Selena O’Hanlon Climbs to Top 10 Finish at Red Hills International Horse Trials

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Ottawa, Ont. Mar. 10, 2015 – Selena O’Hanlon of Kingston, Ont. finished the CIC3* at the Red Hills International Horse Trials, held March 6-8 in Tallahassee, Fla., in a coveted top 10 position.

O’Hanlon earned seventh place aboard her 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) partner, Foxwood High, a 12-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by John and Judy Rumble.

They started out earning a score of 57.7 penalties in dressage, and added just 12.4 time penalties during the cross country portion. After a clear show jumping round, they finished with a total of 70.1 penalties.

“First off, I love the Red Hills event, it has always been one of my favourites,” expressed O’Hanlon. “Dressage day was cold and all the horses were fit and being silly, but cross country was fun at all levels. The footing was excellent and the questions were fair and well built, but the time was a challenge in the two and three star levels. (Overall) I was very proud of my rounds. Huge thanks to the owners, sponsors, and the O’Hanlon eventing team.”

Also competing in the CIC3* was Holly Jacks-Smither of Orangeville, Ont. She finished on a score of 77.40 penalties riding her 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, More Inspiration, sired by Inspired Prospect. Rachel McDonough of Etobicoke, Ont. took 14th place after riding Irish Rhythm, her 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding sired by Dawnsari, to a final score of 88.40 penalties.

Canada was also well represented in the CIC2*, with Tik Maynard, a Canadian who currently resides in Branchburg, N.J., piloting Dutch Times (Goodtimes x Michellino), to a second place finish—his best result to date aboard the up-and-coming mount.

“This was the longest and hardest track I’ve done with Dutch Times, but he was ready for it,” Maynard said of the seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. “I’ve been his partner since his first event and we have a lot of trust in each other because we haven’t once let the other down.”

After earning a score of 51.50 penalties in the dressage phase, the duo added just two time faults cross country before ending on a high note with a clear show jumping round for a final score of 51.50 penalties.

“There was more pressure than I was used to feeling at an event,” explained Maynard. “They had a huge spectator turnout, prize money, and on top of that, it is a Pan Am Games year. This event was a huge learning curve for me in learning where to push and where to hold back. The owner and breeder of Dutch Times followed the event closely from afar and are really excited.” 

Waylon Roberts, who currently resides in West Grove, Pa. wasn’t far behind Maynard on the CIC2* leaderboard, finishing in fourth place. His partner was Bill Owen, an 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding sired by Money Talks he co-owns with Kelly Plitz. Together, they finished on a total of 56.20 penalties.

In the CIC1*, Emily Thompson of East Gwillimbury, Ont. rode Paddington to a 14th place finish (57.40), while O’Hanlon placed 16th after scoring 58.80 penalties riding Zephyr.

For detailed results of the Red Hill International Horse Trials, visit http://www.evententries.com/livescoring.

Equine Canada and the Canadian Eventing Committee would like to extend heartfelt condolencesto Kyle Carter and Imogen De Lavis for their loss of the talented 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Conahy’s Courage. He was euthanized March 5 after a rotational fall in the CIC3* at Red Hills International Horse Trials.

Photo: Selena O’Hanlon of Kingston, Ont. was the top Canadian on the CIC3* leaderboard at the Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Fla.

Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman Photography

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