Fisher, Cargile, and Huber Take Top Honors in FEI Divisions at First Recognized Horse Trials of the Season at The Colorado Horse Park
For Immediate Release
Parker, CO – June 7, 2016- The FEI CCI 2*/CCI 1* presented by Adequan®, FEI CIC 2*, and Horse Trials concluded Sunday, June 5, at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP), showcasing the talents of event riders from across the nation in the first recognized horse trials hosted at the venue in 2016. Robyn Fisher of Simi Valley, CA, surged to first place in the FEI CCI 2* division presented by Adequan®, aboard Betawave with a final score of 68.0, while Clara Cargile of San Angelo, TX, and White Indian finished atop the leaderboard in the FEI CIC 2* division on their score of 73.6. Mike Huber of Bartonsville, TX, piloted Russell’s Reserve to victory in the FEI CCI 1* presented by Adequan®, completing the weekend on their dressage score of 47.8. Competition at CHP continues this week with the start of the Summer in the Rockies Series, which begins on Wednesday, June 8, and continues through Sunday, July 24.
In conjunction with the competition, The Colorado Horse Park hosted the inaugural Cross-Country Family Festival on Saturday, June 4, which offered family-friendly entertainment and activities to spectators, offering viewing access of the track from the center of the cross-country course. More than 1,000 individuals made their way through the festival during the day to cheer on competitors. A second Cross-Country Family Festival will be hosted during The Colorado Horse Park Three Day Event and Horse Trials on Saturday, September 17.
Fisher and Betawave Earn First Place in FEI CCI 2* presented by Adequan® at CHP
Robyn Fisher and Betawave dominated the CCI 2* division at CHP this weekend, leading the division from beginning to end, starting with their dressage score of 51.6. The pair maintained their lead throughout the competition, solidifying Betawave as a competitive FEI CCI 2* mount. John Michael Durr of Castro Valley, CA, and Espirit De La Danse, the other entry in the division, earned a dressage score of 55.90, before retiring on cross-country.
|Robyn Fisher and Betawave in their presentation ceremony with Allyn Mann of Adequan®.
Fisher and Betawave, a 2009 Holsteiner mare (Linaro x Wavelength) owned by Carol Singh and Fisher, added 16.4 time faults to their dressage score after a smooth cross-country trip around the newly-renovated course designed by James Atkinson. Capping a superb effort, Fisher and Betawave secured a double-clear effort around the stadium course to end the weekend on a score of 68.
Betawave and Fisher have a strong history together, accumulating a number of top finishes on the West Coast circuit. The pair made easy work of the weekend at CHP and will look to continue their success at the FEI CCI/CIC 2* levels throughout the remainder of the year.
Clara Cargile Pilots White Indian to Victory in FEI CIC 2* On Her Quest to NAJYRC
Clara Cargile, a current student at Texas Christian University, guided her FEI CIC 2* mount, White Indian, to a dressage score of 62.8 on the first day of competition. The duo then attacked the cross-country track, passing through the timers with 6.8 time faults, which catapulted the pair into first place. The duo entered the final phase with an overall score of 69.6. Cara Julian of Santa Monica, CA, and Wunder Schon collected second place with a final score of 75.90, while Martha McDowell of Billings, MT, guided Nabouco de Lessay to third place, finishing with a score of 78.00.
Cargile expressed that she was not anticipating for the pair to perform as well as they did, and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The duo competed at the FEI CCI/CIC 2* level throughout 2015 and secured their first FEI CIC 2* win this weekend. Their goal leading up to this competition has been to earn their qualification for Adequan®/FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) to be hosted at CHP in late July.
|Clara Cargile and White Indian
“I am trying to qualify for NAJYRC in July. I did CCI/CIC 2* events all last year and struggled a little bit. I’m just getting back out there at this level and I didn’t even expect to win,” she said with a smile. “I was just hoping to get around and it’s turned out to be a kind of surreal weekend.”
Over the past year, Cargile and White Indian, 2000 Irish Sport Horse gelding (White Clover x Indian Kitt) owned by John and Nancy Cargile, have continued building their confidence at the Intermediate and Preliminary levels, but Cargile noted she finally felt like the duo hit a monumental point in their career. Cargile currently trains in Texas with Mike Huber, who was the winner of the FEI CCI 1* this week aboard Russell’s Reserve.
|Clara Cargile and White Indian
“We moved back down to Preliminary to get our feet back under us and get our confidence back. We jumped back up to Intermediate last fall and then spent the spring doing different courses to get him out there,” noted Cargile. “He spent the entire winter in Florida and he was competing almost every other weekend. We worked a lot at home on his rideability, just keeping him calm, and working on my eye to the fence. It’s nice to see everything come full circle.”
White Indian and Cargile completed a stellar round in the pair’s favorite phase of cross-country on Saturday. The duo’s performance also earned them the Vita Flex Victory Pass Award. Cargile candidly spoke about her horse saying, “He is an incredible jumper and he really loves cross-country. He’s very honest and has a great mindset out on course. He just takes care of me out there, which is the only thing I could ask for.”
Mike Huber and Russell’s Reserve Top FEI CCI 1* presented by Adequan® With Final Score of 47.8
Mike Huber and Russell’s Reserve added another consistent finish to their record this weekend, showcasing their talents in all three phases and ultimately securing a well-deserved victory to complete the weekend on their dressage score of 47.80. Madelyn Holtzman of Santa Monica, CA, and Footlight’s Ollie secured second place with a final score of 56.00, while Darlene McInnes of Elizabeth, CO, piloted Warlord to third place, finishing with a 58.20.
