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Isabelle Leibler of Region 8 Awarded Freestyle Dressage Gold After Storm Temporarily Suspends Competition

July 31, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, KY – It was a stormy afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park for part of the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior and Young Rider Dressage Championship at the 2011 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North, but storms could not dampen the brilliance of the dressage being performed.

Competition was suspended at approximately 3:30 p.m. when a thunder and lightning storm passed through the area, knocking out electricity at the Rolex Stadium. But thanks to the quick work of the Organizing Committee and Kentucky Horse Park staff, the show soon resumed.

The Young Rider division was intensly competitive, punctuated by the last rider’s flawless freestyle. Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108 representing Region 8 were rewarded for their brilliant test with a score of 74.00%, which earned the pair the Individual Gold medal.

Dressage Freestyle Young Rider medalists. Photo: SusanJStickle.com

“This is the third time we’ve performed [this freestyle] in competition, so we’re going through the ropes, trying to see how it ends up, and how the striding work,” she said after her test. “Today, he just felt like he was right there for me and he had my back. He was ready for everything. I was so excited to have a feeling that my horse wasthere with me…it was the most amazing feeling.”

Leibler rode the 14-year-old Westphalian gelding to music from the movie “ET.”

“It’s my favorite movie, so I tried to put something together because it’s just my favorite. I think it fits Watson, and I think we made a good piece.”

Watson, Leibler said, has an “amazing heart and a huge personality.”

The Individual Silver medal went to Chase Hickok and Palermo from Region 1. The team turned in a flashy and consistent test to earn a score of 70.725%.

“This was the first time we rode this freestyle in competition,” she explained. “He was right there with me, and we fought for every point. It was a stressful week, but he was a trooper the whole time.”

Hickock performed with the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood to Latin-themed music: “It’s fun, it really suits the horse, and it has a lot of energy and personality. I wanted to do something to that would show off his gaits.”

Rounding out the top three and taking home the Individual Bronze medal were Mackinzie Pooley and Jonkara from Region 1. Under a darkening Kentucky sky, the pair’s dynamic test was rewarded with a score of 70.004% from the judges.

“My horse can be quite hot in the freestyle, but she was amazing,” Pooley said. “We had nothing to lose, so we just went for it.”

In her last ride on Jonkara in international competition, Pooley rode the 20-year-old Oldenburg to music from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire.” She said that, “It’s fun [music] to ride to, it makes me happy, and I really enjoyed riding to it.”

“She has the biggest heart of any horse I’ve had the pleasure to known, and I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Pooley added.

Riding as an individual from Manitoba, Canada, Sarah Loewen turned in an expressive performance aboard Ricardo to receive a 69.675% from the judges, which was enough to clinch the Individual Gold medal.In the Junior division, heavy storms disrupted the flow of the competition, however when all was said and done, the medals were decided under sunny skies.

“I think my test went very, very well,” Loewen said. “I don’t think there’s much I could improve. I wanted to ride a clean test. He was awesome.”

Loewen and “Ricky,” a 13-year-old KWPN, performed to big band music in their freestyle: “It’s fun. My horse dances to it, and I think it suits his personality.”

Team Canada West’s Monica Houweling and Stentano were in the ring twice today as the show was suspended in the middle of their first performance, but they returned several hours later to give a flashy and consistent performance. The pair earned a 67.70% from the judges, which was good enough to take home the Individual Silver medal.

“The second time in the ring he was pretty tired, so I just pushed for everything I had,” Houweling explained. “He was super tired, but I’m really proud. He just dug deep and pulled it together.”

She also designed the freestyle for her 12-year-old KWPN around music from “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Taking home the Individual Bronze medal from Region 1 was Julia Burtt and Aaron IV, a 15-year-old Hanoverian. The pair rode early in the afternoon, but their score of 67.15% was high enough to stand up to most of the other competitors.

“He was there for me,” Burtt relayed. “He was really good, but he was tired. It’s been a stressful week.”

Burtt, who rode her freestyle to music from the “Madagascar” soundtrack, said that the biggest thing she learned this week was, “No matter what happens in the test, where it happens, just ride the next movement and make the best out of it you can.”

