Jennie Brannigan added yet another blue ribbon to Cambalda’s impressive résumé today by riding a double-clear show jumping round to win The Fork CIC***. The pair seems almost unbeatable, as this is their fifth CIC triumph at the two- and three-star level in less than a year.
Brannigan, 23, captured the lead from Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen on cross-country day by jumping around penalty-free and finished the competition on her dressage score of 45.9.
Jennie Brannigan didn’t let a newly healed collarbone slow her down one bit on cross-country in the CIC*** today. She turned in one of nine double-clear rounds aboard Cambalda in the 51-horse field to take the lead.
Every time out Loughan Glen seems a little stronger, a bit more confident in himself. The 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse put in the winning dressage test today with Clark Montgomery in the CIC*** (42.1) over Jennie Brannigan on Cambalda (45.9) and Tiana Coudray on Master Hill (46.4).
“Glen” has gone from strength to strength. He won the Fair Hill CCI** (Md.) last fall, and he’s taken blue at his last two advanced starts, first at Pine Top (Ga.) in February and then at Poplar Place (Ga.) in March.
Robert “Bobby” Costello posted an official statement on his blog today, March 28, that he and Phillip Dutton have decided to withdraw their joint application to be the U.S. Eventing Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor.
The statement reads:
After much discussion and thought, we have decided to withdraw our names from consideration for the USEF Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor position.
Steffen Peters’ motto these days is “living the dream” as he checks off one goal after another on any world-class dressage rider’s bucket list.
First it was the win at the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in 2009, followed closely by a clean sweep of the Grand Prix tests at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. Then it was two individual bronze medals at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010 in Kentucky.
For the last three years Steffen Peters has been chasing a World Dressage Masters win with Ravel. Twice, he came heartbreakingly close, but tonight he decisively took home victory on a score 84.55 percent over Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven on Favourit (77.97%) and Tina Konyot with Calecto V (76.77%).
A giddy Michal Rapcewicz scored a victory for Poland in the World Dressage Masters Grand Prix Special in his first trip to South Florida with Randon (69.77%). He narrowly beat out Pierre St. Jacques on Lucky Tiger (69.41%) and Shawna Harding on Come On III (68.95%) in the nine-horse field.
For the third year in a row Steffen Peters finished first in the Grand Prix test at the Florida edition of the World Dressage Masters with Akiko Yamazaki’s Ravel.
Finishing on an astonishing 80.87 percent, his highest CDI score to-date, Peters was understandably delighted.
“It was just an amazing ride. I think from now on it will be the ride I compare other rides to,” he said. “Everything felt really easy. He was so supple, perfectly in front of me. I was able to ride the piaffe a little bit more in place.”