Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Virginia International H.T. – from Goresbridge Go For Gold

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Virginia International H.T. – from Goresbridge Go For Gold/h4>

This weekend, eventers on the East coast will be competing at the Virginia International Horse Trials in Lexington, VA. This event is running a CCI2*, CCI1* and a CIC2* along with national divisions ranging from Beginner Novice up to Intermediate. The event kicks off today with the first horse inspection. Dressage takes place on Friday and the CIC2* also show jumps on Friday. Saturday is cross-country day for all of the FEI divisions and the event concludes on Sunday with show jumping. With the hilly terrain at this venue, time could be an issue on cross-country so this shouldn’t 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…

Nicholas Beshear (USA) and Copycat Chloe – CCI1* Copycat Chloe, a 16-year-old Trakehner/Thoroughbred mare, is a veteran eventer who was produced up to the three-star level by Kelly Pugh (USA) and then campaigned up to the four-star level by Allison Springer (USA). Since 2014, she has been showing young eventers the ropes of the sport. Nicholas first evented this mare in September but so far they’ve been very successful together finishing in the top-five at all four of the Preliminary events they have started at. With Copycat Chloe’s miles of experience this pair could easily land a top-three finish this weekend.

Allison Springer (USA) and Copycat Chloe at the 2013 Bromont CCI3*.

Frankie Simpson (CAN) and Confetti – CIC2*: Frankie has been producing Confetti, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding, up the levels since his Eventing debut in 2015. This summer they have had a consistent year competing at the Intermediate level in Ontario. Most recently they finished 4th at the Glen Oro Autumn H.T. Frankie has been competing at the two-star level since 2008 so she lacks no experience at this level. Confetti is a stellar athlete with a huge jump and fancy gaits. This weekend, they could easily finish in the top-five and are a pair you should keep your eye on next season.

Ariel Grald (USA) and Monbeg Game Face – CCI1*: Monbeg Game Face, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, is a world-class young athlete. Ariel has been producing this gelding since early last year and has done a stellar job. They won the Preliminary Horse division at this event in the spring and were 2nd in the Open Preliminary at the Fair Hill H.T. Most recently, they finished 4th in the Morven Park CIC1* on their 34.0 dressage score. Ariel has experience riding up to the CCI3* level and has produced several horses to this level in her career. Monbeg Game Face is an exciting horse in her string and this weekend they have a strong chance of clinching the win.

Ariel and Monbeg Game Face at the 2018 Plantation Field CIC1*.

Marley Stone Bourke (USA) and LVS Dassett Charisma – CCI2*: Marley has been competing LVS Dassett Charisma, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, since 2017 when she took over the ride from her husband, Tim who competed this mare up to the CIC2* level. This pair is hot off of finishing in 2nd place at the Morven Park CIC2* on their 39.30 dressage score. Although dressage isn’t this mare’s strongest phase, she rarely has a rail down in show jumping and has proven she can be quick on cross-country. Marley has been competing at the two-star level since 2008 so she she is not stranger to this level. If this pair deliver the performance they are capable of they could easily finish in the top-five and it will be fun to watch them move up to Advanced/three-star in the future.

Tim Bourke and LVS Dassett Charisma.

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