Nineteen-year-old Ricky Neal is off to Europe at the end of this month as part of the USEF's Show Jumping European Young Riders tour. The team's one-month adventure begins May 19-22 at the CSIOY in Bonheiden, Belgium and continues on to competitions in France, Austria and Germany. A Pasadena resident, Ricky is joined on the team by East Coasters Reed Kessler, Catherine Pasmore, Jessica Springsteen and
Although they won't be at the same shows, they might cross paths in an airport with West Coast senior riders Rich Fellers and Ashlee Bond, who were selected to compete in the first three CSIOs of the 2011 Meyden FEI Nations Cup Series. With a few weeks of rest after the World Cup Jumping Finals in Leipzig Germany, they'll begin at La
Baule, France May 11-15, then proceed to the CSIOs in Rome and St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Ashlee and Rich's teammates on this leg of the tour are Margie Engle, Charlie Jayne and Christine McCrea.
A Case of the Blues at Brookside
While McIntosh Stables is known for their love of the color green, they definitely enjoyed a case of the blues at the Welcome to Brookside show in Elk Grove, CA. Trainers Colin and Toni McIntosh guided their team of seven horses and riders to top placings in all three rings. Under Olympian Colin's watchful eye, riders Steven LaFrance, Kate Champion, Kelsey Fenger and Mitra Arani posted prize-winning rounds. In addition, amateur Jennifer Morris raced to the AA Jumper Championship while junior rider Michelle Morsey topped the Onondarka Medal.