This sport is a humbling one. One minute you’re up, the next you’re tumbling down…Dom Schramm experienced the full gamut of emotions at the GMHA Festival of Eventing in South Woodstock, VT this weekend. He won the Open Intermediate with Bromont CCI* winner Bolytair B (and a generous $4,000 check) but took a tumble in the one-star with FE Charles Owen (they’re totally fine). To top it all off, he won Open Novice with the lowest final score of the competition–an incredible 15.2–with Cooley Renaissance Man. Way to keep kicking on, Dom!
U.S. Weekend Action:
Monday News and Notes:
Tamie Smith is taking her career to the next level and heading to Europe with three talented horses and plans to compete at the Blenheim Palace CCI3* and the Le Lion D’Angers Seven Year Old World Championships. There are four days left in the fundraising auction and there are almost 90 awesome items up for grabs ranging from show entries to unique training opportunities to romantic getaways. [Click here to bid!]
The show jumping competition at the Rio Olympic Games got underway yesterday with the first individual qualifying round that determines the jumping order for the team competition. It’s been an intense competition already, but Team USA riders are all qualified for the next individual round and Team USA will jump sixth out of 15 nations in the first team round on Tuesday. [U.S. Show Jumping Team Begins Competition at Rio Olympic Games]
Brazil’s Stephan de Freitas Barcha has been turning heads in the show jumping world this year, producing impressive clear rounds on some of the toughest courses, including today’s first qualifying round at the Olympics. [A Believer and the Horse of a Lifetime]
If you missed the live stream of the U.S. Pony Finals on USEF Network, you can catch up with all the adorable action On Demand. [Click here to watch!]
Monday Video: They are Olympic medalists, but their rise to stardom was not an easy one and nearly came to a premature end. Click here to watch a video on the story of Laura Graves and Verdades.