Andrew Hoy swept in to take the lead from Emily King aboard Cheeky Calimbo this morning, and the rest of today’s rides had a tough time catching up. A score of 34.0 will put them into the lead going into Eric Winter’s cross country course tomorrow. The 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding is coming off of a win in the Luhmühlen CIC3* in December, and a completion this weekend would he his first at the CCI3* level.
William Fox-Pitt finds himself with all three of his rides in the top ten after dressage, riding Fernhill Pimms to a score of 35.8 to take third place into cross country. Freddie Mac and Seacookie are in fifth and equal eighth, respectively, giving William three chances to bring home a win this weekend.
Phillip Dutton had his second and final ride today, piloting Fernhill Fugitive to a 53.8 to sit in 40th after dressage. Phillip told Samantha Clark that Jack’s flatwork is getting better and better, and although the test was difficult for him he still pulled together a great effort. You can catch up on Samantha’s full recap for PRO here.
With the influx of low scores from today’s riders, Phillip and Fernhill Cubalawn have dropped to equal 20th place with Andrew Hoy and Lanfranco, remaining the highest placed American pair and well within striking distance just 13 points off the leaders.
The riders will take to the cross country course at 9:30 a.m. local time, with the U.S. riders’ times as follows:
Phillip Dutton, Fernhill Cubalawn – 9:33 a.m.
Jacob Fletcher, Atlantic Domino – 11.07 a.m.
Katherine Coleman, Courage Under Fire – 11:11 a.m.
Phillip Dutton, Fernhill Fugitive – 1:22 p.m.
Best of luck to all riders tomorrow, and stay tuned for much more from Blenheim!
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