KALISPELL, Mont. (July 24, 2016)—Buck Davidson finally broke his string of prior
second place finishes at The Event at Rebecca Farm with dual victories. Show jumping today in the CCI3*, he piloted Carl Siegel and Sherrie Martin’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Copper Beach, to a flowing clear round over Chris Barnard’s iconic course.
Going into the arena, Davidson stood second behind Hannah Sue Burnett on Under
Suspection, a Holsteiner owned by Mary Ann Ghadban. Davidson finished the competition with an overall score of 48.7. Overnight leader, Burnett, had one unlucky rail down, dropping her behind Davidson to a score of 49.6.
The two Pan Am Games teammates congratulated each other heartily at the round’s end.
“I’d never want anything bad happen to anyone else but I am really happy not to be second,” Davidson grinned. “And it’s great to have my friends here next to me,” pointing to Burnett and CCI3* third place finisher, Hawley Bennett-Awad.
It was an emotional return to the three-star level for Bennett-Awad aboa
rd her new mount, Jollybo, on whom she’ s had the ride only two months.
“I have unbelievable people behind me and one of them is Buck. To put my red coat on again is very special,” said Bennett-Awad. Jollybo and Bennett-Awad finished in third place overall with a score of 57.9.
Davidson held his overnight lead in the CCI2*,jumping a double clear round to finish on 43.2 penalties with Christine Turner’s Halimey, a Trakehner stallion.
“I’ve got to give credit to Michael Pollard. He’s done all the work with this horse,” said Davidson. “Hal was great today, great in all three phases. I really didn’t do very much other than steer!”
RevitaVet Elijah, owned and ridden by James Alliston,finished second in the CCI2* with 44.8 penalties. Kevin Baumgardner had enthusiastic cheering as he and his own Wembley jumped clear to take third on a score 56.9.
In the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*, Mackenna Shea had a rail down but still rode to a first place finish, scoring 58.4 aboard her own Landioso. She beat her coach and friend, Tamra Smith who took second. Smith and her mount, Dempsey, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood,had a flawless clear show jumping round, finishing on 58.6. The only other double clear round in the division vaulted Bunnie Sexton and her own Rise Again from eighth place to third to finish on 61.0.
Shea credited her mount.“He’s an honest trier and has taken care of me for a long time. I wasn’t pleased with my ride but he took care of me today.” Enthusiastic crowds lined the show jumping arena on Sunday afternoon cheering on the top international levels in an exciting culmination of the four-day event. The dates for 2017 are July 20 – July 23. For more information, visit www.rebeccafarm.org.
ABOUT THE EVENT AT REBECCA FARM
The Event at Rebecca Farm presented by Montana Equestrian Events is held every July in Kalispell, Montana. The largest equestrian triathlon in the United States, The Event is also considered to have some of the world’s finest scenery. Each year it draws hundreds of riders of all levels, from amateur to Olympians. Rebecca Farm features ten courses ranging from novice to Olympian qualifier, which were originally developed by world-renowned course designer, Mark Phillips. In 2012, Scottish equestrian Ian Stark redesigned the Rebecca Farm courses. Known for his immense contributions to Eventing, Stark has won multiple Olympic medals and was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.