The Millbrook Foxhounds at the Sunday lunch- photo by Carola LottDonald Tober, Parker Gentry and Barbara Tober with the Millbrook foxhounds – photo by Pat IkeRebecca Coffin-Vickery on Sir Zirr – photo by Kirsten Edlund
Former Olympian and U.S. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor will present the second annual $5,000 Charles Owen Award to United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) high-performance eventing riders. Top riders including Olympians Boyd Martin, Philip Dutton and Buck Davidson are regular competitors at the trials.
O’Connor is a member of the U.S. Eventing Hall of Fame and was named Chef d’Equipe of the U.S. eventing team in 2013. “I’m delighted to present this award to these top riders who are role models not only as gifted equestrians but for setting important safety standards in the sport,” O’Connor said.
Charles Owen, the leading British helmet maker for more than 100 years, last year donated $15,000 to create a three-year award to recognize a person or team who has made a significant contribution to highlighting safety in the sport.
Despite the over ninety degree weather Millbrook riders left Fitch’s Corner with their fair share of ribbons and silver.
Lizzie Chamberlin won the Barbara Meyer Trophy awarded to the Pony Club member of the NY/Upper CT region with the highest points. Lizzie won the Junior Open Novice on Theodora and placed fifth in same division on Grit Victory.
Alice Roosevelt won Junior Open Training-A on South Park and placed third in Junior Open Training-B on Teddy O’Brien.
Alice Roosevelt and South Park - photo by Pat Ike
The girls – now young ladies - from Kildare Stables have good reason to be proud of themselves. In Junior Open Beginner Novice-A, Carina Erickson was second on Sparrow and Josephine Duggan finished fourth on Kildare’s Rainbow. Isabel Finemore won Junior Open Beginner Novice-B on Instant Impact. In the same division Josephine Duggan was first in the dressage class to finish third overall on Buster Keaton. Her mother, Madeline Duggan, was third in Open Novice on Kildare’s BGS Dolly.
Since they began 15 years ago, the Millbrook Horse Trials have become a “destination event” for top riders who are bringing young horses along as well as for riders vying for spots on U.S. teams. MHT attracts such Olympic-level competitors as Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton and Buck Davidson well as amateur riders from around the country. MHT has become This year, over 500 horse-rider pairs are expected. Upper level riders in the Advanced, Intermediate and Preliminary divisions will compete for $25,000 in prize money.
WaterView, located above the complex of water jumps will be open on Saturday during the upper-level cross-country competition. A professional rider will provide commentary. Tickets for WaterView include transportation to the tent, breakfast and a box lunch.