection

Michael Jung and fischerChipmunk FRH. Photo by Abby Powell.

30 pairs continue after a dramatic final horse inspection at the 2022 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. In total, five pairs were held.

AP Prime, ridden by Leah Lang-Gluscic, and K.E.C. Zara, ridden by Zoe Crawford were ultimately spun after representing to the Ground Jury and veterinary panel.

Jollybo, ridden by Hawley Bennett-Awad, Covert Rights, ridden by Colleen Rutledge, and Chico’s Man VDF Z, ridden by Lexi Scovil, were held, but will continue on to the final phase of competition.

Captain America a.k.a. Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Abby Powell.

Two held, one withdrawn from CCI4*-S final horse inspection

Twenty nine competitors continue on to the final phase in the four-star competition. Two pairs, Ryleigh Leavitt with Moonlight Crush and Erin Kanara with Campground, were held. Ryleigh elected to withdraw Moonlight Crush from the hold box, and Campground was accepted on second presentation.

Best turned out awards for each division were also announced at the conclusion of the trot up with the winning groom taking home a $1000 gift card. Ashley Kapinos and Katherina Maroko, grooming for Hannah Sue Burnett won the honor for the five-star and Erin Jarboe, grooming for Will Coleman, was the recipient for the four-star.

It’s the final countdown! The four-star riders will show jump first beginning at 11 AM. The five-star will commence at 2:00 PM and will run in reverse order of standing with the final phase for the top twenty beginning at 3:45 PM.

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Five-Star Feels: A Kentucky Cross Country Photo Gallery

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shelby Allen.

There’s something inherently stressful about being a photographer at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. First of all, you’re nervous for the competitors, and busy hoping everyone is safe. But then you’re also worried if you’re going to get “the” shot. Nothing makes you feel more frazzled than not liking where you’re shooting in the few rides before Michael Jung comes into view. But most of the time, like most things, it works out — the perfectly decorated fences, the athleticism of the horses and the riders and the thoughtful questions asked do tend to make the job easier. Keep scrolling to check out what the EN crew captured on cross country day:

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Doug Payne & Starr Witness Take Charge of CCI4*-S at Kentucky

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The deliciously expressive Starr Witness put on a show this morning to grab a decisive lead in the CCI4*-S class with Doug Payne. 

The Dutch Warmblood mare (Chello III x Carmen), who Doug rode to Pan American team gold in 2019, has managed to get stronger and stronger in the first phase, but Doug says she still hasn’t peaked yet despite today’s 23.2 earned from judges Peter Gray and Bea di Grazia.

“[It was] Pretty damn good. Of course you can always look back and see spots where you potentially gave up a point or two, but she’s just barely getting there really,” he said. “She’s done three or four longs so after Tokyo. I didn’t feel the need to have to run one in the fall, so we spent a bunch of time doing flatwork and jumping a bit and I think that’s paying off now. She’s getting stronger and more confident.”

Jessica Payne is all smile’s after Starr WItness’ dressage test. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Son of Olympic judge Marilyn Payne, Doug has the advantage of having his mother here watching and supporting him, and she was singing the mare’s praises in the mixed zone. “I thought it was phenomenal. I was watching it, and I score all the tests as they go no matter who it is, and I was thinking, ‘wow that halt had to be and eight’ so I was not surprised at all at the score. Obviously I was delighted with the horse that’s the best and most consistent I’ve seen her go and she can get better, which is really exciting,” she said.

Canada’s Colleen Loach produced a brilliant test with Peter Barry’s Vermont (Van Helsing x Hauptstutbuch Hollywood) that dropped them in a very valuable second-place position. Their result of 24.5, their best International score to date, riled up the growing grandstands which will continue to fill as the day goes on.

Colleen Loach and Vermont. Photo by Abby Powell.

“He was a little bit on the muscle, a little up today with the atmosphere but he stayed with me in the ring and really listened and stayed focused on me so I was really proud of him,” she said “I put a little bit of pressure on myself going in there because I knew he could be right up there in first or second or top ten. It paid off and he came through. I think I rode him somewhat well!”

“Is that applause for me??” Colleen Loach and Vermont. Photo by Abby Powell.

Overnight leader Liz Halliday-Sharp holds on to third place with Cooley Quicksilver and fifth with Cooley Moonshine, but Friday added her third ride to the mix, The Monster Partnerhip’s Cooley Be Cool (Fortunus x HHS Carlotta), for sixth place on a 26.9.


Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Be Cool. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Clayton Fredericks slid himself into fourth place with FE Coldplay, a German Sport Horse (Casskeni II x Krone 18) owned by Diana J. Crawford, Hugh Wrigley and Clayton.

