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Stable View, A Preeminent Destination For Equestrians

May 12, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

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For Immediate Release: May 12, 2016
Stable View, A Preeminent Destination For Equestrians Stable View, in Aiken, South Carolina, is one of the region’s preeminent international equestrian training facilities, and is pleased to announce the expansion of their facility offerings, event schedule and support for the sport of eventing.
Founded in 2010, Stable View has quickly evolved into one of the Aiken’s finest winter training facilities, meeting and exceeding the needs of Olympic level riders such as Boyd and Silva Martin and Will Coleman. The expansive property features several custom designed barns, a 300’ X 250’ state of the art covered arena, an equally sized outdoor stadium ring and outdoor dressage arena. All of the arenas feature the industry’s most advanced technical footing, provided by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces. The cross country course, which features a variety of questions from the beginner novice level through advanced, was designed by Captain Mark Phillips and built by Eric Bull.
Year round, Stable View also hosts a wide variety of equestrian events, ranging from schooling shows to USEA, USEF and USDF sanctioned horse shows. Come and enjoy Stable View’s “Under The Stars” dressage and jumper series, attend a clinic, or enter one of their USEA recognized events. There are classes for the intro level horse or rider, as well as opportunities to ride at the higher levels and to win prize money as well! Stable View is Aiken’s Official Winter Training Facility for the US High Performance Eventing Team, and also holds fun and informative clinics and demonstrations with industry notables such as William Fox Pitt, Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton.
Stable View Announces Advanced Level Horse Trial With $65K Prize Purse! Stable View’s USEA recognized Spring Horse Trial, which was held Tuesday and Wednesday March 22nd and 23rd, was a great success with a record number of entries to date for the facility. Professionals, amateurs and young riders competed from Beginner Novice through the Preliminary levels of eventing.
Stable View is thrilled to announce that on October 1st & 2nd, 2016, they will be hosting an USEA/USEF Recognized Horse Trials, adding their first Advanced level division to the roster. There will be up to $15,000 in prize money awarded to the Beginner Novice-Preliminary divisions, and up to $50,000 in prize money for the Advanced division competitors!
Stable View Announces the 21 Challenge Series For Young Riders! Barry & Cyndy Olliff, owners of Stable View, recognize that the sport of Eventing must be supported through the developing generation in order to grow. Stable View has partnered with Fair Hill International and Plantation Field Horse Trials to offer an unprecedented award to top Young Riders. Beginning at their March 21st & 22nd 2017 Horse Trials, Stable View will kick off the 21 Challenge Series at their event before riders head north for the remainder of the spring season.
Targeting Young Riders at the Preliminary and 1* level, competitors will vie for the top cumulative results and must attend at least two of the 3 events, which includes Fair Hill International’s April 14th – 16th, 2017 Horse Trials and Plantation Field’s May 13th & 14th, 2017 Horse Trials. To be eligible for a series award, riders must attend the kick-off event in March 21st & 22nd, 2017 at Stable View.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors and will include up to one month’s free board, use of all the facilities’ equestrian amenities, apartment accommodations on-site and training sessions at Stable View during the 2018 winter season. Training sessions for each young rider will be arranged with resident Olympians and top clinicians who will be in Aiken for the 2018 season.
Carla Geiersbach, Executive Director at Fair Hill International, is very excited to see a “student friendly series” which will give that age group exposure to international level riders. “By targeting the Preliminary and 1* level competitors, we will work together to help the next generation of the sport. That is the time in life (during high school and college) when young people are determining their path.”
Mary Coldren, organizer of Plantation Field Equestrian Events, is especially happy to see Stable View spearhead this effort for the 21 Challenge Series, “We are excited to work with Stable View to encourage and support the young riders in the sport and to give them this opportunity!”

It’s Royal Winter Fair Time!

November 11, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

By Kim MacMillan/MacMillan Photography & Media Services

All photos by Shelley Higgins/Copyright MacMillan Photography

November in Toronto is synonymous with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In its 93rd renewal in 2015, the grand, expansive event fills the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition with the sights and sounds of a state fair and an international horse show all rolled into one. Livestock, fair food, cooking demonstrations, a convention center filled with shopping, and horses ranging from diminutive Welsh Ponies, hunters and jumpers, dressage and carriage horses to enormous draft breeds are all part of the excitement.

The “Royal” is one of the largest indoor agricultural exhibitions in the world and, in my mind anyway, is one of the top two Canadian horse shows, sharing the honor only with Spruce Meadows. The first weekend of the Royal Horse Show included the crowning of the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Champion and the fast-paced indoor eventing competition which is always a crowd favorite.

To win the Greenhawk Canadian Jumper Championship Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills, ON,  and Farfelu du Printemps jumped clear in the two initial rounds, then bested the others in a six-way jump-off to take the title. They took down only one rail in the jump-off but were fastest around the track to top the division.

Farfelu du Printemps is a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Action Breaker x Volume vd Gasthoeve) owned by John and Julie Madigan. Henselwood said she found in him in Switzerland earlier this year for her student Julia Madigan. Madigan has handed the ride to Henselwood while she focuses on her studies at Queen’s University. He’s smart, clever, knows where the jumps are, and is naturally fast. As soon as we started to jump he could sense from me that it was serious. He gave good efforts,” said Henselwood. “For this horse to get this title really means something in his resume, and starts to identify him as a top horse for Canada.”

The jumper course designer for this year’s Royal is Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, Dorset, Great Britain. Reserve in the Greenhawk Canadian Championships went to veteran rider Mac Cone, 63, King City, ON, riding Gasper van den Doorn for owner Chadburn Holdings, Inc. and third went to Lisa Carlsen, 50, of Okotoks, AB, aboard Worlds Judgement for owners WJ Partners.

Also in the Royal jumper arena last weekend, two athletes from Quebec finished first and second in the Jump Canada National Talent Squad Championships presented by Uplands Charitable Foundation. Isabelle Lapierre, Breakeyville, QC, and Cescha M, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Diamant de Semilly x Hera XXIV) owned by Ecuries de la Chaudiere, topped both phases of competition over a starting field of 16. Lapierre, 36, has been riding Cescha M for the three years. Finishing in the reserve spot in the Jump Canada Talent Squad division was Billie Derouet, Bromont, QC, aboard her own Bonaparte VP Wisebecq.

“She will try every time. Even when I make a mistake, she’s there, and if she makes a mistake, she knows I’ll be there. We’re a good team. She’s a young horse. They need mileage in the ring before doing the big classes. This is a good class for young riders and also for riders like me trying to produce young horses,” said Lapierre of her mare.

In the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge, Waylon Roberts, 27, Port Perry, ON, won his eighth straight Royal title. This year his partner over the simulated cross-country fences was a mare named West River. The pair was foot perfect over the two nights of competition, jumping the course designed by Captain Mark Phillips of Great Britain.

