Event Horse March Madness: Round of 32, Part 2 (UK/IRE + AUS/NZL)

EN Event Horse March Madness: Round of 32, Part 2 (UK/IRE + AUS/NZL). Who should advance to the next Sweet 16 … you decide! Photos by EN.

Who is the fiercest event horse in the land? March Madness marches on today with Round of 32, Part 2!

How it’s seeded: To avoid petty squabbling amidst our chinchilla selection committee, we have objectively seeded the bracket according to the final 2018 WBFSH Rankings. Included in the bracket are the highest ranked eight horses from each of four regions: North America, UK/Ireland, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. The higher the points earned in 2018, the higher the seed. The six winners of CCI4* events in 2018 as well as the 2018 World Champion received automatic top seed buy-in.

Determination of winner: Popular vote!
Round of 32, Part 1: Monday, March 18
Round of 32, Part 2: Wednesday, March 20
Sweet 16: Monday, March 25
Elite 8: Monday, April 1
Final 4: Friday, April 5
Championship: Monday, April 8

Round of 32, Part 1 (North America + Europe) results: A couple of major upsets (at least, according to the seed rankings) — in the North America region, #8 seed Foxwood High defeated #1 seed Z; meanwhile in Europe, #8 seed fischerRocana FST trounced Siniani de Lathus. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Foxwood High and fischerRocana FST facing off in the semi-finals, eek!

Today’s match-ups: Things are already pretty brutal on this side of the bracket. In the UK/Ireland region, we’ve got Ros Canter’s WEG gold medalist Allstar B, Oliver Townend’s Kentucky winner Cooley Master Class, and Irish teammates going up against one another head-to-head. In the AUS/NZL region, we’ve got over half the horses who won a CCI4* in 2018: Badminton winner Classic Moet, Luhmühlen winner Faerie Dianimo, Burghley winner Ringwood Sky Boy, and Adelaide winner Willingapark Clifford. Stablemates vs. stablemates, husbands vs. wives …. the Sweet 16 should be interesting, to say the least!

Graphic by Leslie Wylie.

Round of 32, Part 2 voting is open through midnight on Sunday, March 24, with the Sweet 16 to be announced the following day. Go vote, and Go Eventing!