Frankie Thieriot Stutes Leads CCI4*-S, Tamie Smith Tops CCI3*-S Dressage at Galway

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Dressage is in session at Galway Downs International, with the CCI4*-S taking to the centerline yesterday followed by the CCI3*-S this morning. The two divisions will sync up for show jumping tomorrow with a cross country finale on Sunday. CCI2*-S dressage is still underway, and we’ll update this report with those results as they come in.

Kentucky-Bound Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin Best CCI4*-S Dressage

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin have a big month ahead of them and they’re greasing the wheels in this weekend’s CCI4*-S, gearing up for their CCI5*-L debut at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Judges Andrew Bennie of New Zealand and Tim Downes of Great Britain officiated the seven-pair CCI4*-S field. Frankie and Chatwin took the early lead, landing a score of 28.8. The 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contendro I x Oktav, by Oldtimer), owned by the Chatwin Group, has proven himself a real powerhouse in all three phases and had a banner 2018, winning the Fair Hill CCI3* and Rebecca Farm CCI3* and finishing 2nd at last year’s Galway International CIC3*.

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Emilee Libby and Jakobi, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Ustinov x Expression, by Coriano) owned by the rider and Linda Libby, laid down a 32.9 for 2nd place. It’s a personal best dressage score for this pair at the level. They finished 2nd in the CIC2* at this event last year.

Emilee Libby and Jakobi. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Emilee Libby and Jakobi. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Rounding out the top three is Tamie Smith with Wembley, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lester x E-VIP, by Cantus) owned by Kevin Baumgardner, on a score of 33.1. This pair’s last FEI outing was at Kentucky last year, where they finished 14th.

Tamie Smith and Wembley. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Fourth-placed James Alliston and Pandora, the 9-year-old palomino Swedish Warmblood (Prostor x Camellia E, by Comefast) owned by Laura Boyer, won the CCI2* at Galway in November.

James Alliston with Pandora. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

It’s a Tamie Smith Trifecta in CCI3*-S Dressage 

Tamie Smith took the top three spots in CCI3*-S dressage with Mai Baum, Danito and En Vogue respectively.

Tamie and Mai Baum, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Loredano x Ramira, by Rike) owned by Alexandra and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell, posted a ridiculously low score of 21.9. Good grief, this pair!

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie is hot on her own heels in 2nd with Danito, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Dancier x Wie Musik, by Wolkenstein II) owned by Ruth Bley. They scored a 24.1. She is also 3rd with En Vogue.

Tamie Smith and En Vogue. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Erin Kellerhouse sits 4th with Woodford Reserve.

Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve. Photo by Kim Miller.

Meg Pellegrini Owns CCI2*-S Dressage

The final international division of the day to run was a 30-horse strong CCI2*-S field. Meg Pellegrini laid claim to the top spot with RF Eloquence on a score of 26.8.

Meg Pellgrini and RF Eloquence. Photo by Kim Miller.

Lilly Linder and Tucker Too are 2nd on a 27.0.

Lilly Linder and Tucker Too. Photo by Kim Miller.

James Alliston and Cassio’s Picasso sit 4th on a 29.8.

James Alliston and Cassio’s Picasso. Photo by Kim Miller.

Meg is also 4th with superpony Ganymede on a 31.3.

Meg Pellegrini and Ganymede. Photo by Kim Miller.

All systems are go for an exciting weekend of sport at Galway Downs, which continues to one-up itself with improvements with the support of generous sponsors and the direction of organizer Robert Kellerhouse. Nilforushan Equisport Events, along with Footing Solutions USA, have brought fantastic footing through their sponsorship of the Grand Prix Arena and warm-up ring, and a new jumper ring and cross country warm-up area. Becoming host of the entire six-week Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival is an additional source of upgrades, as is the ongoing hosting of equestrian competitions almost every weekend of the year.

Robert notes that many of the most recent improvements are things “that you won’t notice until you notice.” In the process of adding infrastructure that will expand the venue’s capacity to host bigger events, major upgrades to the power and water systems, RV facilities and permanent and portable stabling have been underway all winter.

Many thanks to the brilliant Sherry Steward for the photos! And also to press officer Kim Miller, who shared these great candids and is helping keep us in the loop throughout the weekend.

A new, big inflatable Devoucoux entry gate for the International ring, flags flapping and lots of spectators made for an exciting atmosphere. Photo by Kim Miller.

What a support crew: Niki Clarke, Erik Duvander, Tamie Smith and Heather Morris are all smiles watching Frankie Thieriot Stutes lay down a beautiful dressage test. Photo by Kim Miller.

Junior Training contenders Keira Evans and Emma May. Photo by Kim Miller.

Tamie and Frankie in the CCI4*-S warmup with Erik Duvander. Photo by Kim Miller.

Gratitude also to Galway Downs’ sponsors:
Presenting Sponsors: Equine Insurance, Devoucoux, CWD, California Horse Trader and the USEA
Gold: Sunsprite Warmbloods
Silver: Temecula Creek Inn, SmartPak
Bronze & Friend: AHTF-Horse Trials Foundation, Auburn Lab (APF), Geranium, Ride On Video, Voltaire, Symons Ambulance Service, San Dieguito Equine

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