Woodside, Calif. – Oct. 12
Tamra Smith continued to prove she is a force to be reckoned with at the Woodside International Horse Trials this weekend. With nine horses in the international divisions and one horse in the training, she was non-stop all weekend, winning the CCI2*-S with AEV Above Authority, the CCI3*-S with Solaguayre California and the CCI4*-S with Danito.
Watch Smith recap her weekend:
Smith is headed to Galway Downs International Three-Day (California) and the Tryon International CCI4*-L (North Carolina) to finish out the year, and if her results here are any indication she will be the one to watch.
Erin Kellerhouse and her own Woodford Reserve finished right behind Smith to secure second place at her first-ever CCI4*-S. Kellerhouse and “Woody” came out of the start box on a mission.
“He came out of the box wanting to go fast; I didn’t have to push him he wanted to run.” Kellerhouse said. Despite one green moment in the corner combination, it was a textbook round for the pair. This was their last run before the CCI4*-L at Galway Downs in a couple of weeks, and with a little fine-tuning in the coming weeks, it’s safe to say you will see this pair at the top of the leaderboard there as well.
Rebecca Braitling and Arnell Sporthorses’ Caravaggio II had a great weekend only adding 3.6-time penalties to their dressage score to finish second in the CCI3*-S. “I am thrilled with ‘Ernie;’ he’s such an exciting horse to produce,” Braitling said. “I can’t speak highly enough of the competition here this weekend. It was top class and the cross-country was seriously impressive.” This pair is also headed to Galway Downs in a couple of weeks.
Lauren Billys and her own Can Be Sweet were one second over the optimum time to knock them down to second place in the CCI2*-S. The pair had a practically foot-perfect weekend, and they will also be headed to Galway Downs. Billys, who rides for Puerto Rico, also had the Purdy Syndicate LLC’s Castle Larchfield Purdy in the CCI4*-S and finished competitively in fourth place. This event qualified the pair for the 2021 Toyko Olympics.