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Region 5 and Region 1 Take the Team Dressage Gold Medals at the 2011 Adequan FEI North American Junior/ Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North

July 28, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

By Cynthia Grisolia for USEF

Lexington, KY – Temperatures soared, but dressage competitors managed to keep their cool as the 2011 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North kicked off today at the Kentucky Horse Park.

This is the third year the championships have been held at the Kentucky venue, which was the site of the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games last fall.

The day began with Junior and Young Rider dressage competitors vying side-by-side in the USDF/Platinum Performance Dressage Championship Team tests and ended with the pomp and pageantry of the official opening ceremonies.

Competitors started early in the Young Rider Team dressage event, but late in the day when the dust cleared from the center line it was U.S. Region 5 standing on the Gold-medal podium for the second year in a row.

Region 5 claimed the Gold medal in the Young Rider competition. Photo by SusanJStickle.com.

Brandi Roenick, aboard Pretty Lady, Madeleine Birch on Uoeri, Catherine Chamberline on Verdicci, and Aylin Corapcioglu aboard Ruhmann captured the top spot with a combined Team score of 198.104.

“It’s just great to be a double Gold medalist!” gushed Birch, 20, who was part of the 2010 Gold-medal-winning Young Rider Team, “especially coming back here with my own horse,” she added.

Chamberlain, a Silver medalist in last year’s Individual Young Rider competition, echoed the sentiments.

“It’s great to come back here. I’ve had Verdicci for about four years now, and we’ve grown up together. I also think my teammates did such a great job and I’m really happy to be here with them,” said Chamberlain.

Roenick, meanwhile, earned not only the Gold medal, but also the highest score of the day, a 69.289. Still, she was quick to credit her teammates for the win. “It’s an awesome opportunity to ride with these girls and really get to know them,” noted the 16-year-old Arizona native.

The Silver medal went to the Young Rider Team from the combined Canadian provinces British Columbia and Quebec City (BC/QC). Mathilde Blaise aboard Michaelangelo, Anne Mylai Messier and Marzipan, Esmee Ingham with Norseman, and Emily Fownes on Frapuccino finished with score of 197.027, only slightly more than a point behind the leaders.

“I think this year the Canadian spirit has been especially high,” said Ingham, who won a Team Gold as a Junior last year. “Since British Columbia is on the West Coast and Quebec City is so far east, for us to come together as a team having never met and medal is really incredible.”

Lastly, the Bronze went to U.S. Region 8 with members Isabelle Leibler aboard Watson 108, Marlee O’ Neill on Leonardo, Alexandra Potasky with Chackomo M, and Madeleine Van Vleet with Top earning a third-place score of 196.132.

In the Junior event, it was the U.S. Region 1 Team that reigned supreme. Kyra Endreson aboard Pik L, Julia Burtt with Aaron VI, and Dominique Cassavetis racked up an impressive team score of 199. 189 despite having only three members and no low score to drop.

It’s been so fun to be here,” said Enderson, of her first experience at Young Riders. “It was such a great opportunity to be on such a great team.”

Burtt, the team veteran having competed at the championships last year, found her second time to be the charm. “To come back and win a Gold medal has been truly amazing.”

In the Silver position was U.S. Region 5. Teammates Taylor Lindsten and Raoul, Talia Hershaft on Westfalica, Brook Santiangelo with Daylight, and Devon Wycoff aboard Power Play medaled with a combined score of 195.865.

“I had kind of given up on my dream to even qualify,” said first-time Young Rider Wycoff. “But my parents said this was my last year as a Junior, and they wanted to make it happen. We went to California to try Player (‘He’s a ladies man,’ she notes), and I got him in March and we started qualifying ever since.”

The Bronze went to U.S. Region 8. Teammates Katelyn Kok aboard Morgan Enshoj, Rachel Chowanec with Embrujado, Jannike Gray on Maestro, and Ciara Cummisky on Queen’s Delilah earned a total score of 194.297.

