Phillip Dutton and Quasi Cool are the winners of the inaugural CCI4*-L at Morven Park Fall International Horse Trials & CCI taking home $6,600 in prize money.
Dutton and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Caroline Moran scored 34.2. “Quasi Cool has come into his own and it’s exciting to have a horse that’s competitive in three phases,” said Dutton. Dutton just edged out Buck Davidson who secured second place in the division with a score of 34.8 on Cooley Candyman, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Cassandra Segal and Rolo 7 LLC. Davidson also secured third place in the division on Sorocaima, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred. When asked about conditions on course, Davidson said “It’s in my opinion the best cross-country venue here in the country, if not the world. The arenas are fantastic.”
In the CCI3*-S, cross-country proved to be quite influential, with Katie Lichten and her own Yarrow rising from fourth place to win the CCI3*-S division on her dressage score of 28.6. This also gave Lichten the Piedmont Equine award for highest placed Under-25 Rider award.
Ariel Grald, riding Diara, also added no penalties to her dressage score of 27.6 and secured first place in the CCI3*-YH-S. Second place in the division was Grald again, with a score of 29.7 on Isla De Coco. Both horses were foaled in 2011 and are owned by Annie Eldridge.
The national level horse trials also concluded competition at Morven Park on Sunday with just under 200 competitors on the Park’s famed cross-country course.
“The coming together of hundreds of volunteers, officials, and judges is what made this year’s Horse Trials such a success! Many members of the equestrian community have already reached out to offer praise for the cross-country course, the grounds, and the Morven Park team,” said Stacey Metcalfe, Morven Park’s Executive Director and CEO. “It was rewarding beyond measure to see the many months of hard work we’ve put into preparing for the CCI4*-L come to fruition and to welcome talented riders of all skill levels to the Park.”
For complete scores and results from the 2021 Morven Park Fall International Horse Trials & CCI visit MorvenPark.org/HorseTrials, and mark your calendar for the 2022 competition to be held October 5-9. The Horse Trials are made possible by many generous sponsors and Morven Park extends thanks to this year’s Official Sponsor, SmartPak, a popular equine supplement and supply company. The 2021 Gold Sponsor is Taylor Harris Insurance Services; Silver Sponsors are Adequan and CWD; and Bronze Sponsors are Coat Defense, Total Equine Veterinary Associates, and Arden. Attwood Equestrian Surfaces is the Official Arena Footing Sponsor of Morven Park.