Ram Tap (CA): Results
Notes: Sarah Cousins stole the show at Plantation, taking the top three spots in the Open Intermediate on Troy, Tsunami III, and Yukon Denali respectively, adding just 6.4 total jumping penalties for all three horses combined.
Notes: The Chattahoochee Hills advanced only had 6 starters on XC, but two of those didn’t finish the course, and two others had issues along the way, leaving only two clean rounds with Michele Mueller and Amistad of Canada winning by a margin of 49 points.
Notably, Rolex entrant Fleeceworks Mystere Du Val had two stops on the XC. After a fall at the Poplar Place Irish bank in their last outing, Mystere and Leslie Law have anything but good momentum leading them up to Kentucky. Mystere Du Val is a super nice horse with the potential to win the combined test at Rolex, and perhaps even the entire event with a great XC round.
Elizabeth Barron and The Graduate led the Open Intermediate after the dressage, added 13 XC time penalties to drop to 5th, and then jumped back to win after a double clear show jumping round. Chattahoochee owner and founder, Carl Bouckaert won in the Open Preliminary with Cyrano.
Residents of Area VIII enjoyed a beautiful weekend at Spring Bay. The weather couldn’t have been better: sunny, 70s, with a light breeze. It was a little cool in the mornings, but it made wearing your hunt coat desirable! Due to work and time commitments, I wasn’t able to spectate much outside of the Prelim division. But dressage judging seemed rather fair, at least from most people I spoke with. The show jumping courses seemed to ride well with decent flow. Cross-country was straightforward and inviting, perfect for this time of year, and the footing was great.