The impressive procession of all of this year’s Junior and Young Riders were the highlight of the opening ceremonies. Teams and riders were introduced in Olympic fashion while equestrian dignitaries, including USEF President David O’Connor, delivered welcoming words. The Vaulting team, who joins NAJYRC for the first time this year in the non-championship category, ended the event with a demonstration of its unique harmony between horse and rider.

A prestigious five-day, international competition, the NAJYRC showcases North America’s finest 14-21 year-old riders in dressage, eventing, jumping, reining, and endurance. Competition continues tomorrow with the Individual Junior and Young Rider dressage competition and the Team Final in reining.

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Thanks to New Vocations, Thoroughbreds Shine in Their Second Careers

July 25, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

During the month of July, New Vocations is hosting horse show events that spotlight Thoroughbreds competing off the track.  The first event was held Sunday July 9th and 10th  where nearly 40 Thoroughbreds gathered at the Kentucky Horse Park to compete in two Thoroughbred restricted Hunter/Jumper classes.  This was the second consecutive year New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program partnered with the Robert Murphy Horse Show to put on a first class event that attracted Thoroughbreds from surrounding states.

Sharp Dressed Guy won the $2500 Thoroughbred Hunter Classic sponsored by Homewrecker Racing.  Owned by Bridget McNeese the Devil Is Due gelding was bred by Dr. John Cummins and trained at Keeneland as a two and three year old, but never showed much speed. McNeese took him on as a show horse at age four.  “I’d kept my eye on him since he was a baby and even told Cummins that he would make a great hunter,” explained McNeese.  “As soon as the decision was made to retire him I got him as a show project.  He has excelled ever since.”

Sharp Dressed Guy competing in the New Vocations Thoroughbred Hunter Classic

Sharp Dressed Guy competing in the New Vocations Thoroughbred Hunter Classic

Sweet William who raced as Bait n Switch won the $2500 New Vocations Thoroughbred Mini Prix sponsored by Castleton Lyons for the second year in a row.  Now 17 years old, the Digression gelding raced 16 times primarily at Mountaineer and Pimlico.  He retired and became a very successful Eventer.  Currently owned and trained by Elaine Schott from River Mountain Farm and shown by Natassia Hovey, Sweet William has excelled as a Jumper.  “He continues to amaze us by his huge heart.  He has always been the barn favorite,” shared Schott. “There’s not a day he has acted his age. He’s a tough guy who loves his job and will keep doing it as long as he physically can.”

Bait n Switch in the New Vocations Thoroughbred Mini Prix

Bait n Switch in the New Vocations Thoroughbred Mini Prix

The event drew many spectators. A brief history was read by the announcer as each horse entered the arena to be judged over a course of fences.  Their histories ranged from graded stakes winners with earnings over $100,000 to horses that only raced a couple times earning next to nothing. “Once again the event was a great success,” shared New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “It was quite touching to see so many quality retired racehorses come together and compete.  This breed needs more recognition in the show ring.  They are extremely versatile, hardworking, and athletic; all things you look for in a show horse.”

The next event featuring Thoroughbreds will be the New Vocations Charity Horse Show July 30th and 31st at Delaware, Ohio.  The event draws over 150 horses with a large percentage being retired racehorses.  The open hunter and dressage show features Thoroughbred specific classes and divisions.  Last year’s show raised over $50,000, which went to fund New Vocations’ mission to rehab, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses. For more information go to www.horseadoption.com

Winners Circle Roundup from Horse Shows by the Bay

July 24, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

 

Brian Shook & Courage 68 winning the $30,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City @ Horse Shows by the Bay, Series I. Photo ©Randi Muster

 

Kelley Farmer and Clearly winning the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby @ Horse Shows by the Bay Series III Photo ©Randi Muster

 

Peter Pletcher and Outa the Park winning the $5000 USHJA National Hunter Classic at Horse Shows by the Bay Series II Photo ©Randi Muster

 

Erynn Ballard & Timber Ridge winning the $10,000 Horse Shows by the Bay Open Hunter Classic. Photo ©Randi Muster

