For all of the rain that the Elkton, Maryland area hasn’t had over the past few weeks, nature seems to be making up for it today, just in time for the first horse inspection at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Three-Day Event. Though it soaked through many an article of clothing, it didn’t put a damper on the spirits of the competitors or the members of the ground juries. Spoiler alert: all 109 pairs were accepted.
Horses in the CCI3*-L, 62 in total, presented first to the ground jury of Helen Brettell (GBR) and Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride (USA). Two horses were sent to the holding box, but were accepted upon representation: Colleen Rutledge’s C Me Fly and Heather Jane Morris’ Jos UFO De Quidam. Jennifer Salinger’s Lasse 73 was asked to jog twice, but were accepted after their second pass down the lane.
Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise. Photo by Abby Powell.
The skies opened up in time for the CCI4*-L division to trot up for the ground jury Martin Plewa (GER), Bobby Stevenson (USA), Angela Tucker (GBR). Sydney Solomon and Early Review were the only pair held out of 47 in this division, but ultimately passed and were accepted.
Dressage for the the CCI divisions kicks off with the CCI3*-L tomorrow morning at 9:12am and the CCI4*-L takes over the sandbox in the afternoon beginning at 1:36pm. Sharon White will be performing the test rides for both divisions.
Competition for the YEH East Coast Championships also begins tomorrow, with the first pair in the 5 year old class, Andrew Palmer and Ladino, slated to begin their dressage at 7:44am.
Keep it locked on EN for much more to come from FHI!