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By the Numbers: Ocala Jockey Club CCI3*

Ocala Jockey Club has generously moved mountains to offer the east coast a second shot at a fall CCI3*, and the competitors who held out to compete here have been rewarded with some gorgeous weather for the weekend. In contrast, much of the U.S. has gotten snow of some type in the last week (and our thoughts are with California, who has the opposite issue with wildfires). Clearly this event needs to be on everyone’s calendar for next year.

We are down to 11 entries in the CCI3* after Tamie Smith withdrew heavy favorite Mai Baum on Thursday afternoon. Here’s an analytical look at the event and the field! Check out EN’s CIC3* dressage report here.

The stunning Ocala Jockey Club in Reddick, Florida. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The Venue

  • Ocala has only held a CIC3* before; this will be its first iteration of the CCI3*.
  • In two runnings of the CIC3*, the winner was placed no higher than third after dressage.
  • Three starters thus far have managed to finish on their dressage score out of 54 total starters.

Dressage Divas

Kristen Bond and Enough Already. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Kristen Bond and Enough Already have been chipping away at the first phase in the horse’s first year at the level after putting in a solid mark of 28.1 in their first run at Carolina. Most recently they equaled that personal best at Morven in the Advanced Championships.
  • Jacob Fletcher has quietly been putting in solid performances on Atlantic Domino all year, scoring in the sub-32 range in three of their five outings since last year. This pair has broken into the 20s back in 2015 when they won the American Eventing Championships with a dressage personal best of 27.6 but haven’t quite cracked that mark since the horse returned to the top levels.
  • Voltaire de Tre has had a solid first year at the level under the tutelage of Leslie Law, with an average score of 32.6. Although they’ve flirted with scores above 70%, they’ve only cracked the mark once, in an Advanced division at The Fork earlier this spring.

Cross Country Machines

Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • Paddy the Caddy can certainly push the clock under Erin Sylvester; in three starts at the CCI3/4* level, he’s finished inside the time in two of them, while clocking in only eight seconds over in the third.
  • Atlantic Domino is a speedster at this level, who up until his most recent starts had never finished more than 10 seconds over optimum with a clear round under Jacob Fletcher. Although his pace slowed considerably in the last two starts, he can generally be depended on to finish within 10 seconds of the fastest pace of the day.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino are one of the strongest pairs at the final phase; overall they’ve jumped clear in 10 of their 13 show jumping rounds at the level and they’ve never had a rail in five rounds when stadium was last, including two previous CCI3* completions.
  • Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre have jumped clear in seven of nine rounds at the level, all this year. In five results where cross country was first, they’ve had only one rail down in total.
  • Erin Sylvester also has a strong record with Paddy the Caddy, clocking in seven of eight clear rounds when cross country is before stadium, including two CCI3* completions. However, they’ve had one rail in three of their four rounds this year, leaving the door open on the final day for others.

PREDICTED WINNER: Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy

Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino
  • Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre
  • Lauren Kieffer and Paramount Importance

#OJC3DE Links: WebsiteDressage Start TimesLive ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

 Photo used under Creative Commons License.

It might be a day late and a dollar short but the leaves have finally hit their stride up here in the Northeast. Of course it’s snowing in Kentucky and nineteen in New Mexico so despite Ocala running, I’m ready to declare it officially the off-season, if only so I don’t have to keep riding in the dark.

National Holiday:  World Diabetes Day

Major Weekend Events:

Ocala Jockey Club CIC & CCI: WebsiteEntry StatusScheduleLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Erik Duvander will be the keynote speaker the the USEA convention in New Orleans. After coming in early this year to coach the US team, Erik will use experience from his roles not only as High Performance Director from various countries but also his role as father and husband to discuss different topics of learning.   [Erik Duvander Previews Keynote Address]

Jonty Evans made a public appearance at the Horse & Hound Awards to honor his groom Jane Green. Jane, who kept Jonty’s yard going all year after the rider suffered a TBI in June and remained in a coma for six weeks, was granted the Horseware Groom of the Year. [Jonty Evans Attends Awards]

Lauren Sprieser has suffered her fair share of heartbreak this year. Facing a heap of vet bills after a major colic from last  year and a puppy emergency, then multiple career ending injuries this year, Lauren ended up with a bit of the same this year, losing first one horse, then another to colic. At some point, she muses, you just become numb to it. [Disaster Fatigue]

If your horse could talk, what would his/her New Year’s Resolution be for 2019? Submit your answer to win over $4,000 in prizes in this year’s Horse Radio Network Holiday Radiothon including grand prizes of your choice of any Wintec saddle and a Weatherbeeta $500 prize pack. Entries must be submitted by Nov 19th. [Horse Radio Network Radiothon]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: The Complete Package

Attwood is a full-service arena builder. While we have invested years of research and development in the laboratory to constantly improve our footing, we also understand the importance and structure of a good base. We know how to design the base to work in conjunction with the footing in all climatic conditions, and have installed arenas in 43 states over the past 25 years. Our dedication and experience give us the expertise to design and install custom arenas with proper containment, a well-designed base, and superior footing. The choice of materials is vitally important to the success of our surfaces. Identifying the correct sand is the basis in formulating the footing. As a natural product, not all sands are the same.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Help Laine’s mother pick out her next jog outfit! Photo via Valerie Ashker’s FB Page.

Halloween is over, the elections are done, and while turkey is on the horizon, the marketing machine has decided that it is time to celebrate Christmas already. The Ashkers take this very seriously when picking out jog outfits for Laine’s upcoming CCI1* at the Ocala Jockey Club next. Will we see her as a gingerbread lady or a merry holiday elf?

National Holiday:  Diwali

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

River Glen Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

He did it! In what has been called an “upset” and “surprise victory,” Retired Racehorse Project founder Steuart Pittman has succeeded in his challenge to unseat Maryland’s Anne Arundel County Executive incumbent Steve Schuh. The position of County Executive is a powerful one, as it oversees the executive branch of county government and all its departments, and we are glad he is a position to be an advocate for his community as he has been an advocate for Thoroughbreds in the equestrian community. Many thanks to all the Anne Arundel County eventers who supported him with their votes — his win came as no surprise to use! [Democratic Challenger Steuart Pittman Wins Anne Arundel County Executive]

Indy 500 came from humble beginnings but has now traveled to Europe multiple times. Andrea Baxter has been with Indy from day one, backing the mare and breeding her as a youngster. Now a mother (who wants nothing to do with her son Laguna Seca), she loves only her best friend Enfinity. [Behind the Stall Door]

Not all horses develop at the same right. Lauren Sprieser has two of the same age who are taking very different paths in their path to the top. As an owner of one horse who was running Prelim by the end of his sixth year and another who is taking his sweet time making the move up next year at nine, I was encouraged by her dose of reality. [Same Age Different Stages]

The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 ERA of NA Year End Awards. Individuals who have had an outstanding and profound effect on the sport of eventing will be recognized at the ERA of NA Awards Reception during the USEA Convention Friday, December 7, 2018. The nomination period for the Liz Cochran Memorial Groom’s Award, As You Like It Owner’s Award, Seema Sonnad Above & Beyond Event Personnel Award and Amateur Impact Award will run through November 10, 2018. [Nominations for ERA of NA Awards]

If your horse could talk, what would his/her New Year’s Resolution be for 2019? Submit your answer to win over $4,000 in prizes in this year’s Horse Radio Network Holiday Radiothon including grand prizes of your choice of any Wintec saddle and a Weatherbeeta $500 prize pack. Entries must be submitted by Nov 19th. [Horse Radio Network Radiothon]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: On the Edge of Innovation

 

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Geaux Tigers! Photo by Angela Bowles via Sydney Conley-Elliott’s FB page.

Happy Halloween! All around the country, equestrians are celebrating this holiday by dressing up their favorite equines, both in the barn and out on course. Holly Hill hosted a costume contest and four-star rider Sydney Conley-Elliott demonstrated her LSU pride by dressing up as a LSU football player.

National Holiday:  Halloween!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Virginia CCI, CIC, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm November H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Galway Downs CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Piaf de B’Neville was retired in an emotional ceremony at Pau. The horse who shot Astier Nicolas into stardom with a win at Pau in 2015 was officially retired at Pau, although his retirement unofficially came in May. ‘Ben’ last competed in 2017 when he finished 15th at Badminton. [Astier Nicolas Retires Piaf de B’Neville]

Pau’s youngest four-star winner is both charming and industrious. Thibault Fornier is a physiotherapy student and plans to balance a career rehabbing humans with his riding. Even he couldn’t believe he had won, hopping off Siniani de Lathus after crossing the finish line and giving him a giant hug right in the ring. [12 Facts About Thibault]

There’s been much ado about Ros Canter’s triumph at WEG but Irish rider Padraig McCarthy has had his own meteoric rise to the top of the sport. The Irish rider managed to earn himself a PhD in economics and German before competing up to 1.60m in the show jumping world. After all that, he managed to convince 4*-rider Lucy Wiegersma to marry him and ended up with her 4* horse Mr Chunky as a ride as part of the deal. The rest is history. [Padraig McCarthy Interview]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: EuroTex Tailored for a Special Event

With the addition of a CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC1* to the Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials this fall, Attwood Equestrian Surfaces is busy creating a new arena to accommodate the expanding competition.

Tucked in between the covered arena and the “Silva” arena on the north side of the property, the new arena will also be incorporated into the cross country course design by Mark Phillips.

“It’s pretty heady how much has changed since we first came here to do the footing for the covered arena (Pinnacle) just a few years ago. Since then we have installed another 125,000 plus square feet of footing. The property just keeps expanding!” said Nick Attwood, president of AES.  “Barry Olliff has quite a vision for his farm. Working with Mark, Richard Jeffries, Barry … it’s a game changer for the town of Aiken when you have this ‘A’ list team of people to work with.”

And the footing? A custom blend of EuroTex, made specifically for Stable View. EuroTex is a unique composition of Geopad felt and Cleff elasticated fibers combined with specially selected sand. The sand selection is very important taking in account climate and the amount of use the arena will see. The result is a stunningly consistent footing that provides just enough cushion, just enough grip, creating a truly safe surface.

EuroTex is also the footing used in the “Silva” arena and the Attwood International Competition Arena.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Hunt Club Farms jumps for a cause. Photo via Hunt Club Farms FB page.

It’s always fun to jump, but it’s more fun to jump for a cause, which competitors at Hunt Club Farms did over the weekend. Hunt Club Farms held a fundraising starter trial for the the Angel Trust at Winchester Medical Center, raising funds to kick breast cancer’s butt.

National Holiday:  United Nations Day

Major Events This Week:

Pau CCI4*: WebsiteEntriesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Waredaca Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [3DE Entries] [HT Entries] [3DE Ride Times] [HT Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Windermere Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Andrea Baxter and AP Indy came to Burghley 2018 with a mission. “Last year was almost just a dream to be there and giving it a try, but I put the pressure on myself this year as I knew Indy and I could do it and we needed to go out there and prove it!” And so they did. Andrea recounts her rematch with Britain’s big, bag four-star in this feature for Slo Horse News. [Andrea Baxter’s Burghley Redemption Plan with Indy 500]

With the eventing season beginning to wrap up, it’s time to think about the Convention. That’s right, the USEA Convention is only six weeks away and beginning to release details. From forums on the Classic 3 Day to the calendar workshop, there’s bound to be a topic to catch your interest. [USEA Convention Preview]

Jess Halliday has been a fixture in Area I for the past decade, whether working at Dover or running her own training farm. However, 2018 has not been her year, with one bad thing after another happening. Despite that, Jess never gave up her smile, even through what she thought was a bad stomach bug. When the bug turned out to be Stage IV colon cancer, the area has found a way to support her through their ‘Buck Off Cancer’ fundraiser. [Jess Halliday is Ready to Tell Cancer to Buck Off]

Cozmic One, the son of the legendary Zenyatta, participated in the jumpers at RRP. Under the tutelage of Isabela de Sousa, three time winner of the jumping division at RRP, Coz enjoyed the celebrity life at the Challenge. Between interviews with media outlets like TVG and visits from children (and parents!) who remember his mother, the horse had quite a bit of attention. [Cozmic One’s Retired Racehorse Project Journey]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: Green Footing

The colors to root for at the Hunt Club might be pink, but we wanted to tell you about our “green footing.” Green as in the color green, like money, like the fields of Kentucky Horse Park … well you get it.

