Area II still has custody of Chinch à la the NAYC CCIJ1* Chinch Challenge, but woof, it is close. After today’s cross country competition, Area II and the mixed team of Area IV/VII are separated by just nine-tenths of a point. That is not a rail, you guys! That is a splinter!
The Area II squad: Haley Carspecken and Center Stage (2nd, 29.0), Olivia Wall and Mandolin R (5th-T, 34.5), Katherine Christopher and Frodo of The Shire (9th, 37.7), and Maia Kantorowski and Kiltubrid Rebel (15th-tie, 42.7).
Meanwhile, dressage leader McKensey Wickman is still sitting tight atop the individual leaderboard, having delivered a clear round inside the time today with Dassett Profile.
The top three riders — Haley Carspecken is 2nd and Harper Click is 3rd — are practically piled on top of one another, the scores are that close. But it sounds like nobody is going to give up their lead easily, which should make for an edge-of-the-seat show jumping finale tomorrow. “I’m feeling great,” McKensey says. “Today has been superb and I’m really happy, but tomorrow is a new day so we’ll see how it goes.”
As with the CICOY2* division earlier today, we saw lots of great cross country riding from the CCIJ1* bunch. Out of 25 starters, there were 10 double-clear rounds and five more with under five time penalties. There were a handful of stops and run-outs scattered throughout the course, but every last rider that left the start box rallied to bring it home safe and sound.
We’ll let them tell you all about their cross country day!
NAYC CCIJ1* Team Standings After Cross Country:
- Area II (1o1.2)
- Area IV & VII (102.1)
- Area V (105.2)
NAYC CCIJ1* Top 10 Individual After Cross Country:
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