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Woodside Wrap Up: James Alliston and Parker Take Home Advanced Win

James Alliston and Parker. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

While all eyes were on the Preliminary Challenge this weekend, Woodside also hosted a small but mighty Advanced division which was won by James Alliston and his own Parker.

Coming off an unlucky tumble in Kentucky, James and the 15-year-old Thoroughbred started the weekend on a score of 31.9 and had the fastest round of the day across country, picking up 2.8 time penalties to move into the lead.

The duo handily won the division after a faultless show jumping round gave them a three-phase score of 34.7 — six points ahead of second place.

Alexis Helffrich and London Town. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Alexis Helffrich ended the weekend in second place with Pamela Williams’ London Town. They started the weekend on a 30.2, and added 10.8 time penalties on cross country to finish on a result of 41.

James Alliston and Happenstance. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

James made an second appearance in the top three with Mary McKee’s Happenstance. 33.1 in dressage and 6.8 cross country time penalties had them in second before the final phase, but an unlucky rail dropped them to third.

Helen Bouscaren and her own Ben made the biggest leap on this leaderboard. A dressage mark of 39.1 had them starting in ninth place, but a quick trip around both cross country and show jumping handed them a fourth place result.

Bunnie Sexton and her own Rise Against are the last pair to fill out this Advanced top five. This combination had 34.9 on the flat, 7.2 time penalties on cross country and one rail down for a cumulative score of 46.1.

Dressage leaders Heather Morris and Charlie Tango were unfortunately eliminated on cross country at fence nine, but all others in the division came home without jump penalties. In show jumping, three riders — James, Alexis and Heather — had double clear rounds.

That’s a wrap on another exciting weekend at Woodside!

The Spring Event at Woodside: WebsiteEntry Status/Ride, Times/Live Scores

Tiebreak Decides Woodside Preliminary Challenge

Bec Braitling and Mallory Hogan. Photo by Shelby Allen.

This year’s Preliminary Challenge certainly did not disappoint! Both cross country and show jumping took their toll on the final standings, and it was finally Mallory Hogan in the rider division and Rebecca Braitling in the horse division who earned a win in the end.

When a single show jumping time penalty tied Erin Kellerhouse and Rebecca Braitling on 27 points, a mad dash ensued to decide who won the Preliminary Challenge Horse division. Not only did these ladies have an identical result, but they also clocked around cross country in the same exact time: 5 minutes and 34 seconds. Unfortunately for Erin, this meant that the best show jumping score would be the determining factor thanks to a recent amendment of EV132 and it choose Rebecca the winner today.

Bec Braitling and Santana II. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

“It was kind of surprising actually because Erin and James are usually not very easy to beat, so I was happy to go in and just have a clear round,” Bec said. She and Lauren Burnell’s Santana II left all the poles in their cups for this duo’s first competition together. They also had a very successful cross country, adding 1.6 time penalties to their score.

“We had a few green moments early on cross country, so I had to tone it down a little and not worry about the time as much and find a rhythm, but then she show jumped really really well this afternoon,” she added.

Though she fell from the lead, Erin still claimed second with her own Woodford Reserve, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse. While Erin might be kicking herself now, we know these two have nowhere to go but up from here!

David Adamo finished third with Christiana Rosenblatt’s Junit. After a 27.8 in dressage the 8-year-old Belgian Warmblood also came through the cross country finish flags with an identical time to match Erin and Bec.

Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Meanwhile in the rider division, Mallory Hogan took home blue with her own Clarissa Pruisima, a 9-year-old Hosteiner mare. The pair set out on cross country full of determination, and they moved into the lead after picking up 3.2 time penalties.

“I went out there knowing the time was going to be a little harder to make, so I rode everything in a forward rhythm and let her do her job,” Mallory said. “She loves cross country, that’s one of our strongest phases, so I just let her do her thing out there.”

Very last to go in the ring in front of a packed crowd, the pressure was weighing heavily on Mallory and “Clarissa.” But if she was nervous she didn’t show it. They had a fault free round to finish on a score of 34.6 for the win.

“After cross country when I saw that I moved up I knew the atmosphere was going to be a lot and I didn’t know how she was going to handle it, but she went in there today and she was really mature and grown up about it,” Mallory continued.

Second place went to Claire Poch and her own Kirschblüte 3, an 8-year-old Trakehner. They picked up 0.4 time penalties on cross country and 2 time penalties in show jumping for a final result of 36.9. Katelyn Grubich and the 15-year-old Thoroughbred Kaptain Jak finished third and the recipients of the OTTB High Point Award.

Our two winners are hoping to spend a lot more time with each other this summer as Bec coaches the Area VI Young Rider Team, and Mallory is hoping to represent that team at NAJYRC. Go Area VI!

Thanks for following the Preliminary Challenge action with us, EN!

The Spring Event at Woodside: Website, Live Scores/Ride TimesEN’s Coverage

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Jenna DeLisle and On The Spot. Photo by Shelby Allen.

It’s been a big weekend for eventing around the world, but no matter how many high-profile competitions I visit, I always find myself gravitating toward the lower levels. This is the heart and soul of the sport and it’s just plain fun! Plus, I can’t stay away from adorably spotted ponies like Kylie McKee’s On The Spot who is being ridden by Jenna DeLisle in the Junior Beginner Novice Rider division at Woodside this weekend. Three cheers for cute ponies!

International Events:

[Saumur Live Scoring]

[Houghton Hall Live Scoring]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Flora Lea Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Coconino Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Could A Bitting Clinic Be The Answer to Your Problems?

Horse & Hound Grassroots Champs: The 100cm Leader Who Benefits From Beach Gallops and Sleepovers

Get Your Horse Trailer Organized and Back on Track

Why Close Encounters with Animals Soothe Us

17 Schools Represented at Second Annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship

Coco Fath Pulls Off a Winning Devon

Sunday Video: 

Take a spin around the Preliminary track at Virginia Horse Trials with Doug Payne and Quantum Leap:

 

‘I’m Living My Dream!’: Leslie LaBraque Leads Woodside Preliminary Challenge

Leslie LaBraque and Falkonet. Photo courtesy of Woodside.

This weekend is chock-full of competition both domestically and internationally, and standing proudly on the West Coast is the Spring Event at Woodside which once again features the $15,000 Preliminary Challenge. After a full day of dressage, Erin Kellerhouse and  Leslie LaBraque emerged as the best placed in the two challenge divisions.

In the Preliminary Challenge Rider division, Leslie LaBraque and her own Falkonet, an 18-year-old Thoroughbred, found themselves at the very top of the leaderboard after securing a score of 30.2 on the flat.

“I was shocked actually. I went off course twice!” Leslie said in disbelief. “The second time I just completely lost focus, but in my mind I was like, ‘just do good on the other stuff.’ After the first mistake, seeing people in the past do so well, I thought, ‘I’m done.’” Little did she know that she was far from finished as they now lead this 21-entry division.

Without daily access to a riding arena, Leslie and “Falco” have gotten creative. “At home I don’t have a dressage arena. I ride in between orange groves and I take him to the beach once a week. It has really helped our lateral work. When the waves come in he’s like ‘Whoa!’” Leslie explained as she reenacted his leg yielding abilities. “I recommend that for anyone who is having problems with lateral work!”

This duo have been together for two years, and competing in the Preliminary Challenge has been a major bucket list item they can finally check off. “I got Falco two years ago and he was owned by professionals and I’m an amateur and my goal was to do the Prelim Challenge and to do a one-star, so I’m living my dream right now. I’m almost 60 years old!” she beamed.

Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima. Photo courtesy of Woodside.

Mallory Hogan piloted her own Clarissa Purisima to second place in this division. The 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Limmerick I x Briza) sits on 31.4 penalty points.

“I was really happy with her. I was a little concerned as to how she would handle the environment for her first time being in that big ring, but she went in and she was really focused. I asked her to do her job and she was really on task. I’m so proud of her,” Mallory shared.

This pair have eyes on representing Arae VI for a second time at NAJYRC this summer, and the Preliminary Challenge is proving to be a perfect preparation. “I got her to be my Young Rider horse and to move up the levels,” Mallory explained. “She’s a really good horse with a great brain. I’ve had a really great time experiencing everything with her. We decided to do the challenge this time as a fun way to get in a competitive division before Montana.”

Alyssa Schaefer and her own Fuego, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood, round out the top three on a score of 33. Margie Davis takes fourth place on her own Luminescence with a score of 33.2, and just behind in fifth place is Lauren Henry and her own Improvisor on 33.3 points.

Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve. Photo courtesy of Woodside.

Woodford Reserve, who was identified just six days ago in our “EN’s Got Talent” series, leads the Preliminary Challenge Horse division with Erin Kellerhouse in the tack.

“He was very business like he went in there and did his job. He was just a good boy and with me every second,” Erin said. “I thought his medium trot was really nice, and he’s always relaxed in the free walk. The reinback was the only part that I didn’t like. He’s a little offended by it. He doesn’t understand why he has to back up.”

