Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Woodstock Eventing at Millbrook Horse Trials

Woodstock Eventing at Millbrook Horse Trials Ryan competed with five horses at the Millbrook Horse Trials at Coole Park Farm in Millbrook, New York this past weekend.

Photo by Jenni Autry/EN
Photo by Jenni Autry/EN
In the Advanced division, Ryan rode Curran and Margie Simpson's Woodstock Bennett, Steve and Karri Guy's Frankie, Summit Sporthorses' Powell and Sarah Hughes' Alcatraz. For Woodstock Bennett, Powell, and Alcatraz, this was their first attempt at the Advanced level!

Dressage day was very competitve in this large 55-horse division, with just 10 penalty points separating the top 30 horses after dressage. Woodstock Bennett was in 7th after dressage on a 29.4, with barnmates Frankie, Powell and Alcatraz all close behind on 34.4, 34.6, and 35.3 for 23rd, 24th and 27th place, respectively. With scores packed so closely, the jumping phases were certain to be very influential.

Woodstock Bennett
Photo by Jenni Autry/EN
Photo by Jenni Autry/EN
Historically, the time has been very difficult to make on cross-country at Millbrook, and this year proved to be no different. All Ryan's horses jumped brillantly, but varying amounts of cross-country time penalties caused some movement on the leaderboard. The end of cross-country day saw Frankie in 20th, followed by Woodstock Bennett in 23rd, Powell in 38th and Alcatraz in 39th.

Show jumping also proved to be very influential this year, with both time and jumping faults playing a role in shuffling the leaderboard. Woodstock Bennett jumped double-clear to finish in 16th place, with Frankie picking up a single unlucky rail to finish close behind in 19th place. Powell had a couple time faults but moved up into 35th, and Alcatraz was withdrawn before show jumping.

Ryan also competed Mark Hartsch and Linda Ledray's Woodstock Wallaby in the Open Intermediate divison, adding just two cross-country time penalties to their dressage score of 32.3 to finish in 2nd place!

Charlie Campbell rode Shannondale Nimbus in the in Open Preliminary, jumping clean on cross-country and double clear in stadium to finish in 8th place!

Thank you to all of Ryan's incredible owners, sponsors, and supporters! 
This would not be possible without you!

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