Boyd Martin is dominating both CCI divisions following dressage at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, taking the lead in the CCI3* at the conclusion of the division this morning with Long Island T on 25.4.
The score of 25.4 (38.1 under former FEI scoring) is a personal best at three-star level for Long Island T, a 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred (Ludwig von Bayern x Haupstsbuch Highlight, by Heraldik xx) owned by the Long Island T Syndicate. “Ludwig” is stepping up to CCI3* for the first time at Jersey Fresh.
Boyd and Ludwig were the last pair in the division to go before the ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Gretchen Butts (USA), and Jane Hamlin (USA), delivering a lovely test on a beautiful, quiet morning at the Horse Park of New Jersey.
The peace and serenity of the morning made it all the more noticeable when a child started shrieking about halfway through the test. How appropriate that it was Boyd’s own son, Nox Martin, dancing around on the hill overlooking the arena while wielding a dressage whip.
“He was a star,” Boyd said after the test. “He’s very good on the flat — a great mover, nice and relaxed in the ring … But it’s a three-day event, not a dressage show, and I have a mission ahead of me tomorrow.
“I think walking the course it’s all very doable. We’ve been training really hard at the cross country … We’ve had some good runs and some scratchy ones, but I think this course suits him well.”
Ludwig picked up 20 penalties on cross country in the Fair Hill CIC3* last month, so Boyd will be looking to put them behind him as he sets out of the start box tomorrow.
Thursday dressage leaders Jessica Phoenix and Don Good’s Pavarotti now sit in second place on 28.5 at the conclusion of dressage. The 16-year-old Westphalian (Pavarotti Van de Helle X Fidelia, by Foxiland) finished 11th in the CCI3* at this event in 2016.
Boyd Martin’s homebred Ray Price, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred/Dutch gelding (Raise A Stanza X Fair Fiona, by Salute) owned by the Ray Price W Syndicate, sits third on 29.1 in his debut at the CCI3* level.
Ellie MacPhail O’Neal and Sally Crane’s RF Eloquence, a 13-year-old Holsteiner (Contender X D-Ginger, by Grundyman xx), are one of the pairs in this division re-routing from the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and sit in fourth place on 30.6.
Waylon Roberts and Michelle and John Koppin’s Lancaster, an 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse by Yavari, sat in third place overnight and now sit fifth at the conclusion of the first phase on 30.8 in the horse’s CCI3* debut.
Boyd Martin Holds CCI2* Lead with On Cue
The remaining six horses in the CCI2* also went this morning, and no one could catch Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s On Cue‘s leading score of 25.7 from yesterday. The 12-year-old Anglo European mare (Cabri d’Elle X On High, by Primitive Rising) is making her CCI2* debut here at Jersey Fresh.
Caroline Martin and Sherrie Martin’s Jump Jet, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Captain Clover X Kilmullen Cruisalier, by Cavalier Royale), delivered the best CCI2* test today to move into second place on 29.2.
Allison Springer and Business Ben, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred (Artie Schiller X Min Elreeh, by Danzig) owned by the Business Ben Partnership, sat in second place after the first day and now slot into third place at the conclusion of the CCI2* on 30.8.
Click here to view live scoring for all divisions. Keep checking David Frechette’s YouTube channel for videos from Jersey Fresh. Click here for a fence-by-fence preview of Capt. Mark Phillips’ CCI3* cross country course.
Cross country day at Jersey Fresh starts at 8 a.m. EST tomorrow with divisions running in the following order: CCI2*, CCI3*, CIC3* and CIC2*. Click here for start times. Course maps for all the tracks are available here. There is no live stream, but EN will be running live updates for the CCI and CIC3* divisions.
This report has been updated with quotes from Boyd Martin.