Blythe Marano & Urbanus winning the $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix @ Horse Shows by the Bay Series II. Photo ©Randi Muster

The multi-series Horse Shows by the Bay will continue to offer riders and fans the ideal horse sports venue throughout the month of July. Highlights in Series III, which runs through July 24, include a $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix, a $5,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, a $5,000 Adult Jumper Classic, a $5,000 Children’s Jumper Classic, Adult and Children’s Hunter Classics, and a $30,000 Grand Prix of the Great Lakes and VIP Sponsor Luncheon.During the fourth and final week of competition, notable events include the $30,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix, as well as a $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Prix and VIP Sponsor Luncheon. The final week will also feature the fourth $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Prix, multiple equitation medal classes, and the finals for the Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan’s medal events. Over half a million dollars in prize money will be awarded by the conclusion of this month-long celebration of equestrian athletes.

For more information or to view schedules, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com or call 231-267-3700.

A Look Back at Aachen

July 22, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

It was a mixed bag of results for the American riders who traveled far and wide in order to attend the famed World Equestrian Festival, held annually in Aachen, Germany. But the world’s most prestigious multi-discipline, annual equestrian competition did not disappoint in awe-inspiring competition from the world’s best.

Photographer John Minoprio captured these lasting images from Aachen 2011, enjoy.

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum had planned to retire her great mount Shutterfly this year, but after winning the Warsteiner Prize class in the Main Stadium on July 13, she decided to move his retirement up, so that he could go out on top.

In front of a packed stadium on Sunday, Shutterfly was retired in a moving ceremony. Meredith couldn't hold back her tears as she gave a speech from the back of her horse, thanking him for his many years of incredible results in international show jumping.

McLain Ward and Rothchild won the prestigious Yageo Prize on Sunday, the last day of competition.

Margie Engle and Indigo were runners up in the same class, and Beezie Madden's Amadora finished 4th.

Beezie Madden finished 14th to be the top American rider in the final class at Aachen, the Rolex Grand Prix. In an Aachen that was overall very disappointing for US show jumping, Beezie shone, notching the only clear round in Thursday's Nations Cup competition, which saw the USA fall to 7th in overall series standings.

German rider Janne-Fierderike Meyer was named the Best of Champions winner. Here she is on course with an intently watching crowd behind her.

The British team won the Eventing competition at Aachen; here Rolex champion Mary King and Imperial Cavalier jump through the water complex.

The dressage competition was dramatic and exciting, no more so than on Sunday, when Steffen Peters and Ravel were beaten by just 1/2 a percentage point by Matthias Rath and Totilas in the Kur. The audience booed their disappointment when Peters' score was announced, believing that his original, error free test was the true winner.

The dressage competition was dramatic and exciting, no more so than on Sunday, when Steffen Peters and Ravel were beaten by just 1/2 a percentage point by Matthias Rath and Totilas in the Kur. The audience booed their disappointment when Peters' score was announced, believing that his original, error free test was the true winner.

The wonder horse Totilas swept all three grand prix dressage classes with his new rider, the German Matthias Rath.

Fully recovered from a broken tailbone sustained last year, Guenter Seidel was back in action at Aachen with UII.

Jan Ebeling and Rafalca were the third California-based team USA dressage competitors who rode at Aachen.

Full results are available at www.chioaachen.com Until next year!

The Event at Rebecca Farm Celebrates 10 Years

July 20, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Becky Broussard’s Legacy Rides on with Record Number of Competitors Registered for the West’s Largest Equestrian Competition July 21-24, 2011

Kalispell, Mont. – A record 503 competitors are registered to compete in the 10th Anniversary of The Event at Rebecca Farm where many of the world’s best horses and riders, as well as promising young competitors, will compete July 21-24, 2011. The Event is the largest equestrian triathlon in the U.S. and a selection trial for the 2012 London Olympics.

Nearly 20,000 spectators will walk the grounds over the four days that span the triathlon. Competitors will vie for more than $60,000 in prize money and over $30,000 in trophies and tack awards while they compete in dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Admission for spectators is free. Guests may walk the cross-country course or view it from a hillside with a great vantage point of the complex. Six different arenas offer close-up views of dressage and show-jumping. In addition to the competition, a trade fair is also offered with a wide range of food and beverage concessions, as well as a new kid’s zone with face painting and pony rides.