Years ago a client came to us, looking for a world class footing in “another color.” For their particular project, they wanted a colored footing. Green. So it would blend into the hillside of the community. But make no mistake they wanted it to be a premium blend and not a gimmick.

Thus “Green Pinnacle” came to be, with all the properties of our high performance Pinnacle. The color was rich, fade resistant and did not wash out in the rain. And because we use only originally sourced material, not recycled rubber or carpeting that turns footing black, the green would stay perennially green.

Additional benefits of the green colored footing, is that it toned down the glare of the ring on hot sunny days, which both horses and riders appreciated. Green is not the only color we can produce for our footing. If you have a particular need for a custom color, please let us know.

Benefits:

  • Green Pinnacle and TerraNova are readily available.
  • Same exceptional properties as our Pinnacle.
  • Attractive natural green color.
  • Proven helpful in cases of difficult local planning restrictions.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*

Fair Hill International celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is still considered the best preparatory event for horses seeking to make the move up to the Kentucky Three-Day Event in the spring. The CCI3* field this year has quite a few heavy-hitters, and talented newcomers should also make for an exciting mix in Maryland this weekend.

Photo by Shelby Allen.

The Field

  • The leader after dressage has won the CCI3* for the last three consecutive runnings. The past three runnings of this event have also resulted in a slightly higher-than-average rate of pairs making the time.
  • Over the past four runnings, 28 of 185 starters (15.36%) have made the optimum time on cross country, compared to a world-wide average of 12.92%. A similar rate would result in approximately seven pairs making the time this weekend.
  • Despite the large numbers of those who make time, only two or fewer horses have finished on their dressage score in three of the last four runnings. In 2014, no one managed to do it, while in 2016 a high of seven pairs accomplished the feat.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dressage Divas

  • Boyd Martin and Long Island T have delivered tests over 70% in five of their seven Advanced/3* tests this year, including a 22.9 at Millbrook. Their two-year dressage average of 27.6 for the level is the best in the field.
  • Chatwin is another to keep an eye out for in the top position after dressage, with a two-year average of 27.8 for the level with Frankie Theriot Stutes. He has broken the 75% barrier three times in the 2018 season.
  • Pavarotti and Jessica Phoenix have been the picture of consistency at the Advanced/3* level in this phase, scoring in the 20s in every start at those levels in 2018. Their average over the last two years is 29.5.

Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks. Photo by Amy Dragoo Photography.

Cross Country Machines

  • After taking over the ride on Archie Rocks this spring, Buck Davidson quickly showed that the horse has quite a turn of foot. With an average cross country pace only 7.2 seconds slower than the fastest pace of the day, these two have the quickest average pace in the field paired with a reliable record. They average 4.4 time penalties but have been within 10 seconds of the fastest pace in three of their five runs together.
  • Landmark’s Monte Carlo and Lauren Kieffer have well established speed at the CCI levels, with an average time penalty of only 1.6 at the CCI3* level versus an average of 8.4 at the Advanced/CIC3* levels. Although they’ve only finished inside the time at one CCI start, they’ve finished no more than seven seconds over optimum at any of their CCI runs.
  • Chatwin is another who has made his runs at the CCI3* level count under Frankie Theriot Stutes, with an average of only 1.2 time penalties in runs at Bromont and Rebecca. These two have finished 10 seconds behind the leader in each CCI3* run, a touch faster than their average pace at Advanced/CIC3* level, which is 12.5 seconds behind the fastest time.

Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

  • Congo Brazzaville C and Mara DePuy are one of the most careful pairs in North America and have never had a rail when cross country was run before stadium, including their two CCI3* completions. These two have only had two rails in their 14 rounds at the Advanced/3* levels.
  • Will Faudree and Pfun have never had a rail at a CCI3 or CCI4*, and have never had a rail at any Advanced or CIC3* when cross country came before stadium.
  • Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control are attempting their first CCI3*, but at the Advanced/CIC3* levels they’ve had one rail in six rounds, including once when stadium was the final phase.
  • The jumping bean Corvett has a stellar record under Emily Hamel in his first year at this level— just one rail in five starts.
  • Up until Morven Park, Bendigo had never had a rail at the Advanced/3* levels — six consecutive clear rounds out of seven. He and Ema Klugman will be looking for their first completion at the level this weekend.

Sydney Conley Elliott and Cisko A. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Jacks of All Trades

  • Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude are making their fourth consecutive attempt at Fair Hill, a place they have historically run much faster than their average pace. A mid-30 averages on the flat will keep this pair out of the top after dressage, but at the CCI3* level they average only five seconds over optimum time, including two clear previous runs inside the time at this event. They’ve also added nothing to their score on the final day in their last two CCI3* starts.
  • The loss of the dressage coefficient has changed a lot of things for a horse like Cisko A. Under Sydney Conley Elliot, Cisko A has averaged mid-to-high 30s on the flat but has proven on at least three occasions to be within five seconds of the fastest horse in the field. On the final day, this pair has been a one or none horse in all but one of their stadium rounds at the level.

PREDICTED WINNER: Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Keep Your Eye On:

  • Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo
  • Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude
  • Boyd Martin and Long Island T

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Lauren Sprieser and her mountain of magical footing. Photo via Lauren Sprieser’s Instagram.

I used to live in Virginia and was lucky enough to trailer into Lauren Sprieser’s facility to take dressage lessons. The indoor there was what dreams were made of: beautiful, full of light with windows in the winter that retracted in the summer for breeze. And of course, footing so incredible that you had to actually pick out your horse’s feet upon leaving the ring. I had never heard of such a thing and fell in love with the footing, only learning years later that it was none other than Attwood. Lauren does her footing right too, re-fluffing and refreshing once a year.

National Holiday:  Emergency Nurses Day

Major Events This Week:

Military Boekelo CCIO3*: Website, Entries, Start Times & Live Scoring, EN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

 

Your Wednesday News & Notes

Hold onto your hats because everything you know about FEI nomenclature is changing. Every rider with star tattoos is about to need another star added because eventing is about to match the other two Olympic disciplines by going to a 5* system. The current four-stars will now be 5* and now we’re just denoting CCI-L and CCI-S instead of CCI and CIC. It sounds crazy but my fingers which often typo between the two will thank the FEI shortly. [New FEI Star System Explained]

Can you believe Pippa Funnell is turning 50? Seems like just yesterday she was at Rio with Billy the Biz. Or winning Bramham CCI3* in 2010 with Redesigned. Or clinching third with Ensign at the first Pau CCI4*. Or rocking around the Athens Olympics in 2004. Or clinching the Grand Slam with Primmore’s Pride and Supreme Rock. Or winning her first Badminton in 2002. Or winning Blenheim CCI3* in 1995 with the paint superstar Bits and Pieces…Hmmm. [Happy Birthday, Pippa!]

The legendary Arctic Soul has a sweet spot and you better keep to it if you don’t want to get chomped. The famous British Thoroughbred has no problem with petting but it must be between the eyes on his head and it must only be there. He is such a fan of turnout that he makes his displeasure known when he doesn’t get it and one of the easiest things you can do on his back his hack out. [Behind the Stall Door]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: safety | performance | innovation

We’re not like other equestrian surface suppliers and installers.

Our background is in science and technology, and this has enabled us to create and develop carefully balanced products that perform consistently in any climate. We continue to invest in research and development to provide riding surfaces that perform day after day, week after week.

We use innovative scientific testing to characterize these properties so we can use objective assessment to create truly exceptional footing for the safety and well being of your horse.

We collaborate with the world’s leading independent equestrian surface academics to ensure we remain at the forefront of both technical and governance developments.

We are chem nerds and we are proud of it.

But we’re not just scientists. We have been an integral part of the equestrian community for over 25 years, working with amateurs and professionals, Olympians and Pan Am medal winners, and equine assisted therapy programs.

Hundreds and hundreds of installations later, from dressage courts to jump arenas, round pens and gallops, we believe we have the best and safest footing solutions available today.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today? Please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: Morven Park CIC3*

Morven Park has long offered a final Advanced run as a prep for Fair Hill International and several years ago began offering a CIC3* as well. Although the weather can sometimes be challenging at this time of year in Leesburg, Virginia, this weekend promises to be fairly perfect.

Quite a few heavy hitters have defected to the Advanced or Advanced Championships at Morven, but the CIC3* field remains stronger than it has been in recent years, with several key horses headed next to Fair Hill.

Morven Park International Fall Horse Trials: Website, Entry StatusRide Times, Live Scores

The Field

Photo by Valerie Durbon Photography.

  • The winner of the Morven Park CIC3* has been in first after dressage in three of the last four years.
  • Only two pairs have made the time in this division since 2014, out of 27 starters. If the percentage holds, only one pair is likely to make the time this weekend.

Dressage Divas

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

  • Caroline Martin has partnered well with The Apprentice since taking over the ride in 2017, scoring in the 20s in their first 3* together and recently replicating and bettering that overseas at Houghton Hall and Bramham, scoring in the 28-range each time. Their two-year average of 31.5 is the best in the field this weekend.
  • Sportsfield Candy has scored over 70% in two of his three outings this spring under the tutelage of Phillip Dutton. He recently led the Plantation Field CIC3* after the dressage phase, and could do the same again this weekend.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Sportsfield Candy and Phillip Dutton. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

  • Going into Plantation Field, Sportsfield Candy had never had a rail at this level with Phillip in the irons, and he extended that streak to seven. Although the occasional time penalty can occur, Phillip has yet to have a jump penalty in the show jumping phase at this level with this horse.
  • In five rounds at this level, Lindsay Kelley and Cooley Cruise Control have jumped clear in all but one round, incurring just a single rail at Millbrook.

Cross Country Machines

Will Faudree and Pfun. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • Caroline Martin has historically been very quick aboard The Apprentice, making time in two of their five Advanced/CIC3* cross country runs and coming home within 15 seconds of the leader in four of those five runs. They average just 3.6 time penalties for the level.
  • Confidence Game only has two complete runs at this level but nevertheless has established himself as a speed horse under Colleen Rutledge. He has completed both runs only 16 seconds slower than the fastest time of the day, marking him as one of the faster pairs in this field.
  • Pfun has also been one of the swifter pairs in his Advanced/CIC3* starts over the last two years; he and Will Faudree average only 18.3 seconds slower than the fastest time on cross country day in that time period.

PREDICTED WINNER: Caroline Martin and The Apprentice

Caroline Martin and The Apprentice. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Keep Your Eye On …

  • Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy
  • Will Faudree and Pfun
  • Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Two of the people behind the success of Aiken’s inaugural FEI event: Nick Attwood and Barry Olliff. Photo via Attwood’s Instagram.

We have to thank all the people behind the scenes who work so hard to make events like Stable View a success. One reason everyone loves Stable View is the fabulous footing in the various rings, lovingly installed and cared for by Nick and Barry. Thank you guys!

National Holiday:  National Kale Day

(I am really not making these up. It was this or Virus Appreciation Day.)

Major Events This Week:

Morven Park CIC & HT: WebsiteEntry StatusRide Times, Live Results

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Kent School Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Heritage Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Woodside C.I.C. & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

A Drum Horse/Gypsy Vanner 3-year old isn’t typically considered a hot event prospect. Claudia Channing didn’t buy Chestnut Oak’s Drummer Boy specifically for eventing though; as her very first horse she wanted something to do everything on. After dabbling in dressage, trail riding, polo, and other activities, Channing dipped her toe into eventing with the help of her trainer Taylor Lindsten. [Chestnut Oak’s Drummer Boy Flaunts His Feathers]

Getting to ride over the grounds at Burghley suddenly just became attainable for many Brits. From 2020 to 2022, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will also host the BE80 (equivalent to BN) championships. A new course will be built for the BE80 competitors over the hallowed eventing ground. [BE80 Championships at Burghley]

Up-and-coming eventers in Britain could have a chance to be mentored by the legendary Pippa Funnell. The Windrush Equestrian Foundation sponsors the riders in their mentorship in memory of Christina Knudson, the late owner of Tim Price’s Wesko, who died in 2016 of cancer. [Young Eventers’ Programme]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

There are many compelling reasons why Attwood only uses premium raw materials in its footing formulas.  If you love to cook or bake, this will all make perfect sense to you. But if you are kind of hack in the kitchen, just follow along.

