December 2019 - Show Report: Galway Downs
Written by photos by Sherry Stewart & Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 01 December 2019 08:42
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Mittleider, Smith & Koss top international divisions.

photos by Sherry Stewart & Kim F. Miller

The Galway Downs International wrapped up the West Coast eventing season on a high note, with competition up to the CCI4*-L level. It started on Halloween Thursday, Oct. 31, and ended on time-change Sunday, Nov. 3, with high spirits, high jumping and lots of fun in between at the ever-improving Galway Downs Equestrian Center in Riverside County’s Temecula.

 


Sara Mittleider and La Paz, of Idaho, logged their first major international win in the CCI4*-L; Temecula-based Tamie Smith’s awesome week of accomplishments was highlighted by a CCI3*-L victory aboard Ruth Bley’s Danito; and David Koss enabled Stunner to live up to his appropriate name with a win in the CCI2*-L. Another local favorite, Whitney Tucker-Billeter had a great show, winning the Hylofit USEA Classic Series Training Three Day with Bill’s Midnight Magic.

 

Here’s highlights from the weekend and some of its big winners, plus several whose “victories” took the form of great moments with their horses – ribbon or no.  

Kudos to Robert Kellerhouse’s organizing crew and to sponsors Devoucoux, Equine Insurance, CWD and California Horsetrader. Next up at Galway Downs is a One Day event Dec. 8, then the big annual fundraising clinic Jan. 18-19, headlined by Ian Stark.

For more info, visit www.galwaydowns.net.

 

Sara Mittleider & La Paz: winners of the CCI4*-L.

Jolie Wentworth & Goodnight, 3rd in Open Intermediate.

Meg Pellegrini & Connemara powerhouse, Ganymede, 3rd in the CCI2*-L.

Britt Sabbah & Rickamore Rafferty, Training Three Day contenders.

David Koss & Stunner: wire-to-wire winners of the 46-horse CCI2*-L division.

Too bad Gina Economou & friends don’t know how to have a good time. Gina and Exclusive finished third in the CCI4*-L. She’s pictured here with, from left, Sara Berry Rajoy & Springvale, Karen Bristing and Moonlites Ranger, and Kristin Terris & Rathcash Olympia, all T3D contenders.

A certain USEA Area VI leader shows off her Horse With No Name costume at the Halloween party. Hint: while she covered up the name on the front of her jacket, the back says Sabo Eventing.

Young professional in ascent mode, Kaylawna Smith, tied with her mom Tamie Smith for the 3rd standing in the CCI3*-L. Tamie and No App For That’s cross-country time was closer to optimum, so they got the yellow rosette, while Kaylawna and Passepartout got fourth.

Organizer Robert Kellerhouse and his wife, professional trainer Erin Kellerhouse, join friends in a Halloween night mariachi band.

Professional Olivia Loiacono-Putrino rode Under The Spotlight to 2nd in the CCI2*-L, but wouldn’t take any credit. That all goes to her student, 16-year-old Lauren Gillis, who produced the mare all the way up to this point.

Whitney Tucker-Billeter & John Herich’s Bill’s Midnight Magic enjoy their T3D victory.

Sophie Click & Quidproquo were 8th in the CCI3*-L. As the highest placed young rider, she received the Mia Ericksson award.

Junior rider Taylor McFall & High Times head home on CCI2*-L cross-country toward an eventual 10th finish in the big division.