“Our community is fortunate to have the unique experience of watching Olympic athletes compete locally alongside local riders, especially in this 10th year of competition,” said Kalispell Mayor Tammi Fisher. “As incredible athletes arrive from all over the nation, we are reminded of the great contributions Becky Broussard made during her lifetime to the equestrian sporting world, and in her legacy a commitment to bringing the finest horses to the Flathead Valley continues. The City of Kalispell continues to benefit from the Event, not only culturally, but economically and we are proud to serve as the host community for The Event at Rebecca Farm.”

In December, the equestrian community lost the namesake of the Farm, Rebecca Chaney Broussard after a brave battle with cancer. “Becky” was often touted as one of the strongest supporters of Eventing in the nation. A celebration of her life will occur on July 20.

As a sport, Eventing is one of the most comprehensive and exciting in the world today, testing horse and rider over a series of challenges, disciplines and courses that showcase the attributes of a well-rounded team. The three phases of Eventing test every facet of horsemanship. With historic military ties meant to replicate what a horse and rider would go through in the cavalry, their cumulative performance in the triathlon determines their final standing.

Dressage is designed to test obedience and the harmony between horse and rider. Cross-country is designed to test endurance with horses running long distances at high rates of speed. It also tests courage, boldness, confidence, and stamina of both horse and rider. Show jumping examines precision, agility, and technique while jumping over high obstacles. It is also a test of condition and focus after completing the dressage and cross-country phases.

“The Event was my mother’s passion and dream,” said her daughter and Event organizer Sarah Broussard Kelly. “She believed in helping riders at all levels, but especially wanted to see the U.S. at the top of international Eventing competitions. My parents developed The Event to be a platform for riders to move onward to international competition. What we see today was my mother’s vision from the start and represents the ongoing legacy of that giving spirit.”

In Becky’s memory this spring, the Broussard family launched The Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant, offering an unprecedented $250,000 fund through the United States Eventing Association Endowment Trust that will, over the next five years, offer an annual $50,000 training and competition grant to developing riders who are successfully competing at the advanced level. The grant represents the fulfillment of Becky’s desire to help riders achieve the goal of representing the U.S. in international team competition. Grant applicants competing at The Event will wear special vests to identify them.

The trip via airplane by top riders from the east coast is another legacy of Becky’s memory. The charter flight here last summer was the first time since Pebble Beach in 1962 that a group of competitors from the East Coast had traveled to a competition in the West. “It’s not just western Canada and the western U.S. – it’s all of North America that is coming to Rebecca Farm now,” said Roger Haller, President of National Grand Jury. “We’re hitting the cream of the crop for North American riders.”

18 horses and 13 riders will arrive on charter flight Air Horse One at the Glacier Jet Center on July 19. Among the athletes arriving is Olympian Karen O’Connor, who won the World Cup competition held here last year. “Rebecca Farm is such an amazing venue set in beautiful country,” said O’Connor. “I have been competing internationally for two decades across 27 countries and I’ve seen it all. This venue that the Broussard family brought to fruition from crop fields ten years ago is the best venue I have ever been to in the world.”

The beauty of the course that has bloomed over the past decade has only been possible by an enormous, dedicated staff, including course builder Bert Wood. His team of artists have designed iconic jumps to look like massive trout, a moose, rattle snakes, a beaver, a water dragon, an old steam train – and even prehistoric creatures in the zone called “Jurassic Park” and the exciting “Key Hole”. For the 10th Anniversary, Wood has added a special twist by constructing an old western town that looks like a movie set, complete with a sheriff’s office, a school, and a church. The final jump will send riders over the front door of an old fashioned saloon.

“Rebecca Farm is unlike most other courses in the world,” said Captain Mark Phillips, a world-renowned course designer and coach of the U.S. Olympic Eventing team who has added new tests each year for the horse and rider to puzzle through. “A lot of the fences that Bert and his team have designed are more like a work of art then they are a horse jump. It really makes for quite a spectacle for people to come out and watch.”

