Here are more results from April events outside of Maryland. Stay tuned for photos and recaps from Maryland’s first events of the year, Fair Hill International and Redland Hunt.
The Fork CIC 3*, CIC 2* and Horse Trials (April 3-7, North Carolina)
- Marylin Little/RF Black Pearl – 2nd CIC 2*
- Colleen Rutledge/Roulette – 2nd YEH 5yo
- Marilyn Little/RF Demeter – 4th CIC 3*
- Valerie Vizcarrondo/Fernhill Whatever – 4th Open Preliminary A
- Marylin Little/Mr. Medicott – 5th CIC 2*
- Marylin Little/RF West Indie – 5th Open Training A
CDCTA Spring Horse Trials and Combined Test (April 7, Virginia)
- Audrey Case/Bally Whatnot – 1st Beginner Novice Rider B
- Mogie Bearden-Muller/Just William – 1st Training Horse
- Sherry Stephenson/Pygmalion Prince – 2nd Novice Rider A
- Margaret Koch/D’Artagnan – 2nd Training Rider A
- Pamela Blumberg/Kodak – 3rd Training Rider A
- Grace Fulton/Leo the Lion Hearted – 3rd Preliminary Rider
- Stephen Pancrazio/Calliope – 3rd Beginner Novice Horse A
- Tayler Stewart/Fugitive – 4th Training Rider B
- Amanda Hansen/Hope’s Northern Evader – 6th Beginner Novice Horse A
- Julia Stewart/Mount Lofty – 6th Beginner Novice Horse B
- Rose Agard/Benjamin Brat – 6th Training Horse
Eventing in Maryland begins this weekend with the Redland Hunt Pony Club Horse Trials and Fair Hill International’s April events. In the meantime, here are some top 10 results from other Area II events in March.
Southern Pines Horse Trials II (March 20-24, North Carolina)
- Caitlin Silliman/Remington – 1st Open Intermediate A
- Catherine Hanahgan/Finnegan – 2nd Junior/Young Rider Preliminary
- Colleen Rutledge/Covert Rights – 3rd Open Intermediate B
- Mary Macklin/Mahogany Beauteo – 3rd Intermediate Rider
- Kate Chadderton/Checkout the Charmer – 6th Open Preliminary A
- Valerie Vizcarrondo/National Du Pas – 6th Open Training A
- Daniel Clasing/Houston – 7th Advanced
- Daniel Clasing/Crimson – 7th Open Training B
- Sheri Thornley/Toga – 8th Open Preliminary B
Morven Park Spring Horse Trials (March 30-31, Virginia)
- Leslie Favre/Remington – 1st Open Beginner Novice
- Stephanie Butts/Jules – 1st Training Horse B
- Abby Gibbon/Prima LGF – 1st Open Training
- Colleen Rutledge/Roulette – 1st Novice Horse B
- Rose Agard/Benjamin Brat – 2nd Novice Horse B
- Malcolm Dilley/Lorrie – 2nd Training Rider B
- Sally Buchheister/Whispers – 2nd Training Rider A
- Heather Johnson/The Manx Man – 2nd Junior Training
- Sara Siegel/Pure Possession – 2nd Open Beginner Novice
- Colleen Rutledge/Hidden Agenda – 2nd Training Horse A
- Brittany Kuntz/Heat Inndex – 3rd Junior Beginner Novice
- Dagmar Caramello/C’est La Vie – 3rd Novice Horse A
- Caitlin Kuczynski/Remington Steele – 3rd Novice Rider
- Ryan Keefe/Just My Size – 4th Junior Beginner Novice
- Skyler Decker/Life is Good – 4th Junior Training
- Molly Sherman/Bento Box – 4th Junior Novice
- Corinne Frankel/Excalibur – 4th Novice Horse B
- Kathleen Carr/QLE Chopin – 4th Beginner Novice Horse
- Jan Sweeny/Cid – 5th Beginner Novice Rider
- Jenna Armitage/Capray – 5th Training Rider B
- Kelsea Blazek/Rustic Design – 6th Training Rider B
- Ema Klugman/Southern Tango – 6th Junior Training
- Audrey Case/Bally Whatnot – 6th Junior Beginner Novice
- Erin Reilly/Annie – 6th Junior Novice
- Colleen Rutldge/Siren’s Call – 6th Open Preliminary A
- Daryl Lafield-Insley/William Street – 6th Preliminary Rider
- Courtney Sendak/Gossip Girl – 7th Novice Horse A
- Quinn Riddle/Millie-On-Aire – 7th Junior Beginner Novice
- Ashley Gross/Chocolate Pearl – 7th Novice Rider
- Yvette Seger/Finders Keepers – 8th Novice Rider
- Hannah Whalen/Digeridoo – 8th Open Novice
- Madeline Parisan/Hope to Star – 8th Junior/YR Preliminary