The 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse by Tinarana’s Inspector earned a score of 24.4 today, which is just 0.1 behind his personal best at this level.  

“Woody” is relatively green at the level, but shows a lot of promise. It’s his third Prelim, so it will be a lot of course for him. I’m definitely going to have to ride. He’s pretty honest and wants to do the job, he just needs a little time to think about it. If I ride him well and give him a good set up, he’ll be good,” Erin said as she trekked around the Woodside cross country course. 

Rebecca Braitling finished the day in second place with catch-ride Santana II, a 7-year-old Oldenburg owned by Lauren Burnell.

“We purchased her in January from England and then Lauren got pregnant, so then all the sudden we were like, ‘oh I guess I’ll start riding her.’ She had ridden her at two or three shows and then I got to take her over,” Rebecca explained.

Tomorrow’s cross country will be an exciting challenge for this fresh pair as they become better acquainted. “It looks tough out there,” Rebecca said. “They’re using the coffin from the one-star. I’ve schooled her and I’ve jumped her, so I’m pretty confident. She’s a smart mare. I’m excited to see what she’s got.”

James Alliston holds third with Helen Bouscaren’s Baron on a score of 26.6. David Adamo sits in fourth place with Christiana Rosenblatt’s Junit on 27.8. Marc Grandia and Team Rebecca’s Campari FFF are in fifth place carrying 28.2 penalty points into the jumping phases.

Heather Morris and Charlie Tango. Photo courtesy of Woodside.

While the Preliminary Challenge sits in the spotlight this weekend, the Advanced division also completed the first phase of competition today.

In this group, Heather Morris and The Team Express Group’s Charlie Tango landed the leading position. The 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse  (Shannondale Sarco St. Ghyvan x Our Queen Bee) earned a 30 on the flat, which matches his score from his only other start at this level.

Alexis Helffrich and London Town, a 10-year-old Warmblood owned by Pamela Williams, scooted into second place on a score of 30.2.

James Alliston filled out third and fourth place with his own Parker and Mary McKee’s Happenstance, respectively. Tamra Smith and Judy McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal are the final pair in the top five after earning a score of 33.7.

We head into a busy day of cross country and show jumping for the Preliminary Challenge competitors tomorrow, so stay tuned for an action-packed West Coast finale!

The Spring Event at Woodside: Website, Live Scores/Ride Times, Cross Country Course WalkEN’s Coverage

Hello California! 2017 Woodside Preliminary Challenge Course Walk

11 – Slab Table. Photo via Woodside’s Facebook Page.

West coast riders are gearing up for the 2017 Spring Event at Woodside which features 22 divisions including the the ninth annual Preliminary Challenge.

The Preliminary Challenge is a special competition held each year that gives horses and riders who have not yet competed above Preliminary level a taste of top class competition (with top class prize money!) tailored specifically for them. Forty-seven competitors are entered across the horse and rider challenge divisions this year. 

The competition begins tomorrow at 8:00 am with the Preliminary Rider Challenge division, followed by the Preliminary Horse Challenge division at noon. In addition to the Challenge divisions, EN will also be following the Advanced division which begins with dressage tomorrow at 11 am. 

Ian Stark returns as course designer for all levels this weekend, and we got an up close look at the Preliminary Challenge course thanks to our friends at Woodside! The course includes 27 jumping efforts over 2,860 meters. Riders will be aiming to come in under the optimum time of 6 minutes and 30 seconds. Check out the course walk below:

The Spring Event at Woodside: Website, Entry Status/Ride Times, EN’s Coverage

 

Sir Rockstar’s Career Continues with Erin Jarbo at Intercollegiate Championships

Libby Head on Courtney Cook’s Honey and Erin Jarbo on Rocky. Photo by Courtney Cook.

Pint-sized eventing superstar Sir Rockstar first captured the hearts of eventing enthusiasts in 2014 when he and his rider, then 22-year-old Libby Head, nailed a top-20 result in their first CCI4* appearance at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  

Despite a trip to the French four-star at Pau getting sidelined later that year, their fairy tale continued at Badminton in 2015 thanks to a bit of grit, determination, and the $10,000 Essex Grant. Not one to stray from tradition, “Rocky” again jumped his heart out to make Libby the highest-placed 25 and under rider.

Libby Head and Sir Rockstar at Badminton. Photo by Shannon Brinkman

An unlucky fall at Burghley later that year thwarted their chance at a third four-star completion and, fans wondered, what now for the little superstar? At 18, he had truly reached the ultimate highs of the sport and had given Libby a ride of a lifetime.

“Rocky came out this year and did the Intermediate at Red Hills and was great at his first time out since Burghley. We kind of had plans to go to Rolex, so we did Advanced at Poplar in March, and he had two uncharacteristic stops in show jumping, so we were eliminated,” Libby explained. “He hasn’t stopped in the nine years I’ve had him so it made me step back and see what I really wanted to do with him this year because he is 19.”

Libby was confounded with a difficult decision. Her longtime partner, who wasn’t showing any physical limitations, was suddenly saying no.

“He has nothing at all to prove, so I started thinking of leasing him out to teach someone else how he taught me. I didn’t really want to say the ‘R’ word either, so this was another option,” she said, knowing Rocky truly wasn’t ready for the dreaded ‘R’ word: retirement. Wheels began turning to find Rocky a more appropriate job as he neared his twilight years.

Conveniently, at the same time that Libby was considering sharing her super special guy, Erin Jarbo, a teammate of Libby’s from the University of Georgia Eventing Team, was looking for a catch ride for the USEA Intercollegiate Championships.

Erin Jarbo and Sir Rockstar. Photo courtesy of Erin.

“He’s one of those horses that you don’t have to be a four-star rider to ride him, and my friends have ridden him all the time, so I wasn’t hesitant to have someone lease him. I thought he would be his normal self and take care of someone,” Libby continued.

And thus, a new partnership was born and Erin had her chance at her own ride of a lifetime.

“It’s been pretty amazing to ride something that’s so experienced. My first impression was that I walked and trotted and he felt like a normal horse, but then I cantered and I was like, ‘Whoa! This is why he’s a four-star horse!’” Erin beamed. “His canter is so powerful and has so much jump to it. He’s fun on the flat and has tricks I’ve never been able to school before.”

Though Erin returns to the USEA Intercollegiate Championships at the Virginia Horse Trials this weekend as a defending champion, she’s keeping the focus on having a fun and successful experience with her new ride. “My main goal is to finish on my dressage score whatever that may be. Hopefully it’s a good one!” she smiled.

Rocky hasn’t competed at Novice level since 2008, but we’re pretty sure he’ll happily show his new jockey the ropes. If you’re at the Virginia Horse Trials this weekend, be sure to give a big cheer (not during dressage!) for EN’s 2014 Horse of the Year, Sir Rockstar.

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Lazy Sunday. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Yawn! What a weekend. I moved myself, my horse and all my belongings from Middleburg, Virginia, to Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday. It’s a strange, but liberating feeling to have your entire life fit in a two horse bumper pull. All I can say now is that I’m glad to be out of that truck!

 

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Fair Hill May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Sunday Links:

Grandmother Scores First BE Win Aged 69

Popular Preliminary Challenge Returns for a Ninth Year at The Spring Event at Woodside

Laura Graves Shares Tools on Working Through Tension

Tired of Explaining Your Sport to Your Friends? Check Out DiscoverEventing.com

You and Your Horse Can Become Environmentally Friendly

Freakness at the Preakness: The Running of the Urinals

Sunday Video:

Cloud Computing managed to edge ahead of Classic Empire and Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to win the Preakness Stakes yesterday:

 

 

David O’Connor Takes On Training & Preliminary Course Design at Waredaca

David O’Connor teaching a clinic at Waredaca. Photo by Sarah Gonzalez.

Though he’s designed many Intermediate cross country courses at Waredaca Horse Trials, David O’Connor will now expand his responsibilities to include laying out the Training and Preliminary tracks, beginning with the June horse trials this year.

David, who is is licensed through the 3*/4* level, first started designing at Waredaca in 2009, and he is taking on these new levels with a fresh sense of vision for the Laytonsville, Maryland venue.

“We’re trying to look at the property in a new way, with a multi-year plan to build some new features there,” David said. “We are trying to change the features around a little bit to give us more flexibility for the future.”

Mounds, which are slated to be built this summer, and a new facelift for the water complexes are among the planned changes for Waredaca’s course.

“Waredaca has always been a good working event for riders in Area II to get their practice done and their qualifications,” David said. “It’s a good course because you can run clockwise and counterclockwise in the spring and the autumn with the multiple events they have.”

David has a storied experience with Waredaca, having spent countless hours riding there as a child while growing up in the area, which makes this project even more exciting for him and the venue’s dedicated team.

