Pine Top CIC3* Cross Country Course Walk

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We’ve finally arrived at the inaugural CIC3* at the ever popular Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials. I hurried into town last evening just in time to take a quick tour of the cross country course as the light began to fade.

In the style we’ve come to expect from Pine Top, the jumps are tall, the tables wide (very wide) and immaculately presented. You won’t find picnic place settings and wood-carved forest friends here — the jumps are solid and natural looking with tactful decor.

Another staple of Pine Top cross country is the clever use of terrain, and this track is no exception. I have a sneaking suspicion that time will be a major factor today. It’s a 6 minute, 5 second course with 19 numbered jumps and 34 efforts. The Advanced track is very similar to the CIC3*, save some technical elements.

While I only shot pictures of the three-star fences, I kept an eye on the CIC1*/2* and national division courses as I went around, and they are certainly nothing to sneeze at. Across the board, this will be a strong test for competitors.

Huge props and sincere thanks to organizers Glenn and Janet Wilson, course designers Derek di Grazia (FEI, A, I, P) and Jeff Kibbie (Training), and the builders and course prep crew including Rob Mobley, Steve Terry and Jamie Gornall, along with the rest of the Pine Top team for all their hard work and dedication. We’re looking forward to a great weekend!

All three FEI divisions will run as a one-day today, so keep an eye on the live scores here and we’ll be back with pictures and a full report at the conclusion.

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