The Fédération Equestre Internationale Bureau met June 9 for its spring meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. The main decisions are outlined below, and they include a few new endurance rules, allocation of championships, approval of the United States’ first eventing FEI Nations Cup competition, and a salary for the FEI President Ingmar de Vos.
But first, the FEI Bureau members announced they’ll send out a questionnaire to all national federations.
Valentina Truppa, Italy’s top-ranked dressage rider, is hospitalized after sustaining serious but not life-threatening injuries at the Arezzo CDI in Italy.
Truppa was competing a 7-year-old horse in a national Intermediaire I class on June 7 when the horse spooked and reared, falling on top of her. Truppa was wearing a helmet, but she still lost consciousness.
She was first driven to a nearby hospital before being airlifted to another hospital in Siena, Italy.
A group of U.S. riders contested Grand Prix tests at the CDI Achleiten in Austria today, with Steffen Peters topping the four-star Grand Prix for the freestyle aboard his young star Rosamunde with a 74.56 percent. Fellow U.S. rider Kasey Perry was fourth aboard Trøstruplund's Scarlet (70.80%), and Kathleen Raine and Breanna were fifth (68.88%) in the same class.
In the Grand Prix for the Special, another U.S. pair—Allison Brock on Rosevelt—finished second behind Austria's Victoria Max-Theurer.
Liz Riley, who had horses competing in the CCI*** and CCI** at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, received a yellow card from the ground jury for leaving whip marks on both mounts at the conclusion of cross-country.
Jersey Fresh was held May 6-10 in Allentown, N.J., and Riley finished 18th in the two-star with Renaissance. She withdrew It’s The Truth from the three-star before show jumping.
She won the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday night, and then she came back for the $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic today and won that too. It’s safe to say Kelley Farmer is on a roll.
“It’s been a nice week!” said Farmer. “I thought it was a lovely class. That ring is nice. The horses jumped well. It was so nice for them to give that kind of money for a hunter classic.”
Last year, Brandie Holloway loaned her grand prix horse, Any Given Sunday, to daughter Hunter Holloway to ride in equitation classes. Hunter’s original equitation horse, Lucky Strike, had sustained a muscle pull that required a few weeks off.
Fast forward several months, and Brandie Holloway found herself winning the $50,000 Tryon Grand Prix (N.C.) aboard “Lucky.”
Kelley Farmer is really at Tryon Spring 5 for this Sunday’s $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic. But if there’s a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby held a few days before? Farmer figured she might as well show up for that one too—and win it.