All of our raw materials are accompanied with a SDS (Safety Data Sheet). This important information provides the makeup of material components, safe use, and safety of handling and storage for a particular material or product. So we know exactly what we are working with.

Knowing that our ingredients are consistent means we can produce consistent footing every time. By comparison, if you were baking bread, you wouldn’t throw in any old flour from the back of the cupboard into the mix and expect a great result? Of course not.

But what of recycled products such as carpet scraps and ground up tennis shoes? The real concern with adding recycled products into your footing is that you have no idea what’s really in there. And there is the concern of chemicals leaching out into paddocks and waterways. As for rubber, not only does it have a terrible odor, it breaks down easily creating a dusty and unhealthy environment for all.

It’s difficult to know the long-term effects recycled additives will have on your horse, you and the environment… while an Attwood footing will be safe and consistent ride after ride.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

By the Numbers: Stable View CIC3*

Stable View’s inaugural CIC3* begins today with dressage in the morning, followed by show jumping in the afternoon. In only three years, this Aiken, South Carolina venue has made a huge leap forward in bringing the event up to top billing.

Capt. Mark Phillips enters his third year of designing the cross country here, fresh off the success of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games course. Marc Donovan takes over the design of the show jumping course, but is a familiar designer for most East Coast pairs.

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The Field

An aerial view of the covered barn and surrounding landscape. Photo courtesy of Stable View.

  • In two runnings of the Advanced, the clear rate on cross country has been only 48%, significantly lower than the world-wide clear rate of 68% at Advanced/CIC3* level.
  • No one has led this event from start to finish yet.
  • Only one horse has made the time of 51 pairs who have started cross country. This suggests that at most only one pair will make the time, making the horse’s typical average pace more important than their history of time penalties. Horses will need to stay as close to their fastest pace to keep their margin of time penalties within striking distance.

Dressage Divas

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Mai Baum is back, and with a dressage average of 26.0 at the level is generally tough to beat from the get-go. Although he hasn’t quite broken the 75% barrier since his first go at the level back in March of 2015, he’s been well over the 70% mark with Tamie Smith ever since.
  • Getaway debuted at the level earlier this year to the tune of 72% and nearly matched it in his first CIC3* start. He regressed to just under 70% in his next two outings, but when Doug Payne brought him out for the first run of the fall season, he punched back hard, nearly breaking 75%.
  • I’m Sew Ready has averaged just under 70% over the past two years under Phillip Dutton, but he’s shown flashes of brilliance, scoring a personal best of 26.4 earlier this year at The Fork.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Doug Payne and Getaway. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • Getaway has also proven to be very solid in the show jumping phase in his first five starts, incurring only one rail at the level thus far in his career under Doug Payne.
  • Leslie Law has brought Voltaire de Tre along carefully in his first Advanced/3* season, clocking in five consecutive rail-free rounds at the level earlier this year. Despite having a single rail in each of his last two starts, this horse remains one of the strongest jumpers in the field.
  • In seven starts at the level, Mai Baum and Tamie Smith have jumped five clear rounds. They are currently sitting on four consecutive clears, with the streak beginning back in 2015 and continuing at the American Eventing Championships earlier this month.

Cross-Country Machines

Sydney Conley Elliott and Cisko A. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Mai Baum also happens to own the fastest average pace across the country in the field. He and Tamie Smith have finished within 10 seconds of the fastest pace of the day in five of their six Advanced/CIC3* starts.
  • Sydney Conley-Elliott and Cisko A have finished within three seconds of the fastest time of the day in three of their last five Advanced/CIC3* starts.
  • Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie are perennial speedsters at this level, clocking in rounds within 10 seconds or less of the fastest pace in six of their last 10 runs at the A/CIC3* levels.

PREDICTED WINNER: Tamie Smith and Mai Baum

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Keep Your Eye On …

  • Doug Payne and Getaway
  • Boyd Martin and Kyra
  • Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready
  • Sydney Conley-Elliott and Cisko A

Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

We all find ways to entertain ourselves on hack and trot days. I’ve been notorious for belting out the lyrics to “All-Star” by Smash Mouth or testing how well I know the songs from Hamilton. Spoiler alert: my voice is not the best. But the horses don’t seem to mind. Still, Maya Black juggling on a hack is next level.

National Holiday:  Johnny Appleseed Day

Major Events This Week:

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U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

The American Trakehner Association is hosting their 2018 convention at the Tryon International Equestrian Center on November 7-11.  Also ongoing will be the Young Horse Show Series, mare and stallion inspections, educational sessions, a mare performance test, brandings, a jumping derby, a dressage clinic and a welcome reception and awards banquet. [ATA Convention]

Speaking of the dressage clinic at ATA, that will come from none other than Silva Martin herself. Silva is not just the secret behind Boyd’s dressage success, she’s a top level dressage competitor in her own right, having ridden for the U.S. in a Nations Cup. She’s also produced top performances at various top level competitions like Devon, GAIG Finals, and CBLM Finals. [Silva Martin Bio] [Silva Martin Clinic Details]

So a horse walks into a bar….No, really. At a bar in England called The Oak, owner Martin and bartender Lizzy were having a normal day when someone noticed a New Forrest pony had wandered in and was standing casually at the end of the bar. After being ushered out the door, it returned ten minutes later…this time with some friends. [Thirsty Ponies]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: Let the Water Run Out

No doubt about it this has been a rainy summer for most of the East Coast, and fall is turning out to be much of the same. But no matter where you live, we have all seen the negative effects of too much rain on a poorly constructed arena.

An arena’s drainage system is your first line of defense when the skies open up. Every outdoor should have the minimum of at least one designed French drain INSIDE the arena. Why inside? So that the water does not have to go under or over kickboards to drain away, washing away your footing creating gullies and puddles.

Designing your drainage system is as important as the choice of footing you put in your arena. Ideally your drainage system should let the water leave in a steady consistent manner.

The drainage system should reflect the use of the arena. If the arena cannot have any downtime, more drainage should be incorporated which translates into more maintenance of the footing. More watering and more dragging ensures the footing stays in tip-top shape.

There are always trade offs in creating a perfect riding surface. That’s why riders like Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin turn to Attwood for their expertise and scientifically proven formulas.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.

Mike Pendleton and Caroline Martin Take Plantation CIC1* Divisions

Mike Pendleton and Carlsburg. Photo by Shelby Allen.

A soggy, gray day kept much of the atmosphere dampened for the CIC1* stadium rounds but the locally-based West Grove riders seemed unfazed, taking the top three placings in the CIC1*-A. After stadium, the top three placings remained unchanged, with Mike Pendleton leading the way on Steve Blauner and Boyd Martin’s 6-year old gray Carlsburg.

“Boyd and Steve Blauner got him as a 3-year-old at the Goresbridge sale. Boyd and I started him and he’s been going well ever since. Now he’s six, this is his sixth or seventh Prelim. We just breezed around today. He cruised around (the cross country). We’re lucky to have all the cross country schooling at home, so he didn’t blink at anything here.”

“I don’t really know what’s next. I think he might do a fall CCI and we’ll go from there. It’s really awesome that Boyd is letting me kind of take him through the levels the last two years that he’s been competing. He’s willing. He wants to please. He always wants to put in a good test. He’s a careful horse, and he always wants to show jump clean even if I make a mistake, so he’ll be an exciting horse.”

Ryan Wood maintained second position on Ruby, the 9-year old Oldenburg mare owned by Summit Sporthorses. This is the mare’s third time finishing second at the one-star level, but only second time to finish on her dressage score at the FEI level.

Boyd Martin rounds out the top three with the 9-year old Thoroughbred gelding Barry, owned by Windurra LLC, who finishes on his dressage score for the third time at the level.

In the CIC1*-B divisions, Caroline Martin topped the leaderboard with her own Cristano Z, a 9-year old Zangersheide gelding who has extensive experience at the two-star level but took a step back this weekend after having trouble stepping up to Advanced this year. Cristano Z won the CIC2* at Jersey Fresh earlier so now has back-to-back wins on his resume.

Janelle Phaneuf piloted Christa Schmidt’s 8-year-old ISH gelding Strattonstown Lewis to a second place in the division, easily the horse’s best international placing. This is also Janelle’s best international placing.

Lindsay Beer rounds out the top three on El Paso, a 16-year old Trakehner gelding owned by Penny Beer, who Lindsay has previously competed up through the 3* level. This pair is entered at the Advanced level at Stable View next weekend.

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Buck Davidson Repeats Win at Plantation Field CIC3*

Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

In the end, the steady, depressing rain meant that everything was made up and the points don’t matter. (*See clarification below.) Time penalties shuffled the leaderboard around drastically and at the end of it, Buck Davidson ended up as the winner for the second year in a row, this time aboard Archie Rocks, Maya Simmons’ 10-year old Thoroughbred gelding. The result was such a surprise that even Buck was unaware of his win when called for quotes; his response was to ask which horse won.

Archie Rocks, who was enjoying himself out on the wet course more than most of the others, rocked home with 8.4 time penalties, which earned him the win on a day when most other horses clocked in time penalties in the double-digits.  Buck wasn’t sure about going for time, but upon asking his crew in warm-up what the finishing times were, decided to take the Thoroughbred gelding a little quicker to try and get a little closer to optimum.

“I was first to go (with Erroll Gobey) in the class, and it felt very good. But Archie’s a little Thoroughbred.  I had to pick and choose different lines and give him best line I could.”

“I was a bit mad when I finished because he went too quick the first couple then kind of stumbled then sort of started backing up when he got tired, and I had to add a couple strides here and there, and I thought, ‘If I lose this thing because of that, I’m gonna be really mad’. I didn’t think I would win but I knew I would be up with a chance.”

“A lot of talk about the scoring changes, but I honestly think putting the emphasis back on cross-country and the show-jumping, people aren’t going to spend so much time practicing the extended trot. They’ll practice jumping and getting quicker and therefore being safer. It’s fun when the cross-country means something. I think it was a relatively safe day and came down to how fast did you want to go.”

Buck says Archie Rocks will head to Fair Hill CCI3* to finish off the eventing season, likely joined by his stable-mate Erroll Gobey. Buck also wanted to make sure to thank his crew of Jessica, Patrick, and Hannah, who made all of this possible and helped him gauge the times of the rest of the field from the box.

Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

Ariel Grald, who was sitting in fifth after the stadium, clocked in 14.4 time penalties with Leamore Master Plan to clinch second place. Although thirty-six seconds over optimum seems like a lot of time, it was actually the fourth fastest ride of the day. The 9-year old Irish Sport Horse owned by Anne Eldridge looked particularly stellar out on cross-country, thriving in the wet and muddy conditions.

“I’m lucky that my horse is a good Irish boy and the mud doesn’t bother him. He’s very strong cross-country horse and I have to just let him settle into it. He fought for everything and really took care of himself, and took care of me, and I had plenty of gas left at the end of it so I was able to gallop home.”

“With the footing, and I could see that we’d had a lot of rain, I knew it (the conditions) was deteriorating out there. The riders were starting to ride off the tracks, and you just had to pick your way through and find the best footing. My main focus to prep for future events was just to have a clear round, but the second half of the course really allowed you to gallop on a bit. My horse had settled once we got through the first few combinations and I was able to let him go.”

Leamore Master Plan is another aimed at Fair Hill CCI3* this fall.

Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise made a huge run up the leaderboard, going from tied for 27th to finishing in third. The 10-year old American Warmblood, owned by the rider and her mother Shannon Barr, clocked in the fastest ride of the day, coming in only fifteen seconds over optimum time. Fylicia and her mother found the horse in a Craiglist ad as a youngster, and their partnership has paid off in huge dividends with her best 3* finish and second best career FEI finish this weekend.

