The CCI* and CCI2* competitors tackled Hugh Lochore’s cross country course yesterday at the Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing, presented by Ocala Ranches, at the Florida Horse Park. Afterwards we saw some shifting of the standings and an exciting tie for the lead in the CCI2*. All will be decided today in show jumping. Meanwhile, here is a photo gallery of yesterday’s action courtesy of Lisa Madren and a score report to bring you up to speed.
Elisa Wallace and Steve and Vicki Sukup’s 9-year-old Oldenburg Riot Gear, leaders of the CCI2* after dressage, jumped clear across the country but added 2.4 time penalties. With a two-phase score of 29.4, they are now in a tie for the lead with Liz Halliday-Sharp and her own 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cooley Quicksilver, who posted a double clear round yesterday.
In the event that both horses show jump clear today, Liz and Cooley Quicksilver will take home the win as they came in under the time on cross country. Both Cooley Quicksilver and Riot Gear are new to the CCI2* level. While each are piloted by experienced riders and are capable of a clear, their FEI records are not spotless in the stadium ring. They’ve also got the rest of the field breathing down their necks, with the top ten within two rails of the leaders.
Alexandra Knowles and Katherine O’Brien’s Business Class went double-clear on cross country to move up one place to third on 31.0 followed closely by Leslie Law and his and Carmen Anderson’s Call the Law on 31.9. They crossed the finish line just one second over the optimum time.
Brandon McMechan and his own Oscar’s Wild remain tied for fifth on 33.8 with Buck Davidson and Abby Maude’s Spring Street. Both combinations posted fault-free rounds and moved up a few places.
Kyle Carter and Let It Be Lee, owned by the Five Pine Partnership, were clear with no time penalties to sit in seventh on 35.1. Doug Payne and his own Quantum Leap are eighth on 35.3 after a double clear round followed by Kim Liddell and her own Eye of the Storm in ninth on 37.0. Elinor MacPhail O’Neal and Alix Curry’s Zeta round out the top ten on a 37.2 having added 1.6 time penalties across the country.
Looking to the massive 67-horse CCI* division, dressage leaders David O’Connor and Jacqueline Mars’ Cooley Dream retired after picking up 20 penalties on cross country. That opened the door for second place Jordan Linstedt and Staccato, a 9-year-old Holsteiner owned by Janine Jaro, to step into the leading position. They head to the final phase on their dressage score of 23.6.
The top six after dressage all moved up one place after fault-free cross country rounds and sit within a rail of the win. Leslie Law and Beatrice Rey-Herme’s JKF Vogue are second on 24.6 followed by Liz Halliday-Sharp and Anna Kjellstrom’s Run Marvin Run in third on 24.8. Alexandra Knowles and Nancy Elberty’s Princess B are fourth on 25.3 and Elinor MacPhail O’Neal and Sally Crane Cox’s Zick Zack round out the top five on 26.3.
In sixth place with a 28.0 is Candy King, owned and ridden by Holly Jacks Smither. They moved up from eighth after a penalty free trip across the country. There is a tie for seventh place on a 28.5 between Hallie Coon and Shanon Baker’s Captain Chacco and Lesley Grant-Law and Cianu, owned by Jackie and Steve Brown. Caitlyn Ruud and Up to You De Lorage, owned by Light Speed Equestrian LLC, are tied for ninth place with Sami Crandell and his own Fernhill Chaos on 29.0.
Good luck to everyone competing today. Jump high and tidy! Go eventing.