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Tamra Smith of Murrieta takes Irish Blend to victory in Training Level Division A action at the Galway Downs International Three Day Event, held Oct. 30-Nov. 2.


Barbara’s breakthrough


Crabo wins fi rst CCI3* at Galway Downs Int’l from releases and staff reports


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EMECULA—Barbara Crabo rode Eveready II to victory in the CCI3* at the Galway Downs International T ree-Day Event, scoring 53.2 penalties. Her faultless show jumping around, combined with


the fastest time on the cross-country course, pushed her to the top when leader Buck Davidson lowered one show jumping rail with Copper Beech to fi nish second (54.0). Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair fi nished third (59.2). For Crabo, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Galway Downs was her fi rst victory in a


CCI3*, and for it she received a check for $7,000. “I’m trying not to swear, but it feels awesome. It means the world to


me,” said Crabo. Crabo bred Eveready II, now 15 years old, was the fi rst person to ride him, and is the only person to ever compete him. “We’ve been working together so hard and so long.” With the second-fastest cross-country time on Copper Beech,


Davidson put himself in position to win the CCI3* at Galway Downs for the second consecutive year. Davidson won the CCI3* in 2013 on Petite Flower. But Davidson then fi nished 14 seconds slow (5.6 time penalties), and


Buck Davidson and Copper Beach soar during a scenic moment at Galway Downs in the CCI3*


competition. The pair was second, behind Barb Crabo and Eveready II.


Crabo fi nished nine seconds faster (3.6 time penalties). Crabo said it was the fastest three-star round she’d ever had, that she


met her minute markers for the fi rst four minutes of the 10-minute course. “I’ve been working going faster for so long, and I feel like we kind


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