All pairs were accepted at the first horse inspection here at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event on a warm, sunny afternoon at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, New Jersey.
No horses were sent to the holding box in either the CCI2* or CCI3*, though the CCI3* ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Gretchen Butts (USA), and Jane Hamlin (USA) asked Hawley Bennett-Award to jog Jollybo twice before announcing the mare as accepted.
A total of 44 horses are competing across both CCI divisions here at Jersey Fresh: 26 in the CCI3* and 18 in the CCI2*. The CCI3* is a qualifying event and selection trial for the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon.
While the CCI divisions are smaller than we typically see, the CIC divisions are packed with 58 in the CIC2* and 41 in the CIC3*. The 145 total competitors are the largest in the history of the event.
Capt. Mark Phillips returns as the cross country course designer this year, assisted by Morgan Rowsell as two-star co-designers. Ten new jumps will be unveiled on the CCI3* course thanks to presenting sponsor B.W. Furlong & Associates.
Chris Barnard is the new show jumping course designer this year, and Jersey Fresh is launching a new Show Jumping Sponsorship Program that will gradually introduce new show jumps for the event starting this year.
The Horse Park of New Jersey will also cut the ribbon on Friday to officially mark the completion of the first stage of improvements to the Grand Prix Arena, which continues to undergo major footing refurbishments.
Dressage starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. for both CCI divisions, followed by the CIC divisions in the afternoon. Click here for dressage start times.
Keep checking back for more photos from this afternoon’s first inspection, and stay tuned for EN’s wall-to-wall coverage of #JFI3DE. Go Eventing.