Port Authority Named Omega Alpha Canadian Event Horse
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Competing in the CIC 3* The Fork Horse Trials in Norwood, NC, held April 1-4, Port Authority, a Canadian-bred 12-year-old Selle Francais/Thoroughbred gelding, owned and ridden by Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch, 21, of Summerland, BC, finished in eighth place against stiff competition. A dressage score of 53.9 put the pair in 22nd place. They added just 0.4 time faults on the cross country course designed by Captain Mark Phillips, and had a double clear show jumping effort to move up the leaderboard finishing on a penalty score of 54.3.
At the end of the month, the pair then competed in their first international four star three day event, CCI 4* Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, held April 22-25, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Port Authority and Rhodes-Bosch sat in 15th place following dressage with a score of 52.0. The pair then tackled Michael Etherington-Smith's (GBR) cross country course where none of the obstacles proved to be a problem. They crossed the finish line with no jumping or time faults, moving them up the leaderboard and into ninth place. Port Authority and Rhodes-Bosch also had a fault free jumping round to finish on their dressage score for fifth place overall, only one of four riders out of 53 starters to do so. In addition to their fifth place finish, Port Authority was also awarded The Best Conditioned Horse Trophy, a prestigious award determined by the Ground Jury and Veterinary officials, and Rhodes-Bosch won The J.D. Reeves Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the highest-placed young rider (18-21 years of age). She also received an HSBC Training Bursary for being the best placed, first time, 4-star competitor.
"I am thrilled with my horse's performance at the Fork and Rolex," said Rhodes-Bosch, who was just 16-years-old when she purchased Port Authority as a five-year-old directly from his breeder. "He has always been pretty fantastic, and we were able to take the great results we were getting at home to the Fork and Rolex. I would really like to thank Omega Alpha for sponsoring this award. It is a really nice gesture to recognize Canadian owners."
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