The first Samsung Super League Nations Cup wasn’t over until the last horse jumped.
Victory in the Samsung Super League Nations Cup at the La Baule CSIO was briefly within the grasp of the U.S. team, but in the end they had to settle for a three-way tie for second while Belgium led the victory gallop.
“When people say that there’s drama in this sport, they really aren’t kidding,” said Charlie Jayne.
The jump-off of the $100,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Devon looked as if it would be quite a speed duel, but in the end, it was the only clean round that won it. Darragh Kerins—going last of a five-horse jump-off, knew what he had to do.
“I hated going into that situation. There were two big oxers to roll back to and I was just afraid of making a mistake,” Kerins said. But he was flawless on Night Train and jumped to a second clean round with a careful, deliberate go in 53.16 seconds.
Scott Stewart usually picks up a few championships at Devon—this year, he only topped one division. But he really made that one count, as West Point claimed both the green conformation hunter tricolor and the grand hunter championship.
Scout and Liza Towell Boyd survived their close encounter of the canine kind unscathed, and the judges—Linda Andrisani and Danny Robertshaw—brought them back first for the green conformation class jog, but then moved them down to second, giving West Point and Scott Stewart the win.
Stewart also won the first second year green class with Molly Ohrstrom’s Ovation and placed third in the under saddle.
Liza Towell Boyd and Scout had some company on their way around the Dixon Oval at Devon on May 26. After they jumped the third jump of their green conformation hunter round, a whippet escaped from a spectator and joined them. The whippet chased Scout around the entire course, even jumping some of the jumps behind them. Scout was completely unfazed and didn't even blink an eye. After Boyd finished her course, she returned to the corner from which the whippet had appeared and the owner re-captured him.
Katherine Newman closed out Devon’s Junior Weekend the best way possible—by winning the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby on Almelo.
The class, held under the lights late in the night of May 25, featured a strong field that included professional riders and winners of previous hunter derbies such as Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star, Mandarin and Peter Lombardo and Lazy Sunday and Scott Stewart. But in the end, it was junior rider Newman’s two flowing rounds on the gray gelding Almelo that topped them all.
Today, May 24, at the Devon Horse Show, it was all about two young riders. Lillie Keenan made a clean sweep of the pony divisions, riding Rolling Stone to the small tricolor, Light Up The Year to medium championship honors and Beau Rivage to the large pony and grand pony championships. She also claimed the Best Child Rider on a Pony title.
The second day of junior rider action at Devon today, May 23, included equitation, junior hunter, pony hunter and junior jumper classes.
Jacqueline Lubrano kicked off the day—and celebrated her 17th birthday!—by claiming the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship. Lubrano was second in a section of the ASPCA Maclay, third in a section of the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search and won a section of the WIHS Equitation Classic.
Young riders don’t come much more well rounded than Hayley Hanson.
The 14-year-old not only events at the training level, but also serves as a whipper-in for the Juan Tomas Hounds (N.M.), is a bronze-medal holder in vaulting and plans to hit the jumper ring this year.
When Cammy O’Rourke bought Kirby Park Irish Jamie in 1999, she was 14, and the gray gelding was 5. Four-star three-days were a distant dream. Fast-forward nine years, and now the long-time partners have three four-star finishes on their resume, including 11th at this year’s Rolex Kentucky.
O’Rourke rides for Australia, but she’ll be a familiar face at U.S. horse trials this year as she’s moved to Ocala, Fla. She graduated from veterinary school last year and has a job at a small and exotic animal clinic in Ocala waiting for her after Rolex Kentucky.