Roberts, who represented Canada on their 2015 Pan American Games team, is the son of Advanced level event rider Ian Roberts and Kelly Plitz. He commented on the choice of riding West River in the Indoor Challenge class, “It takes a handy horse, one that’s going to be really obedient for the tight turns and the quick speed. That’s exactly what West River is. She’s not too big and she’s really handy.”

Finishing second in the Horseware Indoor Challenge was U.S. rider Buck Davidson riding Wundermaske. Davidson, who was riding at his first Royal Winter Fair, and Wundermaske were also clear around both courses, but had a slightly slower time to take the reserve spot.

Meanwhile other equestrian events going on the first four days of the Royal included hunter classes and a hunter derby, draft horse breed and hitch classes, Standardbred and Hackney Horse and Pony classes, Welsh Pony and Roadster Pony classes and a rodeo. Wednesday night the Royal hosts a Longines World Cup Jumper class and Thursday is the Royal Dressage Invitational Dressage Cup.

Coming up next weekend at the Royal are the Thoroughbred and Canadian Sport Horse breed show, the Governor General and Lieutenant Governor Cup classes for three-year-old sport horses, Arabian native costume classes, the Green Meadows antique coaching classes, the  Weston Open Canadian International Jumper class and the Big Ben Jumper Challenge. Stay tuned for more photos and news from the Royal Winter Fair. Find the results at http://royal.showmanagementsystem.com/.

For more information on the Royal Horse Show visit http://www.royalfair.org/horse-show.

- Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills, ON, and Farfelu du Printemps, 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by John and Julie Madigan, were victorious in the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships held on Friday and Saturday nights during the first weekend of the Royal.Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Jill Henselwood, Oxford Mills, ON, and Farfelu du Printemps, 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by John and Julie Madigan, were victorious in the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships held on Friday and Saturday nights during the first weekend of the Royal. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farfelu du Printemps Jill Henselwood and Farfelu du Printemps jumped clear in the two initial rounds, then took only one rail in the jump-off but finished with the fastest time for the win. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Jill Henselwood and Farfelu du Printemps jumped clear in the two initial rounds, then took only one rail in the jump-off but finished with the fastest time for the win. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran Canadian Rider Mac Cone, 63 King City, ON rode Gasper van den Doorn for owner Chadburn Holdings, Inc. to finish in the reserve champion spot in the $t00,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships.   Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Veteran Canadian Rider Mac Cone, 63 King City, ON rode Gasper van den Doorn for owner Chadburn Holdings, Inc. to finish in the reserve champion spot in the $t00,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Canadian Pan Am Eventing Team member Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, ON, guided the speedy and handy mare West River to two clear rounds to win his eighth consecutive Royal Indoor Eventing Challenge.

2015 Canadian Pan Am Eventing Team member Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, ON, guided the speedy and handy mare West River to two clear rounds to win his eighth consecutive Royal Indoor Eventing Challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waylon Roberts and West River power through the keyhole jump on their way to winning the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Horse Show in Toronto. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Waylon Roberts and West River power through the keyhole jump on their way to winning the $20,000 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the 2015 Royal Winter Fair Horse Show in Toronto. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American rider Buck Davidson rode Wundermaske to two clear rounds to finish second in the 2015 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the Royal. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

American rider Buck Davidson rode Wundermaske to two clear rounds to finish second in the 2015 Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge at the Royal. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain States Eventing Association Year-End Awards

January 28, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

Pendragon Stud Equestrian Center Team

The Pendragon Stud Equestrian Center Team and their awards. (Photo Courtesy of the Mountain States Eventing Association)

Mountain States Eventing Association (MSEA) held their year-end awards banquet on January 24, 2015. After a lively season of competition, the following members received recognition for their accomplishments:

Intermediate Horse of the Year:
1st – Backus, Madeline (CO) P.S. Arianna
2nd – Eagles, Christian (WY) Bugatti

Prelim Horse of the Year:
1st – McInnes, Darlene (CO) Warlord
2nd – Henriksen, Christina (CO) Princess Pavan
3rd – Eagles, Christian (WY) Bugatti
4th – Backus, Madeline (CO) P.S. King of Hearts

Training Horse of the Year:
1st – Beutel, Angelika (CO) Varekai
2nd – Slade, Hannah (CO) Kingfisher II
3rd – Barrows, Lorraine (WY) Space Cowboy
4th – Singleton, Kristen (CO) Last Chance Bay

Novice Horse of the Year:
1st – Ciafone, Emma (CO) Cady O’Daly Gabriel
2nd – Guymon, Shallary (WY) Pitch Perfect
3rd – Maranto, Jessica (CO) Czardus
4th – Costanza, Rochelle (CO) PF Goodtimes

Beginner Novice Horse of the Year:
1st – Thomas, Lee Anne (CO) Orion’s Dunaire
2nd – Severs, Cora Elizabeth (CO) Poncho
3rd – Jannereth, Samantha (CO) Dante’s Crusade
4th – Nickerson, Kitren (CO) Lady Alywolf

Leading AA Horse of the Year (Training & Preliminary):
1st – McInnes, Darlene (CO) Warlord
2nd – Henriksen, Christina (CO) Princess Pavan
3rd – Barrows, Lorraine (WY) Space Cowboy
4th – Singleton, Kristen (CO) Last Chance Bay

Champion Intro Horse & Rider Team:
1st – McDuff, Charlotte (CO) Lonestar
2nd – Wiedenhues, Sophie (CO) Practical Magic III
3rd – Sletten, Christina (CO) Harlosegards Sando Wind
4th – Valentine, Mary Kate (CO) Doctor Doss

Leading Rider of the Year (@ Training & Above):
1st – Beutel, Angelika (CO) Varekai
2nd – McInnes, Darlene (CO) Warlord
3rd – Henriksen, Christina (CO) Princess Pavan
4th – Slade, Hannah (CO) Kingfisher II

Leading AA Rider of the Year (Novice & Beginner Novice):
1st – Hardy, Kristin (CO) Enchanted
2nd – Guymon, Shallary (WY) Pitch Perfect
3rd – Maranto, Jessica (CO) Czardus
4th – Thomas, Lee Anne (CO) Orion’s Dunaire

Leading JR Rider of the Year (@ Training & Above):
1st – Slade, Hannah (CO) Kingfisher II
2nd – Backus, Madeline (CO) P.S. Arianna/P.S. King of Hearts
3rd – Ryan, Katie (CO) K.R.’s American Dream
4th – Slade, Sophie (CO) KC Mulan

Leading SR N Rider of the Year:
1st – Hardy, Kristin (CO) Enchanted
2nd – Guymon, Shallary (WY) Pitch Perfect
3rd – Maranto, Jessica (CO) Czardus
4th – Costanza, Rochelle (CO) PF Goodtimes

Leading JR N Rider of the Year:
1st – Ciafone, Emma (CO) Cady O’Daly Gabriel
2nd – Olivier, Emily (CO) One Royal Bay
3rd – Seymour, Lily (CO) Phoenix Rising
4th – Ryan, Katie (CO) K.R.’s American Dream