Brandon McMechan was elated with his and Glenn McMechan’s Oscar’s Wild (Whiskey Wisdom xx x Ram xx) after the first phase. His cheer was well deserved as the two 27.3 — a four-star personal best — for seventh place.

Kevin Keane and Sportsfield Candy (Condios x Angel of Harlem) are eighth on 28.5.

These competitors take off over Derek di Grazia’s beefy track that some have called a “five short” tomorrow with the first horse out at 8:00 a.m.

“It’s a wonderful course — quite a bit different,” said Doug. “I think the overarching generalization is that it’s a touch softer, but that said I think the coffin is wicked hard and I think the Rolex Grand Slam water is also going to be a huge challenge so I would actually expect to see a whole lot of problems at both in which case statistically it might end up being on par with last year.”

Colleen concurred. “I would agree with Doug, it’s a completely different track. Walking-wise maybe a touch softer but we’ll see how it rides … it’s challenging enough but kind to the horses and I can’t wait to get out there.”

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One Very Large Land Rover Kentucky 5* Jog Gallery

Sarah Bullimore and Corouet. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Everyone had their megawatt smiles on display for the first trot up at the 2022 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by MARS Equestrian.. Spectators dotted the terrance breathing life back into this prestigious event that went without fans in 2021. Even the horses seemed appreciative — there was hardly an antic on the jog strip.

You can find all the nitty gritty details here, but if you’re just here for eye candy, keep scrolling for a gallery from myself and Abby Powell. Stay tuned for Tilly’s infamous Golden Chinch Awards as well!

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Photo Feature: #GoEventing at Bouckaert International at Chatt Hills

Holly Jacks-Smither and Candy King. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sports photography is something I guess you could say I fell into. When I took a job in communications at the USEA, I found myself wielding a camera with not much clue how to use it. I still feel like that sometimes, but I have been lucky to have a lot of great mentors (and YouTube) to show me the way. As more of a “right brained” person, photography often feels creatively out of my league, but every once in a while I find magic. (You know what they say about blind squirrels…)

Over the weekend I followed the four-star competitors around the cross country course at Bouckaert Farm. Take a tour around to see the venue from my perspective.

For some real skill, please visit Liz Crawley Photography, the official photographer for the weekend. She had an amazing crew out shooting, and should have galleries up shortly.

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Sara Kozumplik and Rubens D’ysieux. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Hawley Bennett Awad and Jollybo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Andrew McConnon and Ferrie’s Chello. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dan Kreitl and Carmango. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jessica Phoenix and Wabbit. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jessica Phoenix and Bogue Sound. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cosby Green and Highly Suspicious. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dani Sussman and Jos Bravio. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Joe Meyer and Harbin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jessica Phoenix and Isla GS. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Woods Baughman and Hopak de Greenbay Z. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Who Jumped It Best? Bouckaert Farm Open Novice

Who Jumped It Best?

Two big international events means we’ve got two editions of Who Jumped It Best? for you. Have a look at this collection of riders from the Open Novice divisions at Bouckaert International at Chattahoochee Hills.

These competitors are tackling the airy table at 9a, the Kidney Pond. Just a few steps beyond is 9b, a water jump. All the FEI divisions had combinations through this complex, so there’s a lot to take in as they plan their exit over the boat at fence 10. Have a gander at these pairs and vote in the poll at the bottom for who you think presents the best overall picture.

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Lara Roberts and Fernhill Show Biz. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Werner Geven and Caheradoo Jack. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dana Cooke and FE Monte Carlo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jenny Caras and Beaulieus Cheerful. Photo by Shelby Allen

Emily Byczek and Ossian. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dana Cooke Aims for Ireland After Bouckaert International CCI4*-S Win

Dana Cooke FE Mississippi. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi have a long flight ahead of them as they barrel toward a busy summer season overseas. One of the last stops on their journey was Bouckaert International at Chattahoochee Hills where they won the CCI4*-S class over the weekend.

“I go to Kentucky in two weeks to do the four-star short and after that I’m planning to run the four-long at Millstreet over in Ireland. My plan is to try to make the World Games team,” Dana. said. “But I’m going to leave Missy over in the U.K. and if I make the World Games team that’s amazing, and if I don’t I’m going to plan to run Blenheim instead.”

Dana and “Missy,” a 12-year-old Württemberger (Cassini II x Liastra) mare owned by the FE Mississippi Syndicate, finished ten seconds over the optimum time in what Dana says is her most confident run yet at the level.

