Articles: Press Release
Five National Championships Crowned at Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event
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October 21, 2008
By Stacey Meier
Lexington, KY- With five CC1* National Championship trophies being
awarded in one day at the Kentucky Horse Park for the Hagyard Midsouth
Three-Day Event, the National Championship division of this competition
was unique because it was held in the traditional format which includes
steeplechase. Melissa Miller and Detail Specialist topped the
competition with a score of 47.1 to win the USEF National One-Star
Eventing Championship while also taking the 19- to 21-Year-Old Eventing
Taking Reserve Champion in the One-Star was Dorothy Crowell and Hondo
with a score of 55.4. Hondo was Crowell's second mount who was
performing well in the competition but she had to withdraw Pikadilly
prior to the jumping phase.
Miller traveled from Hamilton, OH to compete for the second time at this
competition but it was Detail Specialist's first CCI* and first long
format. He had also never done steeplechase until this past weekend.
"I was really happy with him," said Miller. "He loves steeplechase. I
think it was his best part. He came out and he felt great the whole
cross country round. I never really felt him getting tired. I was a
little worried about that because it was a really long course."
The long format of the three-day event requires the horse and rider to
compete a series of endurance phases, including Roads and Tracks, then
Steeplechase, another Roads and Tracks portion and finally, Cross
Country. Stamina and good conditioning is key to the success of this
Miller has helped to train 11-year-old Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred cross
Detail Specialist for the past year and a half. When Miller bought
Detail Specialist, he had never evented before, nor had he been in a
dressage arena. When she first got Detail Specialist, Miller said that
he was afraid of people and had been shipped around to multiple
trainers. He even did a stint as a Western pleasure horse for awhile
before Miller bought him.
To get Detail Specialist conditioned and ready for this event, Miller
went to an adjacent 110 acre farm once or twice a week to do trot and
"The footing is perfect over there," said Miller. "If it wasn't for
that, it would have been a lot harder. We have acreage at the farm I'm
at but just having those rolling hills and the really good footing-Good
footing really helps keep them sound."
Miller plans to give Detail Specialist a break from training and hopes
to move up to the Intermediate level and participate in the CH-Y**
division of the CN FEI North American Junior and Young Rider
Championship presented by Gotham North next year.
Adding to her accomplishments, Miller and her teammates from Area 8 won
the USEF Eastern JR/YR One Star Team Championship. In addition to Miller
and Detail Specialist, the team included riders Helen Morris and her
horse Awesome KC, Kyle Smith riding Stunt Pilot and Alison Wilaby and
her horse Memphis II with a score of 207.
Morris and her 13-year-old bay Thoroughbred mare, Awesome KC, continued
to top the competition by winning in the Junior Championship with a
score of 70.7- a twenty point difference over Reserve Champion Kelty
O'Donoghue and Totally Irish with a score of 50.4.
Winning the Amateur Championship division was Mary Evert and Ariel with
a score of 54.3. Ariel is an 11-year-old bay Oldenburg cross mare, owned
by Evert. Reserve Champion went to Kyle Smith and Stunt Pilot with a
score of 66.4.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation(r) is to provide
for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.