Leading SR BN Rider of the Year:
1st – Thomas, Lee Anne (CO) Orion’s Dunaire
2nd – Jannereth, Samantha (CO) Dante’s Crusade
3rd – Nickerson, Kitren (CO) Lady Alywolf
4th – Slade, Jennifer (CO) Grand Finale (Finley)

Leading JR BN Rider of the Year:
1st – Severs, Cora Elizabeth (CO) Poncho
2nd – Sheffield, Megan (CO) Rocket’s Fiery Kiss
3rd – Slade, Olivia (CO) Ginger Bread Man

Leading Master P Rider of the Year:
1st – McInnes, Darlene (CO) Warlord
2nd – Eagles, Christian (WY) Bugatti
3rd – Michaels, Dan (CO) Landonn II OHF

Leading Master T Rider of the Year:
1st – Barrows, Lorraine (WY) Space Cowboy
2nd – Singleton, Kristen (CO) Last Chance Bay
3rd – Leeson, Tina (CO) Somerset
4th – Michaels, Dan (CO) Landonn II OHF

Leading Master N Rider of the Year:
1st – Hardy, Kristin (CO) Enchanted
2nd – Maranto, Jessica (CO) Czardus
3rd – Costanza, Rochelle (CO) PF Goodtimes
4th – Roberts, Rhonda (CO) Dan’s Bravado

Leading Master Rider of the Year Overall:
Hardy, Kristin (CO) Enchanted

USEF Announces 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Participants

November 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and its Eventing High Performance Department is proud to announce the participants for the 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program. For the second year, a Developing Rider will be defined as a rider (25 and under) who has achieved a qualifying result at the CCI2* level. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor will lead the Developing Riders/Eventing 25 program and coach the accepted athletes. In addition to lessons under saddle, there will be a classroom component to this program. Topics will include theory, training and course design. There will also be presentations by guest speakers on subjects including veterinary care and stable management.

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The following horses and riders have been chosen by the Eventing Selection Committee and approved by the Eventing High Performance Committee to take part in the 2014 Developing Riders/ Eventing 25 Program. These combinations have been invited to take part in training sessions with O’Connor in California and Ocala, Florida.

 

Caitlin Silliman - Photo by Lauren R. Giannini

Caitlin Silliman – Photo by Lauren R. Giannini

California Training Session

 

The following combinations have been selected to participate in training sessions

at a location still to be confirmed, January 14-17:

 

Helen Bouscaren (San Ramon, CA) and her own Ben*

Ben is a 2004 Thoroughbred gelding

 

Cori Davis (Shingle Springs, CA) and her own A Golden Effort

A Golden Effort is a 2004 Thoroughbred gelding

 

Avery Klunick (Midland, TX) and her own and Chip Klunick’s In It To Win It

In It To Win It is a 2000 New Zealand Sport Horse gelding

 

Brynn Littlehale (Saratoga, CA) and her own Forgotten Emblem

Forgotten Emblem is a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding

 

Emily Pestl-Dimmit (Renton, WA) and Michele Pestl’s Airlington

Airlington is a 2003 Bavarian Warmblood gelding

 

MacKenna Shea (Tacoma, WA) and her own Landioso

Landioso is 2002 Bavarian Warmblood gelding

 

Kimberly Steinbuch (Castro Valley, CA) and her own Pikture This

Pikture This is a 2000 Hanoverian/Thoroughbred Cross

 

*This pair has been ‘Talent Spotted’ on to this list.

 

Florida Training Session

 

The following combinations have been selected to participate in training sessions generously hosted at Meredyth South in Ocala, FL January 20-24:

 

Nora Battig (Granite Bay, CA) and her own Steppin’ Out

Steppin’ Out is a 2005 Trakehner/Thoroughbred mare

 

Alexandra Blyskal-Sacksen (Landenberg, PA) and her own Sparrow’s Nio

Sparrow’s Nio is a 2003 Connemara/Thoroughbred gelding

 

Zach Brandt (Thousand Oaks, CA) and his own Cavallino Cocktail

Cavallino Cocktail is a 2002 Irish Sport Horse mare

 

Jenny Caras (Marietta, GA) and her own Fernhill Fortitude or Fernhill Stowaway

Fernhill Fortitude is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Fernhill Stowaway is a 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding

 

Danielle Dichting (Roswell, GA) and her own The Graduate

The Graduate is a 1998 Sachsen-Anhaltiner gelding

 

Sarah Dunkerton (Soso, MS) and her own and Richard Dunkerton’s Matapeake

Matapeake is a 1999 Thoroughbred gelding

 

Ariel Grald (Randolph Center, VT) and Carol Rittenhouse’s LBF Oleagh’s Image*

LBF Oleagh’s Image is a 2005 Irish Sport Horse mare

 

Katherine Groesbeck (Temecula, CA) and her own Oz the Tin Man

Oz The Tin Man is a 1997 Anglo-Arabian gelding

 

Emily Renfroe (Magnolia Springs, AL) and her own Walk the Line

Walk the Line is a 2002 Hanoverian mare

 

Caitlin Silliman (Chestertown, MD) and her own Catch A Star

Catch A Star is a 2000 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare

 

Lizzie Snow (Milwaukie, OR) and Diane Snow’s Ringfort Tinkaturk

Ringfort Tinkaturk is a 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding

 

Julie Wolfert (Bucyrus, KS) and her own Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a 2001 Thoroughbred gelding

 

*This pair has been ‘Talent Spotted’ on to this list.

 

Florida Alternate

Meghan O’Donoghue (Carbondale, IL) and her own Pirate

Pirate is a 2002 Thoroughbred gelding

 

Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate have already been named to the World Class list and invited to participate in High Performance Training Sessions with O’Connor. Due to limited space in the 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program, they will be invited to participate in this Florida Training Session if a spot becomes available.

 

 

Follow the 2013 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team here.

 

 

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Halliday’s California homecoming sees HHS Cooley finish third in CCI***

November 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

The event provided an emotional homecoming for Halliday, who grew up just 30 minutes from Galway Downs where she trained and competed as a teenager.  

 

The English-based American’s decision to travel 5,400 miles across the Atlantic from her Chailey Stud base in East Sussex would be fully justified come Sunday when a clear Show Jumping round helped Cooley take a podium finish that not only qualifies him for four-star level competition but also potential selection to the US team ahead of next year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

 

The pair made a solid start to their first competition on American soil during Friday’s Dressage test by scoring 56 points, leaving them eighth overall. It would be their lowest position of the weekend however, with Cooley significantly upping the ante around the Cross Country course to come home with just 5.6 time penalties on the clock.

Copyright: John Waugh Photography

Liz Halliday and Cooley’s (HHS Cooley) end-of-season equestrian adventure to the United States paid off spectacularly last weekend when the pair finished third at the prestigious Galway Downs International CCI*** Event in southern California.
Copyright: John Waugh Photography

 

That was good enough to leave the duo fourth ahead of their Show Jumping round on Sunday. Always a strong jumper, Cooley underlined his class with a faultless performance over the fences – one of only three horses to do so on the day – to make third place his own in the final standings and finish just 2.4 marks shy of the winner.  

