A little good luck mixed with excellent preparation made for a weekend of firsts.
Samantha Piro and Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials had something in common this year. It was the first CIC* for each.
Piro, a 23-year-old from Norwich, Vt., won the inaugural Fitch’s Corner CIC*, held July 25-27, in Millbrook, N.Y. Although an eventer since childhood, she’d never competed in an international horse trial.
She and George Williams start winning as soon as they get back from Europe.
George Williams and Michael Barisone both got a boost at the Paxton Farm CDI in their goal of competing at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, June 20-22 and June 27-29 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., which will also serve as the Olympic selection trials.
With two wins and top scores, she qualifies for the Canadian Olympic team as U.S. riders earn spots for the World Cup Final.
Much was decided at this year’s Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y in Loxahatchee, Fla., Feb. 28- March 2. Canadian riders Ashley Holzer and Jacqueline Brooks earned the qualifying scores they needed for the Canadian Olympic Dressage Team. And, U.S. riders Jane Hannigan and Courtney King-Dye earned the scores they needed to send them to the FEI Dressage World Cup Final.
The young rider wins on a borrowed horse in her second performance at the equitation finals.
Christina Thomas traveled all the way from Washington state to compete in the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals, and it was well worth the trip.
The 14-year-old from Kennewick, Wash., topped the 13 and under division of the Finals, which were held during the Centerline Events CDI-W/Y/J/P at the HITS-On-The-Hudson show grounds in Saugerties, N.Y.