Hi everyone! This winter has been pretty busy as I have been preparing for the upcoming season which starts this weekend! My young horse Cornelius will make his USA Eventing debut in the Novice at Three Lakes Horse Trials, so that is very exciting.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to Wellington for a few days and ride with Matt Hollberg. It was a great experience for me and more importantly for the horses since the atmosphere was quite electric. I brought Bliss III, Oskar and Cornelius and they handled everything very well, producing multiple clear rounds.
To be honest I was a bit nervous to go to Wellington since I had only been back riding for a week beforehand. As some of you may know I am in college, but my schedule is anything but normal. I only go to school in the fall since that is when my show season is the lightest, but I fly in and out to ride when possible. Doing so certainly does not makes things easy, but I am so close to finishing I just need to get it done. Compromise am I right? I’m extremely grateful to have my support system aka the village of people who make it all possible. I truly could not make everything work without them.
So, after Wellington the horses had a day off and then it was back to work because the E25 assessments were two days later. I’m grateful to have been selected for the assessment sessions and I had a really great time while I was attending it. I’m looking forward to the next step, but more importantly to the rest of the season.
It’s an exciting year for sure, so I can’t wait to get it started!
Alyssa and Oskar closed out their year in style at the Ocala Jockey Club International Event. With Alyssa back in Texas attending school at Texas Christian University this fall, Jennie Brannigan has kept all of Alyssa’s horses in top form for her during the week before Alyssa would come in to ride whenever she could. Because of this, Alyssa felt more than confident heading into their first 4*-S as a pair at Ocala. It was also Oskar’s first Advanced/4* but after his stellar year, he was more than prepared for the upgrade. Their weekend started off with a super Dressage test that saw them land in the top five. Oskar then show jumped well and handled all of the 4* cross country questions with ease to finish clear with planned time around his first try at the level. When the dust settled and the weekend was over, Alyssa and Oskar finished in the top 10 behind their three superb phases. Alyssa is so excited to carry this momentum into 2020 and looking forward to kicking off the new year with all of her horses including a very special new addition from Germany. Thank you all so much for your support. Stay tuned!
Alyssa and Oskar have clinched a wire-to-wire win in the CCI3*L-U25 at Bromont! After a fabulous three phases, they only added 1.6-time penalties to their dressage score of 25.70 to take home the win. It was a very special moment for Alyssa and her entire team. So many people have helped her get here and while she couldn’t possibly list them all, she can’t thank you enough.
In addition to competing individually, Alyssa and Oskar were also apart of Team Leslie Law for the US Equestrian’s Future’s Team Challenge. Team Leslie Law finished second to Team Erik Duvander on a score of 114.2 with Alyssa leading the team individually. Alyssa was thrilled to be in a team environment and soaked up all the insightful knowledge from this invaluable experience. Way a way to finish out the spring season. Great job Alyssa and Oskar!
Alyssa is at Bromont! After a great run at Fair Hill’s May Horse Trials where Oskar finished in third after adding some planned cross country time to his 22.1 dressage score, she had been working hard at her home base at Jennie Brannigan’s Pennsylvania farm. FE Celestino had a great weekend at Fair Hill as well. He nearly matched Oskar’s score on the flat, receiving a 22.4, and lead from start to finish. What a good boy!
Alyssa was so excited to join her teammates, Alex Baugh, Mallory Hogan, and Cosby at Bromont where she will be riding on Leslie Law’s team during the US Equestrian’s Future’s Team Challenge. She can’t wait to contest the CCI3*L-U25 with Oskar. Stay tuned for updates throughout the week!
Oskar has settled in nicely and had a little jump school today with Leslie. Excited to be here and be apart of the futures team challenge with some great riders! Very grateful to USEF and USET for this opportunity… now if only it would warm up some!
Alyssa and her own Oskar added another top CCI3*-S finish to their already impressive resume at the Fair Hill Spring International! They finished in the top two after three phases in wet conditions that saw inches of rain dropped on the venue. Oskar was a star and jumped around easily and confidently. Up next for the pair is the Intermediate at Fair Hill in two weeks time.
Her own Cooley Caviar also had a confident go around Fair Hill’s Preliminary course showing he was more than up for the challenge. He posted another ribbon worthy result bringing home a white ribbon for his efforts. Two for two for Alyssa at Fair Hill!
In other exciting news, Alyssa was recently named to Leslie Law’s U-25 team for the US Equestrian’s Futures Team Challenge at the Bromont International. Alyssa is looking forward to competing alongside her teammates Alex Baugh, Cosby Green, and Mallory Hogan as they compete against Erik Duvander’s team. Things are already getting competitive and Alyssa can’t wait to join the team in June! Exciting things are ahead!
Alyssa and her own Oskar brought home a fourth place finish in a large 56-horse field of stacked competitors and horses in the CCI3*-S (formerly CIC2*) last weekend at the Carolina International. This event has grown into one of the most prestigious in the country and while Alyssa had never competed at the Carolina Horse Park before, she was amazed by the quality of both the facility and event.
Alyssa and Oskar were one of just a few competitors to stay on her dressage score all weekend showing their hard work had paid off. Alyssa reported Oskar felt great all weekend and she is so excited to see where the spring takes him. Be sure to follow along on all of Alyssa’s channels by clicking below to stay up to date with everything happening at Alyssa Phillips Eventing.
Oskar and Cooley Caviar both had a great weekend at Red Hills in the Intermediate finishing 3rd and 8th. Next stop for them is Carolina CCI3*-S!