As Ryan Wood cantered into the George Morris Arena at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, some of the overnight pressure he felt to retain his overnight lead with Powell was lifted. He’d already jumped clear with Woodstock Bennett, and with rails coming from both Doug Payne on Vandiver and Emily Beshear on Shame On The Moon, he was guaranteed the top check in the Adequan Advanced Gold Cup Final at the USEA Nutrena American Eventing Championship.
Ryan Wood was busy with four horses to ride around the Adequan USEA Gold Cup advanced cross-country at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, and he was the pathfinder with Woodstock Bennett. He used that first trip around to give Powell the best ride he could.
If you were to look at Mister President’s résumé it’d be longer than that of most riders. At 15, the draft cross has a list of skills that would easily surpass the standard single page: foxhunting, hunters, equitation, eventing, pure dressage, jumpers and sidesaddle—just to name a few.
No matter what owner Diane Zrimsek throws at him, “Lincoln” always has an answer, which is why she jokes he should run in this year’s presidential election.
The second day of the Nutrena American Eventing Championships kicked off today with the cross-country for seven divisions and dressage for an additional five divisions. We checked in with the leaders after today's cross-country.
There’s a simple elegance to Miss Lucy as she saunters around the ring. What she lacks in loud markings she makes up for in her scope and power. This is a mare who loves the game—the more spectators the better.
Before the awards for the medium pony hunters ended Lynn Jayne’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Her daughter Natalie had just piloted Hannah Bernstein’s Woodlands Stevie Ray to the championship ahead of Hunter Champey and News Flash, and since the Bernsteins were in Chicago, they’d watched everything on the live stream.
“I’m sure they’re very excited,” said Lynn. “I’m sure that’s why they’re calling me right now.”