“She moved up the four-star level in 2019, but last year was her first solid season at the level and it was a bit rocky, she wasn’t as confident. But then after Galway (2021) — by the end of the cross country at Galway I felt like she was finding her grove, and she really just came out this year getting it and she understands it.” she said.

“She’s done that kind of as she’s gone up the levels. She went Preliminary, she’d have a good round, then she got a bit rocky for a few, and then was awesome. Then she moved up to Intermediate and her first one was good, then she’d get rocky and we’d drop back down. So the same thing happened at Advanced. Now she just feels like she gets it and is loving her job.”

Joe Meyer and Harbin. Photo by Shelby Allen.

No one caught the optimum time of 6 minutes and 50 seconds, but Joe Meyer came the closest with Harbin, a 12-year-old Irish Thoroughbred (Verglas x Rainbow City) owned by Joe, Ruth, Gay and John Meyer in partnership with Theresa Foote, in a time of 6:54. Their quick work moved the New Zealand pair from 10th to 2nd on a result of 33.3.

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Mia Farley finished in third place with her spicy mare BGS Firecracker as the top placed American. “Crack,” a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse, added 7.2 time penalties for a three-phase result of 33.7. Mia rounds out the top three, all which finished within less than a point of one another.

“She loves her job that’s for sure! I think we had everything going for us today, good weather and fantastic footing. She was so rideable and happy to be out there,” Mia said. “She gave me wonderful shapes over the jumps and even let me give the reins on the gallop stretches. I couldn’t be happier with how she went.”

Sara Kozumplik and Rubens D’ysieux. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sara Kozumplik was all smiles after a confident run with one of her best mates, Rubens D’ysieux. “It was one of the best rounds I’ve ever had with him, and that’s saying something,” she said. “Rubens” is deliciously talented, but after a few bobbles recently, a simple equipment change made all the difference for this pair.

“Best thing I ever did was take his back boots off on cross country last year. I struggled sometimes with him hanging up high and not getting across.,” Sara said. “I asked my trusted vet Brendan Furlong about it in case he thought I was nuts, and he said in all the years he has done this, he’s never thought, ‘Thank God that horse had a hind boot on.'”

With bare hind legs, the pair had 9.6 time penalties for 4th place (37.7).

Jessica Phoenix and Freedom GS. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Fifth place belongs to the event’s busiest lady, Jessica Phoenix. With six (yes, SIX) horses entered in the four-star she had her hands full. Her best finisher was her own Freedom GS, a 9-year-old Trakehner/Oldenburg, on a score of 40.

It’s a family affair for many of Jessica’s rides. Freedom is joined by half sibling Isla GS (16th, 52.3), and their shared sire Humble GS, who finished 24th.

The division lost four before the start with Bobby Meyerhoff scratching all three of his rides and Ellen Doughty-Hume scratching Breakin’ All The Rules. Three pairs retired after issues on course: Hallie Coon & Global EX, Cosby Green & Highly Suspicious, and Heather Gillette & Vincent Chase. While no one accomplished a double-clear result, 21 competitors finished with no jumping faults for a 70% clear rate.

“I think Hugh designed a super course. It was technical, and Chatt has a little bit of terrain, which is great. The footing is probably the best it has ever been. It was tough, but the horses all jumped it well,” division winner Dana Cooke said. “Honestly, I’m disappointed that they don’t have an FEI here next year in April. I think it’s a super track for the horses that are going to their spring three-days and I do think it’s unfortunate that we won’t have that option.”

We at EN would like to give many thanks to Bouckaert Farm for hosting us and this prestigious event.

Until next time, go eventing.

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Buck Davidson & Carlevo Top Bouckaert International CCI4*-S at Chattahoochee Hills

Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Chattahoochee Hills is undergoing a revamp this season as the 8,000 acre facility takes on the title of Bouckaert Farm. While the team on board remains the same, the updated name represents a new, inspired vision for the Georgia property, owned by Belgian olympian Carl Bouckaert.

After the first two phases, Buck Davidson and Carlevo lead the way for the Bouckaert International CCI4*-S, their last stop on the way to third appearance at the Kentucky Three-Day Event.

“Knock on wood, he’s pretty consistent in all three phases,” Buck said of Katherine O’Brien’s 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Eurocommerce Caresino x Ramatuelle). He said he relied heavily on his partner today as an ill-timed virus nearly sidelined him. “I’ve been up since the middle of the night throwing up, so I probably didn’t do much good on either one of them today, but he’s a seasoned horse that knows his job, and sometimes as they say, ‘When life gives you lemons, you’ve got to make lemonade.'”