“She’s been going great these past few months. I was really excited to come here because I felt like we were really prepared and we had done this course last year. When I saw the rain I wasn’t that worried — she’s a horse that’s very naturally balanced and the footing doesn’t really bother her. Honestly, we started out and the footing felt fine for us. They’ve done a great job maintaining it all day. I was one of the lucky ones to go a little earlier in the day, but I did feel like they had done a great job making sure it was safe for us to go.”

“The course rode really well. I got a couple sticky distance here and there, and she just kept her cool. She’s just a total competitor. She came through the finish flags and was looking for the next fence. She was ready to go again. All the combinations rode really well for us. She’s just really showing her experience now. Cross country has always been her favorite. Her ears are pricked the whole time, and she’s just hunting the flags, so that’s a really great feeling as a rider to sit on a horse with that much heart and that much competitive drive.”

Hometown favorites Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy added 20.0 time penalties to finish in fourth place while Will Faudree and Pfun rounded out the top five after incurring 18.0 time penalties.

The EN crew would like to give a huge thanks to Cindi Cauffman in control, who kindly fed the livestream finishing times as the horses came in. Another massive thanks to Dylan Barry and Tommy Neneman, who worked incredibly hard to lay down footing every other horse. Finally, a huge thanks to all our volunteers, who came out to help in the cold rain all weekend.

Tommy Neneman spreads gravel between riders. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

(* “Everything’s made-up and the points don’t matter” is a reference from a popular American comedy show called Whose Line Is It Anyway? where four comedians receive points on a fairly arbitrary basis for being particularly funny in skits. It was used in as a humorous reference to the fact that in the end, this competition was not a dressage or show jumping competition and all the previous discussion of those phases essentially didn’t matter as cross-country came down to the rider’s ability to get it done on a wet cross-country day. It was a true test of cross-country ability yesterday and in a sport where sometimes cross-country has become an afterthought, Buck Davidson was the only rider who gritted the conditions to bring not just one but two horses home clear and well-deserved the win.)

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Plantation Field CIC3* Cross Country Live Updates: Buck Wins Again!

Fence 18 – Picnic Table. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Good morning from a soggy Plantation Field! We’re ready to watch the CIC3* riders face off over Mike Etherington-Smith’s cross country course this morning. Keep checking this space for all the latest!

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10:25 a.m. Ride times have been updated this morning. Start time at 10:30 a.m. with no lunch break. Find times here.

10:31 a.m. And we’re off! Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey set off across a soggy course.

10:32 a.m. Erroll Gobey through the foundation and the first water complex. Buck is taking his time out there.

10:40 a.m. Please excuse our technical difficulties! Erroll Gobey has completed the course with no stops; Shanon Baker/Balllingowan Zeal, Allison Spring/Business Ben, and Cary Chavis/Game On on course. Cary Chavis has a stop at the in to the foundation.

10:42 a.m. Tracey Bienemann and Geoni are out on course.

10:44 a.m. Geoni is clear through the foundation.

10:45 a.m. Geoni is clear through the direct route in the first water. Waylon Roberts and Lancaster now on course.

10:46 a.m. The announcer says Cary Chavis has had another stop at the coffin. Lancaster has an awkward jump over B at the first combination and slides to a stop at C.

10:48 a.m. Geoni clear over the corner out of the coffin. Lancaster leaves a stride out through the direct route in the water.

10:50 a.m. Kaitlin Clasing and Cartender de Nyze out on course. Clear over the first fence. The rain is coming down steadily but not heavily. Geoni clear over the wood pile and the open oxer. Cartender de Nyze jumps well over the table at 5, then fairly smoothly through the angled tables at 6. Geoni is clear over the last.

10:52 a.m. Cartender de Nyze gets an awkward jump over the in to the foundation complex and takes a flag. Could be a candidate for a missed flag penalty. The horse is then clear through the water. Galloway Sunrise and Fylicia Barr have left the start box. Clear over the first. Lancaster jumps well over the wood pile and open oxer.

10:54 a.m. Galloway Sunrise leaves a stride out before the B in the angled tables but sees C easily and jumps no problem. Lancaster clear over the final fence. Galloway Sunrise beautifully through the ruins. Galloway Sunrise makes the direct route through the water look easy.

10:56 a.m. Lindsey Beer and Kennystown Frankie leave the startbox, clear over the first. Gets in deep to the second but clears it easily. Jumps well over the table at 4 but doesn’t quite get his eye on the C element of the angled tables and slides to a stop.

10:58 a.m. Cartender dy Nyze clear over the last and home. Kennystown Frankie has a circle in the ruins to regain control. Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent are headed out on course.

11:00 a.m. Palm Crescent neatly through the angled Hunt Kennels at 5, then speedily through the Cottages at the ruins. Beautifully through the direct route in the first water.

11:02 a.m. Scores are beginning to populate on Event Entries, so stay posted there for time penalties. Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Game start out on course and are over the first two. Palm Crescent jumps the shelter and oxer clear on the back of the course.

11:04 a.m. Palm Crescent gets a beautiful open stride at the corners, jumps the Weldon off the gallop, then lovely through the coffin. Clear through the second water. Wild Orange and Grace Fulton have left the startbox. Wild Orange clear over the first two fences.

11:06 a.m. Palm Crescent clear over the wood pile and log oxer. They are clear over the last now. Wild Orange has a beautiful ride through the ruins. Wild Orange clear through the first water. Allie Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio leave the box and are clear over the first.

11:08 a.m. We haven’t seen much of MW Gangster’s Game but he is clear over the last and headed home. Sparrow’s Nio easily through the ruins.

11:10 a.m. Sparrow’s Nio clear through the direct route at the first water. Confidence Game heads out on the course with Colleen Rutledge. Clear over the first two. Wild Orange puts in a big effort over both the wood pile and the log oxer.

11:12 a.m. Confidence Game needs some direction through the angled tables but Colleen helps him get through cleanly. Wild Orange over the last and headed home. Confidence Game hesitates but jumps big on the out of the foundation. Does the same thing at the brush wedge of the direct route in the first water.

11:14 a.m. Hallie Coon and Lansdownne head out of the box and are clear over the first two. They hit a lovely open stride at 4 then a beautiful line through the turning table combination at 5.

11:16 a.m. Lansdownne gets a forward ride to be clear through the ruins. Hallie takes him nicely through the alternate route in the first water. Polaris and Sara Gumbiner leave the box, jumps well over the first two.

11:18 a.m.  Lansdownne gets a nice open stride through the angled one-stride brushes on the far end of the course. Confidence Game is flying to the last two fences and through the finish. Lansdownne takes the option at the brush corner, slips on the turn but jumps each corner well. Beautifully through the coffin.  Emily Hamel and Corvett leave the start.

11:20 a.m. Corvett pings up and over the first two fences. And the third and fourth fences. And the three angled tables at 5.

11:22 a.m. Corvett navigates through the ruins. Corvett refuses to touch the brush over the wedge in the water, jumping cleanly through the direct route.  Clear over the brush oxer but has a last second refusal at the suspended log at 10. Clean over on second presentation. Cooley Cruise Control and Lindsey Kelley now on course.

11:24 a.m. Corvett still refusing to jump over brush but gets through the angled brushes and the shelter on the far side of the course with no stops. Corvett appears to be jumping higher and higher over the fences as the course goes on. Cooley Cruise Control goes confidently through the ruins and the direct route at the first water.

11:26 a.m. Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH have started the course and jump well over the first two fences. Cooley Cruise Control has a super go through the angled brushes and over the shelter and open oxer on the far side of the course.

11:28 a.m. Corvett galloping towards the end, jumps over the brush at the final fence and through the finish. Cooley Cruise Control cleanly through the brush corners. Sir Patico MH goes through the foundation well but then is a bit under-powered for the direct through in the water and has a run-out at the wedge. Kinard Battina and Erin Risso head out on course, clear over the first.

11:30 a.m. Sir Patico MH gets a great stride into the angled one-stride brushes and jumps well over that and the shelter and the open oxer. Kinard Battina clean through the ruins, then clean through the alternate route at the first water. Cooley O and Jules Ennis are on course and clear over the first two.

11:32 a.m. Cooley O clear through the table at 4, gets a huge open stride to the A at the turning tables. Jules is jostled, tries to steer to B but the stride doesn’t work and Cooley O comes to a stop. Jules, already dislodged, comes off Cooley O’s shoulder. Rider is sitting up.

11:34 a.m. The rain is really starting to come down now. Kinard Battina gives a big jump over the woodpile, goes well over the log oxer.

11:36 a.m. Kinard Battina clear over the fence in the woods and climbs the hill towards the finish. She finishes up over the final fence and heads through the finish flags. Paddy the Caddy and Erin Sylvester have also been on course and are clear through the ruins and through the direct route at the water.

11:38 a.m. Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes head out on course. Clear over the first two. Paddy the Caddy on the back side of the course, Fernhill Wishes clear over table at 4. A bit underpowered through A and B but Karl rides him forward to C for a clear through the turning tables.

11:40 a.m. Fernhill Wishes rides well through the ruins and clear through the direct route at the water. Paddy the Caddy clear over the table at 18, then through the direct route at the second water. Caitlin Henderson and Creative Dreamer leave the start and are clear over the first two.

11:42 a.m. Paddy the Caddy clear over the wood pile and the open oxer. They run up the hill to the final fence and complete. Creative Dreamer gets a bold ride through the ruins, clean through the direct route in the first water.

11:44 a.m. Karl Slezak clear over the table at 18 and headed to the first water. Chris Talley and Sandro’s Star headed out on course and clear over the first. Fernhill Wishes clear over the wood pile but stalls out at the log oxer. He jumps anyway and lands on the back rail with his hind end and breaks the frangible but both stay up and continue on.

11:46 a.m. Sandro’s Star twists his hind end over the A at the turning tables and almost dislodges Chris, who loses a stirrup. Chris gives him a gritty ride to finish to combination, then goes clear at the ruins and direct route of the first water. Creative Dreamer appears to be walking home. The rain is pouring down. Sandro’s Star gets a gritty clear at the angled brushes on the far side of the course.

11:48 a.m. Creative Dreamer may have just been held; the start box is held as well. Sandro’s Star is clear through the corner brushes but twists his hind quarters awkwardly over the second. Sandro’s Star is now held too…they are repairing the frangible log oxer.

11:50 a.m. We are back up and running, Creative Dreamer is clear over the log oxer and the fence into the woods.

11:52 a.m. Creative Dreamer over the last and home. Sandro’s Star over the big table at 18 before the second water. Sandro’s Star over the trakehner. Matt Flynn and Wizzerd out on course and clear over the first.

11:54 a.m. Wizzerd clears the second and third. Sandro’s Star through the finish. Wizzerd jumps neatly through the turning tables. Clear through the ruins.

11:56 a.m. Wizzerd clear through the direct route at the first water and through the hanging log at fence 10. Clear through the angled brushes.

11:58 a.m. Wizzerd clear on the backside of the course. Bolytair B and Dom Schramm are clear over the first two. Wizzerd gets a good shot through the brush corners. Bolytair B gets a forward ride through the angled tables.

12:00 p.m. Bolytair B gets another forward ride through the ruins. Clean through the direct route at the first water. Archie Rocks heads out under Buck Davidson, clear over the first two.

12:02 p.m. Archie Rocks kicks his feet up over the third fence, easily over the fourth. Buck asks him to add a stride in each line in the turning tables and it works well. Archie Rocks clear through the ruins, slips just before jumping the A of the first water but jumps well anyways through the direct route.

12:04 p.m. Olney Uncle Sam and Emily Beshear out on course. Clear over the first two. Bolytair B are clear over the last.

12:06 p.m. Olney Uncle Sam clear through the ruins but drive-by the brush wedge in the B of the water. Successfully jumps the alternate. Shelby Brost and Crimson are out on course and clear over the first. Archie Rocks clear into the woods and up to the last.

12:08 p.m. Archie Rocks clear over the last. Crimson is a bit underpowered to the A of the turning tables, manages the B element but crawls to a stop at C. Crimson jumps on re-presentation but twists hard and has an awkward landing before continuing on. Looks hesitant at the in of the ruins but gets a strong ride to jump out well. Crimson clear through the direct route at the first water with an awkward jump over the brush wedge.

12:10 p.m. Lord Willing and Allison Springer out on course, clear over the first two. Lord Willing hesitates, adds, and hangs a leg at the narrow table at 3, falling into turf on the backside. Both horse and rider are up and fine; it was not a rotational fall.

