It was a tough day on the show jumping course for competitors in the CIC3* at Rebecca Farm this afternoon. Of the 14 riders who completed the weekend, just three left all the rails up. Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF produced one such double clear round, cementing the win.
Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against were also able to go double clear, and Bunnie should be thrilled with her weekend after expressing her delight with a “foot perfect”cross country round yesterday and posting a clean round today as well. The pair finished in eighth place on a score of 97.9.
James Alliston and Mojo were able to hang on to their second place after show jumping, knocking three rails but having enough in hand to remain in second. Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato steadily moved up the leaderboard all weekend, finally finishing in third place with two rails down in show jumping.
Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice dropped one place to finish fourth overall, picking up 20 penalties to finish on a final score of 77.9. Hawley and Ginny will now set their sights on heading to Normandy with the rest of Team Canada.
In the CCI2*, Matt Brown again came out on top, this time with Happenstance. Matt led after cross country and had one rail down to clinch the win overall. Show jumping was tough in this division as well, and there were no double clear rounds.
Tamie Smith and Twizted Sister picked up a second place, and Kaitlin Veltkamp and Flashpoint D retained their third place finish. Dana Chase and Aerolite were the fourth place finishers, and that rounds out the division as the other pairs did not complete the weekend.
Marc Grandia and Fernhill Eagle finished out their weekend in the CIC2* in first place, knocking one rail on another influential show jumping course. Ashlynn Meuchel and Morning Star also had a rail down for second place overall, and Taren Atkinson with Gustav retained their third place position after show jumping to take home the yellow ribbon.
Rounding out the FEI divisions in Montana, Tamie Smith picked up the win in the CCI* with Sunsprite Syrius. I was able to see Tamie and Syrius at the American Eventing Championships last year, and it’s exciting to see this young horse continue to progress under Tamie’s tutelage. It is also worth noting that this was a very large division, with 35 pairs entering the ring to show jump today.
Ruth Bley and Silver Sage jumped double clear to finish in second for the weekend, and Lauren Billys with Jitter Bug were able to move from seventh after cross country to third overall with just one rail.