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Bowers Cone At Jr/YR Championships


2014/08/03



Qualifying for the Jr/YR Championships is always an honor, and this year Bowers Cone, son of Beanie Cone of Hunter’s Edge Stables, was among the elite at the 40th anniversary of the FEI North American Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, July 15-20.

Bowers rode in the Junior Show Jumping Championships on VIP Quality Royale, the horse with whom he won Gambler’s Choice at the 2013 Germantown Charity Horse Show. Bowers was on the Zone 4 team that included one rider from Zone 3 to round out the team of four. His team members were: Sophie Simpson, Brett Burlington, and Sandra Zimmerli. The competition consisted of four days with five jumping rounds. The courses started at 1.40m and heights were increased to 1.45m for Juniors and 1.5m for Young Riders to make more challenging courses for the last day’s competition.

Bowers explained the week’s schedule: “On day one was the first round individual qualifier. Then day two was team competition with two jumping rounds that would determine the top six teams to come back. Day three was a day off. Day four was the “farewell class” for those who did not qualify in the top 25 riders. On day five, the top 25 riders came back and out of those, the top 15 rode a second round.”

Bowers was among the top 25 riders to come back on day five, but barely missed the cutoff for the top 15 finishers. His team placed fifth overall out of ten teams. All in all, it was a very successful competition for Bowers Cone of Germantown, TN!

Earlier in the summer, Bowers traveled to Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta Canada to train with his uncle Olympian Mac Cone and to show for four weeks against some of the best competition in the world. [more information at www.sprucemeadows.com]. Bowers admitted, “It was a little eye-popping, intimidating at first, but it was absolutely one of the best learning experiences I’ve had. My horse jumped great, we placed well, and the experience built confidence for us both. It was a lot of fun!”

VIP Quality Royale is a 12-year-old, grey Dutch Warmblood, about 16.2-3hh. “He likes to jump big,” Bowers says. “The smaller stuff bores him.”

The 18-year-old rider will continue riding this fall as he finishes his senior year at St. George’s Independent School in Germantown.

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