Jennifer Thompson and Funnominal CG Tops Strong Field of US Singles Drivers Seeking Selection for World Championship Team
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
The Advanced Single Horse Class, the biggest of the ProElite Tryon CDE, saw Jennifer Thompson (WI) and Funnominal CG, the 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding, drive to the best score of the weekend with a score of 116.69. Nifty Hamilton (FL) and Makari Design, the 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding, claimed reserve with a score of 118.30 after three phases, while Donna Crookston (PA) drove Victor, the 2008 Dutch Harness Horse gelding, to third with a total score of 129.35.
This was a critical competition for the top US Single Horse Drivers who were vying for a spot on the US team for the FEI World Driving Championships for Single Horses to be held in Pau France, October 21-25. With a COVID cloud of uncertainty, all drivers rallied at the first USEF competition since they squared off at Live Oak in March. It was a quality field of competitors showing one of the strongest teams of competitors in US Single Driving history.
“We were able to walk the Cones course last night, so I had a good grasp of where I was going, Thompson shared. “I was really happy with the way my horse felt this morning. He went in, did his job, and we completed the course using techniques that we’ve been working on over the last several months. It all came together this morning and I was pleased to be able to put to use some recent tricks and techniques for Driving Cones. It was a fun and nice course.”
Even with stringent COVID-19 safety policies in place, Thompson described how great it was to be back to competitions, reuniting with horse show friends. “It’s really good to be back to competition. It’s great to see your friends from across the eastern half of the United States who you wouldn’t normally see if you weren’t at a horse show. Even though you have to keep a distance from them it’s still nice to see faces and get back into a routine!
Thompson traveled from Wisconsin for the ProElite Tryon CDE, and raved about the facility. “I think TIEC is a great facility to be at. It was wonderful to have the barns, especially with the amount of rain we got on Thursday. It made things a bit easier for the weekend to stay dry and out of the mud. It’s well worth the 900-mile drive for me to come down here.