USDF/ABIC Region 3 Championships

From the Home State of South Carolina - Scott Peterson and Meghan McCoy

Scott Peterson was the hometown star with double victories in the open PSG and I-1 with Chris Broom's elastic and elegant 10-year old Dutch gelding Joey. (69.6% PSG and 68.7% I-1). The pair were undefeated over the weekend, winning a large FEI warmup class on Friday (69%) tracking smooth and elastic trips to dominate the small tour championship.

"This horse is really special," Peterson said. "We have a great chemistry." The Blythewood, S.C. trainer has had the horse in his barn two years, for two different owners. Reserve champion to Joey in the PSG was Lestera (Gigi Nutter), and both horses are by the same sire, Chronos.

Local junior Meghan McCoy, 15, claimed both NAYRC Qualifiers in the FEI team and individual tests with a new mount Volsung (65.0, 65.2%).

"I've only had him 2 months, and he was not fit at all when we got him," McCoy said of her 11-year old Oldenburg gelding. "This was our first show, and we had a horrible warmup. I was crying, going into the first test. But when we went in, his ears came forward, he loved everyone watching him. He puffed up, and we pulled it together. Then when I heard the score I couldn't believe it!"

McCoy also won the USAE Junior Dressage Seat Equitation Semi-Finals. She lives in Camden, only ten minutes from the show grounds. Her dad is a veterinarian, and they keep "lots of animals" at home. She trains with Amy McElroy of Aiken, S.C.

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