Here are Maryland riders who finished in the top 6 at the Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring Horse Trials held at Morven Park in Leesburg on April 27-28.
- Sally Shirley/Folk Hero – 1st Training Horse
- Brandy Mearman/Pop Pop’s Pride – 2nd Open Beginner Novice
- Asta Repenning/Second Chance – 2nd Novice Rider
- Ellen Moxley/Cooper – 3rd Open Beginner Novice
- Sara Siegel/Pure Possession – 3rd Open Novice
- Laura Pitts/Honestly So – 3rd Training Rider
- Edwin Taylor/Ottoman – 3rd Beginner Novice Rider
- Alexandra Peterson/Patagonia – 3rd Junior/Young Rider Beginner Novice
- Curran Simpson/Idealize – 5th Open Beginner Novice
- Katie Wherley/Absolute Addiction – 5th Training Horse
- Raymond Carter/Borris Minor – 5th Novice Rider
- Leslie Favre/Remington – 6th Novice Rider
- Sally Buchheister/Whispers – 6th Open Preliminary B
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by Alexa Easton
The Fair Hill International Horse Trials took place on April 19-21 in Elkton. This year, riders from Training Level through the Advanced CIC 4* level took on the challenging show jumping and cross country courses designed for experienced horses.
Maryland’s only rider in the CIC 3* division, Kate Chadderton, put in a solid run on Collection Pass. She rode him to a seventh place finish in his first 3* after competing him in the Advanced divisions at The Fork and Southern Pines in NC.
In the CIC 2*, Colleen Rutledge and her homebred Covert Rights moved up several spots after a double clear cross-country round. Despite some show jumping penalties, they placed fifth out of a large turnout of 30 riders. Caitlin Silliman and Steady Eddie placed 19th with Kate Chadderton riding VS McCuan Civil Liberty to 23rd.
Madeline Parisan was the top placing Marylander in the CIC 1* division. Jumping clean on cross-country with only a few time faults and a rail in show jumping, she rode Hope to Star to a 20th place finish. K.C. Cowles and Miss Carlisle placed 29th with Hannah Metz and Zhen finishing in 30th.
In the Advanced division, Maryland’s own 4* competitor of Chestertown, Caitlin Silliman, rode Remington XXV to a fourth place finish earning an impressive dressage score of 30. Despite some time on cross-country and a few show jumping penalties, Katie Wherley placed 8th on Mr. Indiscretion. Julia Wendell and Cavendish finished in 10th place.
Valerie Vizcarrondo of Harwood put in a great ride on Fernhill Whatever in the Open Intermediate division. With a competitive dressage score of 32.8, only 8 time penalties on cross-country, and a double clean show jumping round, the pair finished in third place out of 30 starters.
In the Junior Open Preliminary division, Sydney Solomon placed 13th on her own Lillian Pink after completing the Southern Pines H.T. II and the Paradise Farm H.T. Danny Warrington was the top placing Marylander in the Open Preliminary A division aboard L’Alezane. With a double clean show jumping round and only a few cross-country time faults, the pair placed ninth. Colleen Rutledge and Siren’s Call placed 12th. In the Open Preliminary B division, Malcolm Dilley of Washington, D.C. placed 12th with Lorrie. Margaret Koch and D’Artagnan XII had a good weekend, adding only 3.2 cross-country time faults to her score to finish in seventh in the Open Preliminary C. Kristen Parris and No Halo Here finished 11th with Kristie Gray and Wynella Wolverine in 13th.
Jenny Barnhard and Winsome Maverick took home the blue in the Junior Open Training division, adding only 1.6 cross-country time faults to their dressage score of 38.2. Quinn Anderson and Sprite added only a rail to their dressage score, placing them in sixth. Emily Arches and FMF’s Ides of March finished seventh. Grace Fulton and Wild Orange placed seventh out of 15 competitors in Open Training A. Kristie Gray and Cetano finished 12th with Sonia Taylor aboard Power of Jet in 13th. Marie Treiber was the top placing Marylander in Open Training B, giving her own Twister’s Sister a good first run at the level. They finished in 12th. Jake Horah and Bobbin’forgold finished 14th in Open Training D, with Kristin Parris and Lord Ivanhoe not far behind in 15th.
