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Event Riders Hang Ten at Maui Jim Horse Trials......Hans Gerling reports
from the Maui Jim Horse Trails for PhelpsSports.com
PHOTO CREDIT: Elisa Wallace and Jackson win at Maui Jim Horse Trials
(c)2006 Hans Gerling for PhelpsSports.com
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Wayne, Illinois - July 10, 2006 - Serving as a mid-summer oasis for
event riders, the Maui Jim Horse Trials provided top level competition
for event riders from all corners of the United States and Canada. In
addition to the event's traditional horse trial divisions at the
training through advanced levels, organizer Kate Lindsay offered three
international divisions (CIC*, CIC**, and CIC***). The extensive menu of
divisions attracted top level riders, who were treated to exceptional
hospitality, tropical themed decorations around every corner, and cool
temperatures for a competition held in July.
With the largest ever turnout for the event, dressage began on Thursday
for the majority of the training level divisions. On Friday, the upper
level competitors performed their dressage tests, while the remaining
training level riders did their dressage tests and contested the cross
Overall, the scoring in the dressage rings was consistent and fair,
albeit a touch over generous.
In the international divisions, there were few surprises at the top of
the leader board. In the CIC* division, Stuart Black secured the top two
positions with a pair of Selle Francais geldings. Becky Holder captured
the top place in the CIC**, while dressage queen Kelli Temple led the
The CIC*** course walked fairly straightforward. After several galloping
fences, course designer Ritch Temple gave riders their first real test
at fences 7abc. Temple placed three fences on an "S" bend. Fences 7a and
7c were narrow brush arrowheads, while 7b was a big square table. This
combination looked impressive, but jumped well throughout the day.
After a quick gallop, riders approached the newly designed coffin, which
was more horse and rider friendly than in previous years. After
negotiating the coffin, riders had a quick gallop to the new water,
which ended up being the biggest test on the course. Horses and riders
jumped a log with a massive drop before taking a bold four strides to a
big right point corner in the water. After jumping the corner, riders
made a gentle right bend to a rounded table.
Horses then had a long gallop to catch their breath before approaching
the bank complex. Horse and rider combinations jumped onto the bank and
then bounced up another step before bouncing over a set of barrels at
Temple then placed a clever combination of two angled brushed with a
tree in the middle, which tempted horses to slide past the second
element. Riders then had a chance to make up some time with a quick loop
over some galloping fences before tackling the last water.
Horses jumped the usual log at the top of the mound, before cantering
through the water and jumping a bounce with a big drop, which landed
back in the lower water. Riders then made a right turn to a double of
right point corners. Horses then had a long gallop over some simple
fences before reaching the finish line.
Although several combinations jumped clean, only Kristin Bond aboard
Blackout managed to gallop home inside the time. This effort elevated
her from 30th to 7th on the overnight standings. Quick rounds from Karl
Slezak, Elisa Wallace, and Loreen Kay moved them into the top 3
The show jumping courses at Wayne have a reputation for being big, and
this year was no disappointment.
The day started off with the overnight leaders retaining their
positions. Stuart Black stayed in the first in the CIC* aboard Lissandro
after jumping a lovely double clear round. Other notable performances in
this division came from fourth place finishers Katlyn McMorris and
Clifton Peekachu, Maria Brazil and Gadget des Brumes, and Danny
Warrington riding Havarah's Charly.
In the CIC**, another overnight leader, Becky Holder jumped a double
clean round to stay in the post position on Rejuvenate. Lauren Kieffer
was impressive in the division with a second place finish aboard
Woodrow, and a fourth place finish aboard Tigger Too.
In the regular intermediate division, Kristin Bond showed a great
improvement in the show jumping on Three Wishes to secure the win.
For the CIC***, the fences got much bigger, and rails started falling
much more frequently. When overnight leader Karl Slezak had a tough
round, the door was left wide open for Elisa Wallace aboard Jackson to
capture the win after jumping a double clean round. Good show jumping
rounds from Buck Davidson and Kristin Bond paid off, and they moved into
second and third places. Several combinations looked impressive in this
division, most notably Waylon Roberts on Paleface and Bonnie Mosser
riding Happy Valley.
In the normal advanced division, Slezak made up for his CIC***
disappointment with a round that elevated him from third to first.
The facility, organization and energy at the Maui Jim Horse trials are
second to none. Hopefully this trend will continue as the American
Eventing Championships will move to this wonderful site next year.
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