We’re set and ready to go here for a one-day CIC3*, CIC2*, CIC* and Advanced horse trials today at Pine Top Farm in Thomson, GA. Dressage will begin bright and early at 7:40 a.m. EST followed by show jumping at 11:00 a.m. and concluding with cross country at 12:45 p.m.
Chris Barnard is the show jumping course designer and he has put together a flowing course in a grass arena with some terrain for an extra element of difficulty. Chris debuted several lovely homemade show jump standards and painted rails at the event two weekends ago that we are pleased to see here again this weekend.
As always, the cross country courses here at Pine Top look absolutely immaculate thanks to course builder Rob Mobley and farm owners Glenn and Janet Wilson and their team. Designer Derek di Grazia has once again designed a big, imposing course with enough technical questions but no shortage of gallop space between. The CIC3* course is 3,625 meters long with 34 efforts and an optimum time of 6:22.
There are some new fences on course including frangible vertical rails at the coffin complex at 13 and a new brush rail combination at 7. Also making their first appearance on course are narrow tree trunks hand carved into emotive tiki faces by chainsaw art extraordinaire Tyson Rementer. The impressive hammock is returning as a standalone element at fence 8, and we’re seeing a new route through the redesigned mound complex at fence 4.
There are 13 horses entered in the CIC3*. Maggie has made her predictions for the top placings and the statistical reasons why, which you can read up on here. Chinch is on site so be sure to follow his adventures on Instagram and stay up-to-date on the latest news on Twitter. We’ll be back with a full report tomorrow evening. Go Eventing.