Danielle Dichting and The Graduate Crack Top Five at Fair Hill

Danielle Ditching and The Graduate

Just five riders rode in the final group in the first day of dressage in Fair Hill CCI2*, and Danielle Dichting and The Graduate made their performance a test to remember, scoring 47.2 to hold fourth place overnight. Danielle also had a very good performance in the dressage at Fair Hill last year with Tops, who she’s since sold. Now she’s working to form a partnership with The Graduate, a lovely Germany gelding who has a lot of talent in this phase. They both have a lot of experience at this level, and I expect to see them sitting in a good position come Saturday.

Halfway through the CCI2* division, Boyd Martin and Pancho Villa hold first place on a 41.4, with Sharon White and Under Suspection in second on a 43.9, and Leslie Law and Billy Wiz in third place on a 44.2. Nine riders cracked the 40s today, and I expect we’ll see many more good scores tomorrow. Unfortunately, I’ll be focusing on the CCI3* dressage tomorrow, so I apologize in advance to the two-star riders who won’t enjoy the same coverage as today’s riders. It’s still a beautiful day at Fair Hill, and the 4-year-olds are still performing their dressage tests for the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships.

The top three riders in the CCI2* joined us for a press conference following the conclusion of dressage, so stay tuned for my report from that. The top riders in the YEH Championships will also be joining us at 5 p.m., so stay tuned for more on that too. I have to send a big shout out to the officials and volunteers who helped the first day here at Fair Hill run so smoothly; we’re off to a great start to the weekend. CCI3* dressage starts bright and early at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning and runs through 4:20 p.m., so it will be another full day of coverage. Go Fair Hill.

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