U.S. riders in Europe made a big splash this weekend, with 20-year-old Lucy Davis scoring one for U.S. young riders when she rode her Barron to defeat a field full of top names in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Lausanne. “I still can’t believe it,” Davis said.
U.S. eventer Clark Montgomery held onto the third place spot he’d earned in dressage at the Blenheim CCI*** aboard Loughan Glen. Irish rider Aoife Clark couldn’t be caught. “Of course it is disappointing that we didn’t win, but at the same time, it’s exciting to see how good you have to get to win,” Montgomery said.
On home turf, another young show jumper made her mark, as Brianne Goutal prevailed in the $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI-W. It was a beautiful weekend in North Salem, N.Y., for show jumping, as Beezie Madden also won the $100,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier with Coral Reef Via Volo and Kent Farrington topped the $50,000 Hermés Classic with Willow.
In Del Mar, Calif., the Chronicle’s newest blogger, dressage groom Lauren Keeton, took her own "Be Olympic ever day" advice and earned blue in the inaugural Groom’s Class, sponsored by Pro Equine Grooms, at the Del Mar International. Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 were back in action, winning the Grand Prix by more than 10 points with a 76.70 percent. His wife, Shannon, showed his former ride Weltino’s Magic for the first time and won a class of Intermediaire II with a 6.55 percent, scoring second in the other I2 class with 66.71 percent. (See full results)
At the Poplar Place Farm September Horse Trials (Ga.), Becky Holder and Can't Fire Me claimed blue in the CIC*** over Michael Pollard on Schoensgreen Hanni and Danielle Dichting on The Graduate. Sarah Dunkerton rode Matapeake to the top of the CIC**, while Elinor MacPhail topped the CIC* with Rendezvous With Charly (see full results). Other events included: Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials (Md.) (see results); GMHA September (N.H.) (see results); Feather Creek Horse Trials (Okla.) (see results); E.I. Horse Trials (Wash.) (see results); Dunnabeck Horse Trials (Ill.) (see results).
Enrique Gonzales rode to the top of the $40,000 Blenheim Fall Tournament Grand Prix (Calif.), while Joie Gatlin guided Miss Cashcall to the top of the $25,000 CashCall Mortgage Futurity (see full results) Bryn Sadler won the $25,000 Brownland Farm Fall II Grand Prix at Brownland Farm Fall II (see full results). Other horse shows included: Texas Rose Classic (see results); Maryland Horse and Pony (see results); Aiken Fall Festival (S.C.) (see results); Mid-States Fall (Iowa) (see results); Northwest Autumn Classic (Was.) (see results)