Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) wrapped up its first week of spring competition this weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a victory for 23-year-old Kaitlin Campbell of Georgetown, KY, and her mount Rocky W in the $25,000 Nutrena Spring 1 Grand Prix. Week one of ESP's Spring Series featured Richard Jeffery and Hector Loyola as the jumper course designers.
Easter weekend was celebrated in style at Blenheim EquiSports Spring Classic II, complete with an Easter bunny, egg hunt, and the exciting $40,000 Spring Classic II Grand Prix, presented by Orange County Register. Indeed an International class, flags representing competitors' nationalities fluttered in the background. Spectators covered the grassy knoll above the Grand Prix field, while 38 entries tried to conquer Canadian designer Peter Holmes' sizable course.
With 16 efforts in a time allowed of 82 seconds, Holmes intentionally set a challenging track. "There are some good, experienced competitors, so it's a full size course - 1.50m, on the strong end of the height for the class. And I anticipate some good jumping - all these horses have been jumping so well that I think it needs to be this strong to keep up with the horses and riders," the designer explained.
The Fork has always been a lucky location Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda and this year the streak continued with the pair earning a win in the CIC3* with a picture perfect cross-country round.
“Between myself and the people I am friends with, we all seem to do well at this event,” said Brannigan. “They are all really good riders and those are the ones that usually do well [at The Fork].”
On Saturday, March 28th, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center hosted runners and their families for an afternoon of fun in collaboration with RunTheBluegrass. A day of running and experiencing the best of Central Kentucky’s farms and horse parks, RunTheBluegrass offered races of various length from Kids’ One Mile to Half-Marathon.
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) held its first FEI B Level Instructor Certification exam. The exam was held March 24-25, 2015 at Sporthorse America in Santa Rosa, CA, with examiners Lilo Fore, Kathy Connelly, and Hilda Gurney. USDF is pleased to congratulate Volker Brommann, CA, Jennifer Baumert, NC, Stacey Hastings, NC, and Rachel Saavedra, CA, as the first instructors to be certified at this new level. Instructors who are certified at this level are tested in their riding and teaching skills, along with training theory at the Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I levels.