Category Archives: Eventing/H.T.

USET Foundation Awards Mia Farley with Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker (Photo courtesy of Taylor Pence/US Equestrian)

Gladstone, NJ – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has awarded the 2020 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to Mia Farley, a current member of the United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 Program.

As the recipient of the grant, Farley, who trains with the O’Connor Event Team, will receive up to $5,000 to help offset expenses associated with her training over the next year. Note: the grant is valid for this year or next, if necessary, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“It is an honor [to receive this grant],” said Farley, of San Clemente, Calif. “The fact that they recognized me and what [I accomplished] last year is huge. This is a big deal for me and really special. I have talked to a couple people [about how to use it], and the most beneficial thing would be to possibly go overseas and get some experience and see how it all works.”

Farley received this select distinction following a solid 2019 competition season. In her first year competing at CCI3-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-S, and CCI4-L level events, she placed in the top 15 in eight of the 12 FEI competitions entered. Most notably, she placed second in The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event CCI4*-L with BGS Firecracker, the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare she owns with Paddy Byrne.

In their debut CCI4*-L, they finished on their dressage score of 38.30. Earlier in the year, they jumped double clear, picking up only 4.4. time penalties to place fifth in the Jersey Fresh International CCI3*-S. US Equestrian named Farley to the Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 Program in 2014. She advanced to the Emerging Athlete Eventing Athlete 25 Program in 2019. In addition, she was part of the bronze medal-winning Area VI team at the 2016 FEI North American Youth Championships.

The USET Foundation Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund allocates the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant annually. Pirie’s family established the fund in her memory for the purpose of providing financial assistance to an eventing athlete identified with great talent and ability to represent the United States in the future. It is intended for a recipient that will benefit most from the opportunity to continue their training with top coaches and to compete against the world’s best in eventing, one of three Olympic equestrian disciplines.

Thanks to the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant, Farley can continue to focus on her training and prepare for competitions, helping to reach her goal of representing the United States on the international stage.

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit www.uset.org.

Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2020 Is Cancelled

Baborówko, 27 March 2020 – In consequence of the global epidemiological situation, making it our priority to take care of the health and safety of our riders, audiences, and all people involved in the organization of the event, we have decided to cancel Equestrian Festival Baborówko that was due to take place in the second half of May 2020.

“Taking into consideration the epidemiological threat, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s Equestrian Festival Baborówko. We believe that the world will soon return to its normal rhythm, but as for now our thoughts go out to public health workers, and we ourselves are taking necessary hygienic precautions to assure that Baborówko Equestrian Centre can safely function on a daily basis and we can continue to carry out ongoing investments,” says Henryk Święcicki Jr, show director.

Equestrian Festival Baborówko was meant to present new investments, co-funded with funds from the Ministry of Sport, for the first time. “We continue to develop the sport infrastructure in Baborówko. Currently we are working on a new, modern hippodrome, measuring approximately 7,000 m2 and a warm-up arena of 2,100 m2. Both arenas will be constructed with professional quartz footing and drainage systems that will allow the event to be carried out regardless of weather conditions. The project also includes a new water complex measuring 1,000 m2 and a grass hippodrome of 10,0000 m2 with a drainage and irrigation system. We hope that the athletes and audiences will have the chance to take advantage of our Centre’s modernized facilities during the September event, Baborówko Horse Sale Show,” summarized Henryk Święcicki Jr.

Baborówko Horse Sale Show will take place from the 25th until the 27th of September. The event will host international classes of CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S, an auction of horses with predispositions for eventing and showjumping, and the prestigious Polish Eventing Cup Final.

The organizers would like to invite everyone to Baborówko Horse Sale Show in September and to the next edition of Equestrian Festival Baborówko in May 2021.

More information can be found at:  www.festiwal.baborowko.pl/eng and www.bhss.baborowko.pl/eng.

