Green grass, blooming flowers, and perfect New York weather, rewind to late summer where Fitch's Corner Horse Trials celebrated their 25th year on July 21 – 23, 2018. Alongside their 25th anniversary, Fitch's Corner hosted Area I’s Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. Judged by the USEA president Carol Kozlowski, Erin Johnson and Cadence Clucas were rewarded for their safe, effective cross-country riding.
Johnson and her own FE Sparkling Diamond are on the right track for success and plenty of exceptional cross-country rounds as she is dedicated to her riding. “Now that I am out of college, I am focusing fully on riding with the hopes of making this a career one day,” said Johnson.
Applications for the 2019 Worth the Trust Educational and Sports Psychology Scholarships are due in two weeks on Monday, October 1. Since 2000, the Worth the Trust Scholarships for young adults and adult amateurs have provided financial assistance for the purpose of pursuing continued education in eventing, thanks to the generosity of Joan Iversen Goswell. The funds may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
In this series, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is partnering with Athletux to critique your off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) eventing prospects. Professional riders and trainers will share their insights into each OTTB's pedigree, racing history, and conformation. Would you like to have your off-the-track Thoroughbred featured in the next edition of OTTB Critique presented by Athletux? We are looking for our next horse! Email your tips to [email protected].
In a nail-biting finish at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina, Rosalind Canter (GBR) and Allstar B claimed the individual gold medal in the eventing world championship and solidified Team Great Britain’s spot at the top of the podium with a double-clear round over Alan Wade’s show jumping course. Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Horseware Hale Bob OLD entered the arena in individual gold medal position for Germany but tipped the back rail of the final fence, relinquishing the gold medal to the 32-year-old WEG first-timer from Great Britain.
The Event College is in session at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 (WEG)! Eventing show jumping co-manager Chris Barnard gave us a quick course preview before the event riders tackled Alan Wade’s show jumping course.
The day everyone has been waiting (and waiting!) for is finally here . . . show jumping day! Hurricane Florence threw a wrench in the plans for the eventing schedule at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) so show jumping was rescheduled from the traditional Sunday to Monday.
All horses presented to the ground jury of Anne-Mette Binder (DEN), Jane Hamlin (USA), and Andrew Bennie (NZL) were deemed fit to compete in the final phase of competition tomorrow. Seventy horses will move forward to the show jumping competition.
A total of five horses were sent to the hold box: Magnum’s Martini, ridden by Nilson Moreira da Silva (BRA), Horseware Stellor Rebound, ridden by Sarah Ennis (IRE), Horseware Ardagh Highlight, ridden by Sam Watson (IRE), Rumour Has It N.O.P, ridden by Merel Blom (NED), and Jane Z, ridden by Renske Kroeze (NED). All five horses passed upon reinspection.
Two horses were withdrawn did not present today: Valtho des Peupliers, ridden by Victoria Scott of South Africa, and Box Qutie, ridden by Anna Freskgård of the Swedish.
The Event College is in session at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 (WEG)! Boyd Martin's mount at the 2018 WEG, Tsetserleg: Tim Holekamp bred the horse. Christine Turner owns the horse. The two of them started the USEA Holekamp/Turner Grant for young horses, and their joint project Tsetserleg grew up through the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program and is now competing for Team USA at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). The message that both Holekamp and Turner want everyone to know: If they can do it, anyone can do it!
Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD
The reigning European Champions were faultless across the country to move up into individual gold overnight. They have left all of the poles in the cups on three previous occasions at CCI4* level from five runs and did so when on the way to winning in Strzegom last year. Ingrid’s 23.3 is the third lowest two-phase score in WEG history behind Michael Jung (22 – Kentucky 2010) and Mark Todd (22.7 - Rome 1998).
Rosalind Canter and Allstar B
The horse inspection for eventing will be at 2:00 p.m. today, Sunday, September 16, in Ring 2. The schedule for tomorrow's show jumping competition has yet to be determined.
Due to the ongoing extreme weather conditions and latest reports from the National Weather Service, there will be no competition and the International Media Center (IMC) and World Equine Expo will be closed on Sunday, September 16. There will be no media operations team onsite – no shuttles and no technology support.
Captain Mark Phillips got it right when he said, “The sport of eventing had a wonderful day." Eighty-one riders representing 23 countries set forth on Phillips’ championship course this morning for the cross-country portion of the eventing world championship at the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Clean rides inside the time were the ticket to the top of the leaderboard today as tightly-packed dressage scores meant that even a few seconds over the optimum caused a significant shift in the placings.
Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.
Julia Krajewski & Chipmunk FRH
We thought it would be tough for anyone to catch them in the first phase today and that proved to be the case.
So what about their cross-country record? Well, they have only picked up 3.2 time penalties from their three CCI3* runs in the cross-country and they all came at Strzegom (2016) when they were joint fastest time of the day. They were then inside the time at both Bramham and Blenheim last year. Tryon will be a different test.
Jumping wise for tomorrow they also have solid form. They are looking for their 18th consecutive international clear round and have never had a jumping penalty at three-star level.
Ingrid Klimke & SAP Hale Bob OLD