12:12 p.m. Crimson has a very awkward jump at the A of the brush corners, forcing Shelby to circle before jumping the B element well. Crimson jumps the wide table at 18 but canters to a stop at the in to the second water. Shelby has raised her hand and retired.

12:14 p.m. We’ve been informed that the course is on hold; Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam have fallen; it is unclear whether or not the horse fell or just the rider fell but we have gotten verbal confirmation that both horse and rider are on their feet.

12:16 p.m. Dutch Times and Arielle Aharoni head out on course. Clear over the first two.

12:18 p.m. Dutch Times clear through the turning tables. Gets a great ride through the ruins. A little deep to the in at the first water but gets it done and is clear through the direct route.

12:20 p.m. Kylie Lyman and Cooley Ice head out, clear over first three. Dutch Times clear over the angled one-stride brushes. Cooley Ice pops his left shoulder over the B at the turning tables but Kylie grits her teeth and gets him clear through C.

12:22 p.m. Cooley Ice clear through the ruins. Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia clear over the first. Dutch Times has a runout at the B element of the double brush corners, takes the alternate B with success. FE Ophelia clear over 3, then jumps well through the turning tables. Stumbles on landing but catches herself.

12:24 p.m. FE Ophelia easily through the ruins. Kylie Lyman has retired Cooley Ice. FE Ophelia clear through the direct route. Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan clear over the first fence. Dutch Times over the last and home.

12:26 p.m. FE Ophelia clear through brush one-stride, Leamore Master Plan clear through 3 and 4. Leamore Master Plan smoothly through the turning tables. Beautifully through the ruins now, then clear through the direct route in the first water.

12:28 p.m. Caroline Martin leaves the start with Danger Mouse. Clear over the first but Danger Mouse hangs a leg and falls, sending Caroline onto the ground as well. The horse is up right away. FE Ophelia clear over the last.

12:30 p.m. Leamore Master Plan clear through the second water combination. Also clear at the woodpile and the log oxer, headed to the last. Mara dePuy and Congo Brazzaville C out on course.

12:32 p.m. Congo Brazzaville C clear over the third table. Beautifully done through the turning tables.

12:34 p.m. Congo Brazzaville C peaks at the landing on the in to the ruins, then has an awkward jump out but nicely through the direct route in the first water. Will Faudree and Pfun head out on course. Congo Brazzaville C has a text book run through the angled one-stride.

12:36 p.m. Pfun goes well through the ruins then jumps well through the direct route in the water. Pfun clear over the hanging log at 10. Sportsfield Candy and Phillip Dutton are out on course!

12:38 p.m. Sportsfield Candy clear over 3 and easily lopes over 4. Makes the turning tables look like a gymnastic exercise. Neatly through the ruins.

12:40 p.m Sportsfield Candy clear through the direct route at the first water. Pfun is clear through the second water complex. Pfun clear over an open oxer.

12:42 p.m. Sportsfield Candy clear over the far oxer, coming up to the brush corners. Pfun clear at the last. Sportsfield Candy a bit off the brush corners both in and out but gets it done, then an easy run through the coffin. Clear through the second water.

12:44 p.m. Sporstfield Candy looks a little tired over the wood pile, then gives a better jump over the open oxer. Sportsfield Candy is inching up the field and is tired over the last but finishes clear.

12:57 p.m. The scores are final, with all of the riders accumulating time penalties today, Buck Davidson wins for the second year, this time aboard Archie Rocks!

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Dutton Clear in Plantation CIC3*, Loschiavo and Symansky Sneak 2* Wins

Sportsfield Candy and Phillip Dutton maintain their lead. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

As first rider into the ring, Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy didn’t disappoint in the Plantation Field CIC3*, clocking in a clear round to maintain their position at the top of the leaderboard. Kevin Keane must surely be happy with the way the gelding has handled the atmosphere, jumping calmly over the EN liverpool which claimed eliminations from multiple riders.

“He jumped great, he always does. The course had quite a few shorter distances for him and being 17.2 hand horse, that was a little bit of work for us both. He doesn’t ever want to hit a rail, so it’s just a case of trying to get him there in a right balance and he will do his part.

Will Faudree and Pfun post a clear round to move up to 2nd. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

After both Clayton Fredericks with FE Ophelia and Allison Spring with Lord Willing incurred a rail, Will Faudree and Pfun were given an opportunity to move up if they could jump clear. They did exactly that, clocking in a faultless round to jump up to second in the horse’s first international start in more than twelve months. Will was excited to have the 11-year old Irish Sport Horse, owned by Jennifer Mosing, out at the level again.

“People always say you have a once in a lifetime horse. I had that with Antigua. Karen Stives said, ‘don’t expect the next one to fill their shoes,’ but Pfun is very special for me,” Faudree said. “I’ve known him since he was three. There’s always been something special about that horse. It’s really fun to have him back. He’s come back really strong. He was excited to be back in the big ring. It’s really fun to have him back — no pun intended.”

Mara dePu and Congo Brazzaville C. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

Congo Brazzaville C and Mara dePuy continued to display strength in this phase, putting in their fourth consecutive clear round at this level and moving them up to third overall.

For cross country tomorrow, Phillip was only now headed out to walk, but felt confident about Sportsfield Candy’s ability to handle the course.

“He’s obviously not the fastest horse because he’s big, but he’s very genuine so we’ll be trying to be as efficient as I can on the approach and away from the jumps, and see where we end up.”

SPARTACUS Q CLIMBS THE RANKS TO GIVE LOSCHIAVO SECOND 2* WIN

Anna Loschiavo and Spartacus Q. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

After Boyd Martin held to his word and cruised around the two-star with Long Island T, the door was open for others to move up to take the win this weekend. Anna Loschiavo took advantage, moving up the leaderboard to take her second two-star win this year, this time aboard the Spartacus Q. Anna’s put a lot of effort into forming a partnership with this horse.

“We bought him as a 4-year-old from Phyllis Dawson. My mom wanted to buy a horse that we could ride and compete together as a fun mother-daughter thing. We did that with him through this winter. She did her first Preliminary on him, which was a cool milestone. Then in the spring he was getting stronger, so she wanted me to keep riding him full time, and start taking him up the levels.”

“He’s been kind of tough in a few areas in the show jumping, and we didn’t know how that was going to go, but he’s been amazing all three phases. He’s a nice mover — probably the nicest that I’m riding right now. His dressage is going to be really high quality. He has a lot more strength to put on, so once he gets stronger I think he’s going to be even more competitive in the dressage. He’s been a cross country machine which has been really fun. He’s unique because he’s got a huge stride, but he’s also easy to compress which you don’t always see.”

“Time tends to be a factor here, but he has been feeling phenomenally fit. We’re from Vermont, and we have lots of hills. He does all his gallops and trots on very steep hills, so I was feeling confident, but he kind of blew me away out there because of how fit he is and how easy it felt. He’s so educated now, taking things out of an uninterrupted stride.”

Kristen Bond also put in a clear round on Enough Already to move from fourth to second, putting in a solid round to set them up for the fall season. The 10-year old Dutch gelding, owned by Liz Bond, most recently finished inside the top five at the Rebecca CCI3* but is another who has taken a step back for the first run of the fall season.

Finishing on their dressage score in third, West Coast-based rider Emilee Libby finished strongly in Jakobi’s first East Coast showing. The 9-year old Belgian Warmblood, owned by Linda Libby, has finished second in his last three international starts, including the CIC3* at Rebecca Farm in July.

Despite 5.2 time penalties, Long Island T only dropped to fourth under Boyd Martin. Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker round out the top five, completing only ten seconds over the time to hold onto fifth position.

SYMANSKY’S COOL RIDE GIVES HER WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN IN CIC2*-B

Lynn Symasnky and RF Cool Play. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

You’d never be able to tell that Lynn Symansky hasn’t ridden RF Cool Play in days, as they won the 2*-B division in style, leading from start to finish. The 10-year old German Sport Horse accumulated only 1.2 time penalties across the country, keeping them in first with a few seconds of breathing room.

On his cross-country round: “He’s a pretty amazing galloper. The footing was really good, so the time came easily. He needed a fitness run up the hills. I wasn’t really trying to chase the clock, and used the good footing to my advantage toward a CCI3* this fall since I was gone a bit. I will say he was a bit green on the mound. Anything on mounds, he has an unconventional style; he likes to invert himself and throw his head, so that wasn’t the prettiest, but he always looks for the flags. He’s pretty easy to ride on cross country. He’s genuine, and loves the job.”

On his clear stadium round: “He was a little green. He’s not a green horse, but he was green about getting in the ring and atmosphere. He hasn’t been off the property that much — he hasn’t competed since May, so it’s been like three months since he’s been in the competition ring. We’ve been working on his shape, and he has gotten a lot stronger this past year. He was wiggly and the nerves got to him, but he did put in a clear round, so I have to thank Hannah for jumping him while I was gone. Maybe he’s enjoyed having a break from me riding him. Sometimes they come back better when they have some downtime.”

Will Faudree and the experienced Caeleste moved from fourth to second throughout the weekend, finishing on their dressage score. Caeleste is an 11-year old German Sport Horse owned by Jennifer Mosing, and while she has 3* experience, she’s been easing back into the international scene this year after a hiatus from competition in 2017.

Boyd Martin doesn’t leave the weekend empty-handed, finishing third on Contessa in the 2*-B after picking up 2.4 time penalties on the cross country. The 9-year old Holsteiner mare owned by the Contessa Club won her last outing in June at the Bromont CCI2*.

Boyd Martin also finished in fourth on Ray Price and Holly Payne-Caravella rounded out the top five on CharmKing.

We’d like to give a big shout-out to Dylan Barry and Tommy Neneman, the course-builders who made this course happen and who worked tirelessly throughout the day to keep the footing up to snuff on the far side of the course. Events can’t function without incredible workers like Dylan and Tommy to help keep the riders on track.

As of press time, cross-country ride times were not available so check Plantation Field’s website for confirmation of schedule.

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Plantation Lunchtime Report: Windurra Controls 1*-A, 2*-A, Symansky Owns 2*-B

Mike Pendleton and Carlsburg. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The CIC1*-A riders were the trail blazers out on course today at Plantation Field, and time penalties quickly shook up the leaderboard as overnight leader Rebecca Brown and Dassett Choice picked up 4.0 time penalties to drop down the order. That left room for the West Grove crew of Mike Pendleton, Ryan Wood, and Boyd Martin to all climb the leaderboard.

Mike Pendleton claims first position at the end of the division on Steve Blauner and Boyd Martin’s 6-year old Irish Sport Horse Carlsburg, a horse he’s developed for the past two years in his position as rider at Windurra. This is the horse’s first international event and he’s making a good start of it by leading on his dressage score after two phases.

Sliding into second is Ryan Wood with Ruby, a 9-year old Oldenburg mare owned by Summit Sport Horses. Ruby has experience up through the two-star level but has spent the 2018 season solidifying her form at the Prelim and one-star level after a year’s hiatus from competition.

CIC2*-A STADIUM

Phillip Dutton Fernhill Pit Pocket. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T maintained their position at the top of the leaderboard after the stadium phase this morning, putting in a clear round to add nothing to their dressage score of 25.7.

After Allie Knowles and Business Class pulled a rail to drop down the order, the path was cleared for both Anna Loschiavo with Spartacus Q and Kurt Martin with Captain Chacco, who were both tied for third after dressage on a 28.0.

Anna Loschiavo and Melanie Loschiavo’s 9-year old Hanoverian stepped up to the pressure, jumping a clear round to maintain their position. Kurt and Captain Chacco, a 7-year old Oldenburg owned by Shanon Baker, answered right back, putting in a clear round themselves to make it a battle for optimum time on cross-country.

On a sentimental note, Phillip Dutton sits in sixth on Lee Lee Jones’ 7-year old Irish Sport Horse who is making his first 2* start.

CIC2*-B STADIUM

Lynn Symansky RF Cool Play. Photo by Shelby Allen.

As of lunchtime, only about a third of the division had jumped before going on break. Despite that, we know that the 1-2 positions are unchanged, as both Lynn Symansky on RF Cool Play and Boyd Martin on Contessa have jumped clear rounds.

