Stamford, England – The U.S. riders made a bold statement after the first two days of dressage at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials slotting three riders into the top 15. The three Land Rover Competition and Training Grant recipients who have spent the summer training and competing in England produced top tier results in the first phase. Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) and Allison Springer (Upperville, VA) hold the top two spots amongst the field of 85 following the dressage phase after performing stellar tests on eventing’s hallowed ground.
Grant recipient Halpin and Carraig, LLC’s 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding Manior de Carneville, produced a personal best test scoring an impressive 36.3 to lead the field by nearly four points. The pair performed a beautiful, consistent test highlighted by quality trot work and lovely flying changes.
“I was just hoping to go in and ride the horse I have been riding at home. He has been exceptional at home and I have had to become more of a competitor in the arena and really take the work to the arena, so it just feels nice that it came out today,” Halpin commented on her test. “He just felt good from the minute he went in there and it’s nice to go in there and feel that you’re on that horse and just take advantage.”
Stamford, England – The United States will be represented by six talented combinations at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, August 30 – September 2. A total of 85 riders from 10 nations are slated to contest one of the toughest CCI4*s in the world. Three of the U.S. entries have benefitted from Land Rover Competition and Training Grants, spending the summer training and competing in England. Will Faudree, Sinead Halpin, and Allison Springer were all named to USEF Short List for the U.S. Eventing Team in June and have spent the last three months honing their skills in England.
Faudree (Hoffman, NC) heads to Burghley with Jennifer Mosing’s talented 11-year-old Irish Thoroughbred mare Andromaque. The pair collected second-place honors in the CIC3* at the Volvo Bromont Three-Day Event before travelling to England. They then went head-to-head with many of the best in Europe at the Barbury Castle International CIC3* cruising to another top ten finish.
Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) and Carraig, LLC’s 12-year-old Selle Francais Manoir de Carneville make a return trip to The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials after completing Captain Mark Phillips’ demanding track in 2011 and earning a top 15 result. In August, the pair put their summer of English training to the test at the Hartpury International CCI3* notching an eighth place finish.
Lexington, KY – David O’Connor will not be representing the U.S Eventing Team at the Boekelo CCIO3* as reported in the August 17, 2012 release from the USEF Communications Department. O’Connor continues to serve as the Technical Advisor for the Canadian Eventing Team through the November of 2012. His presence at Boekelo is related specifically to individuals whom he coaches in his business. O’Connor’s role as Coach of the U.S. Eventing Team does not commence until the beginning of the 2013 competition year.
Lexington, KY – The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team served notice today at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials that their next generation of horses and riders are going to be very competitive on the world stage. Four of the six American starters completed the cross-country in the top 14. Piggy French occupies the top two spots on Lemington Lett Dance and DHI Topper W for Great Britain adding nothing to her dressage mark on either horse to take over the lead from dressage winner Bettina Hoy who finished with 7.6 time penalties.
Led by Tiana Coudray (Ojai, CA) who has returned to the form that saw her win the 2010 Jersey Fresh CCI3* last spring, she rode a determined and calculated round on Ringwood Magister to gallop into fourth place, adding nothing to her dressage score of 49.4.
The flashy 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse has had an inconsistent 2011, and Coudray has been in the U.K. since June – determined to get back on track after an unsuccessful Luhmuhlen CIC3*. She succeeded at Blenheim and delivered on the expectation that she has always had for her striking grey gelding.
“The track rode as expected,” said Coudray. “I executed my plan. It was perfectly suited for what we needed to do. My horse was amazing.”
Veteran stalwart Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) is having a changing of the guard within his stable, as some of his seasoned campaigners have been retired. Today, Mighty Nice proved to him and owner Bruce Duchossois how classy he is and at only 7 years old, gives them a lot to look forward to. The recipient of a Land Rover Competition and Training Grant, Dutton was pleased with his round.
Lexington, KY – Good fortune in the dressage ring continued for the 2011 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the 2011 Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. The final two U.S. riders drew Friday times and both of them produced very competitive efforts.
Clark Montgomery led the day for the USA with a score of 45.4. He rode Holly Becker, Kathleen Kraft and Carole Montgomery’s Loughan Glen to a score of 45.4. The CCI3* winners at the Bromont International Horse Trials in June, Loughan Glen and Montgomery received a Land Rover Competition and Training Grant to test their form in the U.K.
Montgomery and the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse had two mistakes, keeping them from an even better score, and there was more than a 20-point differential in the judges’ marks. They sit in seventh place heading into the cross-country.
“I was very happy with Glen today,” said Montgomery. “Overall, I felt the quality of work has improved from Bromont. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the extended trot and then forgot my halt so I am a couple of points higher than I should be. I am really looking forward to the cross-country tomorrow. The course is beautiful and the ground is perfect.”
They are less than a point and one place ahead of teammate Jules Stiller who rode a stellar test on Thursday on Headley Stud Eventing’s Enjoy Me. They head to the cross-country on a score of 46.2, just a few marks ahead of California Rider Tiana Coudray and Jaital, Inc.’s Ringwood Magister on a 49.4.