The second of Rocking Horse’s Winter Series is always a key competition in the winter circuit. With nearly 50 Advanced competitors amongst the hundreds entered, you’re sure to see an assortment of big names out laying the groundwork for a home run season ahead. Lisa Marie Fergusson and Buck Davidson were the most successful of those Advanced riders, winning the A and B divisions respectively. We catch up on the results, which are brought to life by David Frechette’s video coverage.
Tali was brilliant today at Rocking Horse for a 31.3 in Dressage! Now onto jumping tomorrow!!!
Posted by Lisa Marie Fergusson on Thursday, February 13, 2020
Lisa Marie Fergusson proudly took the leading spot in the Advanced A division with her longtime partner Honor Me. The 14-year-old Welsh Sport Horse moved steadily up the standings through each phase, beginning in 7th place on a 31.3 result in dressage. A double clear show jumping moved them to fifth and 5.6 time penalties on cross country — the quickest Advanced ride of the day — finally gave them the win.
Allie Knowles took home second and third place with Katherine B. O’Brien’s Ms. Poppins and Business Class, respectively.
Ms. Poppins, a 9-year-old Westphalian, had a final score of 39.8, which was closely rivaled by stablemate Business Class on a result of 41.
Abigail Niles and Carrick Finest Lad made the massive leap from 19th to fourth by the final phase, finishing on a score of 45.9 in their debut at the level.
Rebecca Brown and Dassett Choice were fifth on a score of 47.6. Bobby Meyerhoff and Fortuna finished sixth with 50.2 points. Dana Cooke and FE Mississippi took seventh (51.4). Kimberly Steinbuch and PDQ Leigh earned 8th place (61.4), Melissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando were ninth (61.9), and Zoe Crawford and K.E.C. Zara were 10th (62).
Buck Davidson has come out guns blazing with Carlevo this season. He very nearly took the win in the MARS Wellington Eventing Showcase last weekend, finishing second by the slimmest of margins. The pair have run into luck twice now this season at Rocking Horse. The 13-year-old Holsteiner owned by Carlevo LLC won the Open Intermediate at Winter I and now the Advanced B at Winter II.
This weekend’s triumph was wire-to-wire. After earning 24.4 in the first phase they added time in the jumping phases, 0.4 in show jumping and 14 penalties in cross country, for a final result of 38.8.
Buck doubled down in division B, also taking second place aboard Eroll Gobey, a 10-year-old Holsteiner owned by Cassie Segal, Lisa Darden and Natalie Sandler. They added just 9.2 time penalties for a final score of 40.6.
Buck also piloted Copper Beach to fourth place, having one rail down and 13.2 cross country time penalties to finish on a 45.6 for his first Advanced of the season.
Third place went to Joe Meyer and Buccaneer, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Light Speed Equestrian on a final score of 40.7. Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul were fifth with a 49-point result.