“In many ways, this was David’s ‘home’ event and I believe still holds a unique and special place for him,” Gretchen Butts, event organizer, said. “His mother, Sally, was the person who started Robert and I organizing events in 1979, and we never looked back. David, too, has always been very supportive of our work here and has been very generous with his talent, time and efforts with the design aspect.”

Of course having a designer of this caliber at a local event is exciting, but what riders are always dying to know is what they can expect from the new course.

“It’s more of a move-up kind of course,” David said. “It’s a course at the beginning of the summer, so they aren’t overly technical, but they will all be up to size because I am a believer that the straightforward fences should be up to size. It’s a good place for educating riders and horses, and that’s the main goal.”

David’s Training and Preliminary courses will debut at Waredaca Horse Trials on June 3-4, 2017. Steph Kohr will return to work alongside David as the Beginner Novice and Novice cross country course designer.

Interested in learning more from David at Waredaca? He will be leading an Expert Day at the venue next Monday, May 22, which still has a few riding spots spots available and is free to auditors. Click here for more information.

Waredaca H.T.: Omnibus, Entry Status, Website

Olympic Veteran and Young Gun: Dutton and Dorr Taste Victory at Jersey Fresh

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman. Photo by Shelby Allen.

When will Phillip Dutton cease to amaze the eventing community? Not likely anytime soon, as he added yet another CCI3* win to his lengthy resume, this time with Mr. Candyman at the 15th annual Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event.

“To win at this level is a great achievement,” said the Olympic bronze medalist. “It cements my idea that he’s ready for a four-star now. It was very difficult conditions yesterday. He was fortunate that I probably got to go in the best of the conditions because I was early on. I liked the way he handled things. He was very mature even though he was slipping. He didn’t get rattled by it, and he came out and jumped well today.”

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jump well he did. “Elmo,” a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Annie Jones, Bridget Colman, Caroline Moran and Tom Tierney produced one of four double clear show jumping rounds today over Sally Ike’s course. Elmo has been like an understudy of Phillip’s string, but he’s spent the last year working to make his name known, and a CCI3* win seals the deal.

“He doesn’t have a lot of confidence in himself, so it’s taken awhile to get him to feel like he can get out there and own the cross country course. I set out a little too fast on him last year and ended up retiring him. I think it scared him a little too much. He’s starting to put himself on the map – it looks like he’s got a great future,” Dutton said positively.

Lizzy Jahnke and Princeton. Photo by Shelby Allen.

CCI3* first-timers Lizzy Jahnke and Princeton scooped up a second place finish. Just one pesky time penalty marred an otherwise foot perfect trip today for the Lightspeed Equestrian’s 11-year-old Thoroughbred.

“He’s awesome, a cross country machine, and he jumped fabulous. It was a really special weekend,” she smiled. They certainly proved their cross country prowess this weekend moving eight places up the leaderboard after the second fastest ride in the division in less than favorable conditions.

Wisconsin native Lizzy credits her trainer, Joe Meyer, for today’s outcome. She spent the winter with him in Florida, and it paid off big. She’s officially on the radar of all U.S. eventing enthusiasts.

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Third place went to another pair of CCI3* newbies, Dom Schramm and The Naked Horse Eventing Syndicate’s Bolytair B. They had two rails today for a three-phase score of 87.4.

“I’ve been doing this for nearly 20 years and I finally got the three star out of the way!” The Australian rider joked. “He just moved up to Advanced four shows ago, so I was thrilled with him. He’s a cross country machine actually. We still have to manage his brain a little bit. Some shows he goes in the show jumping and he’s really soft and rideable, and sometimes he gets frazzled a bit like he did today, but there’s no shortage of talent. It’s just a matter of him getting more and more comfortable in the arena. He’s kind of a work in progress, but I think a world class horse.”

Dom has big plans for the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood. He is looking at competing in the Blenheim CCI3* this fall, with the ultimate goal of putting himself up against the best in Europe and hopefully securing a spot on Australia’s World Equestrian Games team next year.

In addition to Phillip, three other three-star pairs had double clear show jump rounds: Daniela Moguel with Cecelia, Justine Dutton with Jak My Style (she also had a clear show jump with two-star horse Huck Finn), and Jennie Jarnstrom with Penelope.

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Cornelia Dorr Wins CCI2* Debut

Many riders spend their careers dreaming of a big international win, and at just 19 Cornelia Dorr has managed one at her very first CCI2* with Louis M.

“I knew he’d be a little bit tired, but he’s done this before,” Cornelia said of the experienced 12-year-old Rheinlander. “I had trust in him that he would take care of me if he needed to and I just sort of supported a little bit to the verticals and I clucked at a lot of him to keep him off the ground. I was just hoping it would go well. I didn’t need to win, my goal was just to complete.”

Cornelia and Louis had one rail in hand thanks to finishing fast and clear around yesterday’s cross country, which was fortunate because they pulled one pole in today’s show jumping to finish on a winning score of 49.8.

Cornelia originally had two entries in the division, but her Sir Patico MH was unfortunately spun at the final horse inspection. She said he had a heel grab and they will be back to fight another day!

Boyd Martin and Kyra. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s Kyra finished in second place. They were one of seven pairs in this CCI2* division to have a double clear jump today. They finish on 52.2 penalty points.

“She’s a fantastic jumping horse. This would be the one phase I’m really confident with her. She’s pretty sharp, and fresh, a real redhead, but as good a jumper as I’ve ever sat on,” Boyd boasted.

Sitting pretty going into the 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood’s strongest phase, Boyd credits his unique preparation over fences. “She’s got so much quality – almost too much quality. She’s one of the only horses I hardly ever show jump at home. I only cross country school,” he explained.  

“I think it paid off yesterday because it was pretty treacherous conditions and a tough course and there was a couple of fences similar to where I’ve struggled with her before, but she soared over them and finished fresh.”

Jennie Brannigan and Twilightslastgleam. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jennie Brannigan rounds out the top three with Nina Gardner’s Twilightslastgleam. A homebred of Nina’s the 10-year-old Thoroughbred “Comic” was originally destined for the track, but fortunately for Jennie, never quite got there.

“He got kicked off the track. He was bucking everyone off. He broke my knee a couple years ago. He was really tricky to start, but it was always worth it because I knew he was talented,” Jennie shared. “It’s fun for Nina to have one that I really do think will be a proper horse for the future. When they do their first two-star and finish on their dressage score in the conditions…He’s seven so he’s still young and I think it’s just really exciting for Nina to have one that she’s bred that maybe is something exciting for the future.” 

The only two pairs of the entire competition to finish on their dressage score were in the CCI2* division: Jennie with Comic and Caroline Martin with Cristano Z, who earned sixth place. 

The big CCI3* win may have gone to one of the most experience U.S. riders, but the CCI2* division reminded us that the young guns can rise to the challenge too! Thanks for following the action with us this weekend, EN!

Jersey Fresh Links: Website, Schedule, Live ScoresMillie Humphreys’ College FundEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

 

Marilyn Little and Lauren Kieffer Seal the Deal on CIC Wins at Jersey Fresh

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous now have back-to-back CIC3* wins to add to their illustrious record after securing a first-place finish at the 15th annual Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event today.

“I was really pleased with her effort this weekend. I thought she handled the weather well. Like I said yesterday, it’s easy to think of her as a fair weather horse because she is a bit of a princess, but she’s really quite courageous and she showed that this weekend,” Marilyn said of “Kitty.”

Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parksy, and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ 12-year-old Oldenburg had one rail down, but still finished with an 11 point lead, putting her in top form for her first CCI4* at Luhmühlen next month.

“I have a lot more confidence going next month to Germany where it can also pour,” Marilyn said thinking of yesterday’s wet weather. “I think she took away a really great experience and the fact that she felt good this morning can only say that much more for the effort that was put forth from the course designer and all the volunteers.”

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s Tsetserleg, a 10-year-old Trakehner, were rewarded with a second-place finish after a careful and clear trip around Sally Ike’s show jumping track.

“I was thrilled with him. He’s a newer horse for me; I’ve had him for about a year. He was formerly produced by Michael Pollard and I’m very glad Michael retired from eventing because I got a couple of his nice horses!” Boyd laughed.

“It takes a bit to get the hang of it. He’s a bit awkward in his jump–he wouldn’t be the most conventional horse, but he’s an absolute trier. In eventing I think that’s actually the number one priority–a horse that really digs in deep and wants to do it,” he continued. 

Will Coleman and Boris O’Hara. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Kathleen McDermott’s Boris O’Hara was clearly no worse for wear after yesterday’s sloppy conditions. The 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood made sure to keep nearly a foot between him and the rails, making rider Will Coleman work to stay in the tack. A double-clear round moved them up two places to finish third overall in the CIC3*.

“I’m another one that’s kind of lucky Michael Pollard retired from eventing,” Will joked. “The McDermotts sent him to me and I’m really just thrilled for them. They’ve been great owners in the sport for a long time. They’re from New Jersey, they live about an hour away, and they’ve really stuck by this horse through some ups and downs that every owner experiences in the sport, and I just really feel very lucky that I have the horse and that they’re owners in my camp.”

Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras Earn Wire-to-Wire Win

The pressure was on for overnight CIC2* leader Lauren Kieffer this morning when nine of the top produced double-clear show jump rounds, but she and D.A. Duras were unfazed, ending the weekend as the best finishers for the win. 

Debbie Adams and Jacqueline Mars’ 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood added only four time penalties from yesterday’s cross country to their dressage score (46.9) to finish the weekend on a result of 50.9.

“He was great. He’s a really careful horse. He felt super fresh and yesterday didn’t take much out of him. He’s a horse you can really trust to show jump clean,” Lauren said.

This was Lauren’s last domestic competition before she heads to England for the summer with her top horses including “Duras” who is aimed at a combined test at Little Downham before heading to the CCI3* at Bramham. 

In addition to the pretty blue ribbon, Duras also received recognition for being the best conditioned horse, and Lauren’s groom, Jenn Cain, earned the First Place Groom’s Award. Since Lauren has hardly been home between Rolex Kentucky and Badminton, this recognition is a true testament to her team.

“I definitely have the best team. I’m so so fortunate that I’m allowed to have such great people in my group,” Lauren said. “Shannon Kinsley is taking care of the horses in England right now and Jenn Cain is going to fly out with them. She was at Badminton with us, too, and then Sara McKenna is running things at home along with Sue Clarke.

“Then I’ve got my girls, Kim Cecere and Lauren Mair riding for me so really they’re to thank for Duras going so well. Kurt Martin always steps in when my big guys need a jump. I’m really, really fortunate with everyone I’ve got. It would be pretty hard–next to impossible–to replace any of them.”

Sharon White and Cooley On Show. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sharon White, Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Will Zuschlag held their overnight second, third and fourth-place spots, respectively, after leaving all the poles in their cups today.

Cooley On Show, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Sharon, finished less than a point behind Lauren and Duras. “Louis” added only 2.4 cross country time penalties to end the weekend on a final mark of 51.8. 

Sharon additionally was selected by the Ground Jury as the recipient of the Philippa Humphreys Memorial Sportsmanship Award, which was created this year to identify a rider who demonstrates outstanding acts of sportsmanship.

“I think the Philippa award kept it all in perspective this weekend. The one thing about Philippa is she would just loved riding her horse around. She loved her relationship with her horses, and that’s what this is all about,” Sharon reflected. “That’s the important thing about the weekend, that you’re out there with your horse and doing it for the joy of being with them.”

The award was given to Sharon for her exemplification of fairness, respect, responsibility, selfless equine management, passion and commitment for the betterment of eventing, and outstanding mentorship and relationship management skills.

“Right after last year’s event we knew this year we wanted to do something to recognize and memorialize (Philippa). It was decided that a percentage of the entry fees would be allocated to this award every year, so the more entries we get, the more money we can put into Millie’s fund. It will be perpetual, so this was the first year and we go from here,” explained Lisa Mackintosh, who is a member of the Jersey Fresh International Organizing Committee. 

Sara and Will both carried 11.6 cross country time penalties, and they both had clear rounds today. Sara ended third with Rubens D’Ysiuex Syndicate’s Rubens D’Ysieux and Will finished fourth with his own RF Southern Command, respectively.

Waylon Roberts and Anthony Connolly and Skye Levely’s Mindful started the weekend in 14th, but finished in fifth after adding 11.2 penalties on cross country and none today. Waylon is surely pleased as this was the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse’s first CIC2*.

What a great way to end the CIC classes this weekend at Jersey Fresh! Stay tuned for the forthcoming CCI reports.

Jersey Fresh Links: WebsiteSchedule, Live ScoresMillie Humphreys’ College FundEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Six Held, One Spun at Jersey Fresh Final Horse Inspection

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman. Photo by Shelby Allen.

There were six horses held and one spun at the final horse inspection at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, leaving sixty-one pairs to continue to the show jumping phase.

All eight CCI3* horses presented this morning were accepted, including overnight leader Mr. Candyman, who is ridden by Phillip Dutton. Kristen Buffamoyer withdrew ninth-placed Jim this morning before the jog.

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M. Photo by Shelby Allen.

While Cornelia’s first-placed Louis M was accepted, her second ride, Sir Patico MH who was in third place after cross country, was sent to the hold and unfortunately not accepted upon second presentation. One other horse, fourth-placed Jennie Brannigan’s mount Twilightslastgleam, was also sent to the hold, but accepted when presented again.

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Three were held in the CIC3* group: Boris O’Hara, who is fifth with Will Coleman, Geoni, who is 17th with Tracey Bienemann, and Celien, who is 10th with Hallie Coon.

All 21 CIC2* combinations will continue this weekend. One pair were held — Waylon Robert’s mount, Mindful — but accepted on second presentation.

Show jumping gets underway at 10:00 am with the CIC2* group kicking things off.

Jersey Fresh Links: Website, SJ Order of Go, Schedule, Live ScoresMillie Humphreys’ College FundEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Cornelia Dorr narrowly avoids a waterlogged fate with Sir Patico MH. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Looks like there’s a new Miss Stickability in town. 19-year-old Cornelia Dorr almost took a swim yesterday at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, but bounced back into the tack. She went on to finish double clear with not one, but two horses in her first attempt at the level. You go girl!

It was an incredibly soggy, but successful day at the Horse Park of New Jersey. I’m looking forward to an exciting finale tomorrow!

Jersey Fresh Links: Website, SJ Order of Go, Schedule, Live ScoresMillie Humphreys’ College FundEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

International Weekend Action:

The Event Rider Masters 2017 [Event Rider Masters Live Stream] [Ride Times & Live Scoring]

More U.S. Weekend Action:

Spokane Sport Horse Farm 2nd Annual Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Winona Horse Trials  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Plantation Field May Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sunday Links:

Dumped Pony Makes Success of New Career

Stressed at the Airport? You Can Now Play With A Mini Horse

Equestrian Hunger Games

Five Conformation Faults You Didn’t Know You Needed

Carl Hester Does the Double at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Three Cheers for Volunteers with Holly Covey, Nick Hinze and Taylor Stotler

Burning Up: Photosensitization and Sunburn in Horses

Sunday Video: 

Need a Sunday morning pick me up? Nothing more adorable than Nox Martin and his goat in matching raincoats.

A boy and his goat in the rain!

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Jersey Fresh Rainy Day Report: CCI2*, CIC3* & CIC2* Riders Rise to Challenge

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M. Photo by Shelby Allen.

In her very first CCI2*, 19-year-old Cornelia Dorr has ridden two horses to the top three after a very influential cross country day at the 15th annual Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event.

She earned not one, but two double clear results, standing in first and third with Louis M and Sir Patico MH, respectively.

Dressage winner Louis M, a 12-year-old Rheinlander, has two CCI2* wins in his arsenal with former rider Pia Münker and he shared his experience with Cornelia today over the saturated track.

“He was fabulous. He is much more used to these conditions than my other horse, so it was nice that I got to go out on him first and get that confidence in myself to make the less experienced one confident in himself,” Cornelia said.

Her second ride, Sir Patico MH, had the fastest trip in the division, coming in 13 seconds under optimum time. The 11-year-old Zweibrucker holds a two-phase score of 53.7 going into tomorrow’s show jumping.

Boyd Martin and Tura Lura. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Boyd Martin sits in second place between Cornelia on the leaderboard with Christine Turner’s Kyra. The 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood jumped nimbly around Captain Mark Phillips’ two-star track to pick up just two time penalties.

“She was phenomenal on the cross country at the end of the class. The ground was deteriorating, but she really fought hard and got close to the time,” he said.

Boyd appears again in the top five with trailblazer Tura Lura, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Gloria Callen and Nancy Hathaway. You can’t fault him for consistency, as he finished on the exact same time with both horses. Despite his good fortune today, Boyd and many other riders have spent the weekend reflecting on their friend Philippa Humphreys.

“To me it was an eerie kind of day because 12 months ago was arguably my worst day in eventing with the passing of Philippa Humphreys. All day long it was sort of crossing my mind how awful today was a year ago and how many lives it changed,” Boyd lamented.

“That being said, I’ve got to take my hat off to the Jersey Fresh Organizing Committee. They’ve done a complete 180 with the course–changed the designer, the path and the look to the fences. I thought it was a very inviting track and it was a contest still. It was really hard to make the time and you had to ride the whole way around. Mark Phillips I think is actually becoming a better course designer with age. The last couple of years I feel like Mark Phillips’ courses have been the best in his whole career.”

Jennie Brannigan and Twilightslastgleam. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Fourth place goes to Jennie Brannigan with Nina Gardner’s homebred gelding Twilightslastgleam. The 10-year-old Thoroughbred also had a faultless round to remain on their dressage score of 56.6.