 

“It was an incredible week in California and amazing to receive so much support from my friends and family,” reflected Liz. “It was obviously a big gamble to travel all the way to the States to get the qualification and show what we can do, but I just tried to focus on the job and thankfully we came away with a positive result. Cooley was awesome throughout the whole event and especially stepped it up in the jumping phases. He’s taken some big strides forward this year and I’m just grateful that everything came together at Galway Downs.

 

“I really believed that Cooley was ready for a CCI*** this year, and wanted to start next season with that qualification already in the bag if I could make it work. It was also a great chance to show the selectors what sort of horse he is and that he could cope well with the big trip, which has been a useful learning curve for him. I think that after this experience he will grow up a lot as a horse and hopefully be even stronger and better next season. The only part of the week that I was disappointed with really was our Dressage score, which was nowhere near what I had hoped to get out there. But the judging was tough and, at the same time, we have some things to work on over the winter to tidy up the movements, so hopefully our next test will be much improved!”

 

Despite meeting the criteria to be considered for US team selection, Liz doesn’t expect to be competing with Cooley at the World Equestrian Games next year (23 August – 7 September), but would certainly jump at the chance if the opportunity arose.

 

“He’s come on leaps and bounds this year and I am interested to see how he comes out next year. Each event that we do he just keeps getting better and better, and I want to make sure that I keep him developing the right way and only move him up when he is ready. He’s only a nine-year-old, but has shown that he really has the guts and ability to be a top horse, so I’m more looking towards the 2016 Rio Olympics as a realistic goal for him.”

 

With their regular seasons now at a close, both Liz and Cooley have flown back to Europe and, after a short break, will begin working on preparations for 2014. The next event for Halliday and Cooley will be at Barroca d’Alva’s CIC** and CIC*** competitions in Portugal during the first two weeks of March. Until then a winter of Dressage and Show Jumping events will ensure that all of Chailey Stud’s horses remain in top shape and ready to tackle the new season.

Allie Blyskal-Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio Win CCI** at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International

October 20, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Fair Hill, MD – October 20, 2013 -Allie Blyskal-Sacksen,23, of Landenberg, PA, and Sparrow’s Nio thrilled the crowd to win the 25th Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) CCI** Eventing Championships in Elkton, MD, on Sunday morning. The popular pair turned in a faultless show jumping round in the final phase of the four-day competition to earn the championship title on their dressage score of 47.8 penalties.

 

Blyskal-Sacksen is no stranger to Fair Hill. She has been a volunteer for fifteen years and even assisted this year with setting up the dressage arenas, so the victory meant a great deal to the young rider.

 

“It was really cool winning here. I have been volunteering here since I was 8 or 9-years old and I was a groom at 10. It’s really cool winning at home. It’s very special,” said Blyskal-Sacksen. “I have been working with my husband (Sam) non-stop to get my show jumping better. It finally paid off.”

    Allie Blyskal-Sacksen and Sparrow's Nio Photo by Shannon Brinkman


Allie Blyskal-Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio
Photo by Shannon Brinkman

As champion, Blyskal-Sacksen won the USEF Combined Training Trophy, awarded to the highest placed American; and the Heartwood Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gansky, as the Overall Winner. As owner of Sparrow’s Nio, she won the Seahorse Farm Perpetual Trophy in memory of Richard H. and Vita C. Thompson, given to the owner of the winning horse. Sparrow’s Nio was also presented with the Fitness award, as recognized by the veterinarians, given to the horse they deem in best condition.

 

Allie Blyskal-Sacksen and Sparrow's Nio Photo by Shannon Brinkman

Allie Blyskal-Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio
Photo by Shannon Brinkman

Riding in reverse order of merit Blyskal-Sacksen and her Thoroughbred-Connemara cross were second to last in the order leaving only overnight leader Sharon White of Summit Point, WV, and Mary Ann Ghadban’s Under Suspection to ride. Canadian competitor Colleen Loach on Freespirit, and Australia’s Ryan Wood with Fernhill Classic came into the final phase tied for third and already rode clean rounds to finish with 49.7 penalties. With a meager lead of 3.9 penalties, White and her Holsteiner mare could not afford any mistakes, but the combination knocked down a rail and incurred two time penalties for a total of 49.9 penalties for fourth place. The tie-breaking rules placed Loach in third and Wood in second, which also earned him the CCI**Leading Foreign Rider title. As owners, the Fernhill Classic’s Syndicate won the Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue Trophy for the highest placed American Thoroughbred and the Jonathan R. Burton Trophy given to the USEF National Young Horse Champion.

  Ryan Wood and Fernhill Classic Photo by Shannon Brinkman


Ryan Wood and Fernhill Classic
Photo by Shannon Brinkman

A host of other special awards were presented for the CCI**. The Best Presentation award, determined by the Ground Jury, went to Kurt Martin and Anna Bella who finished in sixth place. Boyd Martin won the Sportsmanship award, voted by riders and officials as the rider who the best exemplified sportsmanship at the CCI**. Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude won the John H. Fritz Trophy presented to the USEF National Young Riders Champion for riders 16-21-years old.

 

The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Festival in the Country benefits Union Hospital of Cecil County, in Elkton, MD. The hospital, whose mission is to enhance the health and well-being of the residents of Cecil County and its neighboring communities, has been caring for area families and neighbors for more than 100 years.

 

For more information, please visit www.fairhillinternational.com.

 

Photos available for release, please contact Ann Haller, Classic Communications, ann.haller@yahoo.com.

Halliday selected for USA Nations Cup Team competition in Boekelo

October 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Liz Halliday will make her first FEI Nations Cup appearance for the United States Equestrian squad this weekend (October 10-13) when the professional dual sportswoman takes part in the CCI*** Team competition in Boekelo.

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Liz, along with one of her Chailey Stud stable’s brightest prospects – Blackie (Fernhill by Night) – travels to the Netherlands as part of the three-rider American team for the final round of this year’s championship. Not only will this be the British-based Californian’s Nations Cup debut but it will also be her first team opportunity for the USA.

 

Fortunately there are few places where Halliday would rather be making her first Team outing for the US than Boekelo; this will be Liz’s fourth appearance there since making her international three-star debut at the same venue 10 years ago.

 

Blackie’s place in the team comes off the back of a breakthrough season in which Liz and Chailey Stud have worked tirelessly to unlock his undoubted potential. But while Halliday’s previous Boekelo experience should stand the pair in good stead, she remains realistic about the step up in opposition facing the 10-year-old this weekend.

 

“There’s no doubt this will be a big test for Blackie and it will really show us what he’s made of,” confirmed Liz. “I am absolutely delighted at how far he’s come this year. Pre-season our aim was to have him competing at three-star level by the end of 2013, but to be representing the US never really entered the equation and is a major bonus. I’m under no illusion as to what he’s going to face this weekend. It’s the biggest event of his life and I’m sure he won’t let me down. I will certainly be riding strong and giving it my best shot! This is a good opportunity for the selectors to hopefully see his and my potential for the future, and I really hope it will be the first of many team opportunities to come.