As the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event came to a close on Sunday April 28, two Maryland horse and rider combinations were still in the competition and ready to show jump. Both Daniel Clasing’s Houston and Caitlin Silliman’s Catch A Star passed the final horse inspection Sunday morning. Caitlin had 12 jump faults and finished her first Rolex in 24th place. Daniel and Houston had 16 jump faults and finished his first Rolex in 21st place.
Don’t forget that Badminton Horse Trials CCI 4* start this week with Maryland’s Colleen Rutledge competing with Shiraz.
Daniel Clasing jumped around his first Rolex with style as he and Houston jumped around double clean, one of only 10 riders to do so. This moved him up in the standings to 18th place going into tomorrow’s final horse inspection and show jumping phase. Caitlin Silliman had an unfortunate stop going into The Hollow with Catch A Star but managed to still make the time, finishing her first Rolex cross-country trip with only the one stop. Marilyn Little and RF Demeter had some troubles at The Hollow as well and parted ways on the way out, thus the pair were eliminated but are both reportedly doing fine.
William Fox-Pitt retired on his leading horse but is in 4th place with Seacookie TSF. Andrew Nicholson put in two double clean rounds moving him up into the first and second place spots with Quimbo and Calico Joe, respectively. Buck Davidson is now the highest ranked U.S. rider with Ballynoe Castle RM sitting in third place.
Video clips of Caitlin and Daniel’s rides can be found on The Equiery’s Facebook page!
Marilyn Little rode RF Demeter this afternoon at the Rolex Kentucky Three-day event scoring a 43.7. The score puts her in a tie for fifth place going into Saturday’s cross-country day. After all 45 riders completed the dressage phase, Caitlin Silliman and Catch A Star moved down into a tie for 17th place while Daniel Clasing and Houston are sitting in 37th place.
William Fox Pitt of Great Britain put in an impressive test aboard Chilli Morning to take the lead with a 33.3. New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson is in second and third place with Quimbo and Calico Joe, respectively. Alexandra Knowles is the highest ranked U.S. rider sitting in fourth place with Last Call.
Caitlin Silliman put in a fantastic test this morning at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. At her first 4-star event, she rode Catch A Star to a 53.7 and is currently tied for sixth place after the first day of dressage. She is also the top ranked Rolex rookie! Daniel Clasing and Houston rode after the lunch break scoring a 64.5 to be ranked 19th. Marilyn Little and RF Demeter are scheduled to ride on Friday.
All three Maryland entries have been officially accepted into this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event after this afternoon’s first horse inspection. Caitlin Silliman and Catch a Star along with Daniel Clasing and Houston will ride their dressage tests on Thursday. Marilyn Little and RF Demeter will ride dressage on Friday. Check back often for updates and follow us on Facebook too!
The Redland Hunt Pony Club Horse Trials took place on April 20-21 at Brookegrove Farm in Olney. New for this year was the addition of a starter division for riders new to the sport or young horses needing an introduction to eventing. Heavy rains on Friday night caused part of the Training cross-country course to be removed. The new track for 2013 involved crossing a creek to the far side of the farm and the footing turned into a bog. The rest of the course, along with the grass dressage and show jumping rings held up nicely throughout the weekend.
Training competitors were the first to go on Saturday morning with Maryland taking the top six spots in Junior Training. Erin Reilly and Tayler Stewart each put in a great dressage test with a score of 37.3. They remained tied through the rest of the competition, both jumping double clean. The tie was broken by optimum time on cross-country and Erin came out on top for the win riding Annie. Tayler placed second aboard Fugitive. Third place went to Mackensie Smith and On A Jet Plane. Hayley Mullen and Above the Fold placed fourth. Ema Klugman and Southern Tango placed fifth with Courtney Swartz riding Professor Pronto to sixth.
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Plantation Field Horse Trials (April 13-14, Pennsylvania) - photos and top 6 results
- Caitlin Silliman/Ballyneety – 1st Open Preliminary
- Sally Buchheister/Whispers – 2nd Preliminary Rider
- Curran Simpson/Fernhill Flame – 3rd Novice Horse
- Quinn Anderson/Sprite – 4th Training Rider
- Heather Johnson/The Manix Man – 6th Junior Training
- Victoria Rodriguez/Plaid – 6th Novice Horse