Clear rounds were at a premium on Sunday in the final phase of the Luhmuhlen CCI4* over Heiko Wahlers’ 13-obstacle track. Of the 31 combinations that went forward into the show jumping, only three competitors were able to jump faultlessly. Leading the way for the American contingent were Land Rover Competition Grant recipients Boyd Martin and Shamwari, 4 who continued their climb up the leaderboard, finishing the prestigious German competition in third place.
Among a number of Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) championship allocation announcements on Tuesday was the news that Omaha, Nebraska will be the host of the joint Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in 2017. The FEI press release making the announcement is below.
– The highlight event of the Spruce Meadows 'National' Tournament, presented by ROLEX, featured some of the best show jumping athletes in the world in the exciting $400,000 RBC Grand Prix, presented by ROLEX. Leading that field was Jaime Azcarraga of Mexico on Anton, who was victorious over Jonathan McCrea (USA) with Special Lux and Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) riding Quilebo du Tillard. In the $60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse, Shane Sweetnam and Fineman were fastest for the win.
The Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials celebrates its 25th anniversary from July 11-13 with a more compact competitor schedule and new spectator activities to commemorate this milestone and acknowledge the event’s Scottish “Stuart” moniker.
“The Stuart Horse Trials has been a vital component of the United States Equestrian Association’s (USEA) National Competition schedule for 25 years, offering educational cross-country courses that have played an important part in the development of many of our international team horses,” said Jo Whitehouse, CEO of the USEA. “Not only that, the organizing committee led by Kyra Stuart, and now her daughter, Heidi Stuart Vahue, has really set the standard for any event wishing to be a ‘destination event.’ No effort is spared to make the horses, riders, and spectators comfortable and welcome.”
One of the most impressive qualities of some of today’s top Natural Horsemanship Clinicians is their honesty to admit they don’t have all the answers. They remind us to keep an opened mind and that horsemanship is a life long journey where we never stop learning. Their desire to keep searching for the best way to find true unity between horse and human is what makes them great teachers.