In preparation for the 2015 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational and the 2015 South African Saddle Seat Invitational, the U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams attended their first training sessions at Cascade Stables in New Orleans, La. These training sessions were the first times the riders and coaches could all come together to work and train as a team. It also afforded riders the opportunity to prepare for Invitational competition by riding multiple horses unfamiliar to them, just as they will at the Invitationals.
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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.