 

“As for Boekelo, I truly love going to the event and it really is right up there on my list of favourites! The organisation is fantastic and the people are always very friendly and supportive. For me there aren’t many places better to be making my Nations Cup debut with the US team.”

 

Halliday certainly won’t be rusty coming into Boekelo after competing with another of Chailey Stud’s rising stars, Cooley (HHS Cooley), at Little Downham Horse Trials on Monday. The long trip to the event proved worthwhile after a strong 10th place finish in the Advanced section saw him also qualify for CCI*** level competition.

 

Although that qualification came too late for another entry at Boekelo, Liz also remains thrilled with his progress.

 

“Having two horses come so far in less than 12 months is fantastic, and both Cooley and Blackie have really grown in confidence and experience this year. The fact Cooley has also now qualified for CCI*** competition opens up a lot of options next year, and I’m really excited with the horse power that I have for the 2014 season.”

 

Liz is supporting pioneering medical charity Spinal Research throughout the 2013 season. For more information please visit www.spinal-research.org or contact Isabel Long on 01483 898786 /isabel@spinal-research.org.

 

Liz Halliday media enquiries to Tom Hornsby:

tom@pole.uk.com

+44 (0)20 8605 9797

 

Chailey Stud enquiries to Sam Kelly:

sam@equineevents.com

+44 (0)7734 900 327

www.chailey-stud.co.uk

 

Spinal Research: Isabel Long

isabel@spinal-research.org

+44 (0)1483 898 786

 

ArcEquine: Steve Jenkinson

steve@arcequine.com

+44 (0)7973 427 572

 

Andrews Bowen Ltd: Lynn Jones

lynn.jones@andrewsbowen.co.uk

+44 (0)1995 672 103

 

Cyclo-ssage: Sean Hamilton

sean.hamilton@tiscali.co.uk

07785 315310

 

Nupafeed:

info@nupafeed.net

+44 (0)1438 861 900

 

Jacksons Fencing: Carla Wessel

carlaw@blueberrycommunications.co.uk

+44 (0)1233 750 393

 

Mirrors for Training: 

info@mirrorsfortraining.co.uk

+44 (0)1902 791 207

Voltaire Design: Géraldine Gilmas

geraldine@voltaire-design.com

Morven Park Fall Horse Trials Hosts USEA Area II Championships

August 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

LEESBURG, Va. – Morven Park’s fall Horse Trials has long been a favorite annual stop for the nation’s top riders, many of whom live within a few hours’ drive from this Northern Virginia icon.

 

This year will be no exception, as the Horse Trials draw more than 350 horse/rider combinations over the weekend of Oct. 4-6, one of the most spectacular times of year at what is already a stunning setting.

Sharon White with “Merloch” at Morven Park’s 2012 Fall Horse Trials.

Sharon White with “Merloch” at Morven Park’s 2012 Fall Horse Trials.

For the second consecutive year, Morven Park hosts the USEA Area II Championships during the Horse Trials, encompassing eventers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Riders will compete in all six levels, from beginner novice to advanced.

 

The event will include an advanced combined test, which is expected to draw top American riders who will take this opportunity to prep for the competition in Pau, France, at the end of October, one of the world’s six CCI 4-Star events … the pinnacle of the sport of eventing. In other words, spectators will have a chance to watch the best of the best, competing for the Championship at Morven Park. There is no charge to spectators.

 

Owners and riders also are invited to a dinner at Morven Park on the second day of the event, Saturday, October 5. For details, please contact Sheryl Williams at swilliams@morvenpark.org or 703-777-2890.

FEI European Pony Championships 2013

July 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lausanne (SUI), 29 July 2013

Peters steals the limelight as brilliant British take four-time gold; team double for Germany while Ireland clinches individual Jumping title

By Louise Parkes

British riders dominated the podium at the FEI European Pony Championships 2013 in Arezzo, Italy where Phoebe Peters created a sensation when storming to victory in both Individual and Freestyle Dressage, and Yasmin Ingham secured double-gold in Eventing.  Germany topped the team events in Dressage and Jumping, while Susan Fitzpatrick clinched the Individual Jumping title for Ireland.

 

A total of 159 competitors from 17 nations lined out, and the flags of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland adorned the showgrounds.  Temperatures soared throughout the week, but ponies and riders coped admirably under the Tuscan sun.

 

Arezzo Equestrian Centre has long been a favourite with senior jumping riders throughout the spring season as horses are prepared for their tough summer schedule during the hugely popular Toscana tournament.  In a, literally, ground-breaking move however, the venue expanded its potential with the creation of a brand new cross-country course for this year’s European Pony fixture.  Designed by Italy’s Francesco Finocchiaro the 24-fence track stretched into the surrounding countryside before returning to a dramatic finish within the famous Boccaccio arena. Italy’s Pier Francesco Bazzocchi designed the tracks for the Jumping Championships, and the quality of competition in all three disciplines was nothing short of spectacular.

 

On the medal podium for Individual Dressage at the FEI European Pony Championships 2013 in Arezzo, Italy - (L to R) bronze medallist Lisanne Zoutendijk (NED), gold medallist Phoebe Peters (GBR) and silver medallist Semmieke Rothenberger (GER).  Photo: FEI/Helen Revington.

On the medal podium for Individual Dressage at the FEI European Pony Championships 2013 in Arezzo, Italy – (L to R) bronze medallist Lisanne Zoutendijk (NED), gold medallist Phoebe Peters (GBR) and silver medallist Semmieke Rothenberger (GER). Photo: FEI/Helen Revington.
Photo Catalogue: images for editorial purposes are available free of charge from www.feiphotos.org 

 

Dressage

Germany took the team title for the 23rd time in the 27-year history of the Dressage Championships which were first staged at San Remo, Italy in 1986.  The Netherlands claimed silver medal spot and the British stood on the third step of the podium. Britain’s Peters gave warning of what was to come when producing the highest score of the entire competition with SL Lucci who achieved a mark of 77.795.

 

Germany already held the lead at the halfway stage thanks to excellent rides for Nadine Krauss (Danilo) who scored 75.692 and Sophie Kampmann (Voyager) who earned a mark of 75.513 on the first day. And although Semmieke Rothenberger and the great Deinhard B didn’t show their usual brilliance when scoring 71.846 the following morning, the German side still had the gold in their grasp before last-line rider, Hannah Cichos, extended their margin of advantage over their Dutch rivals with 74.590 from Equestricons Lord Champion.

 

The German total came to 225.795, with the Dutch combined score 221.513 while the British posted 219.667. Fourth place went to Denmark (212.33) with France in fifth (204.000) and Belgium in sixth place (203.700).  A total of 13 teams competed, with the British returning to the medal podium for the first time in six years.

