Will Coleman Holds Lead at USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship After Dressage
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Posted by Sarah Madden for TIEC
The USEF CCI 4*-L Eventing National Championship kicked off at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort with two days of Dressage competition as part of The Dutta Corp Tryon International Three-Day Event. The week features CCI 1*-4*-L competition alongside CCI 4*-S competition and the Adequan®/USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge East Coast Finals. In the chase for the national title, Will Coleman (USA) and Chin Tonic HS hold the lead going into Cross-Country, dancing to a score of 26.0. The remainder of the podium is also all-American at the moment: Woods Baughman (USA) and C’est La Vie, the 2008 Hanoverian gelding (Contendro I x Aarking xx) owned in partnership with James Baughman Jr. and Kim Baughman, scored a 29.4 in the sandbox for second, and Sharon White (USA) sits in third with Claus 63, her own 2012 Holsteiner gelding (Catoo x Levisto), after their 29.9-point performance in Dressage.
Photo - Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS (©Shannon Brinkman Photography)
Coleman and the 2012 Holsteiner gelding (Chin Champ x Quinar) owned by Hyperion Stud LLC) are contesting their third-ever Advanced competition, so he’s aiming for an educational yet competitive experience. “He’s a very talented young horse,” Coleman detailed. “He’s very green for this kind of competition, but we feel that he’s ready. He showed some of his greenness in his test, but he has so much quality that he can get away with it. I feel fortunate to be where we are and recognize I’m riding a really good horse in that phase.”
Since it’s Chin Tonic’s third run at the Advanced level, Coleman is proceeding with caution but is excited to contest the Captain Mark Phillips (GBR) course design on the White Oak Cross-Country Course Saturday. “The main thing we want to think about is just giving him a good run for his future and development, but we’re here to be competitive as well,” Coleman shared. “We’re formulating a good plan for him, and then we’ll go out there tomorrow and try our best to execute it.
“It’s been great here as always,” Coleman commented on the venue. “Tryon is first-class. The horses get a sense of the atmosphere that you might encounter at big-time events around the world. I think it’s wonderful that we’re able to compete here.” he concluded, “Fingers crossed for tomorrow. I hope everyone has great runs and that we have a great day of sport!”
Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play Lead after Dressage in CCI 4*-S Competition
Lynn Symansky (USA) and RF Cool Play are the duo to beat after Dressage concluded for CCI 4*-S competitors, scoring a 28.2 with the 2008 German Warmblood gelding (Condors Champion x Radscha) owned by the Donner Syndicate, LLC. Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z, the 2008 Zangersheide gelding (Asca x Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by Evie Dutton, Ann Jones, Suzanne Lacy, Caroline Morgan, Simon Roosevelt, and Thomas Tierney, received a score of 29.2 for second place so far, while Jessica Phoenix (CAN) and Humble GS, the 2006 Trakehner/Canadian Sport Horse stallion (Ferrari GS x Amiego GS) owned by Charlotte Schickedanz, currently sit just behind with a score of 29.7 for third.
Competition continues Saturday, November 12 with Cross-Country competition beginning at 8am and continuing through 4:30pm. Full schedules and viewing information, including live stream links, are available at www.Tryon.com/eventing. Shuttles are available from the Legends Plaza at TIEC.