It’s a dreary day here in New Jersey for the Jersey Fresh International Horse Trials, but there has been some fantastic dressage to watch while we try to stay warm. The top 5 are tightly bunched with a mere 5.9 points separating them currently. Emily Beshear and the lovely mare Shame On the Moon came out on top after putting in a lovely test that this mare is capable of. Emily thought she left a few points off the board due to the sloppy footing, but the test still pleased the judges enough to score a 43.9.
Kristen Bond’s second ride of the day, Seams Ready, came with a late run to take over second place from Lynn Symansky after scoring a 45.0. Seams Ready is a fantastic mover, and the judges were definitely drawn to the bigger movers in the class. Kristen gave a big thumbs up when she exited the arena with a big smile.
Lynn Symansky and Osborne 9, who is making his CCI2* debut, also impressed with some really lovely movement to score a 45.4. This horse exhibits some brilliance that makes him an exciting horse for the future for Lynn, who did a great job keeping the dark bay gelding under wraps.
Alyssa Peterson and Music Man II also had a commendable ride, scoring a 48.7 for 4th place overnight. Music Man II is a big, lanky gelding and Alyssa does a wonderful job of keeping all of his moving parts working together. The pair had a lovely, quiet test and will be pleased with this test in their CCI2* debut.
Great Britain’s Victoria Jessop rounds out the top 5 with Desert Mystery. Victoria rode with a big grin throughout her time in the arena, and the lovely Desert Mystery really put forth a great effort to break into the 40s with a 49.8. Victoria has brought Desert Mystery up through the levels, beginning their career together at Novice in 2009, and this is also the horse’s CCI2* debut.
I must also give a nod to “the other Dutton,” Justine Dutton, and Huck Finn, who scored a 53.5 for 11th place after putting in an accurate test. Justine previously submitted the story of her and Huck to EN earlier this year, and it was a pleasure to see her lovely ride this morning.
The CCI3* is set to begin dressage in about an hour, and it’s slowly but surely warming up as the day gets older. Stay tuned for much more from Jersey Fresh.
Emily Beshear Post-Dressage Interview:
Emily Beshear & Shame On the Moon:
Lynn Symansky & Osborne 9:
Justine Dutton & Huck Finn: