Yanmar America Takes On Sponsorship of Carolina CCI4*-S – and Reveals Sneak Peek of Entries!

Boyd Martin and Miss Lulu Herself. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

The eventing world would come to a shuddering halt if it weren’t for the phenomenal sponsors who fund competitions around the world – and if there’s one thing you can rely on Yanmar America never to do, it’s grind to a shuddering halt. Their tractors and farm equipment are the thang for the busy countryside type who has a to-do list as long as their arena and needs a versatile bit of kit with which to do it. That’s why it’s particularly exciting that they’ve taken on the mantle as sponsor for the feature CCI4*-S class at next month’s Setters’ Run Farm Carolina International CCI and Horse Trial, which is the first CCI4*-S class of the US season — and as part of their sponsorship deal, they’re providing the on-site emergency medical technicians with two of their market-leading UTVs, giving competitors peace of mind that they’ll be attended to quickly and reliably in case of a wobble on course.

Yanmar’s got some of the most useful bits of kit on the market for horsey folks.

Fancy putting your name down for a tractor, UTV, or bit of industrial kit for your farm? You’ll be able to check out the wares in person at the event, which runs from March 16-19.

“We are very much looking forward to working with the Carolina International to support this exciting event for the equine community,” says Jon Richardson, Director, Rural Lifestyle Division, Yanmar America. “Yanmar America has long supported bringing communities people together in the shared excitement of sports and is working to develop future generations through its sports sponsorships.”

“We are excited to welcome Yanmar America as the CCI4*-S sponsor for the Carolina International,” says Shannon Habenicht, Director of Development and Communications at the Carolina Horse Park. “Our EMTs will have reliable Yanmar equipment to provide support for the competitors, and visitors will get to see these distinctive red Yanmar tractors on display during the event.”

If you like your farm kit to come with the assurance of a long history of quality, Yanmar’s got you covered there. With beginnings in Osaka, Japan, in 1912, Yanmar was the first ever to succeed in making a compact diesel engine of a practical size in 1933. A pioneer in diesel engine technology, Yanmar is a global innovator in a wide range of industrial equipment, from small and large engines, agricultural machinery and facilities, construction equipment, energy systems, marine, to machine tools, and components around the world. Even better? They’re committed to sustainability — something we tend to fall short of as a sport. Keep on rocking, Yanmar!

Doug Payne and Starr Witness. Photo by Alison Green for Shannon Brinkman Photography.

The new partnership with Yanmar also offers us our first look at the entry list for the CCI4*-S, which has 22 star-studded entries with a week left until closing day. Among those are 2021 USEF CCI4*-L National Champions, Woods Baughman and C’Est La Vie 135, who led the dressage at October’s Maryland 5* — the event at which fellow entrants Elisa Wallace and Renkum Corsair took the CCI3*-L National title. This will be the eye-catching gelding’s debut CCI4*-S, and it’s set to be a move-up that many will have a close eye on. Olympian Doug Payne has an enviable triple hander in the inexperienced but exciting Camarillo, the flashy-toed Starr Witness, and the great-jumping Quantum Leap, who was a top-ten finisher at both Kentucky and Maryland last season, and Boyd Martin, too, will be keeping busy with three entries in this class. Bromont CCI3*-L victor Miss Lulu Herself will make her CCI4*-S debut, while Contessa, who was never out of the top ten in FEI classes last year, looks a hot tip for the business end of the leaderboard. If you watch winter horse transfers as keenly as some people watch… whatever ‘transfer season’ is in other sports, his third ride — Commando 3 — will be of particular interest. It’ll be their first FEI event together since the horse came over from Sweden’s Louise Romeike, who notched up ten top-ten finishes in internationals out of 18 starts across her tenure with the ten-year-old Holsteiner.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Miks Master C. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Allie Knowles continues to be a fan favourite with her exceptional Irish Sport Horse Morswood, who was previously piloted by Piggy March and Susie Berry and is universally loved by, well, everybody, and there’ll be plenty of folks rooting for Liz Halliday-Sharp to have a great week with her two rides, the exceptional Cooley Quicksilver, who was in the top ten at Luhmühlen CCI5* last year, and Miks Master C, who was very impressive even as a new ride at Boekelo in October. Carolina will offer us a first opportunity to see how they’ve used their winter, and we reckon they could be onto some magic after a bit of getting-to-know-you time. Speaking of magic, wasn’t that US team silver in Pratoni sprinkled with just a touch of the stuff? You can catch up with individual rider Ariel Grald and her mount Leamore Master Plan — who did so well at the event that had they been on the team, the US would actually have won gold — at Carolina. Plus, see international jet setters Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire (and a second ride for Syd in the delightful Commando d’Osthuy, too), and a much-loved twofer in Pfun and Mama’s Magic Way for Will Faudree.

You can check out the list of entries for all classes — which will continue to be updated through the closing date of February 28 — here, and keep it locked on EN for all your Setters’ Run Farm Carolina International news!

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