Great news from France this morning, where Kelly Prather is competing Debbie Adams’ D.A. Duras in the 7-year-old Championships at Le Lion d’Angers. Kelly is competing with the help of the inaugural Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Grant, and they’ve made good on their opportunity with a double clear cross country trip today for 18th place overall.
Kelly and D.A. Duras are the sole entrants for the U.S. this weekend, scoring a 50.4 in the dressage and adding nothing today across the country. The course appears to have ridden well for most of the division, although there were several eliminations on course.
Michael Jung (surprise!) is currently leading this division aboard Lennox 364, a Hanoverian gelding owned by the Jung family and Erich Single. This division is competing in a CCI2* for the championship, and this is the first attempt at the level for Lennox 364. They currently lead on a score of 38.0, the only score in the 30s for this group.
In the 6-year-old division, a CCI*, is also being led by Michael Jung, this time with fischerIncantas. This is a Holsteiner gelding who scored a 39.1, also the only one in the 30s. This weekend is the third CCI* attempt for this horse, who most recently won the CIC* at Hambach.
We are also following William Fox-Pitt’s status as he was evidently taken to the hospital following a fall in the 7-year-old division. We’ll continue to provide updates on his condition as they are made available.
Cross country also seemed to ride pretty straightforward for the 6-year-olds, and these will definitely be some horses to keep our eyes on in the comings months and years.