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20 Mule Team FEI Ride, USA – 25 February 2017


20 Mule Team FEI Ride in the heart of the California Desert

Ridgecrest, CA, USA – On 25 February Dominique “Dom” Freeman of Great Britain and her Arabian gelding Rising Heat (Desert Heat VF x Zemina) placed first in the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) 160K 3* 20 Mule Team endurance ride in the heart of the California desert. Freeman finished the ride in 12 hours, 43 minutes with an average speed of 12.58 KPH. Freeman was the only finisher in the FEI 160km ride.

“It is hard to qualify here in the West, we only have two chances a year,” said Anne Marie Barnett of Cool, CA. She brought her 15-year-old Arabian gelding Momentto (Moment of Valor x MA Pollianna) with a goal of obtaining her Certificate of Competency by completing the 160km ride. Barnett and Momentto were pulled at Vet Check 4 for “GA” – gait aberration. She led the early stages of the ride.

This ride was the second in the Becky Grand Hart Desert Ride Series, which provides horse and rider teams in the western United States a rare opportunity to meet FEI requirements and advance to higher levels of competition without having to travel too far. The series is named for California endurance rider Becky Grand Hart. She is the only rider in any equestrian sport to be a three-time individual gold medalist at the World Equestrian Championships.

“The United States has some of the best horses in the world – some right here on the west coast,” said Hart before the ride weekend. She pointed out that every endurance World Championship from 1986-98 was won by the United States, including the first World Championship in Dubai. “Now that FEI is demanding a more rigorous and technical trail, we have the horses and riders that can meet this challenge. It’s time to take back our mantle of World Champions.”

Hart points out that American riders ride against the trail, “listening and feeling for the horse’s desire and energy to continue.” By working with skilled veterinarians the rider ensures the health and wellbeing of the horse. And with the 2018 World Championships taking place in North Carolina, Hart has this to say to American endurance riders: “It’s time to show the rest of the world how it’s done.”

This weekend she was not riding in the FEI events, but placed seventh in the AERC 100-mile event at 20 Mule Team. The weather was nearly perfect, with only mild wind in the afternoon. The trail had plenty of open and flat areas ideal for moving out and maintaining a good moving average speed, but as with most rides sanctioned by the AERC, the trail has technical bits, mountain climbs and footing challenges – a true test of endurance.

FEI Ride Results:

Jeremy Reynolds on Monk completed first in the FEI 120km 2* ride with a ride time of 7 hrs 49 min, and an average speed of 15.35kph. Ann Hall on HCC Zara RR finished second (8:49). Carolyn Mae Chase-Dunn on Limited Edition finished third (9:08) and also took the Best Condition award. Jessica DiCamillo took fourth place on FLF Go Flight Leader (11:17). Fifth place went to Dublin Hart on RTR Rimfires ETTA (11:51) and sixth place went to Catfish Moe on WMA Burning Fire (11:52). Two other riders did not complete the ride due to “gait aberration”: Dale Raymond was pulled at Vet Check 2 and Melissa Harris was pulled at Vet Check 1. All riders were competing for the USA.

Jessica Zwaan of Canada was the sole youth FEI rider in the 120km 2* distance. On Pantin she completed with a ride time of 11:51 and average speed of 10.13mph.

In the FEI 80km 1* (50 mile) ride, the first to complete was Carla Eigenauer on WCF Atillah with a ride time of 6:55, and in a close second place was Alana Hansen on Legend of Fadjur (6:55:10). Third was taken by Courtney Kizer on Hindi Jackson (6:57) and in fourth was Karen Binns-DiCamillo on CH Lady Madonna. Right on her heels in fifth place was JT Jones on I Remember September (6:58:10). Holly Batemen on Sugar Sand came in sixth place (8:32:10) with seventh and eighth being taken by Andre and Nicole Ruggeri on Bandar Bancock (8:32:20) and Jerrybee (8:33). Rounding out the top ten was Jala Neufeld on Bullet Proof in ninth (8:49) and Frederick Moser Emigh on Oddsmaker (9:59).

“Riding at an international level makes the world a smaller place,” muses Hart, encouraging riders to consider entering FEI competition. “We become teammates with our former competitors, and travelling to new places gives an understanding of how other riders see competition and how they perform.”


Article and images created for Endurance World by Kimberly Rivers


Gallery


20 Mule Team CEI1* 80km results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stCarla EigenauerUSAWCF Atillah
2ndAlana HansenUSALegend of Fadjur
3rdCourtney KizerUSAHindi Jackson

20 Mule Team CEIYJ2* 120km results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stJessica ZwaanCANPantin

20 Mule Team CEI2* 120km results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stJeremy ReynoldsUSAMonk
2ndAnn HallUSAHCC Zara RR
3rdCarolyn Mae Chase-DunnUSALimited Edition

20 Mule Team CEI3* 160km results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stDominique FreemanGBRRising Heat

20 Mule Team FEI Ride, USA – 25 February 2017


20 Mule Team FEI Ride in the heart of the California Desert

Ridgecrest, CA, USA – On 25 February Dominique “Dom” Freeman of Great Britain and her Arabian gelding Rising Heat (Desert Heat VF x Zemina) placed first in the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) 160K 3* 20 Mule Team endurance ride in the heart of the California desert. Freeman finished the ride in 12 hours, 43 minutes with an average speed of 12.58 KPH. Freeman was the only finisher in the FEI 160km ride.

