The Horse Park of New Jersey hosted the New Jersey H.T. 1 this weekend, welcome starters from Advanced down through Beginner Novice — a busy weekend on all accounts! Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect LLC’s Sound Prospect earned the top placing in the Advanced division, moving up from third to finish on a final score of 42.4.
Allie and “Sounder” re-routed to Jersey Fresh after retiring at Rolex, finishing 17th in a very competitive CCI3*. The ground at Jersey certainly seems to suit this pair, as it appears they made quick work of the cross country.
Emily Pestl-Dimmitt and Michelle Pestl’s Airlington, who have previously competed through Advanced on the West Coast, ended their weekend in second place, picking up 17.6 time penalties for a final score of 49.2.
Buck Davidson and Lisa Darden’s Wiley Post round out the top three at New Jersey, rocketing up from 15th place after a quick footed cross country round that accumulated just .4 time penalties. This weekend was Wiley Post’s first competition since the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh, where he finished in 13th place.
New Jersey H.T. 1: [Scores]
Down in Georgia at Chatt Hills, Michael Pollard and Christine Turner’s Tsetserleg solidly clinched the wire to wire win in the Open Intermediate A on a final score of 41.1. This is Tsetserleg’s first full season at Intermediate and he collects his first win this weekend.
Kyle Carter and Cooley Nothing Better B moved up a couple of spots from fourth to second on a three phase score of 56.7. This was the first start since April for the 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding who shares the same sire as Ballynoe Castle RM.
Alex Green and one of her up and coming horses, Fernhill Bold Gesture, finished third on the weekend with a score of 57.5. This year is also this pair’s first full season at Intermediate together.
Michael Pollard wasn’t done yet with his one win — he picked up the win in the B division as well aboard the stallion Halimey. After earning a 25.6 in the dressage, Michael and Halimey were the only pair in this division to finish on that score.
Second in the B division are Alexander O’Neal and Rendezvous With Charly, who moved up from fifth after a double clear to finish on a 40.5. This is a newer partnership, and this weekend was Alexander and Rendezvous With Charly’s third event together. Evidently things are heading in the right direction, as they’ve placed continually higher as time goes on. Perhaps a blue ribbon next?
Danielle Ditching Busbee and First Lyte complete the top three in the B division, finishing on a score of 40.6. This was a step up to a new level for First Lyte, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred mare owned by Alese Lyle.
Chatt Hills Summer 1: [Scores]
It was a tough day for Open Intermediate competitors at Inavale Farm H.T. in Oregon, with six out of 11 pairs retiring or suffering elimination on cross country. It is Karen O’Neal and Barbara Flynn’s Hollywood Diva who will take home the win this weekend, finishing on their dressage score of 34.4.
In second for the weekend are Andrea Neilsen and LC O’Shawnisee, who also finished on their dressage score of 34.8. This is this pair’s highest placing at the Intermediate level to date — congratulations!
Rounding out the top three are Jen McFall and High Times, who added some time on cross country and a rail in show jumping for a final score of 45.1. Jen will be very pleased with “Billy’s” dressage performance this weekend though — he earned a 28.3 to take the early lead. Rebecca Farm will be the next stop for these two.
Inavale Farm H.T.: [Scores]