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Volunteer of the Day: Jess Tibbels Discovers an Unexpected Benefit of Volunteering

Buck Davidson and volunteer Jess Tibbels share a high five at the end of dressage day. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

The volunteer crew at Plantation Field is a well-oiled machine, regardless of whether they are a first-time participant or a veteran of years. With bright orange vests to mark their status, they are hard to miss for spectators and competitors alike.

Dressage days don’t need the mass number of volunteers that the jumping phases require, but can definitely struggle to fill positions due to being held during the work week, when many die-hard volunteers are at their own jobs. Cue Jess Tibbels, a nursing student at Del-Tech and a veteran volunteer at Fair Hill. Jess gave up her Friday to come play gate steward for the dressage rings today, patiently opening and shutting the gate over and over again as riders came in and out. Although she has volunteered at Fair Hill over the last four years, this was her first trip up to Plantation.

Buck Davidson was first up in the three-star division this morning, and while the names Boyd Martin, Phillip Dutton, and Dom Schramm are impressive but not intimidating to Jess, the name Davidson means something more.

Jess has been watching Buck since 2010 and his father, the legendary Bruce Davidson, since 2004. To her he’s more than just another rider, he’s a local legend. As he rode his test with Erroll Gobey, Jess, who clearly has an engaging and outgoing personality, struck up a conversation with one of the horse’s owners, Natalie Sandler, who was standing nearby. She happened to mention that she was a huge fan of Buck’s.

Lo and behold, after Buck finished his test, he had a quick talk with Natalie. The next thing Jess knew, Buck was striking up a conversation with her, thanking her and taking a photo, and handing her his gloves.

Jess and Buck, just chillin’. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

Now these aren’t just any gloves, these are gloves that are veterans of a three-star test, still slightly damp with sweat. These gloves have experience, they have gravitas. Jess plans on never wearing them….unless she is competing her paint partner Star Bar. Then she’d wear them to channel her inner Buck.

Instagram or it didn’t happen. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

The real question of the day….does she plan on washing them?

“No. Never!”

Go eventing, go Jess, go Natalie and Buck, and go our amazing volunteers.

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Candy Uncatchable at Plantation Field: Dutton Holds CIC3* Pole Position After Dressage

Sportsfield Candy and Phillip Dutton. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo.

One Kentucky winner gave the other a good run for his money today in the Plantation Field CIC3*, with Clayton Fredericks almost catching Phillip Dutton on FE Ophelia in dressage. With only seven riders left to go, Clayton entered the ring on the 11-year old Zweibrucker mare to lay down a 31.5, good enough for second but leaving Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy in first by almost two points.

Owned by Diana Crawford and Hugh Wrigley, FE Ophelia will be aimed at the CCI3* at Fair Hill this fall; Clayton would have liked to take her to Ocala but being the designer of the course there prevents him from competing himself. FE Ophelia sat out the spring, and Clayton is relieved to be competing her again.

“It’s nice to have her back out. She’s really matured and getting established now at this level. There were a couple little blips, but all the pieces are there. She went super well at Fair Hill last year, and it was such a shame we didn’t get to complete. The goal will be to get a good CCI3* qualification at Fair Hill and start thinking ahead to the Olympics.”

FE Ophelia and Clayton Fredericks. Photo by AK Dragoo.

Lord Willing and Allison Springer maintained their position in the top five despite being the second ride of the day, scoring a 31.6 to sit behind Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia by only a tenth of a point. Allison felt that the atmosphere got to Lord Willing a little, but that he settled well.

“He was a really good boy today. He was actually a little bit more nervous than he’s been in a while — that’s where you saw him jig in the walk a bit. But what he does well he does so well. He’s such a super athlete. He’s been so fun to work with, but he is pretty nervous. I think it comes from a place of wanting to do it right. He was nervous, but he’s been so reliable in the dressage ring. He used to feel pretty nervous in the show jumping, and now he’s been reliable in there too.”

Allison Springer and Lord Willing. Photo by AK Dragoo.

As the final ride of the day, Pfun scores a 32.3 in his first international start since Kentucky of 2017, sneaking into fourth with Will Faudree. Mara dePuy and Congo Brazzaville C round out the top five with a 32.5.

Matt Flynn and the Flynn Sporthorses LLC’s 9-year old Dutch horse Wizzerd score a personal best of 32.6 to finish the first day in sixth position. Buck Davidson and Erroll Gobey, owned by Cassie Segal, Lisa Darden, and Natalie Sandler, scored 33.1 to finish in the top seven despite being the first ride of the day.

Chris Talley and Sandro’s Star. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Young stallion Sandro’s Star and Chris Talley cracked into the top ten this afternoon with a 33.4 to sit in seventh place after trekking out to Rebecca Farm this past summer. Caroline Martin on Danger Mouse and Waylon Roberts on Lancaster are tied for tenth on a 33.8.

With high winds and cool temperatures today, we saw horses struggling with relaxation in both the counter-canter and changes, as well as taking exception to various letters throughout the ring. Phillip Dutton managed to coax a relaxed test out of Sportsfield Candy, elevating the test into the twenties. Despite being a temporary ride with Dr. Kevin Keane on the sidelines, Phillip felt the horse’s natural skills help keep the horse competitive.

“There were a couple of little parts that weren’t as polished, but he is just such a beautiful, rhythmic mover and very correct, so that always helps the score along. It’s been fun to have the ride over the summer while Kevin has been healing from his injury. We’re hopeful he’ll be able to take the ride back after Morven Park.”

The periodic rain over the past weeks has left behind incredible footing here at Plantation this weekend, and the riders are all looking forward to getting out on the course. Allison is looking forward to getting out on the course with her pair.

“The footing feels fantastic. I like how they changed the start — we have a nice gallop in the beginning which I think is really good for the horses especially in preparing them for Fair Hill. Liam is a very careful horse. Ditches are what he loves the least, and he’s got to jump a lot of them out there. It will be good practice. It looks like a fair course, a great course. Good questions that will preparation that we all need looking forward to Fair Hill.”

Clayton Fredericks also thought the cross-country would be a solid run for FE Ophelia.

“It’s tough enough. I won’t be blistering around at 100 mph. This is an event to set her up for Fair Hill. I’ll be using the hills since it’s good for her physique to give her a good go.”

CIC1*-B DRESSAGE

Caroline Martin returns to the international scene for the first time since her fall at Millbrook with a bang, leading the CIC1*-B division on her own Cristano Z with a 22.8. The 9-year old Zangershiede gelding has stepped back to the one-star level to re-establish form.

Elizabeth Bortuzzo and Belongs to Teufer, a 2009 Thoroughbred owned by John Witte, sits in second on a 24.2 while Sarah Pyne and her own Quintessential, a 10-year old Irish Sport Horse.

Conditions will be perfect for the 1* and 2*, who both do cross-country tomorrow, with overcast skies and a high of 71 degrees F. Note that there is a schedule change for the 2*-B divisions: all two-star divisions will do both stadium and cross-country phases tomorrow, which is a change for the B divisions. All riders for all divisions should check for updated ride times, as the schedule has been updated to account for rain on Saturday night.

Rain has been projected beginning Saturday night and continuing throughout the day on Sunday, so the 3* divisions will have drastically different conditions than they have experienced over the past few years. Stay tuned tomorrow for a full course preview of the three-star!

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No Rest For the Weary: U.S. WEG Riders Lead Plantation 2* Divisions, Brown Tops 1*-A

The World Equestrian Games may have only ended Monday but with dressage beginning Wednesday afternoon at Plantation Field, there was no rest for the riders who faced Florence down in Tryon. Boyd Martin in particular had a quick turn-around with one ride Wednesday afternoon and another five on Thursday, while Phillip Dutton, Lauren Kieffer and Lynn Symansky all had rides Thursday and Friday.

CIC2*-A DRESSAGE

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

Boyd Martin picked up right where he left off with Long Island T, leading the 2*-A division from the word go. Despite being the first in the ring, often considered a tough spot from which to score well, Boyd and the Long Island T Syndicate’s 12-year old Oldenburg cross dropped the mic with a 25.7 to lead the division by almost two points over second place.

On the quick turnaround from WEG: “Long Island T did a brilliant test on Wednesday. I got home from WEG on Tuesday and gave him a quick school and then the next day I took him to Plantation, so it was a pretty awesome result considering it was the first time I’d ridden him in a few weeks.”

“I’ve got a really great group of people helping me — Mike Pendleton has been schooling the horse along with Silva, and to be honest he felt better than ever. It was a bit depressing for me. I may have to get them to ride him more often.

On dropping his 3* horses down to the 2* this weekend: “Last year I got knocked out of Plantation so I decided to put a lot of my horses down a level. I thought since I haven’t been jumping him that much that I’d err on the side of caution. They’ve been going pretty hard all year, so I’m hoping to give them a nice, easy fitness run this weekend. We know the footing will be spot on and this will be a stepping stone toward our major goal this year of the Fair Hill CCI3*, which is always a serious test of the horse.”

Kentucky-based Allie Knowles sits in second on Katherine O’Brien’s Business Class, an 8-year old Selle Français chestnut mare, after scoring a 27.6. Allie obtained the ride on the chestnut mare at the end of 2016 after the horse finished seventh in the Le Lion d’Angers CCI1* with Sophie Richards of Ireland.

Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play. Photo courtesy of AK Dragoo Photo.

CIC2*-B DRESSAGE

Lynn Symansky just put in a personal best at WEG with Donner and the success is leaking over to her other rides as she leads the 2*-B with The Donner Syndicate’s RF Cool Play. The 10-year old German Sport Horse gelding scored a 23.0 to lead the division by more than two points over The Apprentice and Contessa.

On keeping RF Cool Play going while at WEG: “The highlight was that he was good because I haven’t been riding him very much recently. He’s had a multitude of riders over the last few weeks. I’ve had some girls filling in at my barn for me, and my friend Hannah Sue Burnett has jumped him a few times for me while I was gone.”

On his fall plans: “I bumped him down to the two-star because this is his first competition back since the CCI3* at Jersey this spring. I just didn’t want to take him in the three-star here after I’d been gone a bit pre-WEG. He’s here just for an easy run, and then he will go to Morven and the CCI at Jockey Club. I’m targeting him at something a little later (in the season) just because I wasn’t around to do a lot of his fitness work. I feel like he’s matured a lot in this last year. I did a lot this spring with him, he had just stepped up to the level. He’s had a little bit of time off and he feels a lot more mature coming out this fall. I think he’s a cool horse for the future.”

On his strengths: “He does have show nerves, so he may be a little fun to ride in the arena tomorrow. He’s a super cross country horse, but he may be a little tricky to show jump. But we’re not here for the big win really, we’re here just to have a little school.

On the quick turn-around from WEG: “I spent one night at home, and then I came here on Wednesday. I left the barn at 9 p.m. because I had finally finished my laundry and unpacking from Donner and then repacking. Then I got here at 12:30 in the morning, and my barn was the one all the bottom of the hill, so I got stuck and I just slept in my trailer. I couldn’t get out because I needed to be towed. We went from going to the World Championships to sleeping in my tack room on Wednesday night. Living the dream.

“The turnaround has been fine though. It is exhausting, not just physically but emotionally. And everyone back at the barn has been working super hard to make everything keep going. “

Boyd Martin is a busy man, and not only is he leading the 2*-A division with Long Island T but he also sits tied for second in the 2*-B division with the 9-year old Holsteiner mare Contessa. After winning Bromont CCI2* in June, the Club Contessa-owned mare put in a solid 25.2 to tie with The Apprentice and Caroline Martin. Caroline is competing at the international level again for the first time since her fall at Millbrook; she also has rides on Jump Jet in the 2*, Danger Mouse in the 3*, and Cristano Z in the 1*.

CIC1*-A DRESSAGE

After yesterday’s dressage, Texas-based eventer Rebecca Brown leads the CIC1*-A division with her own 9-year old Dutch Warmblood Dassett Choice on a score of 27.0. Although the pair has 2* experience together, they’ve dropped back to the 1* level this spring, winning the Texas Rose CCI1* in June from start to finish.

