Spring Horse Trials and 3-Day Events

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Katie Ruppel and Sir Donovan compete at the Advanced level.

Morven Park

Spring eventing kicked up in this area with the Morven Park Spring Horse Trials on March 27-28 in Leesburg, Virginia. Although Beginner Novice through Advanced/Intermediate divisions was offered, the wet winter weather kept many of the upper level riders down in southern locations. Many of those here in Maryland decided to skip this early spring event since many horses were not quite ready to compete. This led to unusually low entries in the remaining levels (Beginner Novice through Intermediate).

Tricia Tripp of Dickerson won at Beginner Novice aboard Shenanigans. The pair scored a 23.5 in dressage to take the lead early on. Even with one dropped rail, Tripp and Shenanigans held their lead to win Open Beginner Novice A. In Open Beginner Novice B, Angela Bailey of Boonsboro rode Julius to third place, finishing on her dressage score of 35.5.

At Novice, Tuuli Jurikkala took home the highest placing for a Marylander. The Bethesda resident placed second in Novice Rider with Crossroad. Kate Chadderton of Damascus rode Lois Lane to third place in Novice Horse.

Kristen Parris of Mt. Airy rode her homebred No Halo Here to second place in Training Rider.

At Preliminary, Lauren Sumner of Germantown and Julia Beamish of Sunshine each earned third place. Sumner rode Golden Memories to clean rounds in Junior/Young Rider Preliminary while Beamish dropped one rail in Open Preliminary B aboard Ally Kilaloo Clover.

Five Marylanders competed in the Open Intermediate division. Julia Wendell of Upperco had the best final score of the group and finished in fifth place with Picante. Right behind Wendell in sixth place was Kelley Williams of Sunshine and Brazen Bomber. Samantha Allan and Amanda Bossong each finished in the top ten. Alexandra MacLeod had an unfortunate fall on cross-country but was ok and competed Arrow at an event soon after Morven Park.

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Courtney Sendak and Wil’Ya Love Me

The Fork
One of the first three-day events of the year took place at The Fork in Norwood, North Carolina on April 1-4. The event offered regular horse trials at the Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced levels as well as the CIC***.

Colleen Rutledge of Frederick and Katie Ruppel of Adamstown rode in the Advanced division. Rutledge scored a 40.3 in dressage aboard Dillon while Ruppel scored a 46.3 with Sir Donovan. After some time faults on cross-country and a rail each in show jumping, Rutledge finished in 24th place and Ruppel in 27th.

Rutledge also rode in the CIC*** with her horse Shiraz. The pair jumped clean cross-country and just outside the time but had a few difficulties in show jumping finishing the three-day in 31st place.

Courtney Sendak of Sparks had the best score of the six Marylanders competing at Intermediate. She and Wil’Ya Love Me finished in fourth place in Intermediate D.

At Preliminary, Larissa Barilar of Chesapeake City rode Tonka Toyz to fourth place. Barilar scored a 29.1 in dressage and jumped clean, though a tad slow in show jumping, to finish with a score of 30.1.

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Alexandra Curtiss and Sunshine Stalker

Plantation Field
The Plantation Field Horse Trials held two full days of competition on April 10-11 in Unionville, Pennsylvania. There, Jordan Litter of Forest Hill received the best dressage score of the competition, a 25.2 in Junior Open Novice. She rode Creon Z to win the division.

Also winning at Plantation was Alexandra MacLeod and Arrow. The pair scored a 34.6 in dressage and jumped clean to win Junior/Young Rider Preliminary. Jordan Litter and Dolce & Gabbana were just a few points behind MacLeod and placed third in the same division. Mardi Herman of Harwood also earned a third place at Plantation. She rode Zoe in Open Preliminary A.

At Training level, Alexandra Curtiss of Brookegrove rode Sunshine Stalker to double clean rounds and third place in Training Horse. Kristen Parris continued her stellar 2010 season with No Halo Here. The pair finished second in Training Rider.

Julia Wendell and Picante completed their second Intermediate of the year, finishing sixth in Open Intermediate.

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