As first rider into the ring, Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy didn’t disappoint in the Plantation Field CIC3*, clocking in a clear round to maintain their position at the top of the leaderboard. Kevin Keane must surely be happy with the way the gelding has handled the atmosphere, jumping calmly over the EN liverpool which claimed eliminations from multiple riders.
“He jumped great, he always does. The course had quite a few shorter distances for him and being 17.2 hand horse, that was a little bit of work for us both. He doesn’t ever want to hit a rail, so it’s just a case of trying to get him there in a right balance and he will do his part.
After both Clayton Fredericks with FE Ophelia and Allison Spring with Lord Willing incurred a rail, Will Faudree and Pfun were given an opportunity to move up if they could jump clear. They did exactly that, clocking in a faultless round to jump up to second in the horse’s first international start in more than twelve months. Will was excited to have the 11-year old Irish Sport Horse, owned by Jennifer Mosing, out at the level again.
“People always say you have a once in a lifetime horse. I had that with Antigua. Karen Stives said, ‘don’t expect the next one to fill their shoes,’ but Pfun is very special for me,” Faudree said. “I’ve known him since he was three. There’s always been something special about that horse. It’s really fun to have him back. He’s come back really strong. He was excited to be back in the big ring. It’s really fun to have him back — no pun intended.”
Congo Brazzaville C and Mara dePuy continued to display strength in this phase, putting in their fourth consecutive clear round at this level and moving them up to third overall.
For cross country tomorrow, Phillip was only now headed out to walk, but felt confident about Sportsfield Candy’s ability to handle the course.
“He’s obviously not the fastest horse because he’s big, but he’s very genuine so we’ll be trying to be as efficient as I can on the approach and away from the jumps, and see where we end up.”
SPARTACUS Q CLIMBS THE RANKS TO GIVE LOSCHIAVO SECOND 2* WIN
After Boyd Martin held to his word and cruised around the two-star with Long Island T, the door was open for others to move up to take the win this weekend. Anna Loschiavo took advantage, moving up the leaderboard to take her second two-star win this year, this time aboard the Spartacus Q. Anna’s put a lot of effort into forming a partnership with this horse.
“We bought him as a 4-year-old from Phyllis Dawson. My mom wanted to buy a horse that we could ride and compete together as a fun mother-daughter thing. We did that with him through this winter. She did her first Preliminary on him, which was a cool milestone. Then in the spring he was getting stronger, so she wanted me to keep riding him full time, and start taking him up the levels.”
“He’s been kind of tough in a few areas in the show jumping, and we didn’t know how that was going to go, but he’s been amazing all three phases. He’s a nice mover — probably the nicest that I’m riding right now. His dressage is going to be really high quality. He has a lot more strength to put on, so once he gets stronger I think he’s going to be even more competitive in the dressage. He’s been a cross country machine which has been really fun. He’s unique because he’s got a huge stride, but he’s also easy to compress which you don’t always see.”
“Time tends to be a factor here, but he has been feeling phenomenally fit. We’re from Vermont, and we have lots of hills. He does all his gallops and trots on very steep hills, so I was feeling confident, but he kind of blew me away out there because of how fit he is and how easy it felt. He’s so educated now, taking things out of an uninterrupted stride.”
Kristen Bond also put in a clear round on Enough Already to move from fourth to second, putting in a solid round to set them up for the fall season. The 10-year old Dutch gelding, owned by Liz Bond, most recently finished inside the top five at the Rebecca CCI3* but is another who has taken a step back for the first run of the fall season.
Finishing on their dressage score in third, West Coast-based rider Emilee Libby finished strongly in Jakobi’s first East Coast showing. The 9-year old Belgian Warmblood, owned by Linda Libby, has finished second in his last three international starts, including the CIC3* at Rebecca Farm in July.
Despite 5.2 time penalties, Long Island T only dropped to fourth under Boyd Martin. Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker round out the top five, completing only ten seconds over the time to hold onto fifth position.
SYMANSKY’S COOL RIDE GIVES HER WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN IN CIC2*-B
You’d never be able to tell that Lynn Symansky hasn’t ridden RF Cool Play in days, as they won the 2*-B division in style, leading from start to finish. The 10-year old German Sport Horse accumulated only 1.2 time penalties across the country, keeping them in first with a few seconds of breathing room.
On his cross-country round: “He’s a pretty amazing galloper. The footing was really good, so the time came easily. He needed a fitness run up the hills. I wasn’t really trying to chase the clock, and used the good footing to my advantage toward a CCI3* this fall since I was gone a bit. I will say he was a bit green on the mound. Anything on mounds, he has an unconventional style; he likes to invert himself and throw his head, so that wasn’t the prettiest, but he always looks for the flags. He’s pretty easy to ride on cross country. He’s genuine, and loves the job.”
On his clear stadium round: “He was a little green. He’s not a green horse, but he was green about getting in the ring and atmosphere. He hasn’t been off the property that much — he hasn’t competed since May, so it’s been like three months since he’s been in the competition ring. We’ve been working on his shape, and he has gotten a lot stronger this past year. He was wiggly and the nerves got to him, but he did put in a clear round, so I have to thank Hannah for jumping him while I was gone. Maybe he’s enjoyed having a break from me riding him. Sometimes they come back better when they have some downtime.”
Will Faudree and the experienced Caeleste moved from fourth to second throughout the weekend, finishing on their dressage score. Caeleste is an 11-year old German Sport Horse owned by Jennifer Mosing, and while she has 3* experience, she’s been easing back into the international scene this year after a hiatus from competition in 2017.
Boyd Martin doesn’t leave the weekend empty-handed, finishing third on Contessa in the 2*-B after picking up 2.4 time penalties on the cross country. The 9-year old Holsteiner mare owned by the Contessa Club won her last outing in June at the Bromont CCI2*.
Boyd Martin also finished in fourth on Ray Price and Holly Payne-Caravella rounded out the top five on CharmKing.
We’d like to give a big shout-out to Dylan Barry and Tommy Neneman, the course-builders who made this course happen and who worked tirelessly throughout the day to keep the footing up to snuff on the far side of the course. Events can’t function without incredible workers like Dylan and Tommy to help keep the riders on track.
As of press time, cross-country ride times were not available so check Plantation Field’s website for confirmation of schedule.