It’s been a busy day of cross country on both coasts today with both Ocala Horse Properties and Twin Rivers holding CCI1* and CCI2* events this weekend.
Clayton Fredericks and FE Money Made retained their overnight lead with a clear cross country run with two time penalties incurred for a leading score of 36.2. This gives them a bit of breathing room heading into show jumping tomorrow — they have a rail in hand, so the game is still anyone’s to win but Clayton should be feeling confident this evening.
This is the first CCI2* for FE Money Made, a 7-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Clayton Fredericks, Amanda Bernhard and Diana J Crawford, who most recently picked up a second place in the Intermediate at Rocking Horse. This pair also had a rocking run around the CIC2* at Red Hills, finishing fourth in a very competitive field.
Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection bounced back from a rider fall at Carolina International to lay in second place following cross country on a two-day score of 40.5. Hannah posted on her Facebook that she was “so low because of my performances at Carolina International and today I am overflowing with pride for my horses, owners and team.”
This partnership is relatively new, with Hannah Sue and Under Suspection, who is owned by Mary Ann Ghadban, but the results speak for themselves as they’ve amassed several top 10 placings in their campaign this spring.
Lying in third in the Ocala CCI2* is another of Hannah Sue’s rides, Jitter Bug, who is owned by Ms. Jacqueline Mars and Sherry Nemmers. This pair clocked a double clear run today for a score of 44.7 heading to show jumping.
Roughly one third of the division laid down double clear runs today and overall the scoreboard reflects a tough but fair course.
Looking to the CCI1* at Ocala, Alexander O’Neal and DJ also retained their overnight lead thanks to a double clear cross country that leaves them on a score of 33.4.
Alex and DJ are coming off of a win in the Prelim at Carolina International and are contesting their first CCI1* together this weekend. This pair has a good amount of experience at the Preliminary level and just completed a hat trick of wins this season. Can they make it four in a row tomorrow?
Lee Camilo and Caharron V.E. are in second place in the CCI1* following cross country on a score of 37.7 to put the pressure on Alex and DJ tomorrow. This is also a first CCI1* for this pair — they most recently picked up a top-10 finish in the CIC1* at Carolina International.
In third in the CCI1* are Leslie Law and Gliding Class, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding also contesting his first CCI1* after a good year of Preliminary miles. This pair lies just a shade off of Lee’s score with a 37.8 and a double clear cross country run. This horse was most recently third in the Prelim at Poplar Place last month.
Looking to the West Coast and the Twin Rivers CCI2*, Sara Mittleider and Gin & Juice are the leaders following cross country on a score of 55.4. This pair has had their ups and downs since beginning their partnership last year but seem to be hitting a rhythm this spring. Gin & Juice is a 16-year-old Thoroughbred mare owned by Terrel and Linda Paine.
In second are a pair EN has talent spotted in the past, Kelly Pugh and Corazon, owned by David and Candace Garrett. This pair ran across country clear of penalties for a two-day score of 57.0. This pair most recently finished in the top 15 in the CIC2* at Galway earlier this month.
Gina Miles and Contalli Di Revel bring up third place on a score of 59.5, also following a double clear cross country. This 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Corinne Young is contesting his second CCI2* — he finished 13th in his first at Galway Downs last fall. This is also one who has been with Gina since the lower levels, beginning with Novice in 2014.
Julie Flettner and Ping Pong retained their overnight lead in the CCI1*, solidified by a double clear cross country today for a score of 44.1 before show jumping. Ping Pong, a 16-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Julie, has lots of miles at the one-star level, including a win in their debut at Galway in 2012. This season, this pair most recently finished third in the Preliminary Rider at Fresno.
Kelsey Holmes and Heart of Gold SE are in second place on a score of 48.4 following cross country. The 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Kelsey is contesting her third CCI1* — they completed their most recent start at Galway Downs last fall. This pair is coming off of a fourth place finish in the CIC1* at Galway Downs earlier this month.
And in third in the CCI1* are Claire Poch and S.V.R. Ron, who will take a 49.6 into tomorrow’s show jumping. Claire took the reins on Ron last year and have enjoyed consistent results at the Training and Preliminary levels thus far — this is their first CCI1* together, and we’re quite sure Claire is over the moon with her double clear performance today.
Twin is also running HT divisions, and Heather Morris and Charlie Tango, owned by The Team Express Croup, are the overnight leaders following show jumping on a score of 25.0.
This is the second Advanced start for this horse, who received the inaugural Connaught Grant last winter. We were fortunate enough to catch up with Heather regarding her talented gelding, so stay tuned for much more on this pair!
Emily Pestl-Dimmitt and Michelle Pestl’s Arlington are in second in the Advanced following two phases on a score of 37.6, followed by Bailey Moran and Loughtnatousa Caislean in third on a 40.7.
Stay tuned for the exciting finales of these events tomorrow and keep it locked here for the latest reports! Go Eventing.