Buck Davidson battles broken ribs to notch 3* win

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Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM won the CIC 3* at Richland Park Horse Trials.
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM won the CIC 3* at Richland Park Horse Trials. © Leslie Mintz / USEA Photos

US eventer Buck Davidson has won the CIC3* Richland Park Horse Trials in Michigan on Ballynoe Castle RM last weekend, despite competing with a broken ribs from a fall a few hours before his cross-country trip.

Davidson had an impressive cross-country round on “Reggie,” as Ballynoe Castle RM is affectionately known. “My goal was just to get balanced and try to survive today,” Davidson said.

“He looked after me. He is awesome, as all my horses are; I’m very proud of them.”

It was the pair’s second win in the same division at Richland Park this year. The combination were also champions of the 2011 Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*.

The 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse, owned by Carl and Cassandra Segal, also jumped a clear round in the show jumping portion of the event, helping Davidson to clinch the win in the CIC 3* event.

Davidson was joined by World Equestrian Brands ambassador Kim Severson on the winner’s podium at Richland Park, with the latter taking out the advanced division Cooley Cross Border.

Severson faced her own challenges in the cross-country. A mistake in the posted optimum time left her expecting a few time penalties. When she finished, she learned she was actually only a second over the optimum time, earning the win. The single time fault in the cross country round as well as a clear round in the advanced show jumping put Severson in the obvious lead.

Advanced winners Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border.
Advanced winners Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border. © Leslie Mintz / USEA Photos

Severson has been taking it “very, very slow” with Cooley Cross Border, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding who has been with the rider since 2011.  “I’m really excited about this horse. He is a horse of the quality that we need that hopefully can go on and perform at the highest level for us.”

Severson also took first place in the Open Preliminary division with Hope Cove, a 2001 Zangersheide owned by Michelle Parker. Severson has been riding Hope Cove since 2013.

World Equestrian Brands also sponsors Allison Springer and Allie Knowles, who were both successful in the Richland Park Horse Trials as well.

Springer took 8th place in the CIC 2* on Cascani, and 10th on Athlone Anto in the Advanced division.

“I feel so blessed with both my horses this weekend; they did incredible. They both jumped beautifully and were so much fun to ride. Thank you to everyone who made these partnerships possible!”

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