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Carpenter builds momentum with CIC3* win at Woodside

Special to the Horsetrader - October 15th, 2014 - Show & Event News
Bonner Carpenter of Dallas, Texas, gallops to first place aboard her Basco in the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, held Oct. 3-5.

Bonner Carpenter of Dallas, Texas, gallops to first place aboard her Basco in the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, held Oct. 3-5.

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WOODSIDE — Aboard her own Basco, Bonner Carpenter, of Dallas, Texas, galloped to first place in the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, finishing with 48.7 penalties.

The Area VI champions were: Preliminary Rider, Tristen Hooks/Learning To Fly; Training Horse, Ruth Bley/En Vogue; Training Rider, Jain Coert/Fail Safe; Novice Rider, Angela Cricelli/Sunsprite’s Cali; Beginner Novice Rider, Grace Illsley/Dancing Diva.

James Alliston, of Castro Valley, claimed second on Tivoli (52.1), and Kaitlin Veltkamp of Los Gatos, grabbed third place on Flashpoint D (57.0).

Carpenter, 26, earned $3,000 for her winning effort, along with the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and the CTETA Founders’ Cup, established to honor Robert E. Smith, whose vision established the Horse Park at Woodside in 1981.

Since the CIC3* is a member event of the 2014 PRO Series Tour, Carpenter’s prizes included a seven-dose box of Adequan, $350 in Nunn Finer products, a Smart Pak Wellfleet Eventer Bridle and $200 toward a Point Two Air Jacket.

Carpenter and Veltkamp were two of the four riders to finish Derek di Grazia’s cross-country course with no jumping and no time penalties. “I went out there, honestly, just to get around,” said Carpenter, who’d suffered cross-country refusals in her previous two starts on Basco, 8.

Buck Davidson won the 2013 Galway Downs CCI3* on Petite Flower and will try to earn his second victory there on Oct.31-Nov. 2.

Buck Davidson won the 2013 Galway Downs CCI3* on Petite Flower and will try to earn his second victory there on Oct.31-Nov. 2. Frankie Thieriot, of Occidental and Chatwin held on to the CIC1* title.

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Carpenter manages her family’s foundation in Texas, but she’s been in California since August to prepare herself and Basco for the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event on Oct. 30-Nov. 2. She’d never ridden at The Horse Park at Woodside before, and she’d never ridden over a course designed by Derek di Grazia.

“I knew I had to be aggressive and ride forward to every jump. You have to be attacking all the way around,” she said.

Alliston earned $2,250 for finishing second, and, even though he and Tivoli won the Woodside CIC3* in 2012, he said he wasn’t at all disappointed. It was Tivoli’s first start at this level since the spring of 2013, due to an injury.

“I figured I’d just take the time as it came, but he was right there from the start, so I just let him go,” said Alliston.

In the CIC2* field, Lauren Billys, of Sanger finished the cross-country course just 1 second slow on Castle Larchfield Purdy to emerge the winner of the CIC2* (52.6). She’d also been tied for second after shown jumping on Ballingowan Ginger, but the Irish-bred mare ran out at fence 10C to drop to 10th place.

That left James Atkinson, a Canadian rider living in Ramona, to gallop to second place on Gustav (56.8), ahead of fellow Canadian Leah Breakey on Master Plan (65.4). Atkinson and Breakey each posted faultless cross-country rounds.

Frankie Thieriot, of Occidental and Chatwin held on to the CIC1* title.

Frankie Thieriot, of Occidental and Chatwin held on to the CIC1* title.

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Billys, 26, rides representing Puerto Rico, meaning the CIC2* was a foreign-rider sweep. She won $2,000 in prize money, while Atkinson won $1,500.

Frankie Thieriot, of Occidental, Calif., held on to the two-phase lead she and Chatwin held in the CIC1* by finishing cross-country with no faults, for a total of 43.7 penalties, winning a first prize of $1,000. Ruth Bley also jumped faultlessly on Rodrigue Du Granit to finish second (47.5).

“He was awesome. His natural gallop is so big that we were up on the time at three minutes, so I slowed down to come home,” Thieriot said. The optimum time was 5:37.

The CIC1* horses jumped in the heat of the afternoon, the time originally scheduled for the CIC3*, when the temperature reached 92 degrees. “It actually didn’t feel as hot as I thought it would be, because a little breeze did come up,” she said.

A total of 381 horses started in the Woodside International Horse Trials, with 55 competing at the three international levels.

