Many thanks to Shannon Lilley for bringing the West Coast to light on Eventing Nation. Shannon is in attendance at Galway Downs this weekend and was kind enough to provide us with a report from the action on Saturday. Thanks for writing, Shannon, and thank you for reading. [Live Scores]
Yesterday at Galway Downs was an exciting day filled with cross country for the upper level divisions and show jumping for the lower level ones. Preliminary started off the morning, followed by the intermediate, two star, then advanced and the three star. The courses were all very straight forward and called for strong, forward riding to make the distances that course designer, Ian Stark, sets. Each course asked relevant questions suited to each level.
The two-star riders tackled the course quite well without two many problems. James Atkinson lead wire to wire on Gustav with a fantastic cross country. He also finished third on his other mount, Annie Oakley III, with another flawless ride. Barbara Crabo had an effortless performance yesterday to secure second aboard Over Easy.
The advanced course rode very well, and two of the developing riders, Katy Groesbeck and Zachary Brandt, both had foot perfect rounds. Katy is the overnight leader with Oz Proof Of Purchase. Advanced show jumps today in the afternoon.
The three star went in the afternoon. There were a lot of very good rides in that division. Kristi Nunnick and R-Star, Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice, and Bunnie Sexton on Rise Against had fantastic goes, as well as many others. The West Coast riders proved tremendous competence to navigate around Ian’s course.
Today will be a great day of show jumping for the upper levels and cross country for lower levels.
Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice
Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against
Many thanks to the USEA for the fantastic video coverage!