Win­ner’s CIR­CLE

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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

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