 

After the team medal ceremony, Ground Jury member, Freddy Leyman from Belgium, couldn’t disguise his delight with the level of sport.  “We are seeing all of the riders producing very high-quality performances.  The standard just gets better and better every year and there are so many top combinations.  It’s different for the judges than it was five years ago.  Now it is a bigger challenge for us because the difference between the riders is in every little detail” he said.  And there was a great deal more excitement to come.

 

Peters sensationally clinched Individual gold two days later. She threw down the gauntlet with another fabulous test that oozed confidence, grace, lightness and accuracy for a score of 79.049. Four of the five judges put her in first place with a winning margin of just over half a percentage point ahead of Rothenberger in silver with 78.463, while The Netherlands‘ Lisanne Zoutendijk continued to impress when clinching bronze with Champ of Class scoring 77.317.

British Chef d’Equipe, Liz Mills, said  “we were all hoping for good things here because they (Peters and SL Lucci) have been so very, very consistent.  They won at Saumur and Compiegne – and at Vidauban they won six tests.  In total they have won 11 out of 15 competitions in the last while.  They are a fantastic partnership!” she pointed out.

 

Peters has been riding SL Lucci for two years and was on last year’s British team at the European Championships in Fontainebleau.  Under the tutelage of Peter Storr, her partnership with her gelding has gone from strength to strength.  Asked how she felt about her incredible victory, the 14-year-old rider said modestly “I’m really pleased.  Every time I ask, Lucci gives me 110 percent, and he tries so hard for me”.  She was particularly pleased with “the simple changes, he’s very strong at that, and today they pulled the score up again”.  She says she is inspired by her trainer and by the stunning Olympic performances of the British senior team.  “Charlotte (Dujardin) and Carl (Hester) have paved the way for us all now!” she pointed out.

 

While she was waiting to go into the medal ceremony, her pony was standing sleepily, probably wondering if there might be a few extra carrots in his feed that night.  “He’s always like this” Peters said, “but when he goes into the arena he really lights up, that’s one of the great things about him.  He’s the best, he amazes me, and there were things I could have done much better today so we can do even better again!” she added.

 

And she was right about that too.  When it came to the Freestyle the pair were in a class of their own, placing particular emphasis on their exceptional symmetry in canter-work.  The entire test had a sense of calm cooperation, and as they marched up the centre line it was clear they were about to create another sensation.  The spectators gasped when a score of 84.000 went up on the scoreboard – that was always going to be near-impossible to beat.

 

And so it proved.  With just four left to go, Germany’s Sophie Kampmann and Voyager earned a mark of 77.875 before Zoutendijk and Champ of Class took their turn.  And, as Dutch Chef d’Equipe Tineke Bartels commented afterwards, “Champ of Class was even more fit than yesterday.  His test was more fresh and he rode more uphill, and his attitude was very nice”.  The Dutch partnership was rewarded with a great mark of 80.775 for silver medal spot while Germany’s Rothenberger and Deinhard B posted 80.625 for bronze medal position.  Peters’ double gold was all the more remarkable for the fact that British riders had never previously taken any individual medal at the FEI European Pony Championships.

 

Ground Jury member, Susanne Baarup from Denmark, said the judges were all in agreement about the top three riders, and echoed the sentiments of so many of those who witnessed this amazing week of pony dressage. “The standard is getting so high, we just don’t know where it will end!” she said.

 

Jumping

In a spectacular battle that went right down to the wire, Germany emerged to claim the Jumping Team title ahead of Great Britain in silver and Ireland in bronze medal position.  At the halfway stage it seemed the defending champions from Britain had it all sewn up with the only zero score, but France, Ireland and Germany were all lying just a fence behind and, in the end, three second-round clears from Germany sealed it.

 

The French lost out in dramatic style when last-line rider, Megane Moissonnier’s stallion Jimmerdor de Florys, stopped twice for a heart-breaking elimination that opened the door for the Irish.  This was the sixth time for Germany to take Team Jumping gold.  Their last victory was at Bishop Burton in Great Britain in 2010 and their first was back in 1989 at Millstreet in Ireland where Marcus Ehning, now one of the most famous names in the sport, was a member of the winning side.

 

The British began to look vulnerable when pathfinders Amy Inglis and Lea du Genier hit the middle of the triple combination at fence eight, but Emily Ward steadied the ship when following with a concentrated clear from King Mac.  However when Faye Adams’ chestnut mare, the 14-year-old Some Like it Hot, put a foot in the water the picture began to change again.  By then the Irish looked well out of it following a double-error from opener Tim McDonagh with Imagine If One and four faults apiece for Matt Garrigan (Future Interest) and Killian Norris (Javes Alun).

 

In contrast, only the opening German partnership of Philipp Schulze Tophoff (Mentos Junior 2) made a second-round error while team-mates Enno Klaphake (Pepper Ann), Justin Tebbel (Okehurst Little Bow Wow) and Lara Volmer (Carrick 13) jumped superb clear rounds to pile the pressure on the French and British in the battle for the gold.  Tressy Muhr had opened the French second-round effort with three fences down with Qredo des Islots, but Jean Zhemal (Nymphe du Sud) and Ninon Castex (Quabar des Monceaux) were foot-perfect so, if Moissonnier could follow suit, then they would be on level-pegging with the Germans and perhaps the British.  But there was a groan of horror when the French rider’s pony decided he had enough, first stopping at the vertical at fence three and then again at the oxer at fence five to bring their day to an end.  France would now have to count those 12 faults from Muhr, and suddenly the Irish were back in the game because their final partnership of Susan Fitzpatrick and Rock Dee Jay produced a brilliant clear to leave them on a total of 12.

 

It was now all up to 2012 Individual Champion, Mille Allen from Great Britain.  If she could return without penalty then one of the two four-faults on her team’s score-sheet could be dropped and they would go into a jump-off for gold against Germany.  But, as Chef d’Equipe Katrina Moore said afterwards,”the water played a big part in the British result”, and it wasn’t a good one as the judge’s flag was raised yet again.

 

There were a lot of wet Germans in the aftermath, Chef d’Equipe Peter Teeuwen first to be unceremoniously deposited in the lake in the Baccocchi Arena before his riders joined him.  They all arrived into the post-competition press conference looking a little less than pristine but with big smiles on their faces. “I’m very proud of my riders and my ponies” the winning team manager said.  “We didn’t start so well in the first round but in the afternoon we were better and we really fought for the gold”.  British Chef d’Equipe, Katrina Moore, said “we always knew the Germans would be hard to beat so we were not surprised by how strong they were”. Looking forward she added, “now we have four riders in the top 12 going into the Individual Final and we are very hopeful about that”.

