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HORSE SCENE: Three Day Events feature world’s best
In the world of Three Day Eventing, two of the most prestigious and challenging shows are Badminton and Burghley, both in England. These two shows are also two of the oldest Three Day Events in the world and have always drawn the most competitive, advanced riders and horses from around the globe.
The third-most-prestigious event is the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, USA, held in April each year. The three shows are considered the Grand Slam of Eventing. If a horse/rider combination wins all three events, it is extremely rare.
Because eventing requires so much stamina, soundness and fitness from the horses, the big grueling shows are few and far between. In the meantime, there are smaller less-challenging shows to win.
So far, for the 2013–14 season, Jock Paget of New Zealand and his horse Clifton Promise have won both the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trails held in May and September’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
The last time someone won at Badminton and Burghley was in 1989. That was Ginny Leng of Great Britain on Master Craftsman.
Paget has just one more show, at Kentucky next April, to conquer to win the Grand Slam. Much can happen between now and next April, so he and his horse need luck, plus the right training and scheduling to pull it off.
Sept. 30–Oct. 6: Capital challenge
Oct. 17–20: Great American USDF Region 1 Finals and VADA, VHC
Oct. 18–20: WIHS Regional, Marlboro, Md.
Oct. 19: Lake of the Woods; Back to Basics; Silver Lining; Fox Ridge.
Oct. 20: Hazelwild; GRHSA @Summerplace; Rivanna; Back to Basics Western.
Oct. 24–27: Amazing Grace
Oct. 25–27: Heritage Arabians, VHC
Oct. 26: Buckingham; Fox Chase jumpers; Coventry.
Oct. 26–27: Randolph College
Oct. 27: BHSA Classic; Combined Test, Fox Chase; Central Va. Jumping.
Betsy Carter can be reached at The Free Lance-Star, 616 Amelia St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401; or by fax at 540/373-8455.