Rails were plentiful early in the going, but this didn’t deter Buck from his plan. “I didn’t get a chance to watch, but I ride him a little off my eye anyway — he’s got such a big stride. I thought he jumped really well in here. This would be hard for him because he has a big stride and a big open step, so I thought he jumped the first eight fantastic and having to slow down so much for this two stride the canter just breaks apart a little bit, but he’s really trying,” he said.

Buck has had a productive winter with Carlevo after a fall ended their shot at the Maryland CCI5*-L early last autumn. This weekend they’re on a dressage score of 25.1 going into cross country on Saturday. “He won Ocala a couple weeks ago after falling at Fair Hill, so maybe it did him some good because this is the best he’s ever gone. Hopefully all goes well tomorrow and we’re excited for a couple weeks from now.”

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker. Photo by Shelby Allen.

A classy, clear round kept Mia Farley in second place with BGS Firecracker. She and her own 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse are on a score of 26.5. Sara Kozumplik moved up one spot into third after a penalty-free jump with her handsome 17-year-old Selle Francais Rubens D’ysieux on a score of 28.1.

Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Canada’s Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi are forth. The 12-year-old  Württemberger (Cassini II x Liastra) owned by her namesake syndicate have a score of 29.

Cosby Green and Highly Suspicious. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Edie Green’s Highly Suspicious made easy work of Marc Donovan’s show jumping course with Cosby Green in the saddle. They’re in fifth place on 29.3 points.

Allie Knowles and Business Class. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The show jumping phase proved to be influential with only 13 of the 34 starters jumping double clear (38.2%). The same was true for the Advanced division over the same course with two pairs jumping clear, overnight leader Allie Knowles and Business Class (25.9) and Sara Kozumplik with Devil Munchkin (30.7).

All FEI divisions take on Hugh Lochore’s cross country tomorrow, starting with the four-star at 9 a.m. Click here to follow along with all the scores.

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Who Jumped It Best? Stable View Spring CCI3*-S

Guillermo de Campo Marambio and Quelite. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Three-star riders had plenty to do around Capt. Mark Phillips’ CCI3*-S cross country course at their International spring event. Horses got their feet wet for the first time at the GL Williams Water Complex. The A element was a shinny chevron into the water followed by another rolled drop into water, seen here. Immediately following this, riders faced a narrow corner that required a particularly devilish determination to straightness.

Now you can be the judge. Take a look at the horse and rider combinations below and vote in the poll for which pair you think presents the best overall picture. Winners take home bragging rights.

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Lindsey Lanier and Fernhill Feel Happy. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Siobhain O’Connor and Summer Solstice. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sallie Johnson and Ado Rock. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Mia Petersen and Fernhill Royale. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lauren New and Flying Again. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lillian Heard and Chilly. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Guillermo de Campo Marambio and Quelite. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Courtney Cooper and Excel Star First Class. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Carolyn Wehle and Edelmann. Photo by Shelby Allen.

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Will Coleman Claims Second Spring CCI4*-S Victory at Stable View

Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Though you compete on an individual basis, eventing, at its core, is much more of a team effort. It takes a village, as they say. Behind each great horse and rider combination is an army of supporters who made it all possible. No one appreciates this fact more than Will Coleman who credits todays Stable View Spring CCI4*-S win to his team.

“Success for our program — the rider is just the cover. It is as much about everybody else: my coaches, my wife, my family, our girls home at the barn, the team behind us, vets, farriers. It’s really a victory for all of them, I’m just the cover of the book, but they’re the ones making up the full story,” he said.

Will and Hyperion Stud’s Chin Tonic HS topped the division from the start — a 22.4 on the flat gave them a healthy advantage and a clear show jumping effort only extended their lead. Their clear cross country phase Saturday afternoon sealed the deal as 5.6 time penalties had them finishing on a score of 28. This is Will’s second four-star win this spring.

“I thought he did everything very well. I wanted to go kind of quick without being silly. He’s still pretty inexperienced at this level so I wanted to give him a good go more than anything. He was really worked up in the warmup, so I came out a little steady in the beginning but he ran super and answered the questions really well,” Will said. “I thought the corners at the end were a pretty stiff question. It felt great when you did it. The horses really read it, I’ve got to give a credit to Mark (Phillips) for laying it out, but I definitely thought about it quite a bit. Everything rode how I planned and that isn’t always the case, so it’s nice when it goes like that.”

As for what’s next for the 10-year-old Holsteiner (Chin Champ x Wildera), Will isn’t ready to show his hand, but hinted that a trip across the pond may be in the works. “We’ve got a plan but you take it one day at a time and hopefully you also have a bit of luck,” he said. “We’ve talked about wanting to take him overseas and maybe take him to Aachen or another big event. I love Aachen.” We think Aachen loves you back, Will.

