Sharon White was the big winner this weekend at the 2020 Red Hills International Horse Trials, topping the feature CCI4*-S class with her striking grey Cooley On Show.
“Louie,” a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ricardo x Jogantina, by Grand D’Espange), went clear over Chris Barnard’s show jumping course to finish on a result of 44.2.
“I’m thrilled for him. He deserves this,” Sharon said. “It’s so easy for him. he was a little quiet in the warm up — he’s so funny. He can be dead lazy and then like someone just pushes a button, but I know how the push the button now, so I can make it happen when I want. He’s just such a good horse, so the fact that we put it all together is super.”
Leslie Law and Voltaire De Tre. Photo by Shelby Allen.British gold medalist Leslie Law finished in second place with Voltaire De Tre, a 11-year-old Selle Francias (Gentleman IV x Jasmina du Fresne, by Socrate de Chivre) owned by Tre Brooks. The pair knocked one rail for a three-day score of 49.8.
Third place went to Hallie Coon and Celien. Hallie and her mom, Helen, own the a 13-year-old KWPN mare (Tenerife VDL x R Quicksilver, by Hamlet) who saw two poles fall today. They finish on 50.6 points.
Karl Slezak was the top-placed Canadian rider coming in fourth with Fernhill Wishes, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Chacoa x KEC Galway Bay, by Gildawn Diamond) who Karl owns in partnership with Kirk Hoppner. They jumped clear to finish on a score of 50.7.
Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills, an 11-year-old off-track Thoroughbred are fifth. Riding for the Unmarked Bills partnership, the two dropped one rail to finish with 51.5 points.
Jessica Phoenix was sixth with Pavarotti. Her 18-year-old Westfalian (Pavarotti van de Helle x Fidelia) added four jumping penalties for a final score of 51.7. Jessica was also 8th with Watson GS, 21st with Wabbit and 22nd with Humble GS.
Seventh place with to Emily Hamel and Corvett, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Corrido x Tina XII, by Clearway) owned by Black Flag Option LLC. They leveled one fence for a score of 52. Maya Black took 8th place with Laurie Cameron’s Miks Master C, an 8-year-old Swedish Warmblood (Mighty Magic x Qui Luma CBF, by Flyinge Quite Easy958).
Overnight leader Brandon McMechan rounds out the top ten with Oscar’s Wild. The pair saw two rails come down before an unfortunate stop at the final fence, a liverpool oxer, to finish with a score of 54.4.
Of the 25 finishers, seven went double clear for a clear jumping rate of 28%.
Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Be Cool were awarded the blue ribbon for the CCI2*-S division. This was the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse’s (Heritage Fortunus x HHS Carlota) International debut. Owned by Ocala Horse Properties and The Monster Partnership, the newly-minted superstar finished on his dressage score of 27.7.
Liz was also third with Ocala Horse Properties’ Cooley Seeking Fortune, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Heritage Fortunus x Jade Des Cotes), after dropping one rail for a final result of 31.8
Alex O’Neal took second with Pauldary’s Arctic Tiger, an 8-year-old British Sport Horse (Pauldary’s Funky Tiger x Pauldary’s Tigers Touch of Fro, by Pauldary’s Top Tiger) owned by Gayle Davis. The pair jumped clear today to finish on a score of 31.3.