• Tracey Corey had the lowest final score of the competition, winning the amateur training division with SuperNova on a 24.7. Corey, the chief medical examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, re-ceived her Thoroughbred gelding as a gift from legendary race horse trainer D. Wayne Lukas three years ago after he incurred an injury. She rehabbed the horse and watched him place sixth in the training horse division at the 2008 AEC with her trainer, Leslie Law, but this year she made the event a personal priority.
Well the whirlwind of competing and traveling all over the place continued at the American Eventing Championships this weekend. It was a really fun event! Though the weekend had its ups and downs, I have to say that I learned a bit and had a wonderful time!
With her eyes on the CCI* at the 2010 North American Junior and Young Riders Championships, Julia Spatt needed a stepping stone goal this fall for her 6-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred, Tazzmania.
So when Spatt, Centennial, Colo., led the victory gallop in the junior training division this morning, Sunday, Sept.13, she felt a big surge of confidence where moments before there’d been very little.
Last year Tracey Corey wasn’t able to take off work to compete her horse SuperNova at the American Eventing Championships herself, so she sent him with one of her trainers, Leslie Law, and flew into Chicago to watch them place sixth in the training horse division.
Since then Corey made the 2009 AEC a personal priority, and it paid off today, Saturday, Sept. 12, when she clinched the amateur training title on her dressage score of 24.7.
While several dressage winners made their cross-country courses look easy today, Friday, Sept. 11, not everyone could keep a hold of their leads.
Horses in the advanced division jumped well, but overnight leaders Leslie Law and Evening Shade added 8.8 time faults to their score to drop to fourth. That opened the door for Nate Chambers, whose brilliant double-clear go—the only one in the division—with his longtime partner Rolling Stone II lifted him into the lead (32.1).