Hawley Bennett-Awad scored a personal best in the dressage with Gin & Juice today, scoring a 47.1 to go into the overnight lead before tomorrow’s cross country phase. Hawley’s excitement was palpable as she posted on her Facebook page that she was thrilled with how the event was going so far. As we all know, Ginny is a cross country beast and is likely raring to get out on cross country for her first run since Rolex.
Hawley doesn’t have much in the way of breathing room, however, as Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF are hot on her tail after scoring a 47.3. This horse is hot off of a win in the Advanced division at Woodside in May, and Matt is certainly ready to bring his A game this weekend during the jumping phases.
Jen McFall and High Times round out the top three, scoring a 49.8 in what looked to be a lovely test based on a short video Hawley posted on her Instagram page. Jen has been working hard with a fit Billy, and she commented a couple of weeks ago that the horse really seems to have come into his own since competing at Rolex. This will definitely be another pair to keep an eye on this weekend.
Lauren Billys and Ballingowan Ginger scored a 51.2 to go into fourth place overnight, and Barbara Crabo with Over Easy will lie in fifth on a score of 53.5.
The CIC3* division is positively stacked with talent, and it seems that Rebecca Farm is most definitely the place to be this weekend. We’ve got Chesna Klimek who has graciously sent us coverage posts from the weekend so far and who will be sending much more from Montana as the event progresses. In the meantime, be sure to check out her preview of the CIC3* cross country course.
Also, here is a great explanation of the course from designer Ian Stark:
Go Rebecca Farm!