To say Barb Crabo and Eveready put the pedal to the metal around the Rebecca Farm CIC3* cross country course would be a misstatement, as Barb says her horse was more than happy to keep it locked in high gear.
“He was just amazing, he was on fire from the moment he left the start box,” Barb said of her own 17-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding. “He just was dragging me around the course, whatever I pointed him at he just went and said ‘let’s go faster.’ It was a blast.”
Their double-clear round, one of only two in the division, gave them a big boost up the scoreboard from eighth to first. Dressage leaders Mackenna Shea and Landioso picked up 10 time penalties and now sit second, shuffling birthday girl Tamie Smith and Lagos Star to third.
Barb recapped her day:
The Rebecca Farm CIC3* is a leg of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup series, which consists of 11 qualifying competitions at Advanced and CIC3* levels and culminates at the AECs in September. When asked about whether she might consider contesting the finale in Tryon, Barb let slip that she feels like she has some unfinished business to take care of in France this fall. Their super cross country run in the Pau CCI4* last year was cut short by a fluke fall, and Barb wants a second shot at finding those finish flags — and we know they can do it. Put that horse on a plane, Barb!
Back here in Montana, today’s blue-number jumps rode well for both the CIC3* and CCI3* divisions. There were a handful of problems and hairy moments at the main water complex, which demanded accurate, forward riding.
Jen McFall and Tamie Smith were two riders who gave us a masterclass in getting it done, and well:
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Rebecca Farm CIC3* top 10 after cross country: