Lillie Keenan wasn’t so happy with herself when she walked out of the ring after the last round of tonight’s Randolph College/USEF Individual Junior Jumper Championship on Londinium.
“I don’t think I rode well today,” said Keenan, New York City. “My horse was a total gem and saved me. For the first half of the course I was on my game, and I misjudged one of the lines. Luckily my horse has seen that before and knew how to take care of me. So I finished up with only one rail today. Today, it’s all my horse.”
Heading into tonight’s Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Prix des States, there was plenty of pressure on Kalvin Dobbs. After all, he was the only rider who had experience representing Zone 5 at the Pennsylvania National, and Chef d’Equipe Alex Jayne shifted him into the anchor spot from his usual pathfinder position. On top of that, his team was defending their gold medal from last year.
In most ways, One Hundred And One is your typical top junior hunter. He’s a gorgeous mover and athletic jumper who regularly claims championships at A-rated horse shows. But that doesn’t mean he blends in with the competition.
In the procession of bays and chestnuts, punctuated by the occasional gray, One Hundred And One bursts into the ring with a coat full of color.
But that’s not why rider Jenna Petrie-Moran loves him. She’s been a part of One Hundred And One’s life since Day 1, and transformed him from a super green horse to a reliable charge.
When you’re a top hunter rider, it’s your job to make your horse look good. Some days that’s easier to do than others.
Tori Colvin and Betsee Parker walked out of the ring together after accepting Way Cool’s large junior hunter, 15 and under, championship ribbon today at the Pennsylvania National. As soon as they got to the ramp they started feeding him treats, then turned to each other and said, “He’s done.”
In the end, the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final came down to the smallest of margins: A single time fault separated the winning nation of France from second-placed Brazil today Sept. 29 at the Barcelona CSIO in Barcelona, Spain.
“It was a really big emotion, a really big feeling, just fantastic,” said Simon Delestre, whose 4-fault round today on Qlassic Bois Margot helped France take the title. “We have three incredible horses on our team, and that really akes a difference today with that kind of round, which was really big and hard. You need horses like that.”
The top eight teams will compete today, Sept. 29, in Round 2 of the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final at the Barcelona CSIO. It’s a clean slate class, but the teams will compete in reverse order of merit from Saturday’s Round 1.
Besides national glory, riders are vying for a share of the €1,500,000 pot. The class kicks off at 3:30 local time.
Swedish Rider Angelica Augustsson endured a scary moment today, Sept. 28, in the Furusiyya Nations Cup Consolation Final. Early in the course, her Mic Mac du Tillard stood up on the way to a vertical and refused to go forward. She kept rearing for a full minute or so, well after the pair was rung out. Augustsson took her time, finessing her through to get her calm.