Jennie Brannigan and Twilightslastgleam. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It was a great day at the office for Jennie Brannigan who won the CCI3*-S as well as finishing second and third in the four-star.

Three-star winner Connory, a 10-year-old Holsteiner (Conrato x Hocaponta) started the weekend tied for fourth with a 27.5 on the flat, and added only 2.8 time penalties to that result as the second-fastest horse in the division.

“I know you’re not supposed to have favorites but that horse is so my type. He’s a beautiful talented horse with three good phases and I’m just so lucky to get to ride him. I’ve had him since picking him out at Clayton (Frederick’s), and Clayton was really kind and let me buy him in parts and honestly it’s just a very special horse,” Jennie said.

Though he had most of 2021 off due to a minor injury sustained while kicking in his stall, this is a fourth consecutive win for “Sean,” who is owned by Jennie in partnership with Tim and Nina Gardner. “I loved him from the beginning and put myself on the line when I was pretty poor to buy him, and it’s knock on wood turned out pretty good so far.”

Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Nina and Tim have been longtime owners and supporters of Jennie, and they were right against the ropes today to watch two of her other rides, Twilightslastgleam and FE Lifestyle, take second and third place in the CCI4*-S, respectively.

“Comic,” a 12-year-old Thoroughbred (National Anthem x Royal Child) bred by Nina, kept the pressure on Will by producing the fastest round of the division just one second over optimum time to finish on a result of 32.5.

“He’s just been getting stronger and stronger which is great because I think he really gives it 100%, but it’s not easy for him and he tries his heart out,” she said. “He’s fast because he’s a Thoroughbred. I was three seconds over on Foxy, so I went pretty fast (with Comic) The beginning is so gallopy that I really went for it in the beginning and just tried to keep that going.”

While Comic is all heart, Jennie calls stablemate “Foxy” the “best cross country course I’ve ever ridden.” Their 1.2 time penalties brought the pair to a final score of 35.8 in third place. “He makes everything feel easy to be honest. He’s such a lovely horse and his step is so big he looks like he’s going slow, and it helps me because I can tend to get too quick and aggressive in my mind and do stupid things, so he’s been really good for me because you can go fast on him but it feels slow so you can really ride,” Jennie said.

Isabelle Bosely and Night Quality. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Isabelle Bosley and Night Quality, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (OBOS Quality 004 x Night Fly) owned by the rider, finished fourth, picking up 11.6 time penalties on cross country (45.1).

14.4 time penalties dropped Allie Knowles and Ms. Poppins, an 11-year-old Westphalian (Congress x Copa Cabana) owned by Katherine O’Brien, from second to fifth place on a result of 45.4.

Emily Hamel and Corvette. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The stunning Corvett, a 15-year-old Holsteiner (Corrido x Tina XII), showed off his athleticism around Capt. Mark Phillips’ track, giving rider Emily Hamel a clear round with 10 time penalties. Their sixth place finish serves as a stepping stone on their path to Badminton Horse Trials in five weeks time.

Buc Davidson and Sorocaima. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cosby Green and Copper Beach were seventh (49.6). Buck Davidson was eighth and ninth with Erroll Gobey (51.4) and Sorocaima (54.6), respectively. Hannah Sue Burnett and Captiol HIM close out the top ten on a result of 55.6.

Issues remained well spread around the course. Of the 24, who started 18 finished. Three pairs retired on course and three others were eliminated, but there were no falls in the division. Of those who completed, only two earned any jump penalties, leaving the 16 clear rounds to battle it out against the clock.

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Big, Bold & Beautiful: Take a Look Around the Stable View Spring CCI4* XC

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This afternoon twenty-six competitors plan to leave the start box to face Capt. Mark Phillips’ CCI4*-S course here at Stable View. As we’ve come to expect at the premier Aiken facility, the grounds and the fences are exceptionally turned out.  The four-star pairs have 23 flagged obstacles for 35 total jumping efforts to look forward to. The track is wheeled at 3,880 meters with an optimum time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

The track follows its usual path for FEI events, with much of the action passing by the Pavilion where Stable View is for the first time offering 50 reserved tailgating spots. As owner Barry Olliff would say, Stable View was built by the community, for the community, and “Tailgating on the Turf” is another way Stable View is ‘A Gathering Place’ for anyone and everyone in Aiken.

The tailgaters will have a front row seat to several historically influential complexes including the Derby Field Alp, the Pavilion Splash and the Blanchard Corners combination at 19abc, which earned several close looks during rider’s course walks yesterday.

