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Hutchins-Kristen Takes the Lead after Dressage in the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship; Pierce Sitting on Top of USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 19, 2017, 8:23 PM EST

Bethany Hutchin-Kristen and Geluk HVF (Photos Courtesy of Xpress Foto)

Lexington, Ky. – Competitors took to the dressage arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on Thursday for the first day of competition at the 2017 Hagyard MidSouth Three-Day Event.

Bethany Hutchins-Kristen (Dryden, Mich.) leads after the dressage phase in the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship aboard Geluk HVF, the six-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion she owns with Marian Hutchins, with a score of 42.2. 

Andrew Walker (Grass Lake, Mich.) and Jonathan Brant's Aces Baby, an eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, are in second place behind Hutchins-Kristen, with a score of 45.3.

Caitlin Silliman (Aiken, S.C.) and Morgan McCue's Ally Kgo, a six-year-old Trakehner mare, are currently in third place with a score of 46.8.

Anna Pierce and River King (Photos Courtesy of Xpress Foto)

Top eventing young rider prospects also kicked off their competition with the dressage phase for the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship. Anna Pierce (Lucas, Texas) and River King, the 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding she owns with Diane Pierce, took the lead with a score of 42.7. 

Ryan Hall (Arlington, Texas) and S.V.R. Ron, S.V.R. Ron Syndicate LLC's 17-year-old Silla Uruguay gelding, currently sit in second with a score of 44.7. 

Elizabeth Scheltema (Caledonia, Mich.) and Bill Owen, a 13-year-old Hanoverian/Hackney cross gelding owned by Kathryn Scheltema, sit in third with a score of 45.3.

Cross-country begins at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, October 20, for the  CCI1* and CCI1*-JR/YR divisions. 

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