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Eventing review by Matt Brown

Sponsored Rider Matt Brown has had a fantastic year, read his highlights and plans for 2019 with some exciting prospects.

This year has been jam-packed for Matt, Cecily, and their entire team. After a long year, the horses are all on their winter break before they head down to South Carolina at the end of December. They plan to start the 2019 show season in January and will be working hard all winter to prepare. Check out a short recap of their year.

Matt Brown Showjumping

Photo Credit: Sherry Stewart

The Gartenberg’s Big Berry recently came in 7th at the Fair Hill International CCI2*. Matt plans to aim him for the Pan American Games next year in addition to a CCI3*, and the Olympics in Tokyo the following year. He’s a very exciting horse for the future!

Matt and Cecily also have Super Socks BCF, who placed 6th at the 2017 Rolex Kentucky 4*. They are excited to have him back out next year!

Matt Brown Jumping 2

Photo Credit: Mike McNally

They also have some really exciting young horses coming up as well, including Just the Zip and Ben de la Creme, two 5 year old off the track thoroughbreds who are very promising. Both finished in the top ten of the Young Event Horse East Coast Championships this fall. They hope to aim both of them at a one star in 2019, with the goal being to qualify them both for Le Lion 7-year-Old CCI* Championships in 2020.

Matt Brown Riding Dressage

Photo Credit: Sherry Stewart

They also have Sunsprite Warmblood’s Sunsprite Huatulco, who will begin his eventing career in Aiken. He has shown so much potential already and they are looking forward to his debut.

Lastly, Matt and Cecily have a great group of students including Mia Braundel and Alexa Gartenberg, who just did their first two stars this year, and Anna Honey cutt, who just had a great showing at the Ocala Jockey Club CCI1*.

Alexa Riding Cross Country

Alexa. Photo Credit: Newsflash Photography

Mia Riding Cross Country

Mia. Photo Credit: Photography In Stride 

Overall, it really has been an incredible year and as you can tell, there are plenty more exciting things to look forward to in 2019. Matt and Cecily would like to thank you all for your support this year. It means the world to them and they can’t wait to continue to share their journey with you. 

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