The CCI3*-S and Advanced classes will also run cross country today. Click the images below to see what they have in store.



The first four-star horse leaves the box at 12:06 p.m.

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Chin Tonic HS Is All Class for Will Coleman in Stable View Spring CCI4*-S

Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS. Photo by Shelby Allen.col

Chin Tonic HS has shown great promise since he arrived in Will Coleman’s barn as a 5-year-old, and each year he keeps raising the bar. He won his International debut in 2019 at the two-star level and he’s wracked up four FEI wins since. He landed his latest headline by leading the first two phases of the Stable View Spring CCI4*-S.

“Chin,” the 10-year-old Holsteiner (Chin Champ x Wildera), is owned and sourced by Vicky Castegren’s Hyperion Stud. “I’ve known Vicky for a long time. She found this horse as a 2-year-old stallion when she showed me a video. I’ll never forget watching it there in her office drooling over it. He has so much presence and so many natural physical gifts,” he said.

This partnership’s dressage score of 22.4 was more than a rail ahead of rest of the four-star division, and a double clear trip around Chis Barnard’s show jumping course secured an eight-point lead going into the final phase. Will, ever the perfectionist, continues to look forward on how he can improve even further — one day at a time.

“The horse is doing a lot of really good things. I still think there’s another level that we can achieve but I guess in relative terms he’s still kind of new to four star level. He’s a very talented horse in that phase, and I think he has a high ceiling. I’m just trying to do it justice. He’s a horse that we have championship aspirations with. I think the key two reaching those big goals is focusing on little ones every day and I think that’s sort of how we’ve gone about it with him.”

Allie Knowles and Ms. Poppins. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Katherine O’Brien’s Ms. Poppins, an 11-year-old Westphalian (Congress x Copa Cabana) mare ridden by Allie Knowles, moved from 5th into the reserve position after a valuable clear round. They carry a score of 31 to the final phase.

“Funny enough, I was quite disappointed with her dressage test. She is very obedient and extremely consistent. Sub-30 should be normal for her, but today she got her tongue over the bit in the first shoulder-in, making it nearly impossible to use the reins. She is so reliable so I just backed off and rode the movements and asking for nothing extra. She still threw down a test that I couldn’t fault her on given the circumstance but knowing that was not a true picture of what she has to offer. It’s early in the season for her so I’ll try to make adjustments going forward so that doesn’t happen again,” Allie said.

“As for her show jumping, she is just a blast. She jumped her heart out and gave me a beautiful round that I can’t fault her on. I made one bad line that she over corrected for me and that is just one of the many reasons I feel privileged to be her pilot.”

Jennie Brannigan and Twilightslastgleam. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jennie Brannigan and Twilightslastgleam, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred (National Anthem x Royal Child) are third on 32.1 points. Owner and breeder Nina Gardner was ringside cheering for their clear round. “That’s her favorite horse, and he’s a barn favorite because he tries the hardest out of any horse I ride. He had a year off, so its really exciting for him to feel like he used to again. He’s been on fire this year. I’m going to give it a go for the Garnders tomorrow. They’re just the best,” Jennie said.

Nina also owns sixth-placed FE Lifestyle — who also jumped penalty-free — on a score of 34.6

Isabelle Bosley and Night Quality. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Isabelle Bosley, who was named to the Eventing 25 Emerging Athlete Program this winter, jumped clear with her Irish Sport Horse Night Quality (OBOS Quality 004 x Night Fly). The two remain on their dressage score of 33.5

Hannah Sue Burnett and Capitol HIM. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Riding for Christa Schmidt, Hannah Sue Burnett jumped clear as the last rider in the division. She and Captiol HIM, a 15-year-old Holsteiner (Con Air 7 x O-Heraldika), had a fashionable fault-free trip remain on his dressage score of 33.6 for fifth place.

Buck Davidson is seventh aboard his own 11-year-old Thoroughbred Sorocaima. They remain on their dressage score of 36.2. Emily Hamel takes eighth place (36.3) with her quirky Corvette, who didn’t as much as breathe on a pole today.

Lynn Symansky and Global Cassero 3. Photo by Shelby Allen.

In the CCI3*-S division, Lynn Symansky leads with Global Cassero 3. A dressage result of 26.6 and a equitation-worthy show jumping keeps them at the front of the pack, even with a change to his usual routine. “He went early in the morning. He usually benefits from having a long stroll in the morning, so I thought he was little tight but even with not the most amazing test the horse is so class that you can get away with having a little bit of tension here and there,” she said. “He had some time off for some wind issues so it took some time to get him back and get him strong again. These’s big, long gangly ones just take a bit longer to develop. We lost a good year and a half trying to sort the wind, so it’s great to have him back.”

