Halliday back in the saddle at first event of 2007 season
UK-based Californian Liz Halliday began her 2007 equestrian season this week by entering all three of her horses at the Somerley Park International Horse Trials in Hampshire, UK.
Just 10 days after securing a podium finish in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring endurance sports car racing event, the talented dual-sportswoman, whose extraordinary career combines her passions for Motor Sport and 3-Day Eventing, enjoyed a strong run as she guided her horses back into active competition following the winter break.
Oscar (Arctic Knight) competed in the Intermediate section, with Harry (Silken Crisp) contesting the Open Intermediate category. However the highlight of the day was the return to action of Fox (Red Letter Day), also in the Intermediate section, after 18 months away from competition with injury.
A delighted Liz said: “In the show jumping Fox did an amazing round, knocking just the first rail down but jumping really well. That was impressive considering how long he has been out for, and show jumping is not usually his best phase. Although he was a little bit wild on the cross-country, he jumped a clear round and also did well in the dressage, so overall I was really pleased with him.”
Oscar and Harry also enjoyed solid starts to the season.
“They both did well in the Dressage and Cross Country and although Oscar struggled with the ground conditions in the show jumping and had quite a few rails down, I’m not too worried about it because he’s jumped well this winter and this is only the start of the season. Harry was unlucky in the show jumping to knock one rail down, but he jumped well considering the ground was even worse at that time as it was quite a bit later in the day.”
Overall Halliday was more than satisfied with the trio’s performance.
“It was their first event and mine since last October, and in Fox’s case since October 2005, so it was just a case of getting them back into the groove and giving them a nice run around. Their next event is at Withington Manor on the 29th of April and I am looking forward to building off of this strong start to the year and earning some good results.
Ahead of the Withington Manor event however, Halliday’s focus will switch back to the other half of her dual-sporting life – motor racing. On the 15th of April Liz heads to Monza, Italy to race the Aston Martin DBR9 with Team Modena in the opening round of the prestigious Le Mans Series.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day