We’ve just concluded an eventful first horse inspection here in Elkton, Maryland at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, during which 11 horses were sent to the holding box, with three CCI3* horses not accepted upon re-presentation to the ground jury of Nick Burton (GBR), Christina Klingspor (SWE) and Gretchen Butts (USA).
Six CCI2* horses were sent to the holding box and accepted upon re-presentation: Kristin Bond’s mount I’m Sew Ready, Helen Hayn’s mount Aqua Tom, Hillary Irwin’s mount Danehill Sunset, Ema Klugman’s mount Bendigo, Erin Sylvester’s mount Paddy The Caddy and Jessica McCabe’s mount Ferdinand.
Five horses were sent to the holding box in the CCI3*. Nilson Moreira da Silva’s mount Muggle and Ryan Wood’s mount Frankie were accepted upon re-representation. The other three CCI3* horses were ultimately spun: Liz Riley’s mount It’s The Truth, Colleen Loach’s mount Freespirit and Caroline Martin’s mount Spring Easy.
That sends 75 horses forward to dressage in the CCI2* and 61 horses on to dressage in the CCI3*.
We had brisk fall weather for the first horse inspection, with the sun peeking out from behind the clouds throughout the afternoon. The lovely weather meant riders could roll out their first jog outfits of choice, and we saw some great looks.
As is EN tradition, we’ll be voting for Fair Hill Best Dressed, and Chinch is busy finalizing his picks. This year we’re giving away two gift certificates for a pair of 2kGrey riding jeans valued at $200 to the Best Dressed winners. Check back later this afternoon for our picks and the poll.
Looking to other jog tidbits, we saw several lame riders getting a helping hand from fellow eventers this afternoon. Boyd Martin jogged R Star and Who’s A Star for Courtney Cooper, who is still recovering from a broken leg. Julie Norman jogged Sir Oberon for her good friend Ellen Doughty-Hume. #EventersStickTogether
Ride times are now posted at this link. CCI2* dressage starts at 8:30 a.m. EST tomorrow morning, with CCI3* dressage starting at 3 p.m. EST. Click here to check out our CCI3* cross country course preview. Keep it locked on EN for everything you need to know from #DuttaFHI.