Caitlin Silliman and Remington XXV became the fourth pair to crack the sub-50 mark with a beautiful test that puts them in fourth place on a 47.1 at the end of the third of four groups in the CIC3* at Plantation Field. Remi knows his job and turned on the pizzazz today, looking fluid and relaxed, especially in his canter work. This horse is a blast to take pictures of during the canter because he’s so incredibly uphill in this gait. Caitlin and Remi will be another pair to watch this weekend, as I’m betting they’ll also go for time on cross country. Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights planted themselves firmly at the top of the leaderboard with yet another impressive dressage test. CR’s canter gets better and better every time I see him as he gains more strength over his topline, and he looked very relaxed and happy to be doing his job today. Colleen and CR scored a very respectable 51.6 to put them in sixth place. Did I mention this is just the second CIC3* for this horse?
Doug Payne and Crown Talisman were the second to last pair to go in the third group, and Tali put the pressure on with his impressive gaits. He’s really a beautiful horse to watch, and Doug has a very exciting horse for the future here. If they can conquer those little moments of tension that crop up here and there, they’re going to be very hard to beat in this phase. Doug and Tali scored 53.1 for eighth place. Lizzie Snow and Coal Creek also had a very nice test that is sure to please her hometown Pacific Northwest crowd. While I didn’t snag video of Lizzie, I’m pleased to report that EN’s good friend The Horse Pesterer did catch her test on camera, so be sure to check his YouTube channel this weekend to see her test. We also saw Caitlin Calder and Jolliyat in this group, who also suffered from some tension in this test but ultimately worked through it to have some nice moments. Caitlin and Jolliyat are sitting in 19th place on a score of 58.8.
The last two times I’ve recorded Susan Beebee and Wolf they’ve picked up an error in their dressage test, so I’m finally accepting that I am a straight-up jinx to this very talented pair. I’m sorry, Susan! Wolf was his usual lovely self, and sans losing the counter canter — which has been happening a fair amount today — and that error in the walk work, this was a very nice test. Susan and Wolf scored 57.3 to put them in 18th place. We’re now moving into the fourth and final group in the CIC3* at Plantation. There are still several notable pairs with a shot at catching Sinead and Tate, like Phillip Dutton and William Penn and Boyd Martin and Trading Aces. And, of course, EN’s very own Kate Samuels and Nyls Du Terroir will be third to last to go today. It’s a picture-perfect day at Plantation Field, and it’s great to see so many spectators out enjoying the dressage.
Plantation Field CIC3* Scores: