Clark Montgomery has withdrawn Loughan Glen from the Luhmühlen CCI**** (Germany) after careful consideration of the gelding’s schedule. Although Glen led the dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** (England) in early May, Montgomery retired both him and his other mount, Universe, after trouble on cross-country.
The news came as a shock to many of the equestrian program’s alumni, and the school’s interscholastic riding team, which was away competing at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Hunt Seat National Finals in West Springfield, Mass.
Every horse presented in the final horse inspection passed this morning at Jersey Fresh.
In the CCI**, both Liz Riley's Infinite Truth and Justine Dutton's Huck Finn were held but passed upon reinspection. Second placed rider Lynn Symansky withdrew Osbourne 9 due to some bruising and soreness incurred in her fall from her CIC*** mount Donner during yesterday's cross-country.
Taryn Nolte, who was in 14th after cross-country, withdrew Cleverly. Fourteen horses will jump.
In the Rolex Preview Issue of The Chronicle of the Horse (the April 21 & 28 issue), we introduced readers to three inspirational amateurs entered at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** this year. Now that their Rolex Kentucky adventures are behind them, we caught up with them to see how they fared.
Colleen Rutledge made headlines last year when she finished the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** (England) with Shiraz, making them one of few pairs to have completed five of the six major four-stars in the world without a cross-country jumping penalty (the only one she hasn’t competed in is the Adelaide CCI**** in Australia).
Rutledge, 37, Frederick, Md., spent the summer and fall working on “Luke’s” dressage, the phase he notoriously dislikes, and earning good results with her homebred Covert Rights, or “C.R.”, at the three-star level.
Kristi Nunnink announced today, April 18, that she's retiring four-star mare R-Star from eventing because of issues with the horse's heart. The mare was entered to compete in the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** next week.
“We noticed it [at Rolex last year] in the holding box afterwards when she first came off the course,” Nunnink explained. “She would throw some irregular heartbeats. We took her to U.C. Davis [Calif.] and did a lot of research. She basically only threw them when she was in light work, and when she galloped, her heart would beat really well.”
It takes a lot to understand the mechanics of getting an event horse to show jump clear on the third day, especially at the upper levels. How do you take a fit, but possibly tired horse, who just galloped several miles across country over nearly 30 obstacles at 550 meters per minute and make him be careful and tidy the next day?
With the extremely competitive modern sport, there’s been a need for a show jumping specialist coach for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing team who could travel to competitions and help riders, as well as work with them individually during training sessions.