- Sam Hellerman/Landon Calrissian – 8th Training Rider B
- Maddie Parilla/Final Touch – 8th Junior Beginner Novice
- Sonia Taylor/Power of Jet – 8th Open Training
- Nina Holm/Happy GoLucky – 8th Beginner Novice Horse
- Hayley Mullen/Above the Fold – 8th Junior Novice
- Colleen Rutledge/Capital Flight – 9th Beginner Novice Horse
- Natalie Hollis/Ricochet – 9th Novice Horse A
- Edward Baker/Granada – 9th Training Rider A
- Lauren Sumner/Darby’s Dispute – 9th Open Beginner Novice
- Tayler Stewart/Fugitive – 10th Junior Novice
- Nina Holm/Birmingham – 10th Training Horse B
- Sarah Gonzalez/Swift Impression – 10th Training Rider B
Rob Burk has recently joined the staff at the U.S. Eventing Association as their new Senior Director of Programs. Below is the write up on Rob from the USEA. To read more about Rob’s work within the Maryland equestrian community, please click here.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is excited to introduce Rob Burk as the newest member of its professional staff working at the organization’s headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia. Rob joins the USEA in the newly created position of Senior Director of Programs. In this capacity he will work in tandem with the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Governors, and colleagues to further expand the association’s current competition programs as well as aid in the design and implementation of new programs. Rob joins the USEA with 10 + years working in the public sector as an Executive Director, Administrator, and Senior Advisor. He has also worked as an independent equestrian professional, and has evented for most of his life with notable success as a Young Rider in California.
Prior to accepting his current position Rob worked as an Executive Director and Senior Advisor with the United States Department of Agriculture, and of a Governor appointed equine advisory board based within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the Maryland Horse Industry Board. In that capacity he provided equine industry related advice and guidance to three Secretaries of Agriculture and two Governors. Upon leaving his position with the State of Maryland he was officially recognized by Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Earl F. Hance for his “excellent leadership, effective management, and unwavering commitment to the equine industry.” Rob also has the unique distinction of having coached the United States Naval Academy Equestrian Team in its inaugural seasons.
USEA members from the Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic can all consider Rob one of their own as he has lived, and ridden in all four areas. He is a native of New York but was raised primarily in California. He spent some time as a young working student in Ireland with the late Captain David Foster, graduated from Otterbein University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies, and earned a Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech with a focus on Equine Nutrition. He has lived in Maryland for the past decade.
Rob, a graduate H-A Pony Clubber, attributes much of his success to his upbringing through Pony Club and his trainers and mentors based in California, Ohio, and Maryland. Rob is married to Dr. Amy Burk, an Associate Professor with the University of Maryland – Equine Studies Program and has 2 young daughters.
The USEF had awarded the Land Rover Competition Grant for the Saumur CCI3* in France (May 22-26) to Marilyn Little of Frederick and three other U.S. riders (Hannah Sue Burnett/Harbour Pilot, Buck Davidson/The Apprentice and Will Faudree/Andromaque). Marilyn will be riding RF Smoke on the Water.
