Scott Brash is definitely booking a ticket to Canada in September. After winning the €1 Million Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen aboard Hello Sanctos, he’s now got two out of three boxes checked toward an incredible pay-out in the Rolex Grand Slam, and the Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament in Calgary, Alta., is the next stop.
Two U.S. dressage stars represented the Stars and Stripes at the abbreviated Aachen CDI this weekend. Because Aachen plays host to the European Championships in August, the traditional 10-day CHIO at Aachen was shortened to a three-day festival with just a few show jumping, dressage and driving classes.
In the dressage, Steffen Peters and Shelly Francis held their own, placing in the top 10 in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix freestyle on May 30 and 31.
“I was kind of like a kid in the candy store like ‘Oh, I’ve got my white pants on.’ I’ve always dreamed about doing a class like this in front of this many people. To have such a great result is a dream come true!” Kelli Cruciotti said about getting ready for the $100,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon.
The 17-year-old rode in her first grand prix ever two weeks before. Last week, she graduated from high school. And she was taking to the ring with the likes of Olympians and veterans McLain Ward and Peter Leone.
Maggie Jayne had better get her sister Haylie a nice baby shower gift. When Haylie found out she was pregnant this spring, she turned the reins of The Answer over to Maggie. And then Maggie promptly rode him to the win in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Devon.
“She was watching on the computer and was texting me. She was hysterical, she was so excited. She told me, ‘It’s the hormones!’ She’s very supportive,” Maggie said of Haylie. “This is my fourth show with him. He’s a blast! He tries really hard and he’s a lot of fun.”
Caroline Johnson stood at the in-gate of the Dixon Oval at Devon, towel tucked in her back pocket and heart in her throat as her horse Distance trotted into the ring to show in the first year green division with Joey Barley aboard.
“It was a little surreal. Seeing her on the Jumbotron playing over the ring was cool. I thought to myself, ‘She actually looks like all these other horses that are here! She fits in,’” Johnson said.
It's not hard to fall in love with the gorgeous hunters showing off in the Dixon Oval, and on a day full of five different open hunter divisions, there were lots of stunners who caught the eye (and impressed the judges!). Here are a few...