2020 LRK3DE and Grand Prix Are Canceled

Equestrian Events Inc. (EEI) is cancelling the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ and the Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The events had been scheduled for April 23-26 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“This marks the first cancellation in the event’s 42-year history, but the worldwide health crisis and concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 make this the only decision possible,” said Lee Carter, EEI executive director. “This is incredibly disappointing to everyone on so many levels, but the health and well-being of everyone — spectators, volunteers, athletes, staff, and officials — is our number one priority and given the current situation, there really is no choice.”

“Sporting events and large public gatherings are being called off all across the country and it is with deep regret, and with the highest concern for all our patrons, that we take this step,” said Mike Cooper, EEI president. “With the recommendation by the CDC to cancel or postpone events with guests for the next eight weeks, it became apparent that this was the only acceptable course of action.”

If you purchased tickets, refund information will be emailed to you soon.

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USET Foundation and US Equestrian Mourn Loss of Patrick “Packy” McGaughan

Patrick McGaughan and Tanzer at the 1987 Pan American Games. Photo by Margaret Kaiser/USEA Archives Photo.

In addition to McGaughan’s competitive achievements, he was an esteemed coach and trainer in Area II, advancing horses and riders to the highest level of the sport. McGaughan ran Banbury Cross Farm in Clarksburg, Maryland, which grew into a leading training, breeding, and boarding facility for eventing, dressage, hunter, and equitation riders. One could often spot him at numerous events across the East Coast, instructing athletes across all levels of the sport.

The USET Foundation and US Equestrian extend their condolences to McGaughan’s family, friends, and students, who were touched by his love, humor, and teaching. His presence will be greatly missed.

www.uset.org

Contact: Emily Randolph
emily@jumpmediallc.com
www.jumpmediallc.com

Approx. 100 000 EUR in Total Prize Money at Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2020

Baborówko, 6 March 2020 — Once again during the Festival, the total prize money for the international classes will reach approx. 100 000 EUR. This places the Festival among the ten international eventing shows with the highest prize pool in the world – and the only one from Poland. Equestrian Festival Baborówko will take place at Palace Baborówko Equestrian Centre from the 21st until the 24th of May.

The Festival will once again host five international classes: CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, and CCIYH2*-S for young horses. Less experienced riders will have the chance to compete in national classes.

What’s most important, the CCI4*-L class will be the last chance to achieve the minimum eligibility requirements to perform at the 2020 Olympics for riders from those countries that have already secured their ticket to Tokyo. The cross-country course for the class will reach the distance of approx. 6000 metres, with 40 jumps to go over in about 10 minutes.

The class with the highest prize pool will be the CCI4*-S, where the winner will cash a cheque for 100 000 PLN.

Baborówko Equestrian Festival will take place from the 21st until the 24th of May and will be carried out in the classic format. Thursday and Friday are dressage days, Saturday brings cross-country trials, and Sunday is the time for showjumping and prizegiving ceremonies.

Traditionally, on Saturday and Sunday, the organizers have prepared shows, a fair of equestrian equipment as regional products, and many attractions for families and children.

More information can be found at www.festiwal.baborowko.pl.

Strzegom Spring Open: The Entry System Is Open

Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

The first competition of this year’s season at the hippodrome in Morawa – Strzegom Spring Open – starts on the 17th of April.

The schedule has been accepted by the FEI and the entry system is now open – we invite you to Strzegom Spring Open. Three days of competitions will include CNC LL, CNC L, CIC1*, CIC2*, CIC3*, and CIC4* classes.

For many athletes, the show will be the first one at the four-star level. As always, the cross-country course will be designed in such a way that the riders and their horses will have the chance to verify their form at the beginning of the season. At the same time, the trial will be created to be as motivating as it can be before more difficult competitions.

International entries are to be made via the FEI. Send your entries for the national classes via the panel at ZawodyKonne.com ( https://zawodykonne.com/zawody/apc/19). The deadline is the 24th of March.

Schedule:

CIC – http://www.eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl/images/2020/01/Strzegom_April_2020_schedule.pdf
CNC – http://www.eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl/images/2020/01/ZR_17-19_04v2.pdf

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Equestrian Poland: New Season in the Stragona Equestrian Center

Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

The 2020 season in Strzegom starts soon and will last from the beginning of April until half of October.

The first show is a national one, taking place at 4-5th of April. Varied and relatively easy cross-country courses will await the riders, suitable for the beginning of the season. The show will contain the following classes: CNC LL, CNC L, CNC 1*, CNC 2*.

The international season at the hippodrome in Morawa will begin with Strzegom Spring Open – the first of five big events in the Stragona Equestrian Center calendar. For many riders it will be the first show at the 4* level. As always, the cross-country tests will be designed in such a way that the athletes and horses will have the chance to test their form at the beginning of the season, but at the same time, to have a motivating experience before more difficult shows.

Strzegom Spring Open will hold classes at the following levels: CNC LL, CNC L, CIC1*, CIC2*, CIC3*, CIC4*.

Traditionally, the cross-country course is the most demanding at Strzegom Horse Trials. This year the show will take place a week later than usual – from the 2nd until the 5th of July. New fences have been designed especially for this event, and groundwork has been performed to make the trial more attractive. The riders will compete not only in the Nations Cup, but also in easier classes. Thinking about junior and young riders preparing for the European Championships, we will have classes with a separate classification for their age categories. The athletes will also compete in two national classes: CNC LL and CNC L, and nine international ones: CIC1*, CIC2*-S, CIC2*-S-J, CIC3*-S, CIC3*-S-YR, CICO4*S-Nations Cup, CCI2* – L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L.

Fewer than ten days after Strzegom Horse Trials, Morawa will once again welcome the best European pony riders. The European Championships for Ponies in showjumping, dressage, and eventing will take place from the 14th until the 19th of July.

That’s not the end of summer in Morawa. The last weekend of August marks the beginning of Strzegom Summer Tour. The riders will compete in the following classes: CNC LL, CNC L, CIC1*, CIC2*, CIC3*, CIC4*. The difficulty level will as always allow the athletes to go up a level. The show is recommended for combinations that want to debut in a higher-level class.

As usual, the end of the season is the time for Strzegom October Festival. As well as SHT, the show will host a variety of classes: CNC LL, CNC L, CIC1*, CIC2*-S, CIC3*-S, CIC3*-S, CICO4*S, CCI2*-L, CCIO2*-L-J, CCI3*-L, CCI3*-L-YR, CCI4*-L. CCI2P-L. Team competitions for junior and young riders are a novelty this year.

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Tokyo 2020 Team and Individual Quota Places Confirmed by FEI

Following concerns raised about FEI Jumping Events in France and Syria where Olympic and Longines Ranking points were on offer, the FEI has investigated events at both Villeneuve-Loubet (FRA) and Damascus (SYR).

The investigation into the three events at Villeneuve-Loubet in December 2019 has established that, contrary to the FEI Rules (Article 110.2.3 of the FEI General Regulations), two competitions counting for the Olympic and Longines Rankings were added at each event after the respective Definite Entries deadlines. The updated Schedules for these three events were submitted to the FEI by the French National Federation and were mistakenly approved by the FEI.

As a result, and in accordance with Article 112.3 of the FEI General Regulations, the FEI has retrospectively removed these additional competitions, meaning that athletes who participated will lose their ranking points from these competitions. The Olympic and Longines Rankings have been updated accordingly.

Additionally, the FEI has established that three of the six events at Villeneuve-Loubet in January 2020 also had two classes counting for Longines Rankings points added after the Definite Entries deadline, again contrary to the FEI Rules. As a result, these additional competitions have been removed and athletes that participated will lose their ranking points for these competitions.

The FEI also reviewed the events that took place in Damascus (SYR) between October and December 2019, and while it was clearly established that there was no breach of FEI Rules and Regulations regarding FEI Calendar entries, the event Schedules or the number of events run, the investigation revealed an irregularity with the prize money at three of the events.