The CCI2* class was very keen with all 12 starters coming home without jump penalties, and four of those under the time. In addition to Cornelia and Jennie, Caroline Martin also joins the fault-free club with her own Cristano Z.

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Rainfall was an exciting challenge for overnight CIC3* leader Marilyn Little, as she wanted to test RF Scandalous before they make the overseas trip to Luhmühlen next month.

“I walked out there during the CCI3* and I thought it looked quite OK. I thought the footing was holding up quite well. It looked like the horses were reading it well. I didn’t have a question if I was going to go,” Marilyn explained. “By the time I went it was really heavy going. I was thrilled with her. She’s a beauty queen on the first day, so it’s easy to think she’s a delicate horse, but she’s actually a really courageous horse.”

She and “Kitty,” a 12-year-old Oldenburg owned by Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parksy, and Phoebe and Michael Manders, moved expertly through the unfavorable conditions. Although they came home with 16 time penalties, a two-phase score of 53.7 was enough to keep hold of their lead.

“I was looking forward to the chance to ride her in the weather. She hasn’t had a real run in the rain since Boekelo in 2015. She’s gotten lucky I suppose with fair weather events, so this was a big opportunity to see where she is in her training and fitness. Going into Luhmühlen it will have plenty of mud, and you want to know what you have before you head over,” she continued.

Jennie Brannigan and Cool As Ice. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Jennie Brannigan put the pedal down with Elisbeth Battel’s Cool As Ice, a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare, to jump from 12th to second place after this phase on a score of 66.8.

Boyd Martin also moved into the top three in this division, this time with Tsetserleg, a 10-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Christine Turner. They added 23.6 time penalties on course today.

Two riders withdrew: Ryan Wood opted not to compete with Powell and Michael Walton with Woodstock Wallaby. Buck Davidson’s trip around with Halimey came to an early end when he and the 12-year-old Trakehner picked up three stops at fence 9A, the Jersey Shore water.

Second placed Phillip Dutton was making easy work of the course with Fernhill Revelation, but he had accidentally jumped the CCI3* first fence instead of the CIC3* one, so the pair were pulled up by fence six and received a technical elimination.

Courtney Cooper and Who’s A Star, who have rerouted from Rolex Kentucky, activated a frangible pin at an fence 22, an open oxer. There was subsequently a hold on course as builders worked at a feverish pace to get the fence reset.

Today’s conditions become apparent in this division as you look down the leaderboard. None of the 21 finishers came home within the optimum time of 6 minutes and 51 seconds. Woods Baughman and Montesquieu came the closest with a time of 7:29.

D.A. Duras and Lauren Kieffer. Photo by Shelby Allen.

In the final group of the day, Lauren Kieffer moved quickly to hold onto her CIC2* lead with Debbie Adams and Jacqueline Mars’ D.A. Duras. The 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood was looking very sharp in his last competition before heading to England for the summer with Lauren.

Sharon White and Cooley On Show. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sharon White managed the quickest ride in this division with her own Cooley On Show. The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse, who picks up at this event after retiring on course in Kentucky two weeks ago, looked confident as ever. The pair are less than a point behind Lauren and “Duras.”

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux round out the top three in this group. They add 11.6 time penalties to their dressage score.

Five two-star combinations withdrew this morning, two retired on course and one rider, Bevin Dugan, came out of the tack during her trip with Kemmerlin, but is reported to be OK.

By the time the CIC2* riders went out on course, the conditions had certainly deteriorated, but the Jersey Fresh crew was hard at work to keep it in working order for the final pairs out of the start box. From the entire team at EN, thank you JFI team for all you do!

Jersey Fresh Links: Website, SJ Order of Go, Schedule, Live ScoresMillie Humphreys’ College FundEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Dutton Dominates CCI3* in Super Soaked Cross Country Day at Jersey Fresh

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The cross country at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event showed us once again that eventers are tough as nails. This weekend’s Nor’easter paid no mind to our pleas for warm sunshine as it descended on the Horse Park of New Jersey in the form of chilly temperatures, heavy wind gusts and buckets of rain.

But, eventers don’t back down from a little rain. Today’s international riders displayed some incredibly tactful riding, despite the conditions, as they took their first crack at Captain Mark Phillips’ new cross country course.

When overnight CCI3* leader Tamie Smith withdrew Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley, she left the door wide open for third-placed Phillip Dutton to take the lead with Mr. Candyman.

Phillip–a.k.a. The Mr. Miyagi of U.S. eventing–had the fastest ride of the day with “Elmo,” a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Annie Jones, Bridget Colman, Caroline Moran and Tom Tierney.

“He’s a work in progress,” Phillip said. “He’s not the most confident horse in himself, so I can’t go 100 percent. I’ve got to go about 90 percent to stay confident on him. He handled it all easily today.”

The pair came through the finish flags with 8.4 time penalties added to their dressage score to sit on 58.90 going into tomorrow’s show jumping.

“I want to congratulate the organizers and everyone who tried really hard to make this as good as we can with the conditions. It stayed safe for horses and riders. It was obviously a bit more challenging as it got wetter and wetter, but part of becoming better on cross country in this country means we have to learn to deal with adverse conditions. I was excited to take mine out and see how they go and handle these conditions, so I’m glad I did,” he added. 

Lizzy Jahnke and Princeton. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lizzy Jahnke and Light Speed Equestrian’s Princeton followed in Phillip’s footsteps as the second fastest round of the day, coming in 45 seconds above the optimum time to move from 10th to second place.

“He’s an amazing cross country horse. He is very fast and at the same time extremely rideable, so it allows me to gallop and then he easily comes out of his gallop so I can set him up for the fences quite easily,” Lizzy said. 

She and the 11-year-old Thoroughbred’s dressage score of 56.8 plus today’s 18 time penalties gives them a two-phase result of 74.8.  

“It was my first CCI3*,” she continued. “I wasn’t sure how he was going to feel at 10 minutes, so I was a little slow going out. As I went I got comfortable and put the pedal down more, so he felt great. Honestly, he had plenty of gas left in the tank.”

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dom Schramm battled more than just the elements with Bolytair B today, as he’s been dealing with a bout of food poisoning that has unfortunately been going around at the event. But in Dom’s mind it is mission accomplished, as he picked up a qualifying score with “Boly” as he looks ahead to his ultimate goal: representing Australia at the 2018 World Equestrian Games next year.

“All of the rain took a little bit of the pressure off because it meant I didn’t have to be concerned about going like a bat out of hell. My plan was to go out and not fight with him too much for about six minutes and then see what kind of horse I had left. To his credit he was strong and felt great the entire way. I felt him getting a bit tired at the end because the ground was getting holding, but he kept fighting,” Dom said.

The Naked Horse Eventing Syndicate’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood looked keen and confident. This pair had the third fastest trip round this course today.

“Running here has been part of our longterm plan with the horse, and we didn’t have a big margin of error in the spring without pushing him too hard. We’ll be more relieved once we get done with the show jumping tomorrow, but I have to say that it feels great to have this run behind us. I would be lying if I said the WEG next year wasn’t on the radar, but at the end of the day we have to take it show by show and do what’s in the best interest of the horse.”

Daniel Moguel and Cecelia. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Rerouting from Rolex Kentucky, Daniela Moguel and Aurelio Quinzaños & Jorge Eduardo Mtz. Castrejon’s Cecelia moved nimbly around the saturated cross-country course, adding 34 time penalties to carry 89.8 penalty points onto show jumping.

Buck Davidson found himself in fifth place with Cathy Dudick’s No Remorse. The game little 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare moved up from 13th despite adding 27.6 time penalties.

In addition to Tamie and Wembley, three other combinations opted to withdraw before cross country including Sara Moore and Polaris, Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin, and Ashley Johnson with Tactical Maneuver.

Two riders fell from their horses – Nilson Moreira da Silva and Buck Davidson. Nilson fell from Cash at fence 25, but was quickly on his feet. Buck parted ways with Park Trader at the Red Barn fence 30, and after a few worrisome minutes, the medical team here reported that he was OK. He went on to ride his two CIC3* entries.

Nilson also retired his second ride, Muggle, after the 13-year-old Thoroughbred cross came to a quick stop at the 9A at the Jersey Shore.

Today’s rainy conditions meant for tough going in this group today. No one managed to finish within the optimum time, and today’s nine CIC3* finishers averaged 34.93 time penalties.

A huge congratulations are in order for the entire Jersey Fresh team. I have never seen a more active grounds crew doing everything in their power to preserve the footing. Additionally, today’s volunteers were outstanding–they stuck it out to the bitter end with smiles all around. Thank you!

Jersey Fresh Links: Website, SJ Order of Go, Schedule, Live ScoresMillie Humphreys’ College FundEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Can’t-Miss Quotes from Friday’s Press Conference at Jersey Fresh

2015 Pan American Games reunion! Boyd Martin, Marilyn Little, Lauren Kieffer and Phillip Dutton.

Friday’s press conference at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event set the stage for a reunion of our 2015 Pan American Games gold medal winning team. It gave Chinch flashbacks of one of his favorite weekends — he loved every second of it!

