Fairburn, GA – The top eventers from across the nation are ready to take part in the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Bit of Britain (AEC). The Championships are taking place at Chattahoochee Hills located in Fairburn, GA from September 6-9, 2012. The Advanced division at the AEC also plays host to the USEF National Advanced Horse Trials Championship. With 19 U.S. entries in the Advanced division competing September 6-8, the Championship will surely be an exciting one with several of the sport’s top names as well as up-and-coming stars.
Becky Holder (Palmetto, GA) will be riding both her talented grey horses, Can’t Fire Me and Courageous Comet, in the division and vying for top honors. Can’t Fire Me, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Phil & Melissa Town & Tom Holder, recently won the Richland Park CIC3* leading from start to finish with a final score of 44.30. Finishing right on his tail was stablemate and seasoned competitor Courageous Comet, a 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Becky & Tom Holder. Holder and “Comet” were the 2010 AEC Advanced Champions and they hope to find success at the championship again.
Bruce “Buck” Davidson Jr. (Unionville, PA) also has two horses he will be competing. Davidson will ride his veteran partner Ballynoe Castle RM, a 12-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned by Cassandra Segal, with whom he finished third at the Richland Park CIC3*. He will also ride The Apprentice, an 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Sherrie Martin. The pair placed seventh in the CCI3* at the Bromont Three-Day Event.
The 2011 Pan American Games Individual Silver medalist Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, VA) is hoping to claim a national title at the AEC with her Pan American Games mount Harbour Pilot, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Jacqueline Mars. The pair finished ninth in the Bromont CIC3*.
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