After a strong start in Noel C. Duggan Engineering CCI3* division at the Millstreet International Horse Trials on Friday, Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois and continued their top form on Saturday’s cross-country day. The pair earned a dressage score of 47.10, then tallied 4.80 time penalties on the cross-country course to sit in fifth place heading into the show jumping phase on Sunday. Brannigan (Reddick, Fla.) received the USEA Foundation Rebecca Broussard Developing International Rider Grant and Cory Walkey, Beth Lendrum, and Elsbeth Battel’s 2008 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare received the USET Foundation Connaught Award to further their education competing abroad.
Several other U.S. combinations are competing at the three-star level at the Millstreet International Horse Trials. Sara Kozumplik Murphy (Berryville, Va.) and Rubens d’Ysieux, Rubens d’Ysieux Syndicate, LLC’s 2005 Selle Français gelding, are also competing in the CCI3* division. The pair scored an impressive 39.90 on their dressage test, but tallied 35.00 penalties on cross-country after a mishap involving jumping the galloping lane ropes.
The Connolly’s RED MILLS CIC3*division came to its conclusion on Saturday, and Kim Severson (Charlottesville, Va.) and Cooley Cross Border, The Cross Syndicate’s 2007 Irish Sport Horse gelding, finished second with a score of 47.60. Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) finished ninth and 10th with RF Demeter, Jacqueline Mars’s 2002 Oldenburg mare, on a score of 55.40 and Harbour Pilot, Mars’s 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding, on a score of 55.50, respectively.