Amber Levine and Carry On successfully jumped a faultless round over a tricky Jose Nava show jumping course today to clinch their first Advanced win at Copper Meadows. Just the second Advanced run for this pair, the win was the cherry on top of a weekend that proved anything is possible.
Amber finished on a final score of 28, followed by Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against, who were able to move up into second thanks to a double clear round. “Ecko” definitely looked keen and ready to go today, and he got away with a few rubs but overall jumped and rated nicely for Bunnie to leave the rails in their cups. They end their weekend on a 41.5 as they move closer to their goal of journeying back to Kentucky next month.
Nikki Ayers and Rubicon picked up third place in their second Advanced start. A pair of rails down kept Nikki from remaining in her overnight second position, but she still gave “Rubix” some extra big pats to the delight of her supporters looking on after clearing the final fence.
The course rode well for the most part, with two out of seven pairs having rails down. There appears to be a decent amount of atmosphere in this ring at Copper Meadows, what with spectators standing at every rail and plenty of shadows to distract even the most seasoned horse. The Advanced pairs handled things well, though, and rode the course with poise and just the right amount of control.
In the Intermediate division, Jordan Linstedt and RevitaVet Capato are your winners, finished on a final score of 33.9. Jordan and Capato moved into first following a double clear cross country run — the only one of the division — and finished up by adding no penalties in today’s show jumping.
Robyn Fischer and Betawave, a 7-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Robyn and Carol Singh, finished in second place with a double clear show jumping today for a weekend score of 37.0. This mare is a rising star for Robyn; she won her Intermediate debut at Fresno last fall and most recently in 2016 picked up fourth place in her first CIC2* last month.
Mia Farley and Fernhill Fine Diamond, whom we have talent spotted in the past, are your third place finishers in the Open Intermediate on a final score of 40.5. Mia has been working hard as a part of the Eventing 18 group of young riders this year, and that work is certainly paying off with this result in the pair’s first Intermediate together.
Many thanks to Ride On Video for providing a great live stream of the show jumping today!