 

And what a thriller the Individual final was, with Ireland’s Susan Fitzpatrick emerging to take the gold and a five-way jump-off for silver and bronze. Denmark’s Jessica Toelstang held the lead going into the final day with a zero score followed by Ninon Castex from France (Quaber des Monceaux) carrying just a single penalty, while the eventual gold and silver medallists were amongst the group of eight pony-and-rider combinations who had four penalty points each at this stage.  Castex took over the lead when clear in the opening round while Toelstang left a pole on the floor and so was sharing silver medal spot with Fitzpatrick and Allen as round two began, and another five riders were now tied for bronze on eight faults.

 

It was Fitzpatrick’s double-clear that clinched it for the 14-year-old from Country Kilkenny.  Allen hit the oxer at fence four second time out, while there was a gasp when Toelstang and her 16-year-old mare lowered the second fence moving both of these riders onto an eight-fault tally.  And there was heart-break for Castex who had already left a fence on the floor before her stallion got into a muddle in the triple combination and stopped at the last element.  She circled and finished, but with nine faults on the board all her dreams of Championship glory had slipped away.

 

With the Irish girl now confirmed in gold medal spot, the five-way jump-off for the remaining medals began with a four-fault round from German team gold medallist Lars Volmer and his fabulous grey stallion Carrick 13.  There were three of the British silver medal winning team still in contention, and Amy Inglis was first of these to go against the clock, but the middle part of the double fell for four faults.  Team-mate Emily Ward was next in with King Mac and produced the first clear in 33.52, but Allen and Song Girl shaved just under a second off that with a superb run in 32.91 that clinched silver while Toelstang and her mare, Nikolina, breezed home in 33.28 for the bronze.

 

Fitzpatrick, only the fifth Irish rider to take the coveted Individual Jumping title, thanked her trainer, Denis Flannelly, and all her back-up team.  She admitted she had gold in her sights coming to these championship with the 11-year-old gelding son of Arko lll, Rock Dee Jay, who twice earned team silver for Ireland with Max O’Reilly-Hyland in the saddle.  “I did hope for gold, but it’s hard to believe I actually got it!”, the Irish girl said afterwards.

 

Eventing

In bronze medal position going into the final jumping phase of the Eventing Championship, all four British team members went clear to finish on their dressage scores and snatch victory from the French who had to settle for silver, while the defending champions from Ireland rose from fourth place to clinch the bronze.

 

Yasmin Ingham was crowned Individual champion when, lying third going into the final day, the two riders ahead of her both faltered.  The Italian team slipped from the reckoning when two of their riders collected penalties, and eight faults proved particularly costly for Matteo Guidici (Mon Nantano de Florys) who dropped from silver medal position to finish ninth individually for the host nation.  It was also a desperately frustrating day for Victor Levecque from France whose stunning dressage and cross-country performances seemed to have set him up for the individual title, only to be denied by a stop and a fence down on the final afternoon.  However the strength of the lead he had established in the Dressage arena was underpinned by the fact that he was still able to finish in individual bronze medal spot.  Meanwhile a clear with Perle de Boisdelanouse clinched individual silver for his team-mate Marine Bolleret who was hovering just outside the medal zone in fourth as the final phase began.

 

On cross-country day, all four of the leading nations maintained their Dressage positions.  The French had just a 1.70 point advantage over Italy in second place with Great Britain just over four points further adrift being closely stalked by the Irish.  The Germans were lying fifth as the day began, but their chances were dashed when Anna Kamieth retired with Mr Harvey after a stop at the third element of the Roller Coaster combination at fence 11 and Julian Wipperman was eliminated for a fall from Chessy at the Steeplechase fence at eight.

 

The Roller Coaster, which followed the Water Splash at 10, produced some interesting moments as the slope on the landing side of the first element seemed to take some ponies by surprise, and the nearby Hill and Boat water complex also proved influential, with refusals for three different riders at the first element.  However it was the brush corner at 20, located in the Boccacci Arena and jumped on a bending line following the previous drop into water, that racked up the most penalties. From the starting field of 49, there were seven cross-country eliminations while a total of 41 completed, and 27 added nothing to their Dressage scores.

 

Just 1.80 faults separated the top two teams in the final analysis, while the Irish finished six points further adrift.  Ingham (Craig Mor Tom), Rose Nesbitt (Carrowmore Gemstone), Libby Seed (Mr Vick) and Charlotte Bacon (Three Wells Breeze) completed with a tally of 142.20 to take gold for Britain, while the French side of Bolleret and Levecque along with Yfke Bourget (Daijpour) and Marie Gagneux (Plume de Virey) posted 144.00 for silver.  Ireland’s Shannon Nelson (Millridge Buachaill Bui), Lucy Latta (Nono), Donnacha O’Brian (Ice Cool Bailey) and Nessa Briody (Rathnaleen Dark Secret) registered 150.90 to push the host nation off the medal podium by a margin of just 2.80 penalty points.  The relieved Irish Chef d’Equipe, Sue Shortt, said she was glad that her side had not lost out on the medals by such a narrow margin.  “I couldn’t have faced going home if we had been beaten by 0.7 percent!” she pointed out.  Ireland’s Nelson finished individually fourth.

 

British Chef d’Equipe Sarah Hancox said, “we brought a very talented squad of six girls who have bonded into a great team.  They all achieved personal bests in dressage and they all finished on their dressage scores”.  French Chef d’Equipe, Emmanuel Quittet, held a protective arm around Levecque during the final post-competition press conference.  “I’m feeling very sad for him” Quittet said, “but I’m happy for the result in the end”.

 

Italy’s Katherine Lucheschi, a member of the Ground Jury for Eventing, praised the organisation of the entire FEI European Pony Championship fixture at Arezzo, and the flexibility and ingenuity shown by the team who made it all happen.  “When we came here on Tuesday we were amazed by the wonderful facilities.  They had never held a three-day-event here in Arezzo, but Francesco Finocchiaro and his assistant Gianni Gusci Renzetti have done an amazing job building the cross-country course from scratch, and the whole week has been a wonderful experience and a great success”.

 

Results:

FEI European Pony Team Dressage Championship:  GOLD – Germany 225.795: Danilo (Nadine Krauss) 75.692, Voyager (Sohie Kampmann) 75.513, Deinhard B (Semmieke Rothenberger) 71.846, Equestricons Lord Champion (Hannah Cichos) 74.590; SILVER – Netherlands 221.513: Hassendonck S Sultan (Joelie Peters) 71.487, Champ of Class (Lisanne Zoutendijk) 75.821, Kingsley Ciske (Demy Kurstjens) 71.974, Dr Watson (Febe van Zwambagt) 73.718; BRONZE – Great Britain 219.667: Valido’s Sunshine (Rebecca Bell) 66.128, Holsteins Derwisch (Rose Hugh-Smith) 67.795, Dynasty (Erin Williams) 74.077, SL Lucci (Phoebe Peters) 77.795.

 

FEI European Pony Individual Dressage Championship:  GOLD – SL Lucci (Phoebe Peters) GBR 79.049; SILVER – Deinhard B (Semmieke Rothenberger) GER 78.463; BRONZE – Champ of Class (Lisanne Zoutendijk) NED 77.317. 

