Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude Cruise to CIC3* Lead at Jersey Fresh

Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Time made all the difference today on CIC3* cross country at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event in Allentown, New Jersey. Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude delivered the fastest round of the division, crossing the finish with 4.0 time penalties to move from fourth place after dressage up to lead on 33.8.

“Forty,” a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Courage II X Misty Matilda, by Clover) owned by the Fernhill Fortitude Syndicate, is aiming for the Bromont CCI3* next month, and Jenny said she was delighted with their run today.

Click here to read quotes from Jenny and all our overnight leaders at Jersey Fresh. Jenny also wanted to send a special shout out to her mom, Paula, for Mother’s Day. Three cheers for all the moms who sacrifice so much to help their horse-crazy children achieve their dreams!

Boyd Martin is completely dominating the competition across all divisions at Jersey Fresh, and he moved up to second place today in the CIC3* with Christine Turner’s Kyra. The 11-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare (VDL Ulando H X Wellesley, by Weltstern) skipped around clear with 4.8 time penalties to sit on 34.6 — which means Jenny Caras cannot afford even 1 time penalty tomorrow in show jumping.

The removal of the dressage coefficient for FEI scoring means we can expect tightly bunched scores heading into the final day. Every time penalty on cross country and every rail down in show jumping will potentially cost multiple spots on the leaderboard. On the flip side, pairs who can finish on their dressage score, or add the fewest penalties in the jumping phases, will be rewarded handsomely.

Case in point: Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie jumped up five spots on the leaderboard thanks to adding 5.6 time penalties, and now sit in third place on 36.8 going into show jumping. Better known as “The Eagle,” this 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred (Jetball X Tudnela) owned by George and Gretchen Wintersteen, Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin, is also heading to Bromont CCI3* next month.

Allison Springer and Lord Willing, a 9-year-old Holsteiner (Lord Z X Legende IX, by Coriano) owned by the Lord Willing Syndicate, led after dressage and picked up 10.8 time penalties in the confidence-boosting round she hoped for to sit in fourth place on 38.6.

Phillip Dutton and Kevin Keane’s Sportsfield Candy, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse by Condios who won the CCI2* here in 2016, jumped clear with 10.8 time penalties to round out the top five on 39.8. We are pleased to report that our favorite vet Dr. Kevin Keane is well on the mend after breaking his leg and will be back in the tack very soon.

Looking to the full CIC3* division, 29 of the 33 starters completed Capt. Mark Phillips’ cross country course without jumping penalties to give us an 88% clear rate.

Mara Depuy and Congo Brazzaville C, who sat in third place after dressage, had a bummer of a drive-by at 7B, the skinny brush at the Jersey Shore, to pick up 20 jumping penalties. Tayler Stewart and Ideal Contini also picked up 20 jumping penalties at 7B.

Looking to other trouble in the CIC3*, Cindy Anderson-Blank and Windchase Phoenix Star were eliminated at the Jersey Shore after accumulating three total refusals on course. Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Fly Me Courageous recorded a technical elimination at fence 25.

Click here to view full scores from the CIC3* and here to relive the action in EN’s live updates.

Anna Loschiavo and Prince Renan. Photo by Alison Green.

Anna Loschiavo and Prince Renan Lead CIC2*

The clock also proved influential for the outcome of the CIC2* division, with Anna Loschiavo and Gina Giudici-Oakes’ Prince Renan cruising around inside the time to jump from fourth after dressage up to lead on 29.7.

You might remember Prince Renan as William Fox-Pitt’s ride at the Central Park Horse Show last year. Anna has diligently produced the 15-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner (Rodin X Fly Right By, by Niosk), to this level, and we are delighted to see her topping the leaderboard tonight. Click here to read Anna’s thoughts following cross country in EN’s full quotes report.

Holly Payne-Caravella and CharmKing, a 7-year-old Holsteiner (Cassito X O-Heraldika, by Heraldik) owned by CharmKing LLC, also made the optimum time to move from fifth up to second place on 30.0.

Alexa Lapp crushed it in her first CIC2* aboard Tim and Nina Gardner’s Cambalda, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Balda Beau X Cathy’s Lady), to sit in third place on 30.1 thanks to catching the time on cross country.

Sixteen of the 56 starters (29% of the division) made the optimum time of 6 minutes, 13 seconds in the CIC2*, which ran as the final division of the day. Click here to view a full breakdown of scores in the CIC2*.

The final horse inspection at Jersey Fresh starts tomorrow at 8 a.m. EST. Show jumping will start at 10 a.m. EST with the CIC2* division, followed by the CIC3* at 11:30 a.m. EST, CCI3* at 1:30 p.m. EST, and CCI2* at 3 p.m. EST.

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