Will Coleman and Phillip Dutton will be your Dutta Corp Fair Hill International trailblazers this weekend in the CCI2* and CCI3* divisions. The draw order was posted yesterday, giving us a glimpse at the rough order in which riders will be seen in the dressage ring as well as Derek di Grazia’s cross country course.
Will Coleman will kick things off in the CCI2* aboard Gideon, an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by KBLB Event Horses LLC, as the first of his two rides in the division. Gideon will be contesting his second CCI2*, having come eighth at Bromont earlier this year. Most recently, Will and Gideon were fourth in the Intermediate at Morven Park.
In the CCI3* we’ll see Phillip Dutton and 2015 Carolina International CIC3* winner I’m Sew Ready, owned by John and Kristine Norton, as the first pairs out. Phillip has the reins back on the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding from usual pilot Kristen Bond as she prepares to have her second child, and the pair placed third in the CIC3* at Plantation Field and eighth in the Advanced at Stable View as their prep runs for Fair Hill.
Looking to the Young Event Horse Championships, Jennifer McFall and Stoneman DF, owned by Cheron Laboissonniere, will be the first to see in the 5-year-old class. The McFalls have come east to contest the YEH championships this year with three horses piloted by Jennifer and Earl. Stoneman DF was the sixth placed four-year-old in last year’s West Coast Championships.
For the 4-year-olds, Jennie Brannigan and Nina Gardner’s Dark Energy will kick things off. This pair is fresh off of a win in the Novice Horse at Bucks County last month and placed second in their last YEH class at Waredaca.
As we near the official start of #DuttaFHI, keep an eye right here on EN for our “By the Numbers” report and much more about the marquee fall event of the year. Go Eventing!