West Yorkshire, England – June 12, 2016 – Two athletes traveled across the Atlantic this weekend to represent the United States at prestigious Bramham International Horse Trials. Competing in the Event Rider Masters CIC***, Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen kicked things off with the top dressage score of 36.5 penalties to be the leaders after the first phase. They had one rail in the show jumping phase, but were double clear cross country to finish on just 40.5 penalties and earn the second place honors.
Jenny Caras had the opportunity to travel to Bramham and compete in the Bishop Burton College CCI3*** U25 event as part of the Karen Stives European Developing Tour, made possible through the 2016 Karen Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Grant.
“I’m just in awe of the generosity that everybody has shown me and the faith that they’re putting in me by awarding me this money,” said Caras after receiving the grant. “It’s kind of a dream come true that I have people believe in me enough to put their faith behind me. I think this opportunity will make a world of a difference for my career.”
Caras and Fernhill Fortitiude were ranked sixth after the dressage phase on a score of 48.9 penalties. They added then added 7.6 penalties to their score for exceeding the cross country time and had 12 faults during stadium jumping, but their total penalties of 68.5 was good enough to secure ninth place for their first U25 competition.
Montgomery will now be looking ahead to be a part of the team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, while, Caras continues to climb the ranks and hopes to one day represent the United States as part of a senior team.