What did these teammates have to say today? Read on to find out:

Marilyn Little on “Kitty’s” fitness: “When I went to The Fork I didn’t start out very quick. I wasn’t sure coming from Wellington how her fitness would be, and I was pleasantly surprised. I image she was (fitness-wise) where most horses are in the beginning of February looking toward Rolex. Since then we’ve been turning up the volume and adding hills and terrain that we didn’t have access to in Wellington. Looking at the course, I will be glad she’s getting fitter!”

Marilyn Little on tomorrow’s cross country course: “There’s a lot of jumps. From a fitness standpoint, it’s great. It’s not just terrain. I think it’s beautifully presented. There’s a nice flow in the beginning. It really gets them going. So, I really like the first bit, and then after there’s some real accuracy questions which keeps you on your toes toward the end.”

Phillip Dutton on taking Z and Warren to Tattersalls: “Both Z and Warren are pretty close to doing a four-star, so I thought it would be a good stepping stone to go overseas and jump a course we haven’t done before. I haven’t been there before, but I hear it’s a pretty strong three-star”

Phillip Dutton on tomorrow’s cross country course: “It’s a bit more horse friendly. It’s not overly strong or hard, but as Marilyn said there’s more terrain here than you think. There’s a lot of jumps, so you’ll be proud of your horses when you finish.”

Lauren Kieffer on D.A. Duras: “Last year we spent getting to know each other and getting him broke to the way I want him to go, so he’s really getting pretty confirmed. Hopefully he will just keep getting stronger and stronger and I’ll be able to start pushing on him more.”

Lauren Kieffer on D.A. Duras’ barn name: “Tony (Rosati – Debbie Adam’s husband) doesn’t like that I call him Baby Huey. We’re supposed to call him Terminator now, but I don’t know if that nickname will die.”

Boyd on his new ride Long Island T: “He’s a new horse for me. This is our first attempt at this level, so yeah I’m pretty nervous about it just because it’s taken a bit to get a partnership going with him, but he’s had really good runs the last couple of starts, so I think we’re in good shape. He could potentially be a really good horse for me because is so flamboyant in the dressage, which is sort of what we picked him for – trying to find a horse that can manage to get big scores in the dressage. I will find out a lot tomorrow.”

Sara Kozumplik Murphy on being tied with Will Coleman: “I think we both had the same score because in the warm up we were not even looking at each other and we were doing the exact same thing. It was like a pas de deux.”

Jersey Fresh Links: Website, XC Order of Go, Schedule, Live Scores, CCI3* Course WalkMillie Humphreys’ College FundEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Marilyn Little and Lauren Kieffer Sitting Pretty After Dressage at Jersey Fresh

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Shelby Allen.

The very top of the CIC3* and CIC2* leaderboards at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event remained the same since our lunchtime report, with Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous taking the top spot in the three-star and Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras taking charge of the two-star group.

Marilyn and “Kitty,” a 12-year-old Oldenburg owned by Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parksy, and Phoebe & Michael Manders, won the CIC3* last month at The Fork, and came out swinging this morning for a 37.7 on the flat — just .01 above their personal best at this level.

“She was a little fresh this morning. She’s been in Wellington all winter, so this is the coldest weather we’ve had since last fall,” Marilyn said. “She’s getting fitter now. She’s looking toward Luhmuhlen next month and she’s getting quite fit and she told me all about it this morning! But she was a professional and wonderful to ride as she usually is.”

“When I went to The Fork I didn’t start out very quick. I wasn’t sure coming from Wellington how her fitness would be, and I was pleasantly surprised. I image she was (fitness-wise) where most horses are in the beginning of February looking toward Rolex. Since then we’ve been turning up the volume and adding hills and terrain that we didn’t have access to in Wellington. Looking at the course, I will be glad she’s getting fitter!” Marilyn continued.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation also kept hold of their second-place dressage result on a personal best for the pair of 42.7

“He’s getting better all the time. He’s a good, big, loose mover. It’s a case of getting him a little more balanced in the ring,” Phillip explained.

“Warren,” an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by the Revelation Group, is using this run at Jersey Fresh as a final prep before heading overseas to compete at the Tattersalls CCI3* at the end of the month with stablemate Z.

“Both Z and Warren are pretty close to doing a four-star, so I thought it would be a good stepping stone to go overseas and jump a course we haven’t done before,” he continued.

Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Revitavet Capato wasn’t quite right before cross country two weeks ago at Rolex Kentucky. Jordan Linstedt being the utmost horsewoman she is, decided to withdraw “Capato” and get to the bottom of it, and they did. Feeling fit as a fiddle again after some additional maintenance, the pair rerouted here for another go.

The flashy 14-year-old Hannoverian’s efforts today earned them a score of 42.9 for third place.

Courtney Cooper and Who’s A Star. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Also rerouting from Kentucky, are Courtney Cooper and her own and Neal Camens’ Who’s A Star who follow in fourth place. The 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse/New Zealand Thoroughbred cross earned a personal best score today of 43.4.

Ryan Wood and Powell. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Last year’s CCI3* champions Ryan Wood and the 11-year-old Oldenburg Powell continued their trend of only producing sub-50 scores on the flat, earning a result of 44.3 this afternoon. Bred in the U.S. by Ilona English, Powell is owned jointly by Summit Sporthorses and Ryan.

Looking at the rest of the top 10, Buck Davidson and Carlevo are in sixth on 45.6, Tamie Smith and Dempsey hold a 45.7 for seventh, Boyd Martin and Testserleg sit in eighth on 46 points, Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C earned a score of 47.5 for ninth and 10th goes to Will Coleman and Boris O’Hara with a score of 47.8.

Besides Marilyn who has a very healthy five-point lead, the rest of the top 10 has a five point spread, which means in tomorrow’s rain, time points will be particularly influential.

Lauren Kieffer and DA Duras. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Fresh off her whirlwind trip to Kentucky and Badminton, Lauren Kieffer has earned a leading role aboard Debbie Adams and Jacqueline Mars’ D.A. Duras.

I really have to thank the girls at home, Kim, Lauren and Kurt Martin. I haven’t gotten to ride him for a few weeks. He was quite good. He was really up this morning. The cold weather got to him too,” she said. “Last year we got to know each other, and he’s getting really confirmed hopefully he’ll keep getting stronger and stronger.”

Duras is now quite an experienced horse, moving up to Advanced last year with Lauren before tackling both CIC and CCI3* level, and and this run should have him feeling fresh and confident before he spends the summer competing in overseas on a mark of 46.9.

“Scarlett and Duras fly out on Wednesday,” Lauren explained. “I am very fortunate my owners — Ms. Mars, Debbie, Tony, Marie and Team Rebecca — have supported the idea of me spending the summer in England to be more competitive and run those big events with these horses.”

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shelby Allen.

As the second to last rider of the day, Boyd Martin squeezed into second place with the Long Island Syndicate’s Long Island T. Boyd has done two CIC* divisions with his new ride, and this event will be their first two-star together, although the 11-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred has completed eight CIC2* competitions with previous rider Peter Barry.

“He’s a new horse for me. This is our first attempt at this level, so yeah I’m pretty nervous about it just because it’s taken a bit to get a partnership going with him, but he’s had really good runs the last couple of starts, so I think we’re in good shape,” Boyd said.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Third place is shared by Will Coleman and Sara Kozumplik Murphy who both earned a score of 48.3.

Will is competing this weekend aboard the Off The Record Syndicate’s Off The Record and Sara has brought Rubens D’Ysieux who is also owned by a namesake syndicate.

Sara joked that the she and Will must have been on the same wavelength today, “I think we both had the same score because in the warm up we were not even looking at each other and we were doing the exact same thing. It was like a pas de deux.”

Holly Payne Caravella completes the top five aboard Shelby Godfrey’s Bruisyard Hall on a score of 48.8. The rest of the top ten includes another pair who have rerouted from Kentucky, Sharon White and Cooley On Show in sixth on 49.4, Buck Davidson and Dutch Harbor are in seventh on 49.7 points, Jenny Caras and Fernhill Full Throttle hold eighth place with a score of 54.8, Young Rider William Zuschlag and RF Southern Command follow in ninth after earning 55.3, and the final rider in the top 10 is Molly Kinnamon with The Disel Boy on a score of 55.8.

Tomorrow’s forecast refuses to look anymore favorable, so it looks like a super-soaked cross country day is unavoidable. The event is doing everything in its power to preserve the footing. Press Officer Ann Haller confirmed to EN this afternoon that tarps are being laid and secured across the takeoff areas of fences that are downhill or larger in side. This includes the fences 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the CCI3* course which are all in the first minutes of the course on mostly untrodden ground. 

The Ground Jury has also moved up and rearranged ride times with hopes to miss the worst of the weather. Cross country will now start at 8:30 am with the CCI3* division.

