Buck Davidson and Carlevo LLC’s Carlevo quietly returned to competing this spring after a minor injury sidelined his fall campaign to compete at the Blenheim Palace CCI4*-L. Carlevo completed his first Advanced event since Aachen last month at Rocking Horse with a second-place finish, and yesterday he went one better to win the Advanced at Carolina International on 38.3, the only sub-40 finishing score in the division. Welcome back, Carlevo!
National Holiday: National Tolkien Reading Day (and all of The Lord of the Rings fans rejoiced!)
U.S. Weekend Action:
MDHT March Starter Trial [Final Scores]
Poplar Place March Horse Trials [Final Scores]
Full Gallop March Schooling Show II [Final Scores]
Southern Arizona Eventing Association HT [Final Scores]
Your Monday News & Notes:
While we are anxiously awaiting the entry list for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, we can confirm that Australia’s Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford will be competing. Hazel and Clifford are two-time winners of Adelaide CCI5*-L and have never competed outside of Australia. We look forward to showing them Kentucky hospitality! [Hazel Heading to Kentucky]
We are keeping a close eye on the FEI Sports Forum, which will take place April 15-16 at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Topics slated to be discussed include gender equality; an update on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including climate mitigation planning; eventing risk management sanctions and measures; and an all-day forum on the future of endurance. [FEI Sports Forum 2019]
Many U.S. eventing fans will know the story of Lendon Gray and her Connemara/Thoroughbred Seldom Seen. If you aren’t familiar with the tale of how the “average-moving horse everyone said was too small” launched Lendon’s career in pure dressage, this piece is absolutely worth the read. [Lendon Gray: I Made My Career On An Average-Moving Horse Everyone Said Was Too Small]
Equitana, the world’s largest equestrian trade fair and exhibition, is coming to the U.S. for the first time in autumn 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Taking place over three full days, Equitana USA will offer shopping, instruction, education, entertainment and more. [Equitana to Make US Debut in 2020]
Monday Video: Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing LLC’s CharmKing jumped a lovely clear show jumping round in the Carolina CCI3*-S to take the lead following the second phase. They ultimately finished sixth after cross country.