Capt. Mark Phillips returns as the cross country course designer for the second consecutive year at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event. The new loop on the front of the course, which he introduced last year, provides better flow at the beginning, but at its core this is still the same twisty, winding track.
That said, historically it has not been too difficult to make the optimum time in the CCI3* at this event. An average of 33.5% of competitors made the optimum in 2015 and 2016 when we had good weather. While there are severe thunderstorms predicted for tomorrow afternoon here in Allentown, New Jersey, the morning looks clear for the CCI divisions.
EN’s data analyst Maggie Deatrick expects eight to nine riders to catch the optimum time of 10 minutes, 10 seconds on the CCI3* course. As for the fastest pairs in the field, look to Jacob Fletcher and Atlantic Domino, Whitney Mahloch and Military Mind, and Nilson Moreira da Silva and Magnum’s Martini to challenge the clock.
The course has 32 numbers obstacles, with a slew of accuracy questions in skinnies and corners scattered throughout the track, set over 5,795 meters. Scroll down for a fence-by-fence preview of each fence on the CCI3* course.
Cross country day at Jersey Fresh starts at 8 a.m. EST tomorrow with divisions running in the following order: CCI2*, CCI3*, CIC3* and CIC2*. Course maps for all the tracks are available here. There is no live stream, but EN will be running live updates for the three-star divisions.
CCI2* co-designer Morgan Rowsell has been diligently aggravating the ground since yesterday to provide good going for the horses, so please join us in thanking him and the rest of the team here at the Horse Park of New Jersey.