Mueller and Temple Top Canadians at Stuart
Victor, NY, USA
by Amber Heintzberger
Holly Payne is second in the two-star with Madeline, owned by Jill Gordon, on a score of 50.6, followed by Canadian Michelle Mueller on Amistad (50.9). Mueller, a professional eventer from Port Perry, ON said that things went better today than she had expected, because her horse has been feeling frisky lately but settled into his job for the competition.
Amistad is an eight-year-old Thoroughbred/Belgian gelding owned by Julie Pring. Mueller has an agreement to ride him for five years, of which she has completed three. If things keep going well she might ride him longer. "This is his first two-star and I want to move him up to advanced eventually," she said.
Mueller said, "I quite like the cross-country course here; it's got some good technical questions and some open galloping spots. It looks inviting but makes you think, and I think you have to know your horse." Jan Bynny is off to a great start to the weekend. She has the current lead in the Open Intermediate riding Task Force (25) and in Open Preliminary A riding Dario, owned by Allie Lawaetz. In the CCI** she is fifth after dressage with Syd Kent, a New Zealand-bred horse that she recently purchased in England, and is piloting a green horse, Cordonelli successfully through prelim as well.
Canadian Kelli Temple is in second in the Open Intermediate riding Magenta, a lovely grey mare Irish mare owned by Carl Bouckaert. "This is her first intermediate and Carl would like to ride her in the two-star at Bromont this fall, so we'll just see how she goes until then," said Temple. The mare was imported from England in March and so far Temple has had a very successful season with her. She also won a division of novice riding another of Bouckaert's horses, DeLeon, a five-year-old that just started eventing.
Temple said, "The intermediate course looks beautiful, of course. They work really hard to make everything at this event just right. The footing is fantastic, especially after Virginia - it's like a desert there now! I think the footing here is perfect even though it made it tougher in dressage, but that'll all be forgotten tomorrow. It's a challenging course with lots of angles and narrows so we riders will have our work cut out for us."
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