Brown Overcomes Challenges At AEC
Severe weather in early September was responsible for a historic first: show jumping preceding the cross-country phase of the USEA Adequan Gold Cup Advanced Final at the American Eventing Championship in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Matt Brown and the 11-yearold Irish Sport Horse BCF Belicoso, owned by the Blossom Creek Foundation, had one of just three double-clear crosscountry rounds and rose from fifth place after show jumping to win the championship on their dressage score of 33.5.
“At the beginning of the week I joked with my wife [Cecily] that riding [Belicoso] is like riding an electric golf cart that’s slightly running out of batteries all the time,” said Brown. “He doesn’t have much blood to him, but he always is willing to go when I ask him to and he showed me the same things in the show jumping and in cross country.”
In a repeat performance of last year, Doug Payne and the 13-year-old gelding Vandiver finished second, just two-tenths of a point behind Brown.
Townend Tops Podium At Burghley
Holding the lead after cross country, Great Britain’s Oliver Townend and the 10- year- old Irish Sport Horse Ballaghmor Class added five penalties to their score in the show- jumping test, but still finished in first place at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** in England at the beginning of September.
“This is very, very special,” said Townend. “Such a lot can go wrong with a young horse— and he’s only just learned to do flying changes. But he’s in a different class to anything else I’ve ridden recently.”
In other results, Great Britian’s Piggy French jumped clear with Vanir Kamira to move from fifth after cross country to second. Representing the U.S., Lynn Symansky and her mount Donner finished sixth while Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie were 10th.
Thieme Makes History at HITS
Forty-one starters competed in the HITS Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix Sept. 10, but only Germany’s Andre Thieme on Conthendrix had a clear jumping round. With just one time penalty, he earned the top spot on the podium and tallied his third HITS Million win—a first in the series’ history.
Twenty- eighth in the order, Thieme changed his strategy as he watched the class. “After seeing 10 or so go, the white skinny vertical [Fence 12] came down quite a bit, and I realized this was kind of the joker in the course, at least to me,” said Thieme. “I changed my plan so as to not just roll back on it and try to stay in the time allowed, but instead to almost fully stop him there, catch our breath and then ride that one as if it was a new first fence. I thought I may have overdone it when I added three extra strides. That really cost me the time allowed, which got me the time fault but no jumping faults. In the end, my plan worked out for the win.”
Second-place finisher, New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley on Barnetta, had one rail down and the fastest time of the pairs with four-faults.
Big prize money was also up for grabs in the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix at HITS Saugerties. Jenny Karazissis came from California to clinch the win on the 11-year-old Oldenburg Undeniable.
Stovall Wins Dressage Championship
Anna Stovall and Catherine Haddad-Staller’s Frankie won the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage National Championship in late August at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois. Stovall and the 8-year-old Hanoverian mare placed fourth in the preliminary test with 68.42 percent and won the USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Test with 71.17 percent, giving them an overall score of 70.07 percent and the title.
“In the first test, I wanted to ride a little conservatively and point to point and demonstrate that we can execute the test technically,” said Stovall. “Then today, I felt comfortable going ahead and giving her a little bit of gas, and it paid off.”
Endel Ots and Lucky Strike, who won the Markel/ USEF 6-Year-Old National Championship last year, finished in the reserve champion spot.
Matt Brown and BCF Belicoso
Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class
Andre Thieme and Conthendrix
Jenny Karazissis and Undeniable
Anna Stovall and Frankie