Sunshine and Smiles Abound at Stable View Summer H.T.

Julie Richards and Things To Ponder in Open Preliminary. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

For this year’s USEF/USEA Summer Horse Trials at Stable View, entries were up nearly 50% with 149 riders competing in Beginner Novice through Preliminary divisions. Smiles abounded as riders embraced the summer weather and competitive atmosphere.

The June 22 one-day event began with three dressage rings on the grass. Later in the morning, riders competed over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course in the Outdoor Arena on the Attwood Equestrian Surfaces footing.

Carrie Trimble and Herprinz in Beginner Novice Rider. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

The show jumping phase shuffled up the placings going in to the cross country phase, where riders braved the heat on Mogie Bearden-Muller’s courses. Strategic irrigation and a heavy storm the night before ensured Stable View’s world-class cross country course provided excellent footing for the competition. Horses and riders alike enjoyed the misting station to cool down after their ride.

Elizabeth Aboody and Sportsfield Monsieur in Open Preliminary. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

As always, Stable View’s loyal volunteers kept the day running smoothly. Huge thanks to all the volunteers, staff, officials, and sponsors who make these events possible!

Winners of each division received a lovely leather halter donated by Aiken Saddlery and a $100 Gift Certificate to the FITS Riding Outlet in Aiken. Congratulations to all the winners!

Junior Preliminary Rider: Claire Howard & Euro Star (33.5)
Open Preliminary: Kristin Schmolze & Foxdale’s Celtic Charm (31.0)
Junior Training Rider: Darcy Drury & Fernhill Bijzonder (23.6)
Open Training: Shannon Riley & Laissez Aller (33.8)
Training Rider: Rebecca Puglisi & Rosie’s Little Miss Liberty (30.5)
Junior Novice Rider: Finley Habernicht & Aleta NSF (26.2)
Novice Rider-A: Ruth Ahearne & Justified (28.1)
Novice Rider-B: Katelyn Younce & Mystic Love Song (29.7)
Open Novice: Hayden Jones & Reignman (37.1)
Beginner Novice Rider: Beth Allen & Remastered (29.5)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider: Gabby Chevalier & Little Joe (28.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Nobie Cannon & Make MY Day (27.3)

Darcy Drury, the winner of the Junior Training Division, earned the lowest overall score the day — a 23.6 — and thus received a certificate for a new Uvex Perfexxion II helmet, generously donated by Uvex Equestrian USA.

Darcy Drury, winner of the Junior Training Division, had the lowest overall score the day. Photo by Christine Rhodes.

Full results from the day can be found here.

Fifteen of the competitors prepped for competition by spending the week prior to the Horse Trials at the Area III Young Riders Camp hosted at Stable View. Allina Bell organized the week for the campers and brought in Julie Richards, Leslie Law and Hilda Donahue to teach the campers. The campers were conveniently able to stay in the on-site accommodations at Stable View and use the state-of-the-art Pavilion as a gathering place for meals and entertainment.

A few scenes from Camp:

The next recognized event on Stable View’s calendar is the USEF/USEA & FEI CCI-S Oktoberfest Horse Trials, running 1*, 2*, 3*, 4* and N, T, P on Sept. 27-29. Mark your calendars now for opening day on August 13th ! View Stable View’s full 2019 calendar here.