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Jersey Fresh Lunch Update: Marilyn Little & Lauren Kieffer Control CIC Divisions

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous have settled themselves securely atop the CIC3* dressage rankings at the lunch break at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event.

A consummate performer, The 12-year-old Oldenburg earned a score of 37.7, which is just a hair behind her personal best at this level, a 37.6 which she earned in 2015 at Poplar Place Farm.

The defending USEF CCI3* National Champion owned by Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky, Phoebe & Michael Manders comes to Jersey fresh off a CIC3* win at The Fork last month.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Revelation. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Phillip Dutton holds second place with the Revelation Group’s Fernhill Revelation on a score of 42.7, a personal best at this level for the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse.

Phillip is using this event as a prep for “Warren,” and his second ride Z who will come after the lunch break, before both horses are slated to compete at Tattersalls CCI3* at the end of this month.

Rerouting from Kentucky, Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato moved into third in the second group of the day. Jordan and Barbara Linstedt’s 14-year-old Hannoverian earned a 42.9.

Lauren Kieffer and DA Duras. Photo by Shelby Allen.

In the CIC2*, Lauren Kieffer and Debbie Adams and Jacqueline Mars’ D.A. Duras became the new leaders, completing their test concurrently alongside Marilyn and “Kitty.”

Duras has become quite experienced since Lauren got the ride in 2016. They spent last year at the three-star level, finishing 11th in the CCI3* at Fair Hill last fall, but their 46.9 mark today is the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood’s best international score to date.

There’s a tie for second place on a score of 48.3: Will Coleman and the Off The Record Syndicate’s Off The Record, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse, and Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux, a 12-year-old Selle Francias owned by the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate.

Only one afternoon group remains for both divisions, which will be back underway at 12:45 pm.

The Horse Pesterer is here again today, and already busy uploading video’s from this morning’s tests. Thank you, David Frechette  Check out Phillip and Warren’s ride:

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Jersey Fresh CCI3* Cross Country Course Walk

The Jersey Shore complex got a facelift this year. Photo by Shelby Allen.

In its 15th year, the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event has welcomed new cross country course designer Captain Mark Phillips. He takes the reins over from John Williams who has served as the facility’s course designer for the past 14 years since the event’s inception.

“It’s very different,” Mark said of the CCI3*, CIC3*, CCI2* and CIC2* courses. “I think every designer has their own sort of thoughts and processes. John Williams did a great job here for 14 years, and I think I’ve probably come from slightly a different place and now I’ve put my stamp on it. I’ve tried to make the course flow as much as possible. I’ve tried to make the questions really clear to the horses, and perhaps gotten the riders to think and to ride.”

He joins forces with Morgan Rowsell who has been the cross country course builder since the event began in 2002. 

Phillip Dutton, who lead quite a large course walk yesterday, had a few moments to share his thoughts with the EN team as well: “My first walk out there was a little sad knowing it was a year ago that Philippa passed away here.,” Phillip lamented. “Mark has done a good job to incorporate more flow into the course. It walks reasonably straightforward, which I think is pretty appropriate for this year. It’s not as congested at the water complex. Overall it’s a little more forward-riding and horse-friendly.”

In addition to a new course designer, the track was also expanded to include a new piece of the New Jersey Horse Park. The new field, which was previously available to competitors for hacking, compliments Mark’s plan for a more open track. Only the CCI3* competitors get the chance to venture into this area to take on fences two through five.

“It’s new, therefore with the rain forecast that’s not going to be very good. Obviously, there’s not so much grass come up there,” Mark commented with the weekend’s wet forecast in mind. “It’s within the first two minutes of the course, so that’s a bit of a worry. The fences are quite straightforward, but with the rain it could be quite a tiring minute early on.”

So far, the new tracks have been well received by the riders, and many, including Buck Davidson, remain confident despite the looming forecast. “We’re supposed to have a lot of rain and that will be good because the ground is quite hard. I hear we are getting a lot of rain, but this place can handle it. It’s very sandy here and it will only help,” Buck said confidently.  

4AB – Your Choice Complex in the new area of the course. Photo by Shelby Allen.

“It’s very gallopy and open,” CCI3* dressage leader Tamie Smith said. “There are some technical questions, which I think with all the galloping might get the horses a little surprised because they’re just going along gallop fence after gallop fence. Phil (Dutton) thought the course would definitely be a fitness test. There’s a lot of turning and switching back. Mark has done a great job with keeping the course as open as possible, and it looks really great. I’m excited that I brought Wembley here for his first three-star.”

The CCI3* course includes 40 jumping efforts over 5700 meters, and riders will be aiming to finish on the optimum time of 10 minutes exactly.

Saturday might be a super-soaked cross country day, but EN will be there catching all the action for you. And if you are willing to do an anti-rain dance, I will love you forever!

Jersey Fresh Course Maps: CCI3*, CIC3*, CCI2*, CIC2*

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Must-Read Quotes After CCI Dressage at Jersey Fresh

Cornelia Dorr cheesin’ with Chinch.

Both the CCI2* and CCI3* completed the dressage phase today at the 2017 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event.

Tamie Smith leads the three-star aboard Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley on a score of 45.9, followed by Buck Davidson and Park Trader in second place with 50.2 points, and Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman round out the top three with a dressage result of 52.9.

Young Rider Cornelia Dorr and her own Louis M have earned the top spot in the CCI2* on 45.8. Second place goes to Boyd Martin with Kyra on 50.2, and third place belongs to Colleen Rutledge with UNO on 50.9.

Read on to hear what a few of our top riders had to say about the day:

Tamie Smith on getting the ride on Wembley:We found him on a shopping trip in England. We went with Joe Meyer and bought it from Tim Price for Kevin (Baumgardener). Just this year Kevin and Gretchen and I were looking at what horses could be ready for Kentucky for me to compete next year, and so they offered to have me take over the ride. I’m really fortunate they’re one of my biggest supporters. They own two of my other horses in a syndicate, so I won the jackpot meeting them.”

Tamie Smith on her team:I have a few different people, but on the flat I work with Niki Clarke who I’ve ridden with forever – well over ten years. She helps me on the flat. I’ve been struggling. (Wembley) wouldn’t be the easiest on the flat, and I called her after our last competition and I was like, ‘I’m just struggling,’ and she came over and whipped me into shape. I’m really grateful to have her. I show jump with Susie Hutchinson and Phillip comes out and teaches us quite a bit on the cross-country, so it’s a good team!”

Tamie Smith on the cross country, newly designed by Captain Mark Phillips:It’s very gallopy and open. There’s some technical questions, which I think with all the galloping might get the horses a little surprised because they’re just going along gallop fence after gallop fence. Mark has done a great job with keeping the course as open as possible, and it looks really great. I’m excited that I brought him here for his first three-star.”

Buck Davidson on “Kobe’s” airs above the ground today:He was actually quite good. We had one major moment where he was maybe a bit excited and in the extended canter I put a little too much right leg I guess, and he told me! He jumped in the air, played around for a second, but then he went right back to work.”

Buck Davidson on what happened in Kentucky:In Kentucky, he was not at all himself. He didn’t play around. That horse is the bravest horse I’ve ever ridden and I couldn’t get him to go in the warm up. He jumped and came back down on the fourth fence, so we did some blood work and the blood work wasn’t great, so he had a little bug.”

Buck Davidson on this weekend’s weather forecast:We’re supposed to have a lot of rain and that will be good because the ground is quite hard. I hear we are getting a lot of rain, but this place can handle it. It’s very sandy here and it will only help.”

Cornelia Dorr on what it’s like to ride a dressage superstar like Louis M: “It’s like Christmas every day. He obviously is quite experienced with his other girl Pia in Germany, so he is teaching me how to ride like a German and what it should properly feel like. I’m very grateful.”

Cornelia Dorr on being a working student and her future plans:I went to Sharon for a summer when I was 15 just being a working student and seeing if I could actually work that hard, and I loved it. I fell in love with her way of teaching, and her philosophies and her farm. So I sort of tucked it away when I went back to school and said I’d like to go back there one day. Out of high school I decided, with the support of my parents, to take a gap year and pursue this and continue the learning curve, so I did go back to Sharon’s and I’ve been there for about a year now. I’m hoping to extend it for a second year full time and push college off for another bit, but that’s still up in the air.”

Cornelia Dorr on competing in her first CCI2*: “I’m really excited it just gets more and more fun!”

Colleen Rutledge on UNO:  “She’s just a class little mare. She doesn’t have extravagant gaits, but what she does is show up and give you 110% every single day. She is a workman. If I could have 10 horses with her work ethic, I’d have an incredible string. She’s got an incredible mind. Close to one of the smartest horses I’ve ever sat one, which is both good and bad.”

Colleen Rutledge on the highlight of today’s test:I have been working on her halts. I was so proud of her on the halt on the centerline before our rein back because she did exactly what I asked her to do. She came in and she halted, and just stood. For some of the other creatures that I’ve ridden in my career that’s just such a novelty. The whole halt – immobility idea.” 