The events held in Damascus on 24-27 October 2019, 31 October to 3 November 2019, and 13-17 November 2019 had total prize money that exceeded the limit for a CSI2* and the Schedules for these events were erroneously approved by the FEI. As a result, the FEI has removed one FEI competition at each of these events in order to bring the total prize money within the specified limit, but this has no impact on the Olympic Ranking for Olympic Group F.

The FEI has also reallocated one of the two Jumping team quota slots from the Olympic Jumping Qualifier for Group F in Rabat (MAR) in October 2019, following adverse analytical findings in two members of the Qatari team, Sheikh Ali Al Thani and Bassem Mohammed. Both athletes tested positive for Carboxy-THC, a metabolite of Cannabis, which is a prohibited substance under the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).

The FEI Tribunal issued a partial decision regarding the disqualification of the individual results of the two Qatari athletes on 15 February 2020. As a result, Qatar loses its team quota place for Tokyo and this has been reallocated by the FEI to Morocco.

The FEI has now confirmed the team and individual quota places across the three disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, and Jumping for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with three nations – Luxembourg (Dressage individual), Pakistan (Eventing individual), and Israel (Jumping team) – qualifying for the Olympic Games for the first time. The new formats have opened the door for more nations to compete at the Games, with Jumping going up from 27 in Rio to 35 in Tokyo, Dressage increasing from 25 to 30, and Eventing rising from 24 to 30. In total, the number of flags has risen from 43 in Rio to 48 in Tokyo.

Latvia’s individual quota slot for Jumping would mean a first Games start after a 32-year absence, having last competed in Seoul 1988. The Czech Republic and Hong Kong, which have both qualified for an individual place in Eventing, are planning to return to the Games for the first time since Beijing 2008.

The deadline to achieve the Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) is 1 June, after which the FEI will confirm approval of the FEI Certificates of Capability to the National Federations. The final athlete/horse combinations for the three disciplines will be announced on 6 July 2020.

The Olympic equestrian events get underway the day after the Opening Ceremony in Tokyo on 24 July. Dressage will be the first discipline to hold its competitions (July 25-29), followed by Eventing (31 July to 3 August) and then Jumping (4-8 August). The competitions will take place at the Bajikoen Equestrian Park and the Sea Forest Cross Country venue.

FEI contacts:

Grania Willis
Director Communications
grania.willis@fei.org
+41 787 506 142

Vanessa Martin Randin
Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications
Vanessa.Randin@fei.org
+ 41 78 750 61 73

Arena Eventing to Star at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Top eventing stars will take part in Royal Windsor Horse Show’s first running of Arena Eventing, on Wednesday 13th May 2020, ensuring that potential team members in all three Olympic disciplines will be competing at the show ahead of Tokyo 2020.

The new competition will see international riders compete over a course that combines elements of the Showjumping and Cross-Country phases of Eventing, designed by Captain Mark Phillips.

The introduction of Arena Eventing will bring a whole new dimension to the Show, which already hosts four FEI disciplines: Dressage, Jumping, Driving, and Endurance. With Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, Royal Windsor Horse Show will be one of the last chances to see Team GBR’s hopefuls in all three disciplines together on home turf.

This year’s competition will include Olympic medalists Zara Tindall and Pippa Funnell. Zara Tindall, the former World and European Champion, has confirmed she will bring her London 2012 team silver medal-winning horse, High Kingdom. Pippa Funnell will also be a strong contender; alongside three Olympic medals, Funnell impressively became the first person to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing in 2003, an honour only ever won by one other person. Her recent victory at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in September 2019 has put her in good stead for the upcoming event.

British Olympic rider Gemma Tattersall will make her Royal Windsor Horse Show debut this May. Part of the squad that won Team Eventing gold at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, Tattersall is another GB hopeful for Tokyo 2020.  Flying the flag for the USA will be Lauren Kieffer, currently 6th in the FEI Eventing Rankings. With a formidable string of horses to pick from she will be hot contender for the class. FEI World Number five, Tom McEwen (GB), is also amongst the distinguished list of incredible talents set to compete.