Huber found Russell’s Reserve in England as a young horse and has brought the gelding up through the levels himself, earning solid finishes at the Preliminary level over the past year. The duo spent the winter in Ocala, FL, and were able to gain valuable mileage, as Huber plans to move the 2009 Irish Sport Horse gelding (Loughehoe Guy x Conlons Diamond) up to the Intermediate level by the end of the summer.
|Mike Huber and Russell’s Reserve
“I bought him as a four-year-old in England and started him myself before we sold him to the current owner Elizabeth Rader,” he explained. “He’s just seven now and was second at Red Hills in the CIC 1* there and he’s had a good year. The plan was for this to be his last preliminary, in fact, he’s entered next month in an Intermediate.”
This is the second time this season Huber and Russell’s Reserve have finished on their dressage score at the FEI level, as the pair earned a 44.70 at Red Hills International in the FEI CIC 1* in March, to capture second place. After their outing at CHP this weekend, Huber is looking forward to seeing where Russell’s Reserve progresses throughout his career.
“He’s good and just a very careful horse. He’ll have a rub now and then but he typically jumps clear. It’s usually the odd time that he has a jump down. He’s just so rideable to the jumps that it allows me to get him to the right spot every time and give him the best opportunity,” said Huber.
|Mike Huber and Russell’s Reserve
Huber and Russell’s Reserve set a blazing pace on cross-country, passing through the finish line five seconds under the optimum time of 8:05, to secure third place heading into the stadium jumping phase. Huber noted that Russell’s Reserve handled the long track well and jumped consistently throughout their ride.
“I thought there was some new things about the course that I really liked. I think all of the courses this weekend were challenging and seemed to ride very well for everyone,” he explained.
Owner Elizabeth Rader also rides the laid back gelding, as she trains with Huber at home throughout the year. While Huber enjoys competing with Russell’s Reserve at the upper levels, he noted that there’s a chance Rader will take over the ride to gain competition experience in the future.
“We’re going be looking at this a little bit to balance with the owner. She rides him as well and some stage may start riding him at Novice or Training. She obviously really enjoys watching this though too,” noted Huber. “This horse has the mindset to do both. He’s a lovely horse. He’s been great fun and we will cross that bridge when we get there, but I’m thrilled with his performance this weekend.”
The Colorado Horse Park Concludes Successful Weekend of Eventing
Lacey Messick of Springfield, MO, and Second Hand Rose took top honors in the Open Preliminary division presented by Omega Alpha, finishing the weekend with a final score of 36.30 and receiving the Omega Alpha Healthy Horse Award. Summer Peterson of Spring City, UT, and Jake The Fish collected second place on 38.80, while Rochelle Costanza of Franktown, CO, and Redline earned third place with a 42.30.
Robyn Fisher of Simi Valley, CA, and Erusa topped the Open Training division presented by Neue Schule, with an impressive final score of 28.80. Coralee Richardson of Parker, CO, and Cobbleston Ivy placed in second, earning a 33.30, and Dani Sussman of Larkspur, CO, piloted One Royal Bay to third, with a score of 35.70.
In the Training Rider division also sponsored by Neue Schule, Tessa Robinson of Malibu, CA, piloted With Class to first place, earning a final score of 30.70. Cherye Huber of Bartonsville, TX, and Barnabus followed closely behind for second place on a 32.80. Rebecca Hunt of Grain Valley, MO, guided Philadelphia to third place in the division with a final score of 35.70. The winners of both Training divisions received special prizes from Neue Schule for their efforts.
Sophie Wiedenhues of Elbert, CO, collected first place aboard Obie Hayv in the Novice Rider division presented by Accuhorsemat, finishing on their dressage score of 28.70. Ana Severs of Grand Junction, CO, rode Rubies to Diamonds to second place with a final score of 31.70, while Emily Ashburn of Fort Collins, CO, and Hall of Magic rounded out the top three with a score of 34.60.
The Open Novice – A division presented by Accuhorsemat, saw Chelsea Luedke of Parker, CO, and McGinty’s Irish Rose earn top honors with a score of 33.40, while Olivia Slade of Elizabeth, CO, and Lakota’s Lily finished just a point behind for a score of 34.40. Jessica Brown of Elizabeth, CO, and Strike A Pose completed the weekend on a 35.70 for third.
Lindsay Wagner of Park City, UT, and Pioneer finished on one of the best scores of the weekend, earning a 23.50 in the Open Novice – B division presented by Accuhorsemat, to finish in first place. Kristen Hardy of Parker, CO, and Enchanted collected second place with a final score of 27.20, while Dani Sussman of Larkspur, CO, and Thurton B. Howell rounded out the top three with a 29.60.
In the Beginner Novice Rider division, Lauren Stiver of Stilwell, KS, and Brementown moved from third place to first, taking the division with a score of 29.50. Erin Contino of Fort Collins, CO, and Maggie Belle completed the weekend on their original dressage score of 34.00 for second place. Colleen Christie of Eagle, ID, and Billy Montana, collected third place with a final score of 36.60.
Angelika Beutel of Frederick, CO, and Gin Fizz rose to the occasion in the Open Beginner Novice Division, finishing with a 28.70 for first place. Victoria Poulton of Broomfield, CO, and Starlingh, earned second place with a 31.10, while Heidi Steeneck of Lehi, UT, piloted Tim to third place with a final score of 34.20.
The Colorado Horse Park will welcome eventing back to the venue during the Adequan®/FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) hosted at the facility from Wednesday, July 27
, to Sunday, July 31
, proceeding The Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials on Friday, August 12
, August, 16, and The Colorado Horse Park Three-Day Event and Horse Trials fromThursday, September 15
, to Sunday, September 18
. For more information on The Colorado Horse Park please visit www.coloradohorsepark.com
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