Sunday, September 14, 2008

Record Rains Wash Out 2008 AEC

Record-setting rain (6.59" today)continued to fall in Illinois as Hurricane Ike pounded Texas, and Lamplight Equestrian Center was in the heart of the flood zone. After rescheduling the AEC to run show jumping on Saturday and cross-country on Sunday, the organizers decided to scrap cross-country for the upper levels altogether and completed the competition a day early as a combined test. The footing in the arenas held up well considering the ongoing rain, and except for a few short holds for lightning the competition ran nearly to schedule.

In the Intermediate Championship Boyd and Remington XXV, owned by Densey Juvonen, had two rails down to finish on 42.4 penalties in eleventh place. Becky Holder on Ann Bower's Rejuvenate won this division followed by Boyd's student, Jennie Brannigan riding Cooper in second.

Boyd also finished eleventh in the Advanced Championship riding Benwald, owned by Anne Hennessey, on a score of 51.2. British rider Leslie Law won this division riding Beatrice and Guy ReyHerme's Mystere Du Val.

In the Preliminary Horse Championship Boyd's student Kate Chadderton finished 20th riding Canyonleigh's Sir Echo, a horse that along with Boyd's two would likely have benefited from a cross-country run in a bid to move up the placings.

Boyd, Kate and Jennie had already packed up the trailer and quickly got on the road back to Pennsylvania as soon as the competition came to a close, hoping for drier weather at Plantation Field next weekend.

Photo of Boyd and Remington XXV Copyright Amber Heintzberger 2008

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