Caroline Martin has earned her second career CIC3* win with The Apprentice, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Casado x Funny Girl, by Fernblick) owned by Sherrie Martin, this time at Morven Park’s Fall H.T., which EN’s Data Analyst Maggie Deatrick predicted earlier this week.
The power couple were tied for third after a double clear show jumping yesterday on a 30.7, and took over the division today after cruising around the cross country with 15.2 time penalties for the win.
Caroline also snagged third with her super partner Danger Mouse. Repeating a similarly successful cross country, Caroline finished both horses on exactly the same time of 7 minutes and 13 seconds. Her and Sherrie Martin’s 10-year-old Warmblood by Kannan had a finishing score of 51.1.
Colleen Rutledge and her Confidence Game motored around Tremaine Cooper’s course with the fastest time of the day at 6 minutes and 43 seconds. The 8-year-old Thoroughbred stallion (Mortuc x Pam’s Ruckus, by Brief Ruckus) finished on a score of 46.4.
Ryan Wood was fourth with Woodstock Bennett, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse’s (Shannondale Sarco X Ponail Belle, by Beau Royale) owned by Ryan and Curran Simpson. The pair had 10.8 cross country time penalties — the second fastest trip of the group — for a three-phase score of 54.8.
There were a flurry of withdrawals after yesterday’s show jumping as many riders opted for only a combined test ahead of upcoming three-day events, and that included overnight leaders Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy.
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border won the Advanced division as the only pair to complete. “Crossy,” 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Diamond Roller X Whos Diaz, by the Cross Syndicate) owned by the Cross Syndicate, added an easy 9.6 time penalties to their dressage score for a final result of 35.9.
Waylon Roberts and Julie McElhaney’s Uprising, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred (Skip to the Stone x Blazing Buckeroo, by That’s Our Buck) earned a win in the CIC2* after finishing just one second above optimum time for a final score of 34.8. In the CIC2* B division, Alexandra Knowles piloted Nancy L. Elberty’s Princess B to the top. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood moved from sixth to first after adding 5.2 time penalties on cross country.
Morven park is booming with activity this weekend with nearly 400 entries in this weekend’s competition. We’ll check back in tomorrow with a few more winners!
EN would like to send many thanks to Valerie Durban Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with EN.