Weekend Winners: Galway Downs, Rocking Horse, Virginia

Charlotte Babbitt and 2 A.M. accept their trappings for a great weekend in the CCI3*L at Galway Downs. Photo by MGO Photography.

Eventing is in its wind down stages ahead of the coming winter, but not before a few last weekends of competition draw to a close.

We had some stiff competition for this week’s Unofficial Low Score Award. In fact, we saw three dressage scores in the teens at Galway Downs – let’s take a moment to congratulate:

Josey Thompson and Pistol Annie – 18.9 dressage in the Open Preliminary
Farina Rowland and Channing Tatum – 18.3 dressage in the Open Training
Asia Vedder and Get Cheeky – 16.4 dressage in the Open Beginner Novice

Josey Thompson and Pistol Annie take home our lowest finishing score this weekend, ending the weekend on their dressage score to win the Open Preliminary division. Check out their lovely test:

Josey and Pistol Annie have been partnered together for eight years, and this weekend comes as a personal best for them at the level. Congratulations!

Galway Downs International: [Final Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

CCI4*L: Boyd Martin and Luke 140 (31.0)
CCI3*L: Tamie Smith and Elliot-V (30.2)
CCI2*L: Lauren Burnell and Freedom Hill (27.2)
Open Preliminary: Josey Thompson and Pistol Annie (18.9)
Preliminary Rider: Haley Dwight and WS Radagast (33.0)
Jr. Training Rider: Brooklyn Reis and FE Nikki Beach (33.3)
Modified – Training Challenge: Karen O’Neal and Cafe Noir (22.1)
Open Training: Farina Rowland and Channing Tatum (26.3)
Sr. Training Rider: Becky Leisz and Gangster (26.9)
Training Amateur: Dana Todd and MMS Amadeus (29.8)
Jr. Novice Rider: Mia Brown and Duke HW (29.0)
Novice Amateur: Bari Boersma and Chatta Choo Choo (27.4)
Novice Horse: Jennifer Wooten-Macouzet and Re Del Costello (30.9)
Open Novice: Jorden Linstedt and Lovely Lola (24.1)
Sr. Novice Rider: Anne Johnson and Grandios Sky (25.5)
Training – Novice Challenge: Jennifer McFall and Hallelujah DF (31.5)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Olivia Keye and Oso Mighty (24.4)
Novice – Beginner Novice Challenge: Erin Kellerhouse and Sonata GWF (25.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Bari Boersma and Smarty Pants GWF (20.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Stefanie Gladen and Columbus (30.3)

Another CCI **** in the books. Singapore really stepped it up this week. Getting to spend a week with just him really…

Posted by World Class Grooming for Horses on Sunday, November 1, 2020

Two new CCI3*-L National Champions were crowned yesterday 👑 at Galway Downs! Congratulations to Tamie Smith and Charlotte Babbitt! Watch what you missed on-demand on USEF Network!

📷 Kim Miller

Posted by USA Eventing on Sunday, November 1, 2020

Rocking Horse Fall H.T.: [Final Scores]

Open Intermediate A: Jennie Jarnstrom and Calicia Z (30.7)
Open Intermediate B: Ashlynn Meuchel and Emporium (33.7)
Open Preliminary A: Briggs Surratt and Corture (26.7)
Open Preliminary B: Sinead Maynard and VC Attila D’Allou (26.9)
Preliminary Rider: Rylee Gailey and Dukes Up (27.3)
Open Training: Mia Farley and Northern Victory (19.6)
Preliminary/Training: Svenja Adriance and Grand Ann-Ticipation (28.3)
Training Rider: Heather Thomas and Famos 71 (29.3)
Novice Rider: Alison Jones and Platinum Perfection (25.7)
Open Novice: Zoe Crawford and Wise Sevillano (24.3)
Beginner Novice Rider: Krista Wilson and Stella (23.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Ronald Zabala-Goetschel and Wise Pirello (25.3)

Virginia H.T. and YEH East Coast Championships: [Final HT Scores] [Final YEH Scores]

YEH 5 Year Old Championship A: Caroline Martin and Redfield King (93.52)
YEH 5 Year Old Championship B: Caroline Martin and Redfield Galway Blake (91.47)
YEH 4 Year Old Championship: Caroline Martin and Redfield HSH Conner (89.37)
CCI3*L: Ema Klugman and Bronte Beach Z (31.4)
CCI3*S: Allison Springer and Crystal Crescent Moon (38.8)
CCI2*L: Caroline Martin and QC Diablo Hit (33.8)
CCI2*S: Alyssa Phillips and Cornelius Bo (30.1)
CCI1*L: Hannah Warner and Drombane Dynamite (30.9)
Advanced Intermediate A: Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way (37.1)
Open Intermediate: Tim Bourke and Lennard (37.1)
Jr/YR Preliminary: Maddie McElduff and Cambalda (31.5)
Modified A: Kelly Ransom and Heart of Hollywood (30.0)
Modified B: Amanda Beale Clement and Fernhill Finesse (30.1)
Open Preliminary: Hannah Sue Burnett and Lukeswell (22.6)
Preliminary Rider: Alayna Newsome and Isobel’s Hero (43.7)
Jr. Training: Audrey Ogan and Second Amendment (23.6)
Open Training A: Laine Ashker and Celestial Bliss (31.8)
Open Training B: Kimberly Keeton and Amarula (28.9)
Training Rider: Natalie Miller Epstein and Fanta (33.4)
Jr. Novice: Elle Stephenson and VS McCuan Civil Liberty (31.2)
Novice Horse: Leslie Lamb and Castella MVF (23.6)
Novice Rider: Kai Bradley and Diamonds Forever (28.1)
Open Novice: Daryl Kinney and BEC Valencia (28.1)
Beginner Novice Rider: Ann Schliemann and Salt Air Swagger (37.8)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Madison Springle and Andante (27.8)
Open Beginner Novice A: Caitlin Reamy and My Sunday Best (31.0)
Open Beginner Novice B: Sara Schulman and Cooley Chromatic (21.5)
Starter: Mark Combs and Santi (27.3)

It was a big weekend for Caroline Martin at Virginia Horse Trials, where she took home four championship wins. Caroline swept the Young Event Horse East Coast Championship divisions – some of which were split up due to weather delays – as well as the CCI2*L Championship aboard her own QC Diablo Hit.

“Diablo” is a horse that originally came into Caroline’s program to be sold. Caroline recently hung her own shingle, which has quickly established itself as a quality producer of top tier sales horses.

“He’s such a funny horse. You can’t put any other riders on him. Even if I’m gone, he goes lunging. He doesn’t like other people. He’s a one-person horse,” Caroline said of Diablo.

Caroline produced Diablo to Preliminary and sold him, but he soon came back when the buyer changed their mind. “I called (his owner at the time Carol Stephens) and said ‘I think it’s meant to be,’” Martin said. “I’ll take the horse back, let me produce him, I’ll own him and keep you updated about how he is. So, I own him now, and he’s been nothing but a pleasure to ride. I knew he was legit since day one.”

You can read the full recap on a busy weekend at Virginia Horse Trials here.

What an end to an incredible week. To take home 4 Championships is unreal. I always knew these horses were special….

Posted by Caroline Martin Eventing on Sunday, November 1, 2020