Mike Pendleton sits in second with a 28.2 on Steve Blauner and Boyd Martin’s 6-year old Irish Sport Horse Carlsburg while Lucia Strini occupies third on a 29.3 with Plan Dealing Farm’s 8-year old Irish Sport Horse MTF Cooley Classic.

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U.S. WEG Riders Dominate Dressage at Plantation: Dutton Leads CIC3* at Lunch

Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Allison Springer and Lord Willing were first into the ring for the CIC3* division and, despite a few bobbles, laid down a 31.6 that no one could catch for most of the morning. It took until Phillip Dutton, just three riders before the lunch break, before anyone in the division managed to score in the 20s. Phillip and Dr. Kevin Keane’s 11-year old Irish Sporthorse laid down a 29.7 to lead going into the lunch break.

Phillip Dutton was first paired with Sportsfield Candy back in 2016, moving the horse up to Advanced and the 3* level in their time together. Kevin Keane was looking for a new upper-level partner and ended up buying the gelding and running him at Advanced and 3* in 2017. After Kevin broke his leg in a fall off a young horse early this spring, Phillip took back the ride for the 2018 season. Their partnership has already been fruitful, with a 2nd at Jersey Fresh CIC3* and a top-five finish at the Great Meadow CICO3*, with Kevin watching closely from the sidelines.

Cool and cloudy conditions this morning made for some fresh horses, some of whom struggled through tension early. Sportsfield Candy stayed relaxed and willing for Phillip, with correct changes helping them to a strong score. The atmosphere is as quiet as Plantation gets; flags flap in the breeze but the vendor village is just starting to open and spectators are scarce still.

Stay tuned this afternoon, as heavy hitters Clayton Frederick with FE Ophelia and Emily Beshear with Olney Uncle Sam try to topple Phillip from the pole position.

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By the Numbers: Plantation Field International CIC3*

Hold onto your hats, because WEG was only the beginning of an action-packed fall season. We had one off day, then Plantation Field began dressage for the CIC2* on Wednesday. In the next five weeks, we have four heavily populated three-stars on the East Coast, plus two Advanced events and a three-star on the West Coast. So buckle up!

Mike Etherington-Smith is now entering his fourth year designing at Plantation Field, firmly stamping his style on the course. Chris Barnard designs the show jumping, which often shakes up the standings over the signature dark footing.

Dressage starts at 8 a.m. EST today, and you can watch live on USEF Network. Videos from the CIC2* and CIC* dressage action can be viewed on David Frechette’s YouTube Channel here.

The Field

Plantation Field. Photo by Holly Covey.

  • For the past four runnings of the Plantation Field CIC3*, the winner has been in the top three after dressage.
  • Only three of 198 starters since 2014 have finished on their dressage score; all three of those pairs finished inside the top four.
  • At least one pair has made the time in each of the last four runnings of this event, with five pairs making it last year. This averages out to 6.5% of cross-country starts; with 46 pairs entered, three are estimated to come home within the time this year.

Dressage Divas

Allison Springer and Lord Willing. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Allison Springer has found a solid dressage powerhouse in Lord Willing, who had been solidifying his grasp of the first phase all year. In his first three starts at the level, he just missed the 70% mark but has scored in the 20s for his last four tests. His average of 29.1 penalties is the low mark in the field.
  • FE Ophelia is making her first start of the year with Clayton Fredericks, but in her first four starts at the level last fall, she scored over 70% in three of them. This pair has an average of 29.7 penalties in four tests.
  • Allison Springer has another potential dressage star in Business Ben, who is making only his third start at the level and first start at 3*. He has yet to break into the 20s but averages 31.5 in his two starts.
  • Olney Uncle Sam is another stellar gray for Emily Beshear, who broke into the 20s in his last outing at Millbrook with a personal best of 25.7. He has otherwise averaged a 31.5 at the level.
  • Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C have started to hit their stride on the flat, breaking the 70% barrier more consistently than they did in the horse’s first year at Advanced. Their average of 32.5 would keep them in the hunt right off the bat.

Show Jumping Powerhouses

Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy. Photo by Jenni Autry.

  • Sportsfield Candy has kept the rails up in every one of of his six show jumping rounds with Phillip Dutton in the saddle. He has incurred a time penalty or two in three of the six, but the colored poles have all stayed in the cups.
  • Lord Willing has incurred one rail in seven rounds at the level under Allison Springer, with an occasional time penalty added.
  • Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C are strongest in the show jumping phase, where they have had only two rails in 14 Advanced/3* starts.

Cross-Country Machines

Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise at Plantation Field International. Photo by Nicole Severino.

  • Buck Davidson has averaged only 7.75 seconds over optimum time on Archie Rocks since taking the reins this spring. In four Advanced/CIC3* completions, they’ve been inside optimum once and added only one second on another occasion.
  • Galloway Sunrise and Fylicia Barr have quietly racked up an extremely solid cross country record in five Advanced/CIC3* starts in the last 14 months. With three of their five finishes only four seconds or less over optimum, they have potential to finish inside the time this weekend.
  • Since Phillip took over the ride in 2018 while Kevin Keane recovered from injury, Sportsfield Candy has averaged a pace only 12.5 seconds slower than the fastest ride of the day. This is a significant decrease from the 2016 season when Phillip rode the horse, which was on average 48.5 seconds slower than the fastest ride.
  • Palm Crescent and Meghan O’Donoghue are another pair who have picked up the pace, averaging only 12 seconds over optimum at their two clean Advanced/CIC3* runs in 2017/2018, versus an average of 29.25 in four Advanced/CIC3* starts in 2016.

Jack of All Trades

Will Faudree and Pfun. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

  • Pfun is returning to the level for the first time since finishing Kentucky in 2017 with Will Faudree, and is one to watch out for. Their expected dressage average of 35.6 will keep them in play but well behind the leaders, but an average of only 0.38 penalties per show jumping round at the Advanced/CIC3* level and an average pace only 19.14 seconds behind the cross country leaders could see him climb the rankings through the weekend.
  • Paddy the Caddy with Erin Sylvester are another pair to watch out for, averaging 33.7 in the dressage phase, 0.43 penalties in the show jumping phase at Advanced/CIC3*, and a pace of 20.86 seconds behind the fastest rides on cross country.

PREDICTED WINNER: Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent

Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Keep Your Eye On …

  • Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy
  • Emily Beshear and Olney Uncle Sam
  • Will Faudree and Pfun
  • Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks

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Show Jumping Powerhouses of WEG 2018

It’s (finally) the last day of eventing of WEG. There’s been abandonments galore, our chinchillas are sopping wet, and yet coverage soldiers on.

After a very wet and dramatic final horse inspection yesterday, the stage is set for the reigning European Champion to become the reigning World Champion. Ingrid Klimke has her work cut out for her though, as there are six other riders within a rail of the top placing, and every one of them is capable of jumping a clear round. They are also all capable of having a rail. Meanwhile there are a couple of excellent jumpers in the remainder of the top 10 ready to pounce. It will all come down to who can handle the pressure in this moment.

Keep in mind that the horses are show jumping after a day of rest, which will bring an extra unknown variable into play for everyone. Some horses may feel better in their body than they would have the day after cross country; others may be feeling any stiff muscles a bit more than the typically would on the final day. Horses who usually jump better after taking the edge off with cross country could revert back to being a bit tougher to ride, while others who might struggle from being a touch tired could feel an extra bit of spring.

The show jumping course designer is Ireland’s Alan Wade, who has designed at the World Cup Final and Dublin Horse Show. He is also designing the courses for pure show jumping this week at WEG.

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THE FATE OF THE TOP TEN

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. FEI/Jon Stroud Photo.

Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD

Pros: This pair has been very consistently one-or-none in the show jumping phase in the horse’s career, incurring no more than one rail in 21 of his 23 career 3/4* starts. They’ve also jumped clear in five of the horse’s eight CCI3/4* starts.

Cons: The only two times that SAP Hale Bob OLD has had more than one rail, they were both at CCIs. Their clear rate when show jumping is the final phase sits at just 47%, making it a coin flip as to whether this is a one rail day or none rail day. Her 2018 form has a rail in two of four CIC3* starts.

Prediction: +4

Ros Canter and Allstar B. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Ros Canter (GBR) and Allstar B

Pros:  Allstar B’s four-star record is actually cleaner than his record at CCI3*, with only one rail in four CCI4* runs. He’s jumped clear in seven of his last eight show jumping rounds.

Cons: The only rail on his record over the last two years does come from Badminton this spring, which is his most recent CCI run.

Prediction: +0

Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound (IRL). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sarah Ennis (IRL) and Horseware Stellor Rebound

Pros: Horseware Stellor Rebound have a pretty incredible stadium record at the CIC3* level, jumping clear in 13 consecutive CIC3* starts. In 16 career CIC3* starts, this horse has only had one rail.

Cons: Their CCI3/4* clear jumping rate is significantly lower than their CIC3* rate, jumping clear only 57% of the time at those levels combined. They’ve also only jumped clear in one of their three CCI4* completions.

Prediction: +4

Lt. Col Thibault Vallette and Qing du Briot ENE HN. Photo by Samantha Clark.

Thibaut Vallette (FRA) and Qing du Briot Ene HN

Pros: This pair have never had a stadium penalty at a CCI3/4*. Ever. That includes two European championships, the Rio Olympic Games with two jumping rounds, and Badminton.

Cons: Their 2018 form took a hit, with rails for the first time in four years, and not just one but three rails, at Chatsworth. This was followed by another rail at Bramham CIC3*. They did follow with a clear round at Aachen CICO3*, but a clear round is not quite guaranteed.

Prediction: +0

Tim Price and Cekatinka. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Tim Price (NZL) and Cekatinka

Pros: Cekatinka and Tim Price have only been paired up for seven 3* runs, but in the mare’s career at this level, she’s jumped clear in five of them. They’ve never had more than a rail and jumped clear at both of the CCI3*.

Cons: This is the mare’s first crack at a CCI4* height course, and while her record is very good, it isn’t perfect.

Prediction: +0

Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Padraig McCarthy (IRL) and Mr Chunky

Pros: Padraig McCarthy came over from the world of show jumping, which strengthened Mr Chunky’s abilities in this phase. Since taking over the ride from his wife, Padraig has produce clear rounds out of this horse in six of their seven career 3/4* starts together, and have jumped clear in each of their two CCI3/4* completions.

Cons: These two aren’t strangers to time penalties despite their ability to leave the sticks  up. In their only CCI4* start, they jumped clear but picked up 3 time.

Prediction: +1

Astier Nicolas and Vinci de la Vigne. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Astier Nicolas (FRA) and Vinci de la Vigne

Pros:  This young horse jumped clear in both of his 2018 3* starts, including a clear in his only CCI3* run at Boekelo.

Cons: Astier and Vinci de la Vigne have not jumped a clear round this year, incurring a rail at each of three CIC3* starts.

Prediction: +4

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo

Pros: Another one-or-none horse who has never incurred more than a rail, Quarrycrest Echo has jumped clear in more of his 3/4* starts than he hasn’t. At the CCI3/4* level, he’s only had one rail in three starts. He comes into WEG with clear rounds in his last three consecutive outings.

Cons: This pair splits almost perfectly evenly between one rail or none.

Prediction: +0

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Lynn Symansky (USA) and Donner 

Pros: This home team pair have been one-or-none for 17 of the last 18 3/4* starts they’ve had.

Cons: With nine CCI4* completions, these two have a solid history of having one down at this level. They’ve had one down in six of their nine 4* completions, two rails in two of them, and haven’t jumped a clear at the level since their 4* debut back in 2013.

Prediction: +4

Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Tom McEwen (GBR) and Toledo de Kerser

Pros: In four CCI4* runs, this pair have never had a penalty in the stadium. They’ve jumped clear in five of their six CCI3/4* runs. And they’ve jumped clear in 14 of 15 career 3/4* starts.

Cons: The only rail they’ve had in their 3/4* career was at a CCI3*.

Prediction: +0

THE CLIMBERS

Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos (AUS). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Andrew Hoy (AUS) and Vassily de Lassos

Pros: This horse has two 2* and three 3* starts under Andrew Hoy and has yet to add any penalties in a stadium phase. In fact the horse has only ever had one rail in his entire international career.

