Halliday-Sharp finishes 1–2 at Carolina International

Credit : USEA/Liz Halliday-Sharp (Facebook)

Monday 25 March - 16h37 | Ian Clayton and press release

Halliday-Sharp finishes 1–2 at Carolina International

"Still can’t believe what an incredible week we had at Carolina International!!" 

 - Halliday-Sharp finishes 1–2 at Carolina International

Halliday-Sharp dominated headlines at the competition
Credit : Carolina International

That was the reaction of American eventer Liz Halliday-Sharp after finishing 1–2 in the CCI4*S at this past weekend's Carolina International in North Carolina. As competition organizers recounted after the final results, "Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp had no one to beat but herself when she left the start box with Setters’ Run Farm CCI4*-S overnight leader Fernhill By Night. A double clear performance earlier in the division with second-placed Deniro Z guaranteed her win, but her final ride would decide which of her horses would take home the title. Her veteran competitor Fernhill By Night, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Deborah Halliday, sailed around the Carolina Horse Park, securing a wire-to-wire win of the premier division on his dressage score of 27.9."

They also quoted the rider, currently ranked 29th in the world in the sport, reflecting on her winning horse's performance: 
"He didn’t need to make the time," she said, "but I wanted try to for myself. The horse hasn’t really ever made the time at this level so it was kind of a see what we can do. He was really fantastic, and the horse has really come into his own now that he knows he isn’t going to be exhausted from long format now. He is quite a happy guy. He comes out and fights for me which is great," she said.

Halliday-Sharp added on social media: “So very proud of all our wonderful horses and so happy for our owners and fantastic team and sponsors - we couldn’t do it without you!!” Indeed, as Jenni Autry noted on Eventing Nation, "The one-two result is the culmination of a challenging month for Liz and her team, as Gemma Jelinska, her super groom and yard manager, was admitted to the hospital in Ocala due to ulcerative colitis just before Red Hills. Gemma ultimately flew home to England to receive treatment from her trusted team of doctors and has been there ever since. Liz’s team – Carter McInnis, Pru Dawes and Claire Tisckos – had to step up to fill Gemma’s shoes, and experienced freelance groom Debbie Carpenter also flew over from England to assist at Carolina, where the HS Eventing team competed 10 horses. Liz dedicated Blackie’s win to Gemma...." Full results are here, including for the CCI4*S.

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