This just in from the USEF… the Dutta Corporation has become the title sponsor of the Fair Hill International Festival in the Country as well as the USEF Three-Star Eventing National Championships (which are held at Fair Hill).
From the USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY -The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and The Dutta Corporation increase their partnership as Dutta Corp. will become the Official Shipper for the U.S. Eventing Team as well as Title Sponsor of the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Festival in the Country and the Dutta Corp. /USEF Three-Star Eventing National Championship.
“The Dutta Corporation has been an outstanding partner as a sponsor of the U.S. Dressage Team,” said John Long, USEF CEO. “Dutta Corp.’s decision to support the U.S. Eventing Team and Fair Hill International solidifies its commitment to the USEF and equestrian sport.”
“We’re delighted to welcome The Dutta Corporation as our Title Sponsor,” said Trish Gilbert, co-president of Fair Hill International. “It should be noted that both of our organizations are celebrating twenty-five year anniversaries in 2013, a tribute to the success and longevity of our individual efforts.”
In addition to sponsorship, The Dutta Corporation will provide travel for the top-placed U.S. rider at the USEF National Three-Star Eventing Championship at Fair Hill to be used for an international competition agreed upon by U.S. Eventing.
“The Dutta Corporation is pleased to support the sport of eventing. We have enjoyed working with the U.S. Eventing Teams traveling to international competitions including the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. We are looking forward to extending our association with this sport to include shipping the horses for all of the eventing tours for the U.S. Eventing Team. We are especially excited about becoming the Title Sponsor of the Dutta Corp. /Fair Hill International Three-Day Event. We know this is an important fixture on the eventing calendar and are pleased to be able to contribute to its continued success. We hope that the incentive of a European trip underwritten by The Dutta Corporation as a prize to the top-placed U.S. rider at this three-star competition will help to enhance the stature of this event which has served as a qualifying competition and USEF Selection Trial for the World Equestrian Games and the Olympic Games.”
J. Tim Dutta founded The Dutta Corporation as an international horse transportation company that is owned and operated by horsemen, now celebrating 25 years in business. The company’s specialty is shipping dressage, eventing and show jumping horses as well as polo ponies overseas to 16 countries worldwide every week, to and from anywhere in the World. Dutta Corp. ships for the world show circuit and can provide valuable assistance in planning, layover, show entries, and logistics.
The USEF in conjunction with the USEA announced today that they are launching a new program entitled the Eventing 18/Advancing Athletes program. The goal of the program is to build a foundation of future horsemen and women that will hopefully represent the U.S. one day. Selection into the program will be based on talent, competitiveness, commitment, potential, willingness to learn, quality of application and recommendations. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor will oversee the program and teach the first 2013 training session.
To apply, riders must fill out an application that can be found on the USEF website or click here to download a copy. Eligible riders must have already completed a National Qualifying Result at the Preliminary level or higher on the horse they are applying with. Riders are eligible through the year in which they turn 18. All riders must be U.S. citizens and active members within the USEA and USEA as well as members of their USEA Area Young Rider Program.
Each USEA Area Young Riders’ Selectors will review applications and nominate two riders per area. Riders who do not apply or do not meet the criteria may still be selected based on being watched by USEF Talent Spotters. A maximum of 12 riders will be selected and will be announced late this summer with the training session being held in November.
As Maryland eventers head home for the spring (and yes, it is snowing as I type this), here are top six results from the first few events in March.
Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials (March 1-3, South Carolina)
- Alexandra Peterson/Patagonia – 1st Junior Beginner Novice
- Nina Holm/Birmingham – 1st Training Horse B
- Nina Holm/Happy GoLucky – 2nd Beginner Novice Horse A
- Amy Foster/Sarabi Wasabi – 2nd Novice Rider B
- Amanda Hansen/Impeccable – 2nd Preliminary/Training
- Valerie Vizcarrondo/Qurtis Mouche – 2nd Beginner Novice Horse B
- Valerie Vizcarrondo/Zachte Krijer – 3rd Open Beginner Novice B
- Nicholas D’Amore/Tatanka – 4th Junior Beginner Novice
- Mckenna O’Neill/Paint the Skye – 5th Junior Beginner Novice
- Mary Macklin/Vegas Showgirl – 5th Open Beginner Novice A
- Mary Macklin/APG Pragmatic Flutter – 5th Novice Horse
- Katie Wherley/Saint Marcos – 6th Beginner Novice Horse A
- Julia Wendell/Shiva – 6th Training Horse A
- Nicole Coffey/Contortionist – 6th Training Rider B
Red Hills International Horse Trials (March 7-10, Florida)
- Marilyn Little/RF Azarah – 2nd CIC**
- Marilyn Little/RF Smoke on the Water – 2nd CIC***
- Marilyn Little/RF Black Pearl – 3rd CIC**
- Alyssa Peterson/Music Man – 9th in CIC* (out of 56 entries!)
Full Gallop Farm March Horse Trials (March 8-10, South Carolina)
- Daniel Clasing/Houston – 1st Advanced/Intermediate
- Daniel Clasing/Vegas – 1st Open Novice D
- Kate Chadderton/Collection Pass – 2nd Open Intermediate A
- Kate Chadderton/Checkout the Charmer – 2nd Open Preliminary A
- Margaret Koch/D’Aragnan – 2nd Open Training D
Southern Pines Horse Trials I (March 9-10, North Carolina)
- Tayler Stewart/Fugitive – 1st Novice Rider A
- Alyssa Ford/Bold Discovery – 2nd Training Rider A
- Nicolle Coffey/Contortionist – 2nd Training Rider B
Pine Top Spring Horse Trials (March 16-17, Georgia)
- Peri Tenenbuam/Retro – 2nd Open Beginner Novice
- McKenna O’Neill/Paint the Skye – 6th Junior Beginner Novice
- Caitlin Silliman/Welcome Shadow – 6th Open Novice
- Julia Wendell/Parasol – 6th Preliminary Horse
- Curran Simpson/D-Day Vant Plantanenhof – 6th Preliminary/Training
- Sherry Stephenson/Pygmalion Prince – 3rd Novice Rider B
- Amanda Meissner/Arista – 4th Novice Rider A
The month of February was chalk full of eventing in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Caroline where many Maryland event riders and trainers have been spending the winter. Here are some highlights and results from places a bit warmer than Maryland.
Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials (South Carolina – February 2)
Gina Riedmuller took home a blue ribbon with a win at Sporting Days in the Open Novice B division. She rode Natalie to a 30.4 in dressage and jumped clean the rest of the day.
Rebecca Gollan placed third in Open Training A with Just A Flirt. The pair scored an impressive 19.1 in dressage and only added a few time faults on cross-country to their score.
Also placing in the top six at Sporting Days were the following combinations:
- Abu Scholl and An Obvious Gem – 4th Beginner Novice Rider
- Julia Wendell and Shiva – 6th Novice Horse A
- Emily Arches and FMF’s Ides of March – 5th Training Rider A
- Amanda Hansen and Impeccable – 5th Training Rider B
- Grace Fulton and Leo the Lion Hearted – 6th Preliminary Rider
Full Gallop Farm February Horse Trials (South Carolina – February 6)
Just a few days after Sporting Days and right around the corner was the Full Gallop Horse Trials where Kelley Williams and Daryl Insley each earned a second place. Kelley rode Cobras Spots to a 33.5 in dressage and jumped clean in Open Novice B. Kelley also earned a fifth place ribbon riding Western Comet in Preliminary/Training.
Daryl and William Street earned a 32.3 in dressage and adding one time fault in show jumping to that score in the Preliminary/Training division.
More top six results:
- Nina Holm and Happy GoLucky – 4th Open Beginner Novice B
- Bridget Wood and Merlin’s Magic – 6th Open Beginner Novice B
- Daniel Clasing and Crimson – 6th Open Novice A
- Rebecca Gollan and Just A Flirt – 5th Open Training B
Ocala Horse Properties Winter II Horse Trials (Florida – February 8-10)
Down in Ocala, Florida, Savannah Fulton continued to compete at Intermediate with Ringfort Tinkatoo. The pair earned a 34.8 in dressage and only dropped one rail in show jumping. On cross-country, they jumped clean adding just a few time faults to their score and finished third in Intermediate Rider.