 

FEI European Pony Freestyle Championship:  GOLD – SL Lucci (Phoebe Peters) GBR 84.000; SILVER – Champ of Class (Lisanne Zoutendijk) NED 80.778; BRONZE – Deinhard B (Semmieke Rothenberger) GER 80.625.

 

FEI European Pony Team Jumping Championship:  GOLD – Germany 4 faults: Mentos Junior (Philipp Schulze Topphoff) 8/4, Pepper Ann (Enno Klaphake) 0/0, Okehurst Little Bow Wow (Justine Tebbel) 4/0, Carrick 13 (Lars Volmer) 0/0; SILVER – Great Britain 8 faults: Lea du Genier (Amy Inglis) 0/4, King Mac (Emily Ward) 4/0, Some Like it Hot (Faye Adams) 0/4, Song Girl (Millie Allen) 0/4; BRONZE – Ireland 12 faults: Imagine If One (Tim MacDonagh) 0/8, Future Interest (Matt Garrigan) 4/4, Javas Alun (Killian Norris) 0/4, Rock Dee Jay (Susan Fitzpatrick) 4/0.

 

FEI European Pony Individual Jumping Championship:  GOLD – Rock Dee Jay (Susan Fitzpatrick) IRL 4; SILVER – Song Girl (Millie Allen) GBR 8/0 32.91; BRONZE – Nikolina (Jessica Toelstang) DEN 8/0 33.28.

 

FEI European Pony Eventing Team Championship:  GOLD – Great Britain 142.20: Craig Mor Tom(Yasmin Ingham) 44, Carrowmore Gemstone (Rose Nesbitt) 48.00, Mr Vick (Libby Seed) 49.20, Three Wells Breeze (Charlotte Bacon) 60.80; SILVER – France 144.00: Perle du Boisdelanoue (Marine Bolleret) 45.20, Qualitat des Bourdons (Victor Levecque) 45.70, Djaipour (Yfke Bourget) 53.10, Plume de Virey (Marie Gagneux) 73.00; BRONZE – Ireland 150.90: Millridge Buachaill Bui (Shannon Nelson) 47.30, Nono (Lucy Latta) 47.50, Ice Cool Bailey (Donnacha O’Brian) 56.10, Rathnaleen Dark Secret (Nessa Briody) 77.80.

 

FEI European Pony Eventing Individual Championship:  GOLD – Craig Mor Tom (Yasmin Ingham) GBR 44.00; SILVER – Perle du Boisdelanoue (Marine Bolleret) FRA 45.20; BRONZE – Qualitat des Bourdons (Victor Levecque) FRA 45.70.

Strong showings amid busy spell for Halliday and Chailey Stud

June 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

It’s been a busy month for Liz Halliday and Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre as the Eventing season hits full swing.

 

The professional dual sportswoman, who combines her equestrian activities with a sportscar racing career, has primarily focused on four-legged endeavours in recent weeks, recording strong results as well as enjoying encouraging performances from a number of horses.

 

Early May saw Halliday travel to Northamptonshire for Aston-le-Walls where Oscar (Viscount Oscar) competed in his first Intermediate event of the year, producing an excellent Cross Country performance, while Trevor (Endymion Entrechat) also showed his growing confidence at the level.

 

Meanwhile, Fox (Red Letter Day II) had his first run of 2013, competing HC (non-competitive) but nevertheless enjoying a lovely double clear, while Blackie (Fernhill By Night) placed seventh in the Open Intermediate section with a superb double clear in what was a highly competitive class. Also taking part was Benny (Benaughlin Little Hero) who went double clear in the Novice section and completed a positive weekend for all.

 

The next encouraging outing came at Tweseldown, where Trevor impressed in the Intermediate Novice section with a score of 30 in the Dressage and just one fence down in Show Jumping. A strong Cross Country round completed exactly on the optimum time was to follow, which helped the pair finish in an impressive sixth place. Meanwhile, Oscar delivered his best Intermediate showing to date with a score of 30 in the Dressage and one unfortunate fence down on what was a very large and challenging Show Jumping track. However he demonstrated why Cross Country is his best phase with a brave and confident clear round, helping him secure an eventual eighth-place finish.

 

Courage (Cooley Master Courage) enjoyed a first run out of the year last Monday (27 May), competing in his maiden BE 100 event. A 29 Dressage, one down in the Show Jumping and a confident clear Cross Country helped him to finish 11th, a hugely pleasing result for Liz and the team given his inexperience. He has since enjoyed a further run out at Little Downham, again going clear on Cross Country, and continues to display his potential for the future.

 

Little Downham also saw Fox produce one of his best Advanced level performances, proving particularly impressive in the jumping phases. Despite the Cross Country being set next to the Show Jumping ring, which would normally prove very distracting, he was able to remain focussed and jump well with just one pole rolled. A classy Cross Country display was to follow where Fox’s many years of experience really shone through as he and Liz enjoyed a foot-perfect clear round.

 

With barely time to catch her breath, Liz will now travel to the Netherlands for the Rabo Renswoude International Horse Trials where she will be competing with Blackie in the CCI**, Oscar in the CIC**, and Courage in the Young Horse 6-Year-Old class.

 

Liz Halliday: “The past few weeks have been frantic with several horses competing at a lot of events. There have been some great results and, what’s more pleasing, some awesome performances. In particular, it was great to have Fox showing that he has still got it with great rounds at both Tweseldown and Little Downham, and super to be getting some good results and experience for the horses that recently moved up a level.

 

“Overall it’s good that we’re so busy and to hopefully be approaching a successful summer of eventing. Now we’re heading to Rabo Renswoude and will look to return home with some more great stories and results to talk about!”

 

ENDS

Liz is supporting pioneering medical charity Spinal Research throughout the 2013 season. For more information please visit www.spinal-research.org or contact Isabel Long on 01483 898786 / isabel@spinal-research.org.

 

Liz Halliday media enquiries to Tom Hornsby:

tom@pole.uk.com

+44 (0)20 8605 9797

www.lizhalliday.com

 

Chailey Stud enquiries to Sam Kelly:

sam@equineevents.com

+44 (0)7734 900 327

www.chailey-stud.co.uk

 

Spinal Research: Isabel Long

isabel@spinal-research.org

+44 (0)1483 898 786

www.spinal-research.org

 

ArcEquine: Steve Jenkinson

steve@arcequine.com

+44 (0)7973 427 572

www.arcequine.com

 

Andrews Bowen Ltd: Lynn Jones

lynn.jones@andrewsbowen.co.uk

+44 (0)1995 672 103

www.andrewsbowen.co.uk

 

Cyclo-ssage: Sean Hamilton

sean.hamilton@tiscali.co.uk

07785 315310

www.cyclossageequine.co.uk

 

Nupafeed:

info@nupafeed.net

+44 (0)1438 861 900

www.nupafeed.co.uk

 

Jacksons Fencing: Carla Wessel

carlaw@blueberrycommunications.co.uk

+44 (0)1233 750 393

www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk

 

Mirrors for Training: 

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