Marilyn Little took command of the Intermediate Championship at the 2016 AEC right from the get go, scoring a 22.3 in dressage with her Pan American Games gold medal partner RF Scandalous. “Kitty,” owned by Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky and Phoebe and Michael Manders has evented only once since Boekelo last October, but the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare didn’t miss a beat on yesterday’s cross country, crossing the finish just one second over time.
Then today, Marilyn and Kitty jumped one of only seven double clear rounds over Marc Donovan’s influential show jumping course to secure the win in a huge division of 54 starters with more than 10 points to spare.
Marilyn also picked up the Reserve Championship with RF Overdressed, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky and Raylyn Farms. They were tied for fifth after dressage, produced one of only two double clear cross country rounds in the division and dropped one rail today to finish second on a 34.1.
Marilyn did pick up a heartbreaking technical elimination with RF Demeter in the Advanced division when she ran right past fence 21 on cross country this afternoon and failed to correct the mistake before jumping fence 22, which Marilyn addresses near the end of the video below. A frustrating result to be sure but that doesn’t dampen her spirits over the great results with in the Intermediate Championship
Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s 9-year-old Trakehner gelding Tsetserleg were 15th after dressage on a 31.7, but 2.4 time penalties to add on cross country and a careful double clear round today moved them all the way to a third place finish.