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Wrigley Miller, Maye, and Cross Conquer Marathon Day at Kentucky Classic CDE

Misdee Wrigley Miller (Picsofyou.com)

Lexington, Ky. – The exciting marathon phase took place Saturday at the Kentucky Classic CDE, the host of the final USEF National Combined Driving Championship competitions of 2014. Drivers demonstrated their skill through seven obstacles on the marathon track at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

USEF National Pairs Championship

By expertly guiding her pair through the tough obstacles, Misdee Wrigley Miller (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) stayed atop the leaderboard in the championship with a total score of 127.75.

“I really enjoyed it. The course drove great; my horses were good. I was a little bit rusty but it came back to me,” Wrigley Miller said of switching back to a pair after driving four-in-hand at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Steve Wilson (Louisville, Ky.) had a great day with his pair of Lipizzaner geldings and ended in second place with a score of 138.86. Max Montoya (Hebron, Ky.) had a steady round with his team of Georgian Grande geldings to head into the final day in third with a score of 146.01.

Paul Maye and Markus (Picsofyou.com)
Paul Maye and Markus (Picsofyou.com)

USEF National Combined Driving Pony Championships – Single Pony

Having the fastest times in five of the seven obstacles, Paul Maye (Fairfield, Va.) won the marathon phase and moved into the lead with Harmony Sporthorses’ Markus on a score of 112.91.

“What can I say? He was his usual self. He is always good,” Maye said of Markus.

Miranda Cadwell (Southern Pines, N.C.) also progressed up the standings with a wonderful effort in the second phase, putting her in second with an overall score of 124.50.

USEF National Combined Driving Pony Championships – Pair Pony

Amy Cross (Aiken, S.C.) maintained her lead with Wendy O’Brien’s Welsh geldings. After an outstanding performance over the track, Cross goes into the final phase on a score of 111.44

“It went really well today actually. I was really happy with it,” Cross said. “They really responded to me today.”

Amy Cross (Picsofyou.com)
Amy Cross (Picsofyou.com)

Jennifer Matheson (Aiken, S.C.) piloted Katrina Becker’s pony pair to a second-place finish in the marathon. She stays in second place overall with a score of 119.23.

The cones phase begins at the Kentucky Classic CDE begins at 9:00am ET on Sunday. The entire day of cones competition will be streamed live on the USEF Network.

By Kathleen Landwehr

For more information on the Kentucky Classic CDE, click here.

US Stands Sixth after Dressage at 2013 FEI Pony World Driving Championships

Tracey Morgan (Mary Phelps – phelpsphotos.com)

Pau, France – At the conclusion of the first phase of the 2013 FEI Pony World Driving Championships, the United States stands in sixth place on a total of 158.60. On Friday, the Single Pony competitors went to task before the Ground Jury of Klaus Christ, Anne-Marie Turbe, Diana Brownlie, and Dot Wilcoxson. On the second day of the driven dressage the United Sates was represented by Tracey Morgan and Paul Maye.

Morgan (Beallsville, Md.) drove her own Fuego 88 to a top-10 placing in the Single Pony Championship on a score of 48.77.The 2013 USEF National Combined Driving Single Pony Champion looks to climb the leaderboard on Saturday’s marathon when she sets off in eighth place.

Maye (Fairfield, Va.) and Harmony Sporthorses’ Markus earned a score of 59.39 and will head onto the marathon in 19th place.

Els Broekman of The Netherlands leads the Single Pony Championship on a score of 36.67, Hungary’s Martin Holle stands second on a score of 43.01, while Germany’s Jacqueline Walter is third on a score of 43.20.

In the Team standings, The Netherlands heads onto the marathon as the early leaders on a score of 107.26, Germany stands second on a score of 122.31 and Hungary lies third on a score of 152.39.

By Helen Murray

To learn more about the 2013 FEI Pony World Driving Championships, visit: http://www.couleurs-automne.com/en/welcome.

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Maye, Matheson and Stroud Dominate Marathon Phase at Southern Pines CDE as Sights Are Set on National Championships

Paul Maye (Picsofyou.com)

Raeford, NC – The marathon phase proved extremely influential at the Southern Pines CDE as the leaderboards across the competition saw great shake-ups. In the USEF National Combined Driving Single Pony Championship, Paul Maye drove a consistent and determined second phase to seize the two-day lead on a score of 126.39. While in the USEF National Combined Driving Pair Pony Championship, Jennifer Matheson will head into the cones as the leader with a score of 136.25. Lisa Stroud maintained her dressage lead in the USEF National Combined Driving Pony Team Championship and stands on a total of 165.87. All three current leaders were the marathon winners in their respective divisions.

USEF National Combined Driving Single Pony Championship

Maye (Fairfield, VA) drove like a man on a mission over the eight hazard course guiding Harmony Sport Horses’ Markus to a marathon score of 77.96. The 2012 National Championships won hazards one, four and seven to hold a four point lead going into the cones phase.

“He was wonderful, he did everything I asked him to do,” said Maye of his 12-year-old German Sport Pony stallion. “He got me out of trouble in a couple places and he finished very strong.”

Lying second heading into the cones are Tracey Morgan (Beallsville, MD) and Fuego 88 with a two-day total of 130.59.

Jennifer Matheson (Picsofyou.com)
Jennifer Matheson (Picsofyou.com)

USEF National Combined Driving Pair Pony Championship

Matheson (Aiken, SC) posted the quickest times in five of the hazards on Saturday. On the marathon the 2010 and 2011 National Champion drove Bax and Cees together for the first time with great success as she posted a score of 86.86 for the phase.

“I thought the marathon went well. It’s a new combination,” said Matheson.  “I’m really happy with how it went.”

Wendy O’Brien (Aiken, SC) the 2012 National Championship and Friday’s dressage leader currently lies second on a score of 140.77.

USEF National Combined Driving Pony Team Championship

Stroud (West Grove, PA) won the dressage phase of the USEF National Combined Driving Pony Team Championship on a score of 50.24 and lengthened her lead with a strong marathon phase. The reigning National Champion won five hazards (one, three, four, five and six) to earn a marathon score of 115.63.

“I like that there were eight hazards here; it’s very technically challenging and very tight for a Team. Overall it was very well built and so welcoming. The volunteers and committee make it a competitor friendly show. When you wake up and are excited there’s nothing better,” said Stroud of the Southern Pines CDE. “I was thrilled with the dressage; I was hoping to break 50 this spring and I did 50.24 (yesterday), so I’ll take the .24.”

Lisa Stroud (Picsofyou.com)
Lisa Stroud (Picsofyou.com)

Stroud heads into the cones phase with a nearly 22 point lead as she vies to earn her 10th National Title.

Sitting in second place overnight is Heather Schneider (Palm City, FL) with a score of 187.24.

Competition concludes for all divisions with the final cones phase on Sunday.

For Orders of Go and Results, visit: http://drivingnews.us/results/results2013/SouthernPines/.

To learn more about the Southern Pines CDE, visit: http://southernpinescdedotcom.wordpress.com/.

Follow the 2013 U.S. Driving Team here.

By Helen Murray