Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day: Liz Halliday-Sharp & Cooley Stormwater Lead CCI3*-L

The Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event is off and running at the Kentucky Horse Park, and the backdrop couldn’t be more pleasant: robin-egg blue skies, brightly-lit foliage and sweater-optional temps. Have a blast out there, competitors!

The FEI divisions had their dressage on Thursday and will head out to cross country today. A quick recap of the first-phase action:

CCI3*-L: Liz in the Lead with Cooley Stormwater

Liz Halliday-Sharp leads the 22-horse field with Cooley Stormwater on a score of 31.7. This 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Camillo VDL x Thornfield Calypso) owned by the Stormwater Group has experience at the three-star level and we’re glad to see them off to a great start. Liz is also fifth with The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Be CoolBuck Davidson is second with Carl Segal’s Victor B Z on 31.8, and Boyd Martin is third with Nancy Hathaway’s Fernhill Prezley on 31.9.

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CCI3*-S: Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus Are Right at Home

Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus are no strangers to the Kentucky Horse Park and they are out for a lark in the CCI3*-S division where they lead dressage on a score of 27.0. Lauren and Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ 13-year-old Anglo Arab gelding (Sazeram x Wake Me Gently) have cantered up the centerline here thrice before, but this is their first non five-star start at the venue!

Mike Pendleton and Bonnie Stedt’s The Fonz Himself are second on 28.4; Liz Halliday-Sharp is third with The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Quicksilver on 28.4. A field of 30 horses will head out to cross country today.

CCI2*-L: Will Leads the Way with Unlimited

It’s a big startlist of 45 horses in the CCI2*-L and Will Coleman has the early lead on 25.8 with Unlimited, a 6-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Uriko x Viona III, by Colman) owned by Team Rebecca LLC. This is a neat young horse sourced by Clayton Fredericks — he was 12th at his first CCI2*-S at Great Meadow this summer.

Liz Halliday-Sharp is second with her own Maryville Sir Henry on 28.4, and Karl Slezak is third with Hot Bobo on 29.3. Canada, represent!

Roaming photog JJ Sillman snapped some gorgeous photos of the Wednesday jog:

My favorite thing to photograph I think because I can get grooms and riders. And I mean look at all those cute faces. I batch edited these so they could be rough in some places but I had to get these out!

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The international competition continues today with FEI cross country and horse trials dressage for Beginner Novice through Intermediate divisions. Bring it on, stunning fall weather, we’re never been more ready!

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We have arrived safely at the @kyhorsepark which is looking quite stunning decked out in it’s Fall colours. This weekend we have a bunch of Intermediate horses running in the National Division, and Olivia is riding Happy (Mighty Nice) and Indio (Iniesta) in the Prelim classes. We brought Sea of Clouds, Quasi Cool, Beverly’s Clueso and Carlchen down from Pennsylvania, and I’m catch-riding MHS Fernhill Finale for Altorac Farm’s Alex Baugh as she’s recuperating from an injury. Thanks to the team on the ground for getting the horses settled in, and the stabling situation organised; we’re looking forward to a busy, but productive weekend. Dressage and Show-jumping is Friday, Cross country on Saturday

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The season is a state of mind, I guess.

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