Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding she owns with her mother Barbara, were the first CCI3* pair in the ring after the lunch break at the Pedigree Bromont CCI Three-Day Event, and they threw down an elegant, accurate test to earn a personal best CCI3* score and take the lead on 43.2.
“I think half the time I was smiling because it felt really good,” Jordan said. “He’s a horse with so much movement and gaits that are really good, and I’m just happy that I can finally ride it. His big movement is hard sometimes for me to keep it all together. This year and even the end of last year he keeps getting better and more rideable.”
Jordan and Capato were ready to compete for the third time at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in April, but Jordan felt her longtime partner wasn’t feeling quite right. While the vets couldn’t find any obvious problems, Jordan didn’t want to take any chances and she opted to withdraw after the dressage phase.
They re-routed to the Jersey Fresh CIC3*, where they were clear with time in bad weather conditions. “He lost three shoes running around that track and was great jogging up on Sunday. He’s super stoic and tough and that reassured me that my decision was right at Kentucky.”
This is Jordan’s first trip to Bromont but she knew Derek di Grazia’s cross country course would be an impressive challenge. “It’s a big, bold track which for my horse is great,” she said. “He’s super scopey and big-strided. I think he should run around it quite well.”
Ryan Wood and Powell, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Ryan and Summit Sporthorses, can always be counted on for a good performance on the flat and today was no exception. They scored a 43.8 for second place, which is 0.2 penalty points off their personal best at the level. Ryan credited Silva Martin with helping Powell score so well on the flat.
“He’s been going really good all week. I have to just keep a lid on myself not to overdue it with him and ride him too many times,” Ryan said. “He’s the sort of horse that doesn’t need to be ridden twice a day so I have to have some self control and ride him once a day. He’s been working great all week. He went in there and I couldn’t have asked him to be any better.”
Ryan won the 2016 Bromont CCI3* and CIC3* with Woodstock Bennett and Frankie, respectfully, and he and Powell are EN’s pick to win the CCI3* this year. They’re off to a good start but there is still plenty to do tomorrow.
“The course looks pretty beefy. Derek’s done a great job as always and I’m looking forward to getting Powell out there,” Ryan said. “I think it’s going to be a great test for both of us. I’m going to take every minute as it comes and ride the horse that I have. He feels fit and ready.”
For all you Powell fans out there, Ryan let us know that his breeder and owner Ilona English is working on breeding a full sibling this season!
Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux were leading the division before the lunch break on 44.9. Jordan and Ryan slipped past them but they remain in the hunt in third place on 44.9.
Sara and the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate’s 12-year-old Selle Français have been on a roll this spring, placing second at the Red Hills CIC2*, fifth at The Fork CIC3* and third in the Jersey Fresh CIC2*. They also won the $15,000 Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix, hosted by Southern Cross Equestrian in March and the inaugural $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing class at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair last month.
Jennie Brannigan has two mares making their CCI3* debut here this weekend, and after dressage both are sitting in the top ten. Jennie and Elsbeth Battel’s 9-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner Stella Artois had a lovely test to swing into fourth on 49.5. Cool As Ice, also a 9-year-old Holsteiner owned by Elsbeth, scored a 52.3 for 10th.
William Coleman and Kathleen McDermott’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding Boris O’Hara scored a 50.1 this morning and that was good enough to keep them in fifth place by day’s end. Frankie Thieriot Stutes and the Chatwin Group’s 9-year-old Oldenburg Chatwin scored a 51.3 to tie with Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s 10-year-old Trakehner Tsetserleg.
Boyd is also in a tie for eighth place with Steve Blauner and Nancy Hathaway’s 10-year-old Hanoverian Bonito, equalling Kylie Lyman and Joan Nichol’s 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse Lup the Loop on 52.2.
For today’s CCI3* dressage the judges were Christian Landholt at C, Mark Weissbecker at H, and Helen Christie at B. Overall they scored 0.63 points above the expected marks for the CCI3* field as a whole, with their scoring differing by more than five points on 22.7% of the field and three points on 59% of the field. Many thanks to EN’s data analyst Maggie Deatrick for crunching the numbers!
Clayton Fredericks has taken command of the CIC2* division, placing first and second after dressage with FE Bowman (39.4) and FE Ophelia (42.5). Boyd and On Cue are close in third on 42.7. Collen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges sit in fourth with a 43.3 and Jessica Phoenix and Bentleys Best round out the top five on 43.80.
There is much to do on Derek di Grazia’s course tomorrow. We get under way with the CCI* at 8:30 a.m. followed by the CCI3* at 11:00 with the CCI2* and CIC2* rounding out the day. Complete cross country ride times are available here.