Events This Weekend Results

Ram Tap (CA): Results

The Fork HT (NC): Results
Plantation Field (PA): Results

Notes: Sarah Cousins stole the show at Plantation, taking the top three spots in the Open Intermediate on Troy, Tsunami III, and Yukon Denali respectively, adding just 6.4 total jumping penalties for all three horses combined.

Chattahoochee Hills (GA): Results

Notes: The Chattahoochee Hills advanced only had 6 starters on XC, but two of those didn’t finish the course, and two others had issues along the way, leaving only two clean rounds with Michele Mueller and Amistad of Canada winning by a margin of 49 points.  

Notably, Rolex entrant Fleeceworks Mystere Du Val had two stops on the XC.  After a fall at the Poplar Place Irish bank in their last outing, Mystere and Leslie Law have anything but good momentum leading them up to Kentucky.  Mystere Du Val is a super nice horse with the potential to win the combined test at Rolex, and perhaps even the entire event with a great XC round.

Elizabeth Barron and The Graduate led the Open Intermediate after the dressage, added 13 XC time penalties to drop to 5th, and then jumped back to win after a double clear show jumping round.  Chattahoochee owner and founder, Carl Bouckaert won in the Open Preliminary with Cyrano.

Spring Bay: Homepage, Schedule

Results have not been posted for Spring Bay as of early Monday morning, but Visionaire was kind enough to provide this write up from the weekend’s festivities.

From Visionaire:

Residents of Area VIII enjoyed a beautiful weekend at Spring Bay. The weather couldn’t have been better: sunny, 70s, with a light breeze. It was a little cool in the mornings, but it made wearing your hunt coat desirable! Due to work and time commitments, I wasn’t able to spectate much outside of the Prelim division. But dressage judging seemed rather fair, at least from most people I spoke with. The show jumping courses seemed to ride well with decent flow. Cross-country was straightforward and inviting, perfect for this time of year, and the footing was great. 

Many people might say cross-country was “too easy,” having little effect on final placings. However, I thought the courses were excellent for most horses’ first time out, especially considering the awful winter weather left many of us a little behind. The Prelim course had relatively simple questions, of smaller size; however, it was a good gallopy course with lots of big tables and fences you could “ride at.” Good to set a confident, FORWARD tone to begin the year. Training also looked a bit on the small side at times, but also encouraged a good rhythm and balance. The novice course seemed quite long (6+ min optimum time?) but was mostly a fun jaunt around the park; a couple fences caused some horses to back off a bit, but there were plenty of other friendly jumps to get the confidence back. 
Spring Bay usually carries the reputation as a “soft” event, and you could say that again this year. However, that doesn’t degrade the event’s quality at all. The organizers, officials, and volunteers did a fantastic job. Some people forget that we NEED “easy” courses– let’s not perpetuate the mini-Rolex phenomenon at every event. Horses have to start somewhere, and find some place to move up, and these gallopy, less-technical courses are important for that.  
I hope everyone who attended Spring Bay had a good time… I know I did! 
Also, a brief Rolex update: the KHP is looking fabulous, the construction is finally (FINALLY!) coming to an end, though there’s still lots to be done before WEG. The trade fair tents are up already, as are the sponsor and member tents around the big dressage/SJ stadium. I could see a few of the cross-country fences, and it looks like fun! Spring is already here in Kentucky…the bluegrass is growing, the trees are budding, flowers in bloom, Rolex and Derby right around the corner… are you ready yet?!
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