To help celebrate the 10th anniversary, the Broussard family commissioned Whitefish artist Pete Thomas to design an iconic Rebecca Farm poster and limited edition serigraph print. Thomas’s vintage, iconic style has gained him international recognition with previous work like the Whitefish Centennial art print series. The print and poster are available for sale in the Rebecca Farm boutique, with proceeds of the limited edition print being donated to the grant fund.

To access Rebecca Farm, from the junction of Highways 93 & 2, travel 2 miles north on Highway 93 to West Reserve Drive and go west 2 miles to Springcreek Road, then south on Springcreek. The entrance is 3/4 mile on the right.

Prior to The Event on July 20, the USEA Young and Future Event Horse Series will be featured. The Future Event Horse series judges the potential that yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year-olds have to become successful event horses. The Young Event Horse series gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their four- and five-year-old horses.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The USEA Spalding Labs Young Event Horse Series.
Rebecca Broussard Celebration of Life.
Thursday, July 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dressage, all FEI Levels. Dressage, National Horse Trial Levels.

Friday, July 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dressage, all FEI Levels. National Horse Trial Levels Dressage continues. Cross-Country phase begins at 8 a.m. National Horse Trials Novice and Training Levels.

Saturday, July 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cross-Country phase all day. All FEI Levels. National Horse Trial Levels continue.

Sunday, July 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Show Jumping phase, all levels. Awards ceremony at end of each division.

The major sponsor of The Event is Kerrits, which manufactures performance equestrian apparel, clothing, and riding breeches for women and kids. The Event operates under the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) rules and the rules of the United States Equestrian Federation. For more information on The Event, visit www.rebeccafarm.org.

Press release courtesy of The Event at Rebecca Farm

 

Peters and Ravel Take Second in Grand Prix Freestyle

July 18, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Ward and Rothchild Win Yageo Prize at Aachen CHIO

by Jennifer Wood for USEF

Aachen, Germany – Team USA wrapped up the 2011 World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany, with more strong performances, including a second-place finish for Steffen Peters and Ravel in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO and a win for show jumper McLain Ward on Rothchild.

Peters and Ravel, owned by Akiko Yamazki and Four Winds Farm, stepped up their game today and gave the best dressage horse in the world a run for his money in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO for the Deutsche Bank Prize.

The judges gave Ravel and Peters technical scores of 77.25, 77.00, 80.50, 80.50, and 76.75, along with artistic scores of 86.00, 83.00, 83.00, 89.00, and 87.00 for an overall 82.000% – just .825% off the winning score set by Matthias Rath of Germany and Totilas.

Steffen Peters and Ravel Sunday at CHIO Aachen. Photo: Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com.

According to Dressage-news.com, Peters said, “It felt fantastic. I’m still searching for words to describe it. The icing on the cake was the reaction of the crowd. That was a huge honor. I finished fifth in the Grand Prix and the Special, so to come within fractions of Totilas and Parzival in the freestyle is amazing.”

Win for Ward on Final Day

The American show jumpers were strong in one of the last classes in Aachen, the Yageo Prize speed class. McLain Ward and Rothchild, owned by Sagamore Farm, were the fastest of the day to take the win in 55.00 seconds. Just .85 seconds behind in second place were Margie Engle and Indigo, owned by Griese, Garber, Gladewinds Farm, and Hidden Creek Farm. Beezie Madden and Amadora, owned by Abigail Wexner, placed fourth.

In the final competition for driving, Chester Weber with four-in-hand team of Horus du Bois, Para, Splash, and Uniek, placed second with a time of 122.68 in the Obstacle Driving Competition with drive-off, Rating Competition for Team Classification for the Prize of Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG. It was a solid finish for the American driver who placed third in the overall individual standings.

For full results, please visit www.chioaachen.de/en/starterlisten. For more information on the Team athletes in Aachen, please visit www.usef.org.

For information on all the competition at the 2011 CHIO Aachen, visit http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2011CHIOAachen/.