Steph Butts rode two horses in the Open Training A division. With Ana D, Steph finished the event on a dressage score of 33.6 to place sixth. She also placed seventh in the same division riding Jules.
Pine Top Winter Horse Trials (Georgia – February 8-10)
Caitlin Silliman was super busy riding four at Pine Top. Her top finish was with Ballyneety in Open Training 3 where she scored a 22.3 in dressage and finished on that score. In that same division, she rode SBF Cortez to 10th place. In Open Preliminary 3, Caitlin rode Remington to 14th place and Catch A Star to 19th.
Top six placings from Pine Top
- Curran Simpson and Fernhill Flame – 6th Open Novice 3
- Kate Chadderton and Checkout the Charmer – 5th Open Preliminary 1
- Mary Macklin and California Comet – 4th Preliminary/Training
- Jacob Horah and Bobbin’forgold – 6th Open Training 2
Paradise Farm Horse Trials (South Carolina – February 15-17)
Nina Holm had a great weekend at Paradise Farm where she earned first through third. Her win came in Open Training A with Birmingham where she finished on a dressage score of 24.1. In Open Beginner Novice A, Nina placed second aboard Happy GoLucky and third with Genuine Dreamer.
Sydney Solomon also took home a blue from Paradise with her win in the Junior/Young Rider Preliminary A division. She rode Lillian Pink to a 39.1 in dressage, jumping clean to finish on that score.
Heather Johnson also represented Maryland well, winning the Training Rider A division with The Manix Man. The pair finished the day on its dressage score of 32.7.
More top six results
- Jennifer Nunn and Red Horse Harry – 6th Beginner Novice Rider
- Valerie Vizcarrondo and Paint the Skye – 6th Open Beginner Novice A
- Daniel Clasing and Crimson – 3rd Open Novice B
- Hannah Metz and Zhen – 5th Training Rider B
- Valerie Vizcarrondo and Fernhill Whatever – 6th Open Preliminary A
Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials (Florida – February 15-17)
Marilyn Little has spent much of the winter in Florida jumping back and forth between eventing and show jumpers. With RF Demeter, Marilyn jumped clean at Rocking Horse to place third in the Advanced B division. Riding RF Chigoletta, Marilyn dropped a rail to place fourth in Novice Horse B.
Steph Butts and Sidney Rose Belle had one rail down but still finished in fourth place in Novice Horse A.
Pine Top Spring Advanced Horse Trials (Georgia – February 22-24)
Here is a list of Maryland riders who finished in the top six at Pine Top
- Kate Chadderton and VS McCuan Civil Liberty – 5th Intermediate Horse
- Mary Macklin and Mahogany Beauteo – 5th Intermediate Rider
- Katie Wherley and Mr. Indiscretion – 6th Open Intermediate 2
- Catherine Hanagan and Finnegan – 5th Junior/Young Rider Preliminary
- Valerie Vizcarrondo and Fernhill Whatever – 4th Open Preliminary
Some say that Area II of the U.S. Eventing Association is the most competitive area in the country. Well, we sure agree! Here is a list of the Maryland riders who were ranked either first or second with USEA Area II. To see photos of some of the winners, go to one of these locations and grab a February issue. More photos will be posted on the Archives page of equiery.com at the end of the month.
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2012 was a great season for Maryland event riders with many finding themselves on the national U.S. Eventing Association Leaderboard. In fact, Maryland was represented on the Leaderboards for all levels, Beginner Novice through Advanced. Here is a list of those who made the cut. Head to one of these locations to grab your February Equiery and flip through the pages of Yearbook photos for several eventers. And then check the Archives page of equiery.com at the end of the month for more photos!
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