Eventers here at Stable View are out showing their support for Ukrainian relief efforts. Pins are available for purchase at the show office and all proceeds will go toward the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund.

The CCI4*-S class heads out on cross country here in Aiken, South Carolina beginning at 12:06 p.m.

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Will Coleman & Off The Record On Track for Red Hills CCI4*-S Dressage Lead

Will Coleman and Off The Record. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

This weekend eventers flock to Tallahassee, Fla. for the North America’s first FEI event of 2022 at Red Hills International Horse Trials. The picturesque Live Oaks draped in Spanish Moss make for a perfect background for this community-driven event, even with some tumultuous early spring showers.

The third to last pair of the day, Will Coleman and Off the Record claimed the top spot in the 36-entry CCI4*-S division. “Timmy,” the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay) owned by his namesake syndicate, boasts a 23.8. While this score is drool-worthy in its own right, it still is not the gelding’s personal best at the level (That would be a 21.9 at Great Meadow in 2020). Nevertheless, it still gives these two a five-point lead going into cross country.

Will took Timmy to stretch his legs in the Open Intermediate at Rocking Horse last month, but this is first International run since winning Aachen last fall.

Holly Jacks-Smither and Candy King. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Holly Jacks-Smither earned a 28.8 with her 12-year-old British Sport Horse (Grafenstolz x Eye Candy) Candy King for second place.

Lauren Nicholson and Landmark’s Monte Carlo. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Ms. Jaqueline Mars’ Landmark’s Monte Carlo is third with Lauren Nicholson in the tack. This partnership also impressed the judging panel for a sub-30 dressage result of 29.3.

Woods Baughman with C’est La Vie 135. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Fourth place is shared between Mia FarleyBGS Firecracker and Woods Baughman with C’est La Vie 135 on 30.2 points.

Lexi Scovil and Chico’s Man VDF Z. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Lexi Scovil earned 30.3 for sixth place with her 12-year-old Zangersheide gelding Chico’s Man VDF ZLeslie Law sits seventh and eighth in a tight race with Typically Fernhill (31.6) and Lady Chatterley (31.8), respectively.

Phillip Dutton and Azure. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

A new ride for Phillip Dutton, Azure is ninth on a score of 32.4 in the pair’s FEI debut together. In 10th place is Will Coleman will his second ride Don Dante on a score of 32.6.

Dana Cooke and FE Quattro. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The CCI3*-S belongs to Canada’s Dana Cooke after the first phase with Kingfisher Park’s FE Quattro. The 8-year-old German Warmblood carries a score of 24.8 into the jumping phases.

Leslie Law and Fupsilon Grande Lande. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Leslie Law and Fupsilon Grande Lande lead the biggest division of the weekend. The 7-year-old Selle Francais, (Upsilon x l’Irlandaise) owned by Beatrice Rey-Herme, sits on 25.3, besting 51 other pairs in the CCI2*-S.

Jennie Brannigan and Twilightslastgleam. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

The small, but mighty Advanced division is headed up by Jennie Brannigan and Twilightslastgleam. Nina Gardner’s 12-year-old homebred score 30.7.

Joe Meyer and Harbin are in second place with a dressage result of 33.6, and Meg Kepferle follows in third aboard Anakin with a score of 33.9.

You can find a complete results list at this link. Many thanks to Shannon Brinkman and her team for the gorgeous photos from Red Hills this weekend!

Cross country kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday with the Preliminary divisions. Be sure to tune into the live stream over the weekend with commentary that includes heaps of breeding and background of each horse. You can find the stream on the Visit Tallahassee YouTube channel.

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Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Brenda Meyers and Justice For All. Photo by Christine Quinn.

Last weekend Aiken riders celebrated the return of recognized horse trials at Jumping Branch Farm. The shady 100+ acre farm welcomed riders from Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels across Saturday and Sunday. If you missed the competition — you’re still in luck! The Jumping Branch team has left the entire course flagged and decorated for open schooling through Thursday. Visit their website for more information.

Weekend Preview:

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Wednesday News:

Eight cases of EHV-1 have been confirmed at Desert International Horse Park in Thermal. One horse was euthanized this weekend. The LA Horse Show was slated to run an extra week of competition, but that’s now been cancelled. [One Horse Euthanized, Shows Canceled In California EHV-1 Outbreak]

There’s nothing worse than your horse jigging at the walk in the middle of your dressage test. Silva Martin is here to help with what to try and what to avoid. [3 of Your Biggest Flatwork Woes, with Silva Martin]

KK Brown’s love for horses was born on the back of a feral pony named Sugar, but before long she was qualified for Pony Finals. Now she takes pride in her role as an Assistant Professor and hunter/jumper instructor at William Woods University. Learn more about this accomplished rider and educator. [KK Brown’s Equestrian Journey Took a Village (and hard work!)]