Cons: The horse has only had half a year at the 3* level before coming here to tackle his first CCI4* stadium round. The big question will be if his fitness has a solid base; the day off may benefit this horse.

Prediction: +0

Kristina Cook and Billy the Red (GBR). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Tina Cook (GBR) and Billy the Red

Pros: In 19 starts at the 3/4* level together, Tina and Billy the Red have jumped clear in all but three, never incurring more than a single rail. They’ve also jumped clear in five of their six CCI3/4*.

Cons: One of the only three times they had a rail was at one of their two CCI4* completions.

Prediction: +0

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z

Pros: This young horse has has only one rail in 12 runs at 3/4* under Phillip Dutton. He’s jumped clear in all three of his CCI3/4* starts and has jumped clear in his last eight consecutive 3/4* rounds.

Cons: He did incur the only time penalty of his 3/4* career at a CCI3*.

Prediction: +0

OTHERS OF NOTE

Alex Hua Tian and Ballytiglea Vivendi (CHN). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

If horses like Virgil (Shane Rose) and Ballytiglea Vivendi (Alex Hua Tian) struggle to get a clear round early on, it’s a good indication that Alan Wade’s track will be a tougher course than average. FRH Corrida (Andreas Dibowski) and Henri Z (Raf Kooremans) will also be good indicators.

Cross Country Powerhouses of WEG

It’s cross country day at #Tryon2018! The cross country consists of 26 numbered obstacles (40 total jumping efforts when taking all the direct routes, after 23A and 24B ) across Tryon International. The horses will have to cover the distance under the optimum time of 10 minutes, 0 seconds, or they will incur time penalties, 0.4 added to their score for each second they are over. Click here for a full course preview.

Captain Mark Phillips of Great Britain has been the course designer here since 2011. The Captain currently designs many courses around the world, including the recent Burghley CCI4* and he was the course designer of Luhmuhlen CCI4* until 2014.

The horses listed below fall into three different categories: pairs who have been proven both consistent and fast at the CCI4* level (the Stalwarts), pairs who are very fast when clear but could pick up a jump penalty (the Heartbreakers), and pairs who have stellar 3* form and speed but the 4* is a bit of a question mark (the unknowns).

With scores clustered so close together, a cross country run that is clear and inside the time could potentially move you up many places, especially with the dressage losing some weight due to the removal of the coefficient in scoring. Here are the projections of horses who will make the biggest moves up the leaderboard tomorrow … or maintain their place at the top.

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THE STALWARTS

Will Coleman and Tight Lines. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Will Coleman (USA) and Tight Lines: As a pair, these two have four CCI3/4* under their belt and have been clean at three of them. In each of those clear rounds, he has brought Tight Lines home inside the time. He’s also finished within fifteen seconds of the fastest time in those three runs, which will become a big factor if time proves to be tight.

Potential Issues: This horse isn’t hugely experienced at the top level and in his first attempt at CCI4* in 2017 (which came after only half a year at the 3* level), he had two stops at Kentucky. That’s the only blemish on his jump record at the 3/4* levels. This pair is in an identical position as Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul; they are the path finders for the team, they are very early in the go, and their responsibility is primarily to provide a clear round for the team.

Ride Time: 11:09 a.m.

Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Arctic Soul: Arctic Soul has never had a jump fault at a 4* run, and they’ve completed six of their seven CCI4* starts with only a technical elimination at their very first attempt marring their record. Arctic Soul has finished inside the time at three of the six completions; at two of the remaining three, no one made the time. The pair has never failed to finish within fifteen seconds of the fastest ride of the day at this level and in their most recent two CCI4* starts, they finished within ten seconds of the fastest time.

Possible Hiccups: They go out as only the fifth pair of the day, which could both be a blessing and a curse today. Going so early in the order means they won’t be able to see how combinations are riding and adjust their plan accordingly. On the other hand, they are one of the fastest 4* pairs in the world and they’ll get the best of the ground today as the rain starts arriving.

Being the pathfinder on the team will be another variable in this pair’s plan; Gemma will be responsible first and foremost for delivering a clear round for Team GBR so later members can perhaps take a risk. On the other hand, her speed could be very important later if the Brits end up needing her score so Gemma will have to balance priorities carefully.

Ride Time: 11:12 a.m.

Sam Watson and Horseware Ardagh Highlight. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Sam Watson (IRL) and Horseware Ardagh Highlight: This Irish pair have never had a cross country jump penalty, have finished within twenty seconds of the leader at both of their CCI3* starts, and clocked in inside the time at the horse’s first CCI4* start at Luhmuhlen this year.

Potential Issues: As several others noted, they are the pathfinders for their team today which may mute their individual hopes. They will however be late enough in the order to have seen a few go through the course before them. These two also aren’t ranked up with the fastest horses in the field today but can certainly make a go of it if that’s their mission.

Ride Time: 11:24 a.m.

Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Julia Krajewski (GER) and Chipmunk FRH: This precocious horse has run a CCI3* every year for the least three years and has finished as the fastest time or only one second slower than the fastest time…while still coming inside optimum. He doesn’t have a single jump penalty on his 3* record.

Potential Hiccups: He hasn’t done a 4* yet, and while this WEG course should ride like a 3*, it’s also a championship with all the added pressure. Julia is no stranger to being in first individually and it’s unlikely the Germans will have her ride conservatively for the team chances when she’s so well positioned to take the individual gold as well.

Ride Time: 12:06 p.m.

Cathal Daniels and Rioghan Rua. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Cathal Daniels (IRL) and Rioghan Rua: One of the youngest riders in the competition also has one hell of a reputation with his chestnut mare Rioghan Rua. This pair has tackled two CCI3* and three CCI4* together, never had a jump penalty at any of them, and never failed to finish within twenty seconds of the leader. They’ve made time at their first CCI3* and their most recent CCI4* at Luhmuhlen, where they also clocked in the fastest time of the day.

Potential Hiccups:  This is Cathal’s first call up to a senior level championship team so there’s an added pressure from that. He’s also the second rider out for his team so a clear round remains the highest priority for Team Ireland.

Ride Time: 12:27 p.m.

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn Symansky (USA) and Donner: Donner has the distinction of the longest CCI4* track record in the field, with nine starts and nine completions. These two have jumped clear at all but one of them, the last World Equestrian Games. Since that time, they’ve jumped around clear in fifteen of their sixteen 3/4* starts, including Badminton and Burghley, and then made mincemeat of the Kentucky course this spring. They’ve also shown they can make the time if they want to, with rounds inside the time in three of those CCI4* completions.

Potential Hiccups: If Team USA has already brought home two clear rounds, Donner will likely be let loose to go for the kill, but if the priority ends up being a clear round due to trouble from the earlier riders, Lynn may have to ride first for the team. Donner fans should note that despite the ability to make time, this pair actually racks up time penalties at the four star level more often than not with an average of 7.7 time penalties for clear rounds at the CCI4* level.

Ride Time: 1:27 p.m.

Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunk. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Padraig McCarthy (IRL) and Mr Chunky: Padraig took over the ride on Mr Chunky after his wife Lucy (Wiegersma) first competed him up through CCI4*. They quickly meshed and have never has a jump penalty in their time together. These two also finished inside the time at both of their CCI3* starts.

Potential Hiccups: Mr Chunky isn’t the fastest horse in the field and while the pair has made time at CCI3*, they have often picked up time penalties in the double digits at the CIC3* level. They accumulated 6.4 time penalties in their only CCI4* start at Badminton this spring, but did finish within fifteen seconds of the fastest time of the day.

Ride Time: 1:45 p.m.

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Thomas Ix.

Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD:  The reigning European Champions have a long CCI3/4* record to their name and although it’s not without a couple of hiccups, they’ve had a 100% completion rate. When jumping clear at these CCI levels, they’ve made the time or been within ten seconds of the cross-country leaders in five of six rounds.

Possible Hiccups: SAP Hale Bob OLD has twice had stops at CCI3/4*, with issues at his first CCI4* back in 2014 and a stop at the Rio Olympics. This pair also had a surprise of a stop at Aachen CICO3* in July, bouncing back with a clear round in Strzegom for their final prep run.

Ride Time: 2:27 p.m.

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z: Z has started three CCI3* and a CCI4* under Phillip’s tutelage, has never had a jump penalty in any of them and has never had a time penalty in any of the three he completed. He also completed the test event here with only one second over optimum.

Possible Hiccups: Z is relatively green at 4* and did have a rider fall in one of his three CCI3* starts. He’ll also go at the end of the day when conditions are starting to deteriorate.

Ride Time: 2:30 p.m.

Jonelle Price and Classic Moet. Photo by Nico Morgan Photography.

Jonelle Price (NZL) and Classic Moet: This pair needs no introduction as our most recent Badminton CCI4* winners. They’ve completed eight CCI4*, never had a jump penalty at any of them, and finished inside the time at four of them. At the four they didn’t finish inside the time, they were the fastest time of the day at three of them. This is the fastest four-star horse in the world right now.

Possible Hiccups: They’ll be headed out at the end of the day, when conditions may be quite bad. That hasn’t stopped them before though, as they were the fastest ride of the day at the 2014 WEG.

Ride Time: 2:45 p.m.

THE HEARTBREAKERS

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo (GBR). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo: This pair has a very clean CIC3* jump record together and it’s fast too, with fifteen seconds of less of time penalties in six runs; four times they’ve finished either inside optimum or only one second over. In the horse’s first CCI3*, they finished on their dressage score and at his first CCI4* this June, he finished inside the time on cross-country day.

Potential Hiccups: Quarrycrest Echo’s CCI3/4* record is more spotty than not, with a stop at the Strzegom CCI3* European Championships last summer and then a missed flag penalty at Luhmuhlen knocking them out of contention. The potential is there for a fast, clear run but question marks remain.

Ride Time: 12:12 p.m.

THE QUESTION MARKS

Donatien Schauly and Pivoine des Touches (FRA). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

 

Donatien Schauly (FRA) and Pivoine des Touches:  Up until this calendar year, Pivoine des Touches had a very clean, very fast cross country record. He’s completed three CCI3* and a CCI4* in his career and at three of the four had less than two seconds worth of time penalties. In all four, he finished within 15 seconds of the fastest cross country time.

Potential Hiccups: His 2018 record is a bit of a departure, with a missed flag and a stop at Arville in June, and quite a few time penalties in his other CIC3* starts this year. He qualified for WEG based on finishing second at Saumur CCI3* in 2017, but prior to that he hadn’t attempted a CCI3/4* since 2013, when he completed Pau. Again, being the pathfinder can also come with pressure.

Ride Time: 11:30 a.m.

Chris Burton and Cooley Lands (AUS). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Christopher Burton (AUS) and Cooley Lands: Chris Burton is the fastest cross-country rider in the world and in four 3* runs with Cooley Lands over the last twelve months, he’s produced three clear, inside the time rounds where he also happened to be the fastest time of the day. That includes Boekelo CCI3* last fall.

Potential Hiccups: Cooley Lands literally only has three CIC3* runs and a CCI3* run under his belt. This is a big ask for him, but he has one of best (if not the best) cross country jockeys in the world. Trust in Burto.

Ride Time: 12:18 p.m.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega (SWE). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sara Algotsson-Ostholt (SWE) and Wega: This mare’s career speaks for itself, with a silver medal at the London Olympics and two wins at the CCI3* level. In five runs at CCI3/4*, she’s added nothing to her score on cross country day save her very first attempt at the CCI3* level, back in 2010. Sara’s here as an individual, so she has free rein to go as fast as she needs.

Potential Hiccups: Four of this mare’s five CCI3/4* runs were in 2010-2012; only one is from 2018.

Ride Time: 2:15 p.m

OTHERS OF NOTE

The reality is, at a championship like this, there are too many good cross-country horses to count. Horses like Honor Me and Colani Sunrise are good bets to go clear but time penalties keep them out of the top. Qing du Briot Ene HN could be spectacular and little Tsetserleg is quite reliable in this phase as well. There are too many to mention here, but we’ve hopefully outlined some of the best, even if we’ve missed others.

Go eventing, go team USA and CAN, and wishing everyone a safe ride today!