Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Virginia International H.T. – Sponsored by Back on Track

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Virginia International H.T. – Sponsored by Back on Track

This weekend, eventers on the East coast will be competing at the Virginia International Horse Trials in Lexington, VA. This event is running a CIC2* and a CCI1* along with national divisions ranging from Beginner Novice up to Intermediate. The event kicks off on Thursday with the first horse inspection for the CCI1* division. Dressage takes place on Friday for the CCI1* and the CIC2*, which will also show jump. Saturday is cross-country day for both FEI divisions, and the event concludes on Sunday with show jumping for the CCI1*. The legendary, Capt. Mark Phillips is the cross-country course designer for the FEI divisions, so this will certainly not be a dressage show.

Keep your eye on these talented pairs this weekend because they have the potential to deliver top results here and in the future…

Alexandra Baugh (USA) and Mr Candyman – CIC2*: Mr Candyman, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding, has won several three-star events with Phillip Dutton (USA). Alexandra began competing this superstar this year, but she has quickly formed a partnership with him. Together, they have competed in five events, winning three of them and placing inside the top-ten at the other two. Alexandra is only 16-years-old, but she is no stranger to the two-star level, she won the 2017 Virginia International Fall CIC2* aboard her other mount, Ballingowan Pizzaz. This weekend, she could be victorious again at this venue, and it will be exciting to watch her compete at the three-star level in the next few years.

Alexandra winning the 2017 Virginia CIC2* with Ballingowan Pizzaz.

 
Katherine Delaney (USA) and Elbaran – CCI1*: This pair has had a stellar 2018 season finishing in the top-ten at all seven of their outings. Elbaran, a 9-year-old KWPN gelding, just made his Eventing debut in 2017 with Katherine but has been a consistent performer delivering numerous ribbon finishes. Most recently, this pair won the Preliminary Rider division at the Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. They were also 4th in the Fair Hill International CIC1* in April. This pair is capable of being victorious this weekend and at two-star events in the future.

Katherine and Elbaran in dressage at the 2017 American Eventing Championships in the Training Rider divison.

 


 
Katie Lichten (USA) and RF Luminati – CIC2*: Katie and RF Luminati, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, have successfully completed 11 FEI events together since 2014. They have placed in the top-ten at eight one-star events and one two-star. At this year’s Pine Top International H.T., they finished in 6th place in the CIC2* on their 36.1 dressage score. Katie is only 19-years-old but has plenty of mileage at the Preliminary and Intermediate levels. RF Luminati is an incredibly athletic horse with the potential to win a two-star. This weekend, they could clinch the win and should easily deliver a top-five performance.

Katie & RF Luminati tackling the Intermediate cross-country at the 2017 Virginia Fall H.T.

 
Georgia Phillips (USA) and Menue Rendezvous – CCI1*: Georgia has been producing Menue Rendezvous, a 7-year-old Thoroughbred mare, up the levels since 2016 when they did their first Beginner Novice together. They have only ever picked up cross-country jumping penalties at three out of the 42 events they have competed at together. Georgia is just 18-years-old and has already proven she can successfully produce a young horse. This will be their FEI debut, but they have had a strong 2018 season so far, placing in the top five at five out of seven events. Most recently, they finished 2nd in the Preliminary Rider division at the Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. where they added only 10 cross-country time penalties to their 33.5 dressage score. Georgia and Menue Rendezvous are capable of delivering a top-five finish again this weekend. They are also both quite young, so they will be a cool pair to watch as they continue to progress up the levels.

Georgia and Menue Rendezvous competing in the Preliminary Rider at the Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T.

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