The USEA and it’s many generous donors work diligently to offer opportunities to all levels of rider. Do your homework to see if any of these grants may be appropriate for you. [Get to Know the USEA Foundation Grants: The Seema Sonnad Junior Rider Grant]

Wednesday Video Break: The latest footage from our friend David Frechette

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Who Jumped It Best? Stable View Oktoberfest CCI4*-S

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EN, it’s time for another round of Who Jumped It Best? This edition takes us between the picturesque pines of Stable View in Aiken, S.C. You be the judge of these seven CCI4*-S competitors as they tackle fence six, the Blanchard Table. You’ll notice this element is full height and width for the level. Choose which pair you think presents the best picture and vote for your pick in the poll below.

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Ashlynn Muechel and Emporium. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Liz Halliday Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Zoe Crawford and KEC Zara. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Nilson Moreira da Silva and Rock Phantom. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Leslie Law and Lady Chatterly. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jimmie Schramm and Eclaire. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Victoria Garland and FE Capricino. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Autumn Schweiss and Global Invieto DHI Win Stable View Oktoberfest CCI3*-S

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Autumn Schweiss and Global Invieto DHI. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Autumn Schweiss’ labors bore fruit this weekend with a win the Stable View CCI3*-S aboard Julie Schweiss’ Global Invieto DHI.

“I imported him as a coming 5-year-old. He was a bit of an orangutan when I got him. He’s just a big, leggy dressage horse, but he just has the ability to jump as well,” Autumn said.

Sitting second overnight, Autumn and the 8-year-old KWPN nearly came to grief this morning before they even stepped out on course. “We straight out rolled one of the fences over. Got stuck in it. Broke our bridle,” she said.

Their miscommunication shook out the best in both of them, and after they were both evaluated by medics and a veterinarian they tore out over Capt. Mark Phillips’ track — in another horse’s bridle no less. “We jumped a few jumps and he felt better actually. [It] sharpened him up, and then he came out here and was so clever. I mean I wouldn’t say [our round] was picture perfect, but it was quite clever. I mean everyone that was in the top five is generally a pretty fast rider, right? Yeah. And I’m like, ‘Well, here I am.’ I’ve never made time with this horse.”

While she didn’t quite make the time (by one pesky second!) her trip was still enough for the win on a finishing score of 27.5.

Allison Springer and Crystal Crescent Moon. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Allison Springer was second with Crystal Crescent Moon. Petite by some standards, Nancy Winter’s 15.3-hand Connemara Sport Horse cross thundered around the Aiken track only one second too slow, adding 0.4 time penalties for a final result of 33.1.

Joe Meyer and Buccaneer. Photo by Shelby Allen.

With three in the division, Joe Meyer’s best result was Buccaneer in third place. Owned by the rider, the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse added 1.2 time penalties toward their finishing score of 33.4.

Overnight leaders Ellie O’Neal and Zick Zack had a confident round which was free of jumping penalties, but 16 seconds cost them the win. The additional 6.4 time penalties leave them on a respectable 33.4 points, tied with Joe Meyer, but being farther from the optimum time lands them in fourth at day’s end.

Mary Bess Davis and Imperio Magic. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Mary Bess Davis and Imperio Magic were leaderboard climbers at this weekend’s event. Dressage saw them in 22nd place, but a clear round in yesterday’s show jumping bumped them to 10th. Today’s effort gave them a leg up of an additional 5 slots. They were only 2 seconds above optimum time for a final result of 35.9.

Kim Keeton and Keysoe. Photo by Shelby Allen.

All in all, jumping penalties were few around Capt. Mark Phillips’ CCI3*-S track, but time remained the ultimate competitor. Those who could go fast were well rewarded, included Kim Keeton who was the first to come through the finish flags double clear. The veterinarian and her beloved Keysoe finished seventh. The only other competitor to go penalty-free today was Elisa Wallace and Munson Slew, who finished 10th.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Shanroe Cooley. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Surprising absolutely no one, Ocala Horse Properties’ Shanroe Cooley won the CCI2*-S from start to finish with Liz Halliday-Sharp. The freshly crowned USEA Preliminary Horse Champion has now won his last six events consecutively.

Thanks for following along with us in Aiken. Go eventing.

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