Performance Director and Eventing Performance Manager, Richard Waygood, said: “The inclusion of Arena Eventing in Royal Windsor Horse Show is a great addition. The Show will not only bring eventing to new audiences but will also attract the world’s best riders to what is already an amazing event.”

Simon Brooks-Ward stated, “I am delighted to announce that Arena Eventing will be taking place at this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show. To host all three disciplines ahead of this year’s Olympic Games is hugely exciting and a fantastic new development for the Show.”

Royal Windsor Horse Show offers a great day out for equestrians and their families.  It attracts crowds of more than 55,000 each year. Alongside the international competitions are more than 120 showing and national jumping classes, plus outstanding equestrian displays from around the world. Visitors can also enjoy the shopping village with its 220 fashion, lifestyle, and equestrian boutiques and delicious food outlets. In addition, ‘Royal Windsor Live’ offers musical entertainment, Q&A sessions with equestrian stars, and numerous activities for children.

Tickets will be available from just £9 and allow general access to the showground, including unreserved seating for the daytime performances in the Castle Arena, with reserved seating available for dressage performances.

Tickets to Royal Windsor Horse Show can be booked online at www.rwhs.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0844 581 0755 from the UK and +44 (0)121 796 6100 internationally.

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Jenkins / rEvolution / gjenkins@revolutionworld.com / +44 (0)203 176 0355

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous Victorious in $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo © SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – February 9, 2020 – Victory in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase went to Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous on Sunday, February 9, at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Little and RF Scandalous vaulted to the lead in the opening dressage phase on Saturday and held it through Sunday’s show jumping and cross-country phases.

From a starting field of 40 horse and rider combinations, 33 advanced to the morning’s show jumping phase, held on the beautiful grass derby field. Maintaining her lead from dressage, Marilyn Little (USA) and RF Scandalous added four faults in the show jumping phase and stood on 23.4 penalties.

With a clear round in show jumping, Buck Davidson (USA) and Carlevo moved from fourth place to second and had 28.6 penalties going into cross-country.

Six-time Olympian Phillip Dutton (USA) rode Z to a clear jumping round and sat just behind Davidson in third place following show jumping with 28.7 penalties.

Heading into the cross-country phase, which was designed by Capt. Mark Phillips, 28 combinations contested the track that included a two-stride “triple-brush arrowhead” combination, a water feature, and corners.

Little and RF Scandalous ended with 4.80 time penalties on the cross-country course, but despite that, her early lead gave her the buffer to hold onto the victory with a total of 28.20 penalties.

“I’m disappointed that the performance in the cross-country wasn’t better, but this is a three-phase event, and she also did put in two wonderful performances,” said Little. “Although she did have a rail this morning [in show jumping], the score wasn’t indicative of the performance because she’s just come so far. To me, to know what she was dealing with out there on course, I have so much respect for her.

“I wish that this afternoon had gone better, and yet, in sports sometimes we have wonderful days. We deserve to have a great placing and it doesn’t happen,” Little continued. “I was disappointed in the performance this afternoon, but the horse still deserves all of the accolades and all of the credit because her heart was so huge. It was just a rough day out there. But she still came in and she still stood in the stall very proud of herself. That is what sports are about.

“I’ve been so blessed to have the ride on a horse that just goes out there, and she tries every time,” said Little of the 2005 Oldenburg mare (Carry Gold x Richardia x Lario) owned by Jacqueline B. Mars and Phoebe and Michael Manders. “For me, in many ways, this is a hometown show. It’s just really one of the greatest honors of my life to ride a horse for Mrs. Mars, who I think of as one of the greatest horsewomen this country has ever known and certainly one of the greatest sportsmen and supporters of our national program. I’m so grateful that Mars Equestrian took on the sponsorship here, because I do think it’s an important event and a very meaningful one for me. I’m glad that Scandalous could be the winner of her event. It means a lot.”

For more information on the MARS Eventing Showcase and full results and scores, please visit https://pbiec.coth.com/article/50000-mars-eventing-showcase.