01 Sep 2021
Training, modified Vetoquinol USEA and $ 60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final arrival at the AEC on the second day of dressage
For immediate release: The $ 60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final, Vetoquinol USEA Modified and USEA Training divisions got their competitive toes wet today as they gave their best to their dressage debut at Kentucky Horse Park for the US Championships of eventing USEA (AEC) 2021 presented by Nutrena Aliments.
$ 60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final
Thirty-nine of the best horse-rider combinations donned their coats and white breeches today as day one of competition for the $ 60,000 Adequan USEA Advanced Final began. The first lead changed hands several times as they competed to produce the best moves of the day, but after 2020 Olympian Boyd Martin and defending AEC Advanced Long Island T champion waltzed into the zone, he was obvious they would be the pair to beat.
Martin and the 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Ludwig von Bayern x Highlight) got a 24.1 out of their 25.6 in their win in 2019.
“He is such a seasoned and experienced activist now that he can pass the difficult and delicate technical tests of the Advanced level without error,” said Martin. “He was really, really good and I was delighted with him. He basically managed to concentrate and got a good score. “
Tomorrow, the two will face the cross-country portion of the Advanced Final.
“The whole equestrian park has this incredible drainage capacity,” he recalls. “We received copious amounts of water and when I hiked the course tonight the walk was spectacular. I think Derek di Grazia built a solid track using a number of iconic Kentucky CCI5 * fences.
“I have a lot of pressure on me before tomorrow,” he concluded. “He’s a bit of a difficult horse to ride quickly just because he’s a hot and spirited client, but he ran really well here two years ago so I hope he remembers that event. ”
Shortly missing the mark to overtake Martin, Alexandra Knowles only missed the victory by 0.5 points with the 11-year-old Selle Français gelding from Katherine O’Brien. Longtime pro Bruce Davidson held his own in third place with Carlevo, the 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding from Carlevo LLC (Caresino x Ramatuelle) with a score of 24.7.
Only two of the 15 previous winners of the AEC Advanced, when the event included the three phases, finished on their dressage score, the show jumping phases are sure to upset the standings.
Vetoquinol Modified USEA Championship
The AEC grows and improves year by year, and the 2021 edition welcomes a whole new division with the inclusion of the Vetoquinol USEA Modified Championship.
Julie Wolfert of Bucyrus, Kan., Leads the inaugural division aboard her own Namibia, a 5-year-old off-road thoroughbred gelding (Tizway x Kitty Tracks) that Wolfert bought on the track two years ago for the produce.
“He’s a really cool guy and dressage is definitely his best of the three phases, which is a bit unusual for a thoroughbred, but I’ll take him,” Wolfert said of his 25.2 rating. . “I’m very lucky he’s not one of those thoroughbreds who get very anxious. He’s scary, but he’s not anxious. He’s still very relaxed at the trot – it’s almost a kick.
For Wolfert, this Modified division is an essential bridge in the production of any top level horse. “I love the level, because I feel like there is a huge gap between training and preliminaries. It’s just a small step forward where I don’t feel like you’re facing the horses too much, but they still get a lot of technical questions offered to them, ”she said.
Audrey Ogan of Fall Creek, Ore., Rode her Second Amendment, a 6-year-old Dutch harness horse (Colonist x Allie) in the reserve with 27.6 penalties. 28.5-place finish Martin Douzant, The Plains, Va., In third, teamed up with his own Beall Spring Seahawk, a 6-year-old Swedish warmblood from Shakespeare RSF.
USEA Amateur Training
Lauren Nunn of Evansville, Indiana took the lead in the USEA Training Amateur division with her 6 year old Oldenburg gelding, HSH First Impression, scoring 26.7.
“This horse is really great, he’s like my best friend,” Nunn exclaimed. “He’s been the most balanced guy since he was 4 and he’s really become such a competitor.
Nunn admires the young horse’s ability to ride and get to the next destination, no matter how far away.
“It’s the type of horse that you pull from the trailer, work for 15 minutes, and then it’s ready to go,” she continued. “He used to be a little nervous, but now he really lights up when he gets to an event and I think he’s just feeding off all the energy.”
As with her traveling skills, she says her partner handles all elements of the cross country course well and will focus more on speed in tomorrow’s event.
Lisa Niccolai finished second on a 27.6 with Celtic Kharacter of KC, a 7 year old Zweibrucker gelding (Kharacter C x Tessa); while Tracey Corey followed suit just 0.7 points behind with the 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Devil His Due x Heirloom Wish) Byrnwyck West.
A good group of talented teams made it to the dressage field in the Training Riders division, but Lauren Alexander and Excel Star Over The Moon got the best finish. She and the 6 year old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Pollux de Muze Z x Ordell) received a final score of 28.4 for their effort which was enough to take first place.
“I was really proud of him for going there,” Alexander said. “It’s a pretty intimidating atmosphere and I think we did our best with our training so I was pretty happy with that. I think in the end I was the proudest of our two transitions at the gallop is something we have been working on and because it is such a big motor it is difficult to connect it.
The second place was won by Amanda Ruane with Castle’s Boy. The 9 year old thoroughbred gelding (Windsor Castle x Ladies) did a good test with Ruane to finish on 29.7. Katie Sisk’s 5-year-old Hanoverian mare (Demonet’s Rapture R x Darling) Long legs Lenore strutted her long legs with enough elegance to earn them 30.7 and third place ahead of tomorrow’s cross country stage.
Dallas, TX representative Lauren Lambert and partner Biscotti were the duo with the fewest points in the Training Horse division. Elizabeth Rader’s Rheinland Pfalz-Saar gelding (Benidetto x Hey Nurse) put in some sophisticated footwork to produce a result worthy of a 24.3 result.
Lauren Nicholson skillfully rode Jacqueline Mars ‘7 year old Irish sport horse, Jacqueline Mars’ Windchase Starfire (Windfall x Ferari) gelding, with a performance that only earned them 27.0 penalties. Lynn Symansky also featured a 7 year old gelding – Alice Lawaetz and Oldenburg gelding from Linda Graves Bounce 6 (Balou Du Rouet x Fillana) in the top three with a score of 27.5.
USEA Junior Training
Making the trip from Fallbrook, Calif., Shelby Murray and Reverie GWF scored top marks for the Training Junior division on day one. She and Laurel Ritter’s 9-year-old Oldenburg mare (Rotspon x Chatari) had the lowest score of the week so far – a 22.0.
Devon Tressan put in a performance worthy of a 25.8 which was enough to take second place with his 7 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zavall VDL x Ava) Zavallo.
Adding 1.4 penalties to Tressan’s score and giving her a total of 27.2, Isabella Novak secured third place with the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding of Jessica Novak (Cobra x Don Diamond Girl) Dreamliner.
About the USEA American Eventing Championships
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds are the pinnacle of sport for national levels. Held annually, the best junior, adult amateur and professional competitors come together to compete for national championship titles at all levels, from beginner to advanced. This ultimate horse and rider test attracts hundreds of horses and riders from across the country to compete for fabulous prizes, a substantial prize pool and the chance to be named National Champions at their respective levels. With over 1,000 entries, AEC 2021 is set to be the largest eventing competition in North American history. The 2021 USEA Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds will be held August 31 – September 5 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Click here to learn more about the USEA American Eventing Championships.
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