“It is hard to qualify here in the West, we only have two chances a year,” said Anne Marie Barnett of Cool, CA. She brought her 15-year-old Arabian gelding Momentto (Moment of Valor x MA Pollianna) with a goal of obtaining her Certificate of Competency by completing the 160km ride. Barnett and Momentto were pulled at Vet Check 4 for “GA” – gait aberration. She led the early stages of the ride.

This ride was the second in the Becky Grand Hart Desert Ride Series, which provides horse and rider teams in the western United States a rare opportunity to meet FEI requirements and advance to higher levels of competition without having to travel too far. The series is named for California endurance rider Becky Grand Hart. She is the only rider in any equestrian sport to be a three-time individual gold medalist at the World Equestrian Championships.

“The United States has some of the best horses in the world – some right here on the west coast,” said Hart before the ride weekend. She pointed out that every endurance World Championship from 1986-98 was won by the United States, including the first World Championship in Dubai. “Now that FEI is demanding a more rigorous and technical trail, we have the horses and riders that can meet this challenge. It’s time to take back our mantle of World Champions.”

Hart points out that American riders ride against the trail, “listening and feeling for the horse’s desire and energy to continue.” By working with skilled veterinarians the rider ensures the health and wellbeing of the horse. And with the 2018 World Championships taking place in North Carolina, Hart has this to say to American endurance riders: “It’s time to show the rest of the world how it’s done.”

This weekend she was not riding in the FEI events, but placed seventh in the AERC 100-mile event at 20 Mule Team. The weather was nearly perfect, with only mild wind in the afternoon. The trail had plenty of open and flat areas ideal for moving out and maintaining a good moving average speed, but as with most rides sanctioned by the AERC, the trail has technical bits, mountain climbs and footing challenges – a true test of endurance.

FEI Ride Results:

Jeremy Reynolds on Monk completed first in the FEI 120km 2* ride with a ride time of 7 hrs 49 min, and an average speed of 15.35kph. Ann Hall on HCC Zara RR finished second (8:49). Carolyn Mae Chase-Dunn on Limited Edition finished third (9:08) and also took the Best Condition award. Jessica DiCamillo took fourth place on FLF Go Flight Leader (11:17). Fifth place went to Dublin Hart on RTR Rimfires ETTA (11:51) and sixth place went to Catfish Moe on WMA Burning Fire (11:52). Two other riders did not complete the ride due to “gait aberration”: Dale Raymond was pulled at Vet Check 2 and Melissa Harris was pulled at Vet Check 1. All riders were competing for the USA.

Jessica Zwaan of Canada was the sole youth FEI rider in the 120km 2* distance. On Pantin she completed with a ride time of 11:51 and average speed of 10.13mph.

In the FEI 80km 1* (50 mile) ride, the first to complete was Carla Eigenauer on WCF Atillah with a ride time of 6:55, and in a close second place was Alana Hansen on Legend of Fadjur (6:55:10). Third was taken by Courtney Kizer on Hindi Jackson (6:57) and in fourth was Karen Binns-DiCamillo on CH Lady Madonna. Right on her heels in fifth place was JT Jones on I Remember September (6:58:10). Holly Batemen on Sugar Sand came in sixth place (8:32:10) with seventh and eighth being taken by Andre and Nicole Ruggeri on Bandar Bancock (8:32:20) and Jerrybee (8:33). Rounding out the top ten was Jala Neufeld on Bullet Proof in ninth (8:49) and Frederick Moser Emigh on Oddsmaker (9:59).

“Riding at an international level makes the world a smaller place,” muses Hart, encouraging riders to consider entering FEI competition. “We become teammates with our former competitors, and travelling to new places gives an understanding of how other riders see competition and how they perform.”


Article and images created for Endurance World by Kimberly Rivers


Gallery


20 Mule Team CEI1* 80km results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stCarla EigenauerUSAWCF Atillah
2ndAlana HansenUSALegend of Fadjur
3rdCourtney KizerUSAHindi Jackson

20 Mule Team CEIYJ2* 120km results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stJessica ZwaanCANPantin

20 Mule Team CEI2* 120km results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stJeremy ReynoldsUSAMonk
2ndAnn HallUSAHCC Zara RR
3rdCarolyn Mae Chase-DunnUSALimited Edition

20 Mule Team CEI3* 160km results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
1stDominique FreemanGBRRising Heat

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