Run at the Park Horse Trials
than 550 horses in 19 Sections, at four levels (Intermediate, Preliminary, Training,
and Novice, with Junior sections at each level), competed at the Champagne Run
at the Park Horse Trials, July 19-21, under the able leadership of Organizer Maggie
Open Intermediate Sections were the "Show Case Divisions" and will be
covered in these pages.
Severson-Vinoski (Kim's divorce is now final and she is in the process of
taking back her maiden name, Severson.) dominated the Open Intermediate "A"
Section. Kim won the Dressage (27.0) on Linda Wachmeister's 7 year old New Zealand-bred
gelding, Oliver Edgecombe, who is named for the man in New Zealand who started
him and from whom he was bought. Kim and Oliver never looked back. They added
12.4 time faults on Cross Country and Show Jumped clean to gallop off with the
very good - he's really cool. His dressage is starting to come around. He's great
to the jumps - he was absolutely fantastic on Cross Country. He won the Intermediate
at Groton House," Kim said. Oliver Edgecombe will be heading to the Intermediate
at Over The Walls and ultimately to the Radnor CCI**, in October.
win with Oliver Edgecombe was not, however, the hot news of the weekend
for Kim. Over The Limit is back! After an absence of two years resulting
from a stifle injury aggravated at the Mandatory Outing for the 3-Day Squad for
the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, at Foxhall Farm, Over The Limit was in third place
after the Dressage. He moved up to second on Cross Country, and Show Jumped clean
to give Kim, who is Short Listed for the WEG, in Jerez, Spain with Winsome Andante,
a one-two finish.. Eventing fans will remember that "Jake" tied for
first place at the Blenheim CCI***, in England, in 1999, with Franck Bourny and
Mallard's Treat, only to lose to the Frenchman whose cross country time was closest
to the ideal.
was elated, "He's great - pretty darn good, really good, very quiet, very
good in the Dressage. Cross Country he can be a little pistol. They don't forget.
He just cantered around, like 'this is the coffin, this is the water.' Today he
felt as strong as ever, just 100%. He felt as good as he ever felt. I'm just thrilled
with him! This is the big test. It's very promising for us. It will be one thing
at a time for the rest of his life." Over The Limit is 14 years old and is
headed to the Advanced at Over The Walls and, hopefully, to the Fair Hill International
CCI***, in October.
Hines, of Kensington, Ohio, finished third in OI-A, with Barcelona.
Anees, who rides for India, but resides in Newnan, Georgia, had a great weekend
with his Sydney Olympic Games Individual Competition finisher, Spring
Invader. Imtiaz and Spring Invader took over the lead from David O'Connor and
Jim and Julie Richards' six year old mare Wyndham, who led after Dressage, with
the fastest Cross Country of the section. A clean Show Jumping round assured the
sub-continent rider the victory in the "B" Section of Open Intermediate.
said," He felt great. I didn't run too hard because it was his first run
since Foxhall. ( - the April CCI***). We are qualified to go to the World's. We've
got to keep the goals! I bought him as a Show Jumper; but, he's one of those 'one
railers' He's too blaze. Your team has been very kind and allowed me to compete
at the Mandatory Outing, in Virginia. (August 16th - Dressage and Show Jumping
at Banbury Cross Farm, 22959 Carter's Farm Lane, Middleburg, VA, and Saturday,
August 17th, Cross Country at Great Meadow.) Then we will fly to Spain with the
yeat old New Zealander Donna Smith is in the USA working with David O'Connor.
She was Short Listed for the Kiwi Show Jumping Team for this fall's WEG. David
has loaned Donna his Fair Hill International CCI*** winner, The Native, for the
time she is in this country. "She gets along with him very well," said
David. "She loaned me a horse when I was in New Zealand."
and the Native had the second fastest time of the Section, 15.6 time faults, on
the Cross Country and Show Jumped Clear to hold second place behind Imtiaz and
who lives in Te Kauwhaja, on the North Island, said of her Cross Country ride,
"It was cool! This was my first competition with him. He was awesome! I worked
with (fellow Kiwi) Andrew Nicholson, in England for 3 or 4 month two years ago.
I am going to Over The Walls (with The Native) and then going home. I'll be back
in January with a couple of two star horses."
Rich, of Cincinnati, Ohio, finished third in the "B" Section with Running
year old Ralph Holstein, of Hinckley, Ohio, (near Cleveland) won the
Open Intermediate Young Riders with Blyth Spirit. The pair had the fastest time
on the Cross Country to finish on a score of 47.8.
who rides with Jeffrey Taylor, commented, "He's twelve now. We bought him
when he was 10 years old. He was formerly ridden by Julie Burns (Richards). We
had a season of Preliminary. This is his first Intermediate."
McGregor, of Pike Rd, Alabama finished second, with NZ Dip, on 49.3, while William
Coleman, of Gordonsville, VA, placed third with Ratzi, on a score of 53.0.