Alliston Tops CCI4*-L At Rebecca Farm, Halliday-Sharp Takes CCI3*-L And CCI4*-S

Jul 25, 2022 - 7:57 AM

James Alliston earned a repeat victory in the Horse Scout Design CCI4*-L at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, on July 24, this time on the “other brown horse,” Nemesis, owned by Alliston Equestrian. (He won the 2021 edition on another chestnut, Paper Jam, who settled for sixth this year.)

“He just has an intelligence about everything he does,” Alliston said of Nemesis, his up-and-coming 8-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding (Novalis 46—Maesy, Musing) bred by Danielle Burgess. They were the only duo in either four-star division to ride a double clear round in show jumping on the final day.

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James Alliston repeated his 2021 victory in the Horse Scout Design CCI4*-L at Rebecca Farm, this time on Nemesis. Shannon Brinkman Photos

Halliday-Sharp rode into first place in the Horse Scout Design CCI4*-S on her new partner Miks Master C, owned by Ocala Horse Properties and Deborah Palmer. Only months into their partnership, she said he is one of the best horses she’s had. The pair took the lead in dressage with a 26.3, then added a show jumping rail and 0.4 time penalties, but held on to first place ahead of Tamie Smith and Solaguayre California.

“He’s just brave and he’s fast, and he’s careful and he just knows his job,” Halliday-Sharp said of the 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood (Mighty Magic—Qui Luma CBF, Flyinge Quite Easy 468) after cross-country. “He has such a big, giant, amazing stride that you can just cover the ground, and I really enjoyed it today. I’m very excited about our partnership.”

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Liz Halliday-Sharp and Miks Master C led wire-to-wire in the Horse Scout Design CCI4*-S.

Halliday-Sharp was also the wire-to-wire winner in the CCI3*-L, finishing on her dressage score of 29.4 with Cooley Nutcracker. She owns the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Tolant R—Ballyshan Cleopatra) with Deborah Halliday, Renee Lane and Ocala Horse Properties.

Halliday-Sharp said she had a fantastic ride and was complimentary of Ian Stark’s course.

“It was a good track. I really thought the coffin was a super question. The back end and just the whole track was well designed,” she said. “I thought it was a real good test for the three-star long.”

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Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Nutcracker were the CCI3*-L winners.
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Alyssa Phillips and Oskar, the overnight leaders in the CCI4*-L, had a show jumping rail to drop to second.
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Colorado’s Dani Sussman and Jos Bravio were third in their first CCI4*-L.
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Helen Alliston and Ebay were the dressage leaders in the CCI4*-L, but had to settle for fourth with 13.2 time penalties on cross-country and two show jumping rails.
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Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills were fifth in the CCI4*-L, one of just two combinations to finish double clear on cross-country.
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Tamie Smith and Solaguayre California were second in the CCI4*-S.
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Tamie Smith was also third in the CCI4*-S aboard her longtime partner Danito, who is returning from an injury.
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Meg Pellegrini and RF Eloquence were second in the CCI3*-L.
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Canadian Kerry Groot rode Borasco to the win in the CCI3*-S.

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