While all the riders on the east coast were busy at Morven Park getting ready for Fair Hill International in two weeks, most of the west coast riders were at The Event At Woodside, which hosted Beginner Novice through Advanced, in addition to three FEI divisions. The CIC1*, CIC2* and CIC3* were all well attended, and very competitive. I imagine that many of the riders were using this event as a last tune up before Galway Downs International in about a month.
While I have never been to Woodside myself, I hear nothing but wonderful things about the competition. Woodside international is considered to be one of California’s top competitions, and with beautiful facilities and a challenging set of courses designed by Derek di Grazia, it seems to always be a great experience. Many thanks to Sherry Stewart for taking all these wonderful photos and sending them our way!
In the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour Series CIC3* this year, 15 riders started out the weekend in a strong competitive field. Gina Miles won the dressage with her lovely mare Chanel on a 46.4, with Lauren Billys & her mare Ballingowan Ginger close behind with a 47. Unfortunately Gina & Chanel had a rough round in the show jumping, taking 4 rails and dropping to 6th place, leaving Lauren & Ginger to hop into first with only one rail down. After cross country, however, Debbie Rosen and her own The Alchemyst stole the lead with a slightly quicker round on course. Props to Helen Bouscaren who moved all the way up from 10th place to 3rd after a double clear round in the show jumping and the fastest cross country time of the day!
Matthew Brown had an amazing weekend in the CIC2*, leading from start to finish on the lovely BCF Belicoso. The pair added only a little time from both stadium and cross country to finish a few points off their dressage score of 46.3. Mat also pulled a neat 1-2 in the division, finishing second on Aida with the only double clear round of the division in both jumping phases. John Michael Durr finished in 3rd place on Esprit de la Danse with only a rail to add to their dressage score of 50.2.
In the CIC1*, the dressage was extremely competitive. Lauren Billys topped the board with Jitterbug with an impressive 37.5, followed by Kristi Nunnink on her super young horse Corner Street on a 40.8. Unfortunately, Lauren was eliminated in the show jumping, and Kristi was able to stay in first place with a double clear in both jumping phases. Mat Brown was there again to take second with Happenstance, moving up from 4th after dressage with only a rail to add. Kate Lathrop riding her own Worth The Wait moved up all the way from 15th after dressage to 3rd on the strength of two double clear rounds in both jumping efforts.