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Cornelia Dorr Tops the Jersey Fresh CCI2* with Louis M

Cornelia Dorr and Louis M. Photo by Shelby Allen.

“It’s like Christmas every day.”

That’s how today’s CCI2* leader at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event describes what it’s like to ride her own Louis M. And who can blame her? The 12-year-old Rheinlander is a dream on the flat, and he was dubbed “first phase freak” by the team at EquiRatings after 20 consecutive sub-40 scores at international competition.

It was no shock then when in Cornelia’s first CCI2* appearance the pair handily took the lead with a score of 45.8.

“He was fabulous as always. As Sharon (White) says, he goes to work every day with a coat and tie. He never fails to teach me something every time I get on him,” Cornelia smiled. “He obviously is quite experienced. He’s teaching me to ride like a German and what it should properly feel like, and I’m very grateful for it.”

Boyd Martin and Kyra. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Following in second place is Boyd Martin with Christine Turner’s Kyra. The 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood sits on a score of 50.2 going into Saturday’s cross country. Boyd picked up the ride in 2016, and this will be their second attempt at this level.

Colleen Rutledge and UNO. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Colleen Rutledge and UNO slot into third place after the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse earned her best international score to date and at at her CCI2* debut to boot!

“She’s just a class little mare. She doesn’t have extravagant gaits, but what she does is show up and give you 110% every single day,” Colleen said proudly. “She is a workman. If I could have 10 horses with her work ethic, I’d have an incredible string.”

Colleen bought UNO from the mare’s breeder and former rider Jane Sleeper last fall, and the partnership is already looking very promising.

“She’s been steadily improving both her national and her FEI dressage scores. She shows up to work every single day. She goes in. She gives me what she has on that day, and sometimes even a little more than I realized she had. I can’t ever be upset with her,” she continued.

Natalia Neneman rode Natalie Neneman Eventing’s Weisser Riese, a 14-year-old Trakehner, to fourth place earning a score of 53.1.

Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Division-leader Cornelia Dorr also piloted her second ride, Sir Patico MH, to fifth place today. The 11-year-old Zweibrucker sits on a score of 53.7.

“Dressage is our weaker phase because I’ve had him so long and I wasn’t the strongest on the flat so together it was our weaker point,” Cornelia said. “But with the help of Louis it’s definitely becoming more of a consistent phase. I was really happy with how it was today and the connection we had throughout.”

We would be remiss if we covered the weekend without addressing the looming sadness that each and every one of us feels this weekend as we remember Philippa Humphreys, who died tragically while competing here last year. Philippa was a remarkable mother, wife, friend and horsewoman who is missed very dearly.

Philippa is survived by her husband, Peter, and daughter Millie. Last year, a college fund was created to ensure that Millie has access to the best education possible. The fund is still growing, and getting closer and closer to its goal. Those who feel inclined can donate at this link.

You can watch Cornelia and Louis’ winning ride thanks to the wonderful David Frechette aka The Horse Pesterer:

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Tamie Smith and Wembley Lead Big in the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh

Tamie Smith and Wembley. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Tamie Smith and Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley put themselves securely out in front of the CCI3* pack today at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event on a score of 45.9. Besides having a four-point lead, the pair also boast the only sub-50 score in the division.

Originally ridden by Tim Price, Kevin Baumgardner brought the now-14-year-old Dutch Warmblood stateside and competed through the CIC3* level before turning over the reins to Tamie last year. Jersey Fresh will be his first CCI3* attempt, and Tamie has eyes on Rolex Kentucky in 2018.

“This year Kevin and Gretchen and I were looking at what horses could be ready for Kentucky for me to compete next year, so they offered to have me take over the ride,” Tamie said. “I’m really fortunate they are one of my biggest supporters. I hit the jackpot meeting them.”

Each year, Tamie makes the trek from California to Jersey Fresh for a chance to test herself against the competition on the East Coast. Tamie has has been drumming away with dressage trainer Niki Clarke to sharpen their performance in the sandbox. Their rhythmical ride today pays tribute to their hard work, and shows that Tamie remains a West Coast force to be reckoned with.  

A video of their ride is available thanks to the amazing David Frechette aka The Horse Pesterer:

It’s a tight race for the next three spots as Buck Davidson, Phillip Dutton and Dom Schramm are all separated by less than a point for second, third and fourth place, respectively. 

Buck Davidson and Park Trader. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Rerouting here after a fall early in the cross country at Rolex Kentucky, Buck is looking for redemption this weekend with Carl and Cassie Segal’s Park Trader.

Buck said that something was a little off with “Kobe” two weeks ago. “At Kentucky he was not at all himself. That horse is the bravest horse I’ve ever ridden, and I couldn’t get him to go in the warm up,” Buck explained. “We did some blood work and it turns out he had a little bug.”

Buck says the 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse is feeling right as rain again, biting and pestering anyone who dares to come close to his stall, and showing some exuberance in his test. “We had one major moment where he was maybe a bit excited in the extended canter. I put a little too much right leg, I guess, and he told me,” Buck laughed. “He jumped in the air and played around for a second, but then he went right back to work.”

Despite the excitement in the canter, the pair still produced a score of 50.2.

Phillip Dutton and Mr. Candyman. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Phillip Dutton piloted Mr Candyman, owned by Annie Jones, Bridget Colman, Caroline Moran and Tom Tierney,  to third place on 50.5, besting his two other attempts at this level (51.4 at Jersey Fresh and 52.9 at Fair Hill International last year).

“Mr. Candyman is certainly improving all the time,” Phillip said. “There were a couple parts in the test where I left marks on the table, but he is gradually getting better and better.”

“Elmo,” a 10-year-old Holsteiner, is certainly no newbie at the level anymore, and with cross country master Phillip Dutton in the irons he will remain one to watch this weekend.

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by the Naked Horse Eventing Syndicate, have come out swinging at their first CCI3*, ending the day on a 50.6 for fourth place.

Also starting their first CCI3*, Jennie Janstrom and her own Penelope have landed in fifth. The 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood carry 51 penalty points, their best mark at the three-star level to date.

Sixth place goes to Frankie Thieriot Stutes who earned a score of 52.3 aboard the Chatwin Group’s Chatwin. Though this is their first CCI3*, the pair have proved again and again their prowess on the flat, never scoring above 42.1 at the three-star level.

Daniela Moguel and Cecelia. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Caroline Martin and her own and Sherrie Martin’s Danger Mouse fall in seventh on a score of 54.5. Nilson Moreira da Silva and his own and the Phoenix Syndicate’s Muggle ended the day in eighth with a 55.1.

Ninth place goes to Daniela Moguel and Aurelio Quinzaños & Jorge Eduardo Mtz. Castrejon’s Cecelia, who have also rerouted from Rolex to post a 55.8 on the leaderboard today. Lizzie Jahnke and Light Speed Equestrian’s Princeton round out the top 10 on 56.8. 

We would be remiss if we covered the weekend without addressing the looming sadness that each and every one of us feels this weekend as we remember Philippa Humphreys, who died tragically while competing here last year. Philippa was a remarkable mother, wife, friend and horsewoman who is missed very dearly.

Philippa is survived by her husband, Peter, and daughter Millie. Last year, a college fund was created to ensure that Millie has access to the best education possible. The fund is still growing, and getting closer and closer to its goal. Those who feel inclined can donate at this link.

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Sunday Links Presented by One K Helmets

Sarah Parkes’ Balladeer Durban Hills continues on with the Badminton cross country even when his jockey comes unseated #AllHeart. Photo by Kathryn Parker.

Eric Winter’s cross country course at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials proved to be the trickiest in recent memory with only 37% of the field posting clear rounds. If you are like the rest of us who couldn’t peel ourselves away from the live stream, you know it was nail biting to the very end! Of the six U.S. representatives, two continue on to show jumping: Lauren Kieffer and Team Rebecca’s Veronica (17th) and Lynn Symansky with The Donner Syndicate’s Donner (24th).

Don’t forget: The Online Benefit Auction to support Lee Lee Jones closes today, May 7! Don’t miss this chance for lessons with the best in the sport, braiding by world-renown show groom Max Corcoran and much more. Check out all the items up for auction here.

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U.S. Weekend Action:

MCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

Heart of the Carolinas 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

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

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

Sunday Links: 

Always Dreaming Overcomes Soggy Track to Win 143rd Kentucky Derby 

Moments from Cross-Country at 2017 Badminton CCI****

Tick-Borne Disease: Tremendously Tricky in Horses

Is This the Greatest View in the World? Badminton Edition

What It’s Really Like to Train Through Cancer 

#TeamLeeLee Gear Now Available for Purchase

EquiRatings’ Round Up from Cross Country Day at Badminton 

Sunday Video:

There’s a reason Ingrid Klimke is sitting at the top of the Badminton leaderboard. Watch her masterclass across country: