After the popular Morven Park Spring Horse Trials was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers were quick to pivot to create another fall eventing opportunity for the Area II calendar. This weekend we’re seeing divisions ranging from Beginner Novice through Preliminary competing against a gorgeous fall backdrop, which has been epically captured as usual by Erin Gilmore Photography.
The Training and Beginner Novice divisions ran in a one-day format today, while the Preliminary and Novice riders will ride a one-day tomorrow.
Bruce Davidson Sr. took home the blue in the Open Training A division on a score of 30.9 aboard Cecilia and Reginald Baussan’s Sambuko, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding whom Bruce Sr. has been partnered with since 2018. A master at working with young horses, Bruce has coaxed more and more confidence in to this gelding, and he’s collected a handful of wins and top three finishes at the level throughout the last two years.
Taking the win in the Open Training B are Jennifer Treacy and Bene, who moved up from fourth into first place following two clear jumping rounds on a score of 34.1.
Susan Gallagher and Chacco Chip are Training level masters, with two years of experience at this level and plenty of wins to their name. They add one more this weekend, taking the Training Rider division on a final score of 28.9.
Looking to the Beginner Novice divisions, we’d like to congratulate Charmaine van der Merwe and Allaboutpeaches (BN Rider – 27.5), Claire Allen and Stiletto (BN Rider – 34.7), Sara Schulman and Cooley Chromatic (Open BN – 25.8) on their wins.
Erin Gilmore is the official show photographer at Morven Park this weekend, and she was gracious enough to share this beautiful gallery of the day’s happenings with us. If you’re competing at Morven Park, please give her a shout to purchase your show photos.