Lauren Kieffer and Veronica (Shannon Brinkman Photo)
West Yorkshire, England – A field of 50 combinations headed into the final phase of the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials CCI3* on Sunday, and Land Rover Eventing Competition Grant recipients Lauren Kieffer and Veronica placing near the top of the leaderboard. A double clear show jumping round over Di Boddy’s track vaulted the pair from their overnight position in 12th place to finish seventh place on a score of 49.1. Team Rebecca, LLC’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare additionally received the Angela Cotton Memorial Trophy as the highest-placed mare in the Equi-Trek CCI3*.
The pair started off the competition in 10th place after scoring 44.7 in the dressage phase and collected 4.4 time penalties in the cross country phase, finishing strongly Sunday by adding nothing more to their score of 49.1
“I’m so pleased with how Veronica came out today,” Kieffer said. “She was very fresh and certainly wasn’t feeling anything from yesterday. Clear rounds were hard to come by and she jumped great. It was a very competitive and educational weekend and I’m hugely grateful for the opportunity”
Flora Harris (GBR) and Bayano won the Equi-Trek CCI3* finishing on her dressage score of 36.8. In the Bishop Burton College Under 25 CCI3* division, U.S. combination Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace had one of only two double clear show jumping rounds to finish in 10th place with a score of 75.5, while Holly Woodhead (GBR) and DHI Lupison won on their dressage score of 33.0.
By Kathleen Landwehr