It was a day of ups and downs on cross country at Five Points today, where Phillip Dutton is holding his lead aboard Mighty Nice in the Advanced division on a score of 35.1. He’s closely pursued by Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border, who really seems to have found his cross country groove this year.
Less than a rail separate the top four in the Advanced division, and Boyd Martin with Blackfoot Mystery and Phillip with his second ride, Mr Candyman, are both well within striking position to take advantage of any mistakes at the top in the show jumping.
The course overall seemed to ride well, with two riders retiring — Michael Pollard and Halimey and Lucia Strini and Sammy Jo — and one rider fall, Will Faudree from Hans Dampf. We’re awaiting updates on how Will is feeling after parting ways and will provide updates as we receive them.
This is also the first Advanced start for Doug Payne with his newer ride, Vandiver. They look to have had a great time out on course today, picking up 13.6 time for sixth place overnight.
There were two mandatory retirements in the Open Intermediate, which is currently led by Phillip Dutton and Z. Dana Cooke and FE Ophelia and Sara Siegel and Pure Possession ended their weekends with an MR, and we are also awaiting word on how these pairs are doing. Evidently it was quite the busy day for the medics on site! Please check back to this post as we will post updates here when they are received.
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Tamie Smith and Mai Baum didn’t let go of their lead on cross country today, picking up 4.8 time penalties to finish on a three-phase score of 46.1. This pair is coming off a win in the CIC3* at Rebecca Farm as well, and they’ve bested that score by 6.8 points this time around.
Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 also held their position through cross country, taking home second follwed by Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against. Lauren Billys and her Pan Ams mount, Castle Larchfield Purdy, finished their weekend in fourth on a final score of 75.8, and Gina Economou and Calidore complete the division on a score of 94.5.
Unfortunately, Alyssa Phillips as well as Kevin Baumgardner fell from their horses on cross country today, and Barb Crabo withdrew Over Easy prior to the final phase.
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Liz Halliday-Sharp is still sitting in a great position in the CIC3* at Breda in the Netherlands aboard Fernhill By Night. It was a supremely soggy day for competition, and Liz posted on her Twitter page that she was still thrilled with how hard her horses tried despite the slop.
Liz picked up 7 penalties in the show jumping today with “Blackie” but will be in fourth place heading into tomorrow’s cross country. HHS Cooley dropped a few places to 11th from sixth with, ironically, 11 penalties, but Liz will be pleased with her results today given the conditions.
In the lead is Pia Münker and Louis M, who picked up 8 faults but still managed to hold their lead on a two day score of 39.2. Just six of the 45 horse field jumped clear inside the time — a remarkable feat given the mud!
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Mary Burke and Prince William have held their lead in the Tin Men Supply Advanced at Aspen Farms, picking up just one second’s worth of time on cross country today to finish the day on a score of 35.6. Mary was pleased with her horse’s effort in their first Advanced together. “I felt challenged with the course today but he gave excellent effort,” she said in a press release. “It felt great as our first Advanced and we came of course with more confidence for the future. Tomorrow in Show Jumping I am going to try and stay focused and ride my best.”
Allison Sparks and Mystic Mojo moved from fourth into second with 10 time penalties incurred, followed by Karen O’Neal and Hollywood Diva. Sadly, Marc Grandia and Fernhill Eagle had a Mandatory Retirement at fence 6, a one stride into the water. We are currently awaiting word on their condition following the fall and will update this post with further information.