Davidson leads US World Cup field

August 9, 2009

Canada and USA tie for top spots in final day of dressage at the Wits End Horse Trials FEI World Cup qualifier at Mansfield in the US.

Just as day one of competition, the weather held out and spectators and riders enjoyed a fabulous day to view outstanding

Bruce Davidson jr (Buck) and My Boy Bobby, leaders after the dressage in the US World Cup qualifier at Wits End. © Andrew Bailini
dressage with an international field of riders from Canada, USA, and Australia.

Competition continues today with cross country and a new course designed by David O'Connor, a former Olympic gold medal winner in eventing for the United States in Sydney.

"David has made the course bigger this year," said Jo Young, co owner with Bill McKeen of Wits End Farm and the Wits End Horse Trials.

"There's more room for galloping and the fences are extremely challenging."

This is the sixth year in a row that Wits End Farm has hosted the prestigious equestrian event. More than 120 riders will compete and 2000 people are expected to attend the four day competition. Wits End Horse Trials is the only FEI World Cup Qualifier in Canada.