6 Reasons to Attend Galway Downs 3-day Event:

1. The Galway Downs CCI3*, on Oct. 31-Nov. 2, is one of only four competitions at this level in North America, and the only one west of the Mississippi River. In the CCI3*, you’ll get to watch some of the best riders in the country, including Buck Davidson and Boyd Martin, members of the U.S. teams at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Equestrian Games. They’re bringing horses from their Pennsylvania bases to go against the best of the West Coast, including Gina Miles, the individual silver medalist at the 2008 Olympics.

2. You’ll get to watch international competition at three levels—the CCI3*, the CCI2* and the CCI1*, with dressage on Thursday and Friday, cross-country on Saturday and show jumping on Sunday.

3. And another 300 horses will be competing at four national levels. Galway Downs is four days of non-stop, three-phase equestrian competition, in a beautiful location, just 10 minutes east of I-15.

4. You can enjoy the cross-country excitement from three oasis locations set in prime spots all around the course. At each one you can sample food from three of the San Diego area’s most popular food trucks (Super Q, Two For The Road and Chop-Sooey), along with local beers and wines. The food trucks will be on the grounds for Sunday’s show jumping too.

5. It’s a musical weekend. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, local musicians will be entertaining old fans and new fans in the ringside tent. Guilty Conscience will be the headline act on Saturday night. Musicians will also perform at each of the oasis locations during cross-country. And Friday night will feature a special Halloween celebration—costumes encouraged.

6. You can shop too. In the trade fair, you can try saddles from CWD and Devoucoux, or you can find out about insuring your horse or farm from Equine Insurance of California. Professional’s Choice, John Deere (the official tractor supplier of Galway Downs) and other vendors will also be there.

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Woodside International Horse Trials
Oct. 3-5, 2014 * The Horse Park at Woodside * Woodside,Calif.
Division Rider Horse Score
CIC3* Bonner Carpenter Basco 48.7
CIC2* Lauren Billys Castle Larchfield Purdy 52.6
CIC1* Frankie Thieriot Chatwin 43.7
ADV Ashlynn Meuchel Morning Star 73.4
OPEN INTERMEDIATE Maris Burns Tullamore 46
OPEN PRELIM James Alliston RevitaVet Elijah 31.8
PRELIM RIDER Theresa Smrt Landmark 30.1
PRELIM RIDER CHMP Tristen Hooks Learning To Fly 20.9
JR TRAINING RIDER Delaney Vaden RedRox Jazzman 30.5
OPEN TRAINING A Erin Kellerhouse Idyllic 32.7
OPEN TRAINING B James Atkinson Seychelles 29.1
SR TRAINING AMAT Lauren Burnell Great Bourton 26.4
SR TRAINING RIDER Victoria Klein Deli Dynamic 33.2
TRAINING HORSE CHMP Ruth Bley En Vogue 24.1
TRAINING RIDER CHMP Jalin Coert Fail Safe 29.1
JR NOV RIDER Alexandra Tett Capriccio 28
NOV RIDER CHMP Angela Cricelli Sunsprite’s Cali 29
OPEN NOV A Lauren Henry CTR Stony Creek 27
OPEN NOV B Erin Kellerhouse Rondelet (CH) 27
SR NOV AMAT India McEvoy Kalypso 29.5
SR NOV RIDER Kris Wood One Hot Mama 28
BEG NOV RIDER CHMP Grace Illsley Dancing Diva 28.5
JR BEG NOV RIDER A Lisette Boudreaux Far Niente 31
JR BEG NOV RIDER B Priya Patel Bay Breeze 34
OPEN BEG NOV Bethany Wallace Continuum 25
SR BEG NOV RIDER A Taress Hsu Gideon 32.5
SR BEG NOV RIDER B Elisabeth Mehner Good Day Gali 29
CIC3 TEAM Kaitlin Veltkamp Flashpoint D 240.8
David Acord Reigns For Justice
Maddy Mazzola Mojito
Bunnie Sexton Rise Against
CIC2 TEAM Allison Sparks Mystic Mojo 225.9
Cadence Michel The Rock
Mary Burke Prince William
Andrea Nielsen LC O’Shawnisee
PRELIM TEAM Tristen Hooks Learning To Fly 83.6
Kiera Carter Corinthoz
Jeanette Gilbert The Alchemist
Victoria Klein Lazydaznmiracleways
TRAINING TEAM Lauren Burnell Great Bourton 97.1
Florence Miller Graf Gerhardt
Charlee Marinovich Dassett Theme BCF
Julia Melmon Contessa
NOV TEAM Alexandra Tett Voyeur 108
Bella Silveira Champagne Twist
Rachael McGregor Sassafrass
BEG NOV TEAM Grace Illsley Dancing Diva 93
Lisette Boudreaux Far Niente
Monique Boudreaux Independence Day
Seraphina Dellavalle Glorious Purpose

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