Photo by Shelby Allen.

Nestled along the Holston River in eastern Tennessee, River Glen welcomed riders from starter through intermediate level this weekend for their August event.

Running for over 30 years, River Glen has been a labor of love for Bill Graves and the loyal community that always steps up to support their local event. In 2020, the event saw a five-year dream of hosting International competition come to fruition with the running of their first FEI classes, helpfully filling a gap in the late summer calendar. This year they made another addition with a modified level.

The aftermath of summer storms at River Glen. Photo by JJ Silliman.

The success of the weekend didn’t come without its challenges as quick-moving summer storms plagued the show schedule nearly every day. Despite this, and the flood that descended on the arena during Saturday’s show jumping, the event worked double time to keep the event on track.

Nicolas Beshear and Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Nicolas Beshear is going on something of a hot streak, winning the CCI3*-S aboard the striking grey Rio de Janeiro. This is a new partnership for the 19-year-old, and though this is the pair’s first season together, this is their second win at intermediate, their first being in the Open Intermediate at Loch Moy last month. This weekend the duo finished on a 36 after adding just 1.2 cross country time penalties and one pole down in the show jumping.

A few errant time penalties scooted Lindsay Traisnel from her overnight lead with Patricia Pearce’s Bacyrouge. They finished in second with a score of 37.6. Third place went to Keirsten Miller with her own Mama Mia on a final result of 39.7.

Sharp Decision (top) ridden by Elisa Wallace. Photo via Elisa’s Facebook Page.

The CCI2*-S was claimed by Elisa Wallace with the Susan Day’s Sharp Decision who finished on a score of 28.4 with only one extra second on the cross country added to their score. Hannah Warner maintained her lead in the CCI1* from start to finish with her own Drombane Dynamite.

Many thanks to the River Glen team for a successful event. Go eventing.

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