Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy Take Twin Rivers CCI4*-S Dressage Lead

Lauren Billys and Larchfield Castle Purdy. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Dressage is off and running (er, cantering obediently?) at the Twin Rivers Ranch Spring International Event in Paso Robles, California. There’s lots of FEI action afoot, as the event is offering a CCI3*-L division for Pan Am Games qualification as well as a CCI4*-S division for horse and rider combinations that are seeking qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The small CCI4*-S division completed its dressage on Thursday, with Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy. Lauren and the 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Karistos x Hallo Purdy, by Hallo), owned by the rider and Purdy Syndicate LLC, scored a 29.8 to assume the early lead. The pair, which represented Puerto Rico in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, last finished 7th in the Galway Downs CCI3*-S last month. The horse had a tough last fall, undergoing colic surgery, and we’re glad to see him all recovered and out and about! The USEA caught up with Lauren after their test — read more here.

Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

In second dressage on a score of 32.5 is Derek di Grazia and Ringwood Justice, his own 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ringwood Harley Carol x Ringwood Venus). Leah Breakey and Master Class, her own 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding (Cree x Night Destiny xx), are third on a score of 41.9. Liza Horan and Lafite, her own 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Linaro x Sundrift Sandal), complete the division in fourth on a score of 44.8.

The three-star divisions have also completed the first phase of competition. Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Loredano X Ramira, by Rike) owned by Alex Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell, head up the CCI3*-L on a score of 24.9. Charlotte Babbitt and her own 2 A.M., a 7-year-old Dutch gelding (Sheraton x Regina K, by Ahorn), lead the CCI3*-S on a score of 33.6.

Show jumping for the international divisions as well as Advanced and Intermediate takes place this afternoon. Ride On Video is live streaming all the action, so be sure to tune in!

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