Welcome to the final day of the 2019 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day! An incredible double rainbow all the way across the sky heralded in the morning prior to the competition’s second horse inspection.
All horses who presented to the ground jury this morning in both divisions were accepted, but the top three in the CCI4*-L still underwent a minor rearrangement as Lauren Kieffer withdrew the third-placed D.A. Duras overnight electing not to present the 11-year-old KWPN gelding to the ground jury of Martin Plewa (GER), Bobby Stevenson (USA), Angela Tucker (GBR).
All other presented CCI4*-L passed the trot up with flying colors, including first-placed Waylon Roberts and Lancaster, second-placed Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy, and Mia Farley with BGS Firecracker, who now move into third position after Lauren’s withdrawal.
The CCI3*-L ground jury of Helen Brettell (GBR) and Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride (USA) sent a single pair to the holding box: 46th-placed Babette Lenna Gonyea and Marketscan, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by the rider’s aunt, Babette Brandt. The pair was accepted upon representation, to audible cheers from their supporters.
Overnight leaders Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie 135 were easily accepted, as were second-placed Colleen Loach and Vermont, as well as both pairs tied for third: Caitlin Silliman with Ally KGO and Holly Payne Caravella with CharmKing (sadly not pictured — sorry, Holly!)
The USEF CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L Eventing National Champions will be crowned this afternoon in what promises to be an exciting finale. In the four-star, Waylon will not have a rail in hand over Erin heading and fewer than two rails separate him from fourth-placed Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent.
A single point separates the first two positions in the CCI3*-L, so Woods could have a single time penalty and still clinch the title. However, rails will significantly shuffle the placings in this division as a single rail separates the top seven.
Show jumping begins momentarily with the CCI3*-L at 10:30am, followed by the CCI4*-L at 1:00pm. You can watch both divisions on the USEF Network